One of the foundations of society, marriage, is crumbling. An astonishing, disturbing percentage of "till death to us part" vows are spoken and proven empty. Countless families are shattered and scarred. Alas, what can be done to mend such brokenness?
What is marriage? It is a lifetime commitment between a man and a woman for mutual encouragement, companionship and procreation. The future of society rests upon healthy marriages producing healthy offspring. The world is a cruel and lonely place. It is beneficial for people to have a loving, supportive family to come home to when the inevitable storms of life manifest.
Why are marriages falling apart? Easy access to divorce plays a considerable role. Now, one does not even have to prove one's spouse broke the marriage vows. One can unilaterally proclaim the relationship to be ended and the government honours that decision. Worse yet, the same spouse who breaks the vows can end the marriage, take custody of the children and be entitled to assets and monetary support from the other. To whom is this repulsive power most often given to? The wife, of course. Her commitment to her husband ends when she says it does and his commitment to her is always in force. Is this justice?
Why should a man get married when divorce and its distasteful consequences hang over his head throughout? Are there any guarantees his bride-to-be will take her vows seriously and not exercise the destructive power given to her? Make no mistake; there are ultimately no winners in divorce except for those who seek the destruction of marriage and the collapse of society.
How can this crisis be managed? Eliminate no-fault, easy divorce. If marriage is to be a lifetime commitment, the partners ought not be given incentive to shirk their responsibilities and break their vows. If ending commitments is free from consequences for one or both parties, it is logical to anticipate many ended commitments.
Once government and the people start taking marriage seriously again, people will not be so hasty as to make solemn commitments they are not sure they will keep. Relationships will be more likely to last and we will be a happier, stronger society.