Morgan Freeman and Agent007, I hope you don't mind me using your posts for a new thread. Marriage is an important part of social order, and social order is essential to liberty. Marriage was an important part of our culture, but this does not seem so today. We have a paradox- Burke, an Enlgish philosopher during the time of the Amercian and French revolutions, said the most free and the least free. That is, only if we willing submit to the morals and virtues of social order, can there be liberty. If we do not willing submit, there is anarchy and since anarchy is so destructive it can not be tolerated, the unwillingness to submit to the morals and virtues of social order, becomes a police state with authority over the people.
The culture of the US has always opposed all authority, and as long as they were prepared by public education to have good moral judgement, they could enjoy liberty.
However, when they replaced this education for education for technology and left moral training to the church, they culturally unleashed their self indulgent, rebellion against any controls over their life, and the result is very destructive.
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Quote by: Agent007
Morgan, you are considering marriage from an American point of view. It is true that in America, about half of marriages end in divorce and that the maritial system is rather outdated; however, that is a distinctive feature of the nation's culture. In most other countries that are not fully Americanized, such as India or Poland, marriage is a sacred function that is societally essential and is a defining factor of their cultures, which are usually high-context ones.
I don't care what other cultures do, and I don't care what this culture does.
My point is that "culture" should not be able to dictate such a large part of our life. It should not be invasive to the point of supporting entire societal institutions.
An acceptable level of culture is the manner in which we say hello to eachother when we walk down the street. Anything more complex than that is a sacrifice of our individuality and our conscious minds in the name of "tradition".
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