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Why Most Marriages Never Work
Why Marriages Fail
Love is a beautiful thing- Anyone who has ever been in love will agree with this statement a 100 percent. No, I'm not talking about how it hurts after break-ups or the disappointments that follow the break-up. I'm talking about falling in love, those first few weeks that make you feel like you are a whole new being, like you are a changed person, it is almost like you have some light inside you that is glowing. Yeah, that love...
So why do most marriages (40 percent according to some statistics in the United States) fail? Where does the love go? This is a very genuine question for most people: Many will find themselves asking each other "what happened to us? When did things change so much?"
Change- That is what happened. I like reading philosophy. I don't understand it for most part, but I enjoy reading it- it fascinates and challenges me at the same time. Ok, Ok. I will get right to it.
Philosophy of the self is one of the most interesting topics I have come across in philosophy. Sure, there are many different approaches and arguments of what the "self" is, which for most part tend to conflict. I honestly don't remember who argued what, but I did come across one argument that suggested that our "self" tend to change over time. This suggested that we have the body part of us and the "self" which is more like our personalities. However, the self change over time to the extent that others may actually notice that we have changed. I'm sure you been told that you have changed a lot at some point in your life. This is not with regards to changes of the body (height, weight, complexion etc) but rather changes in personality, behavior or even desires (likes and dislikes). So, do you suppose you are the person you were last year? What about you has changed? Why has it changed? Do you like the person you have become?
So, according to the philosophy I read people tend to change over time. Sure, you are the same person (Jason, Nicky, Jamie, etc) but who you were in high school is not the person you are when you get to college. You start hating some favorite meal you used to love, you start enjoying being alone more than having company, you start loving some music that you once hated or even start enjoying the company of people you really disliked earlier in life.
I know one of the arguments that may be presented here is that one grows and learns more about different things he/she hated, and therefore has to change. Sure, that is true, but the reality is that you still change- Changes that are very noticeable take place.
To understand why friends fall out and marriages fail would require that one understands that changes do happen in life. We grow out of the "self" that we used to be, changing in one way or another. This is why I like to believe that getting married at an early age or within a short period of time after meeting is not the best idea. I am not saying that every couple that gets married early will divorce, but the reality is that they are more likely to end up breaking up. I am sure you have heard this from a good number of people who married young; "I was young and foolish". Ok, foolish may not be the word they should really use, but it is true that they did not know what they were doing all that well. Have you watched some episode of Jerry Springer? I am always shocked by how young the couples are. Some are as young as 16 with children. As they grow and change they realize that they may have made the wrong decisions. It is at this point that you here the harsh, bitter words being thrown around. When two people meet and like each other, the reality is that they like who they are at that point. A guy will like how a certain girl dresses, how she behaves, the activities she enjoys, and how she acts towards him and vice versa. But as time goes people change. These changes become noticeable more and more and people are no longer who they were when they meet. All the qualities they liked about each other have changes and their personalities have changed significantly. So what happens? The person you were once attracted to is not the same person any more. He/She is now like a stranger to the person you knew a few years ago, and you become disinterested and the attraction fades away.
It is such changes that gradually kill the marriage. I like to believe that with time, those in a marriage will find the qualities they saw in each other in other people. This often causes more strain on relationships and in the event that both partners fail to work on their differences, there is a fall out.
So what should people do given that changes will always take place? I think the answer to that is to stop rushing in to marriages. Getting to know each other more is the key given that it will allow each party to ultimately commit to the other. Love is the baseline, but it takes work to make it work. It is at this point that I would ask those who have been married for a good number of years to remember what they loved about each other in the first place. Take time to do the things that the other loved and show how much you appreciate each other in doing so. That effort will always be appreciated.
Work on It
Can Marriage Work?
Yes, a marriage can work; After all, there are couples that are going strong after 20, 30 and even 40 years of marriage. I do realize that it is not easy- It has never been easy. Ever heard of the quote that "if it was easy everyone would do it"? Being in a marriage means being committed to each other through all the difficulties. It is working to resolve all issues together as a team and working through all the issues together. This is how you show your appreciation for each other - working on the love you share. After all, who says that being with another person will end up any differently? Once you find love, real love that is, work on it and keep it alive.