Marriage? Just forget it…
Ok, so now even internet marriages are expected to fail.
No less than two weeks since fifteen million of us watched Jill Petersen and Kevin Hinze’s bridal party dance down the aisle, an American filmmaker has created a parody, divorce version of the video.
Apparently it took just one hour to produce. The Punch posted the original version for some Friday afternoon light relief. And of the eighteen comments posted, about half of the readers took a sentimental view.
Some like WendX, even shed a tear. “This made me smile, and cry and smile some more!! What a joyous moment… aaahhhh!” she posted.
And it was hopeful. It was light and fun and happy, all the things that marriage should be.
But as a Sixty Minutes feature on Sunday night revealed, marriages are in a terrible state of affairs.
As many as one in five Australians are getting divorced each year, a rate that’s more than doubled in the past ten years.
Not only does the dismal survival rate deter many of us from actually talking a waltz down the aisle, it could also be killing us.
First there’s the statistics. The 2008 census shows more Australians than ever are remaining single or staying in defacto relationships.
On the plus side, an ABC report revealed those living in share living circumstances, income and had the care of a partner were likely to live longer and have better health.
What a contrast to a World Health Organisation survey several years back that declared married men and single women had the best health. Message? Marriage was not good for a woman’s health but great for a bloke’s.
And if you want to know what divorce feels like, try a quick Twitter search.
My search on ‘divorce’ brought up a whole bunch of people tweeting about having just signed divorce papers, not to mention this comment from a despondent ‘twit’:
“Divorce is too common. No one thinks till death to us part anymore. Everyone thinks just till someone better comes along.”
So, are we being put off by the failures around us and has marriage lost the meaning it used to have.
Or given the response to the original wedding video, the meaning we want it to have, what do you think?
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