jjohnston2020 wrote:but old cultural notions are less liable to change than the improving economic conditions in our societies.
trubadour wrote:I'd echo the things most people are have said here already. In my situation, I begin to realise, a wife and kids just looks like a whole heap of BS that I currently don't have to deal with. I deal instead with a kind of loneliness. It's a fair trade-off. The loneliness seems more authentic than any artifice of a nuclear family I could create around me might promise to relive.
I think the wider cultural significance of the decline in marriage and traditional values is indicative of a huge issue for what remains of society. In fact, I think we have to admit that our cultural practices are clinging on to old values which in a large part do not exist any more in the way that they used to - that is in the situation in which they arose. The marriage is just one part of a connected kind of living that has disintegrated in modern society.
Indeed, it is interesting that even with all the hype about our being 'increasingly connected' in the internet age, the opposite is in fact true. We are almost but not yet as disconnected from our environment, from our employment, from our culture and from the family (even merely our own natural families) as it is possible to be.
It's obvious in our daily (self-indulgent, consumerist) lives if we have the eyes to see, but we still cling (perhaps valiantly, perhaps blindly, perhaps lazily) to the old ideas - even when they no longer are able to provide their share of the meaning and fulfilment they used to - when they and we, were part of a truly grounded, connected, cultural life.
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