#1 I agree with.
#2 I don't. Commitment can be independent of marriage, and also families can be nontraditional single or plural households.
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I agree with both of your statements (an unmarried family can be committed), now the question is whether marrige increases the % of committed famlies.
children born to married couples on the whole have better education, are more provided for in terms of material wealth, have role models for each gender, are more likely to be in the presence of one of their parents most of the time during their formative years thus ensuring at least some level of discipline w/o which it becomes easier for children to essentially grow up "wild."
in single parent homes the parent naturally has to earn a living and in so doing creates a void in a young child's life that is going to be filled one way or another. in a lot of cases this void is filled by negative elements. in other words, kids don't just grow up "good." morality, good behavior, work ethic, culture does not just show up and i get the feeling that the people in this thread advocating the idea that marriage is essentially pointless or useless do no realize this or simply take it for granted.
single parents that wind up performing their role with flying colors are most definitely the exception to the rule. the value placed on marriage should not be based on such exceptions.
there are a lot of statistics on rates of crime, levels of education, and so on are in large part based on what sort of environment a person has growing up and as i mentioned above, marriage is has a definitively positive influence in all these areas.
of course, divorce rates in the past were much lower because marriage was essentially held together for economic reasons. now, the primary reason for getting married is more and more becomming one of sentiment or "love" which is a far more fickle foundation upon which to base an institution such as marriage and a family. of course, that's not to say that basing a marriage on love is bad, just that it is not nearly as strong as economics (how that for NTism...)
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