Is Divorce Contagious?
In the religious and social history of the United States and western life, we understood family and marriage to be the foundational unit of civilization. However in our current state of marital affairs in the United States, more than 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, and fewer people in emerging generations see marriage as a priority. To the point of view of one who holds traditional views of family and marriage, the degeneration of modern society is encapsulated in the popular conception of family life. No longer do people feel the need to have kids after their wedding days, but rather view the relationship between procreation and married life as a non-sequitur. According to the National Center for Healthcare Statistics, roughly 40 percent of all national births are born to unmarried women, which takes into account the staggering three out of four black children born to unmarried mothers.
Discounting the economic disservice that comes with being an unmarried mother, this new circumstance now makes for more American children growing up without fathers. Everybody has heard of the ubiquitous fatherhood statistics even recited by former President Obama: “We know the statistics — that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools, and 20 times more likely to end up in prison.” To make matters worse, the American social fabric functions as a cohesive pond of water with ripples that coalesce and influence the rest of the water dynamic. One study conducted by researchers from Brown University, Harvard University, and UC San Diego, suggests that if your friend divorces, your own chance of getting divorced increases by 75 percent. Furthermore, if your friend has a friend who becomes divorced, this still raises your likelihood of divorcing by 33 percent.
The numbers found in that study would be much lower in the society of our grandparents, because of their view of the family as an obligation. In fact, divorce was seen as a deeply troubling moral failure, effectively ostracizing those who chose to end their marriages from their traditionally oriented communities. Since modern adults do not see their relationship to their spouse as an obligation to their children and society, unhappy couples are encouraged by their friends’ irresponsible divorces.
This degenerate societal tendency is entirely due to the rise and influence of secularism and the left in our public life. Today’s number implies that the majority of divorce is not because people are escaping domestic abuse, but out of impulse. An impulsive divorce is an act of narcissism that adversely affects the health of shared children, and the two parties involved by every objective and statistical metric. We can again, thank secularism and popular culture for teaching future generations that the “old-fashioned” vision of family and marriage is an obsolete relic of the primitive man.
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