If you ask most people, they’ll say there’s too much divorce. And they’re likely to say that half of all marriages end in divorce. Scary, isn’t it? they’ll say.
But the fact is that things are both much better than that…and far worse. This is something we’d all better come to terms with, because the story isn’t about how marriage is in trouble in this country. It’s a story about how our country itself is in trouble.
As far as marriage is concerned, among people who married about 7 years ago, only 11% of them have gotten divorced. That’s practically nothing when you factor in the reality that divorce tends to happen early on and that a lot of people make huge mistakes in who they marry.
If marriage itself was in trouble, there wouldn’t be this 11% figure. Except that, oops, I left one thing out. Those people I was talking about are all (more…)