Re: is marriage extropic?

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Sat Nov 11 2000 - 03:44:47 MST

Max M wrote:
> From: J. R. Molloy
> >It seems to me the most extropic people have either avoided marriage,
> >tolerated it as a necessary evil, or abandoned it.
> As far as I can tell, marriage is a formalisation of a social structure that
> is genetically based. We do feel love, and we do want to live with a
> partner. Sometimes some other factors comes in the way, and sometimes we
> want to change partners.
> But I do believe it is fair to say that generally people strives for a life
> as a couple.
> Until we can change our genes, marriage in one name or another will be here
> to stay.

There is of course distinct survival value to being partnered and it is
particularly a survival benefit for any children that the couple
raises. So that should have created some bias for staying together.
But that bias is subject to change and to a lot of conditions. As
nearly 50% divorce statistics show.

There is less evidence that marrying for romantic love is wired into our
genes. Marrying on the basis of personal choice and romantic love seems
to be a relatively new development not prevalent in all cultures and

- samantha

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