- the social institution under which a man and a woman establish their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments, religious ceremonies, etc.
- the state, relationship or condition of being married.
- a formal agreement between two companies or enterprises to combine operations, resources, for mutual benefit.
Marriage has mutated into something people can use solely for their own benefit (look at Carrie and Big from Sex and the City. They got married so she can have rights on the new apartment. love?). Marriage has become a form of cancer. A cell starts feeding off one person's feelings for another. That person then spreads the cancer by asking them on a date. On that first date, the cancer sees if the other person will fight it off or succumb to it. If they succumb, the cancer invades. That stage is called love. The cells start reproducing and reproducing. Once they get to the point where they can't take over any more cells, the person with disease is faced with a remedy, a potential cure-all, a panacea if you will. This, is the wedding. Think of it as a surgery. But, there's a catch. There's only a 50% chance of survival. The 50% that survive, are the ones who had a lot of cancer. The others are the ones who reproduced too quickly, and didn't have enough love cancer to survive the surgery, assuming that the survivors had so much love cancer that the marriage surgery couldn't remove it all.