Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Love Cancer

Today's divorce rate is around 1 in 2 couples, meaning at a married-couple dinner party, the couple next to you only has a 50% chance of staying together. Marriage is defined as:
  1. 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.
  2. the state, relationship or condition of being married.
  3. a formal agreement between two companies or enterprises to combine operations, resources, for mutual benefit.
The three definitions are formal definitions given by www.dictionary.com. The first one is almost identical to number two, and they're probably the most "conventional" of definitions. However, number two chooses a very interesting word. Condition. That word completely inverts the entire meaning. It makes it agree with my theory that marriage has evolved into something much more complicated than "oh hey, we love each other, let's go get rings, promise to love each other in peace and in war, make the girl in the happy relationship's closest friends wear terribly hideous identical dresses (formally called bridesmaid dresses), and throw a big party where we get gifts for being happy together." 
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.

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