I admit that I think an awful lot about future family life. I am currently single, don't have any kids, not dating anyone, yet I routinely daydream about meeting the ideal match for me and having a family. However, I am not sure that I want to get married. I was reading a bit into the history of marriage and it seems to me that marriage originated as a property transaction. Women were originally the property of their fathers and through marriage, they became property of their husbands and the groom's family was expected to pay a dowry.
It seems that we have reformed marriage. Nowadays, marriage is about love and companionship in North America, Europe, and some British Commonwealth countries. However, in some countries like Pakistan, arranged marriages are still common. This has me thinking- why reform marriage? I support the right of same-sex couples to marry but I hope they don't think that they need it to be happy. How long are we going to keep reforming marriage? At what point does marriage become whatever we want it to be?
At what point does the institution of marriage die the death of a thousand qualifications? This being said, I doubt I want to get married. I might do it if my significant other really wants to just to respect her desire but I don't see any need for it. As long as I can live with her and we both want children at some point in the future, I am actually quite content.