Marriage is like a … car?

Model TMarriage is evolving. Or should I say it is being deliberately deconstructed. In an age of relativism, there are no boundaries to where our moral experiments are allowed to go. People, religious and non-religious people, are allowed to make up their own minds about what they view as right and wrong, and many are abandoning the moral positions considered sacred for ages. Some would say that this is the dilution of morals while others laud it as a sign of progress, of changing with the times. As Raina Bowe puts it, “Evolution and change is the nature of all things.” She goes on to use Henry Ford as an example of someone who had to change his mindset or embrace failure.

“So stubborn to change his Model T, he once said: “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black. By 1927, however, sales of the Model T had fallen 8 percent since 1922. Almost too late, Ford realized his greatest triumph had failed to adapt. From this hard-earned lesson came the Model A, a car that once again sold millions. Ford eventually offered the car in red, orange, yellow, green and blue.”

Raina concludes her article with this statement: “Deciding that while black was nice, his cars would serve society and the company better with the colors of the rainbow. Just like marriage.”

Well, Raina, marriage has been painted with the colors of the rainbow since before you and I were born. It is an institution that is available to people of all nationalities and races and religion. It has served every society where it has been practiced well. Its imperfectness is not the result of a flawed design but of bad implementation. Remember that the color of the car does not change what it is at its core: a car. And just as the car has increased in power and efficiency with the advancement of technology, traditional marriages are now lasting longer and proving to be more satisfying because of an improved support system of counselors, mentors and workshops.

If we would just stick to the plan, I believe that the best is yet to come.


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