In the olden days, divorce was a dreaded word, spoken in whispers never to be spoken boldly especially by women. But now, it is a different ball game as people get a divorce faster than you can open a bank account.
What could possibly have brought this turn of event? A few days ago, Nigerian Comedian Seyi Law announced to everyone who cared to read that he and his wife were going their separate ways due to ‘irreconcilable differences.’
What does this phrase even mean?
Divorce has ravaged the society and unfortunately the entertainment world is not spared. It is true that entertainers are human but when the couple portrays the relationship as perfect and the wedding itself is something only dreams are made of, it is no wonder that ordinary people expect that it should be ‘till death.’
Marriage has become something to be trifled with. The vows are no longer held seriously but read out as a mere addition to a programme.
However what cannot be reconciled is the fact that weddings are well planned, with a lot of resources put into it, the participants are stressed out for weeks, even months prior to the day. The couple, in most cases the bride can literarily kill if someone tries to deviate from the plan.
Unfortunately, this effort is not put into the marriage, as there is every argument for people to leave when they feel like it.
Marriage has been contracted for centuries with the divorce rate increasing with no indication of a reverse.
Times have changed. Forgiveness, patience, sacrifice are no longer virtues but vices that people can no longer afford.
Some grandparents tell stories of what they endured during their time, some came close to hating their partners but out of dignity for the promise they made, they had to keep their word even if it killed them. All differences were reconciled, compromises and sacrifices made not solely for the marriage but the children that would have suffered greatly from the divorce.
Divorce rate will continue to rise unless participants realize that marriage is a lot like life. No matter the path (partner) chosen, keep making the best out of it until the end.
It will continue to rise as long as it has been sensationalized and romanticized and some divorcees are painted like heroes who have come back from a bloody war.
It will continue to rise as long as marriage is now seen as a war, a competition instead of a covenant.
It will continue to rise as long as sex, one of the necessary rules is no longer sacred but has become a handshake gotten at the mere snap of the fingers.
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