Thursday, February 15, 2007

Marriage...alive and well?

I don't know how official this survey is but I'm an optimist at heart and let's face it, this is the first good news on marriage as an institution that I've heard in a long time.

According to this survey by a global research firm AC Nielsen on Valentines day claims that 70% of the world believes marriage is for life.

Muslim and Catholic strongholds in Asia topped global rankings in favor of lifelong marriage in the poll of 25,000 people across 46 countries.

Indonesians were the keenest on marriage for life. The survey showed that 97 percent of them believed in the concept, followed closely by Turks at 92 percent as well as Filipinos and Malays, both 89 percent.

How does the West measure up in this survey you ask?

In the West, Americans turned out to be the strongest believers in marrying for life, while Europeans from Catholic and conservative countries showed an unexpected lack of enthusiasm for the concept.

"Record high divorce statistics combined with rising co-habitation rates and an increasing number of children born to common-law couples in the past 10 years have certainly made the western world wonder if the age-old concept of "to have and to hold till death to us part" is fast becoming a dying tradition," AC Nielsen Europe President Patrick Dodd said in a statement.

We'll be celebrating our 25th anniversary this July and I attribute this all to God's immense Love and givingness. He has provided me with the most wonderful woman as a wife and mother to our children.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentines Day.

Guy's, don't want another year to bring home some flowers. Bring them home..... just because.

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