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“Marriage between a man and a woman is at the heart of our civilization.”
Um… Nope. Definition of Civilization is
“An advanced state of intellectual, cultural, and material development in human society, marked by progress in the arts and sciences, the extensive use of record-keeping, including writing, and the appearance of complex political and social institutions.”
- Did marriage increase mans intellectual state?
- Did marriage cause an increase in either art or science?
Nope… Though sometimes art has been inspired by ones mistresses or forbidden loves!
- Did marriage spur the need for extensive use of record-keeping?
Nope…. Or at least not until prenups and divorce became more common.
- Did marriage induce the appearance of complex political and social institutions?
You know the answer.
Civilization does not suddenly go away if marriage suddenly did not exist. Civilization grew as a result of homo-sapiens ability to do things, such as refine agricultural techniques for instance, which diminished nomadic societies and allowed a greater number of people to be fed, which allowed a larger and larger number of people to live in one tribe, which freed more people to specialize in tribal responsibilities and created the conditions and the impulse to “civilize”.