Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Until Death Do Us Part... Is it so?

My colleague mentioned about the German politician who has proposed an "expiration date" of 7 years to marriage. Uhh?
http://inthekut.wordpress.com/2007/09/21/marriage-for-life-or-just-in-7-year-increments/

This information started to churn my mind. With time, the way of life and living has changed - for better or worse is an individual's perception. Few decades ago, a person would never tender a resignation letter unless caused by some adverse circumstances. People used to work for the same company till they retire and would be very loyal to the company. "Aapka namak khaya hai, sahib"(I earned my food because of you .. Not the exact translation). I remember in Japan, the son could get the position of his father in the same company. This was because both the employee and employer cared for each other's welfare.

Now times have changed. People switch jobs like they change clothes. With all the corporate games, loyalty has taken a back seat. More people have started working, more ideas are pouring in and the rules have changed. We have become more self oriented in figuring out what is best for us. These thoughts have definitely affected our personal relationships as well. Gone are the days when a love affair in a hindi movie was depicted by just exchange of eye glances. Movies always reflect the reality of life and we can see our lives are indeed changing. Everything now is a deal, the winner bags the best deal. We look for expiration date in all the stuff we buy. But should that be extended to marriage as well? Only time would tell...

9 comments:

dame's diary said...

In this cut-throat corporate world loyalty is a rarity!

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Hip Grandma said...

These days sticking to the same job is considered a demerit.'nobody wants you....
:-(((

Joy said...

DD: I can't say more. Take care.

Bonjour WWG: Welcome here. I went to the website but I guess I need to learn French to understand it :)

HHG: I know. People switch jobs giving reason that they got too comfortable with the old one. Since when did comfort factor become a liability?

Tys on Ice said...

i feel like a real moron visting ur other site everyday, whn this is the place where the action is :(

Joy said...

ToI, I am happy atleast that now you know this site. :)

Nags said...

thanks for stopping by my blog. it was good to hear about the 7 year itch from yours.. sad, but apparently true!

Ziah said...

Joy, I don't know if marriage can come with an expiry date. Not because I feel idealistic or romantic on the subject. But more so, as I think, when it comes to marriage, as much as jobs, the expiry date or what prolongs/pre-empts it, is really in our heads!! Brrrr....

Joy said...

Nags, Yeah . Only time can tell.

Ziah, I can't agree with you more. That's what I first asked my colleague when she told me this piece of info. The way the argument goes is : Since you do not need to be stuck with one company through out your life(mind you, you can if you want to), why be one person. If you are so madly in love with the person, keep renewing after 7 years. But if you can't be with one person for 2 years, why wait for 7. Finally, I concluded Germany might have more divorce rates so maybe they would have lesser work in renewing people's marriage license!