Are We Staring at the Death of Love and Marriage?

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Are We Staring at the Death of Love and Marriage?

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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am, what is considered according to social norms, an anomaly. I have never been in – or wanted to be in – love. I don’t want to marry and I certainly don’t want kids. This worldview was, of course, dismissed as the fantasies of a child for the longest time. More lately, as I flirt with the end of my 20s, the dismissals have turned to concern, given that the marriage market rapidly runs out of supply by the early 30s.

It’s not easy to convince my well-wishers that I’m not worried about the marriage market supply. I really do want to live and die a childless bachelor. While it would be dishonest to deny my biological and social impulses, what gives me strength is the belief that humans of the future will adopt a lifestyle increasingly similar to mine. In the years to come, I think love will be a far weaker force than it is today. Marriages – if they happen at all – will happen much later in life, and expire after a predetermined period. Children, too, will come to mean something completely different from what they do now.

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