The Superstition of Divorce

Here is a quote from G.K. Chesterton regarding marriage and divorce. I believe he wrote this in 1918 in a series of articles called, “The Superstition of Divorce.”

“The obvious effect of frivolous divorce will be frivolous marriage. If people can be separated for no reason they will feel it all the easier to be united for no reason.”

Then, he argued that divorce was not an act of freedom but rather an act of slavery. He reasoned that a society where vows can be easily broken is a society that is not free for a free society cannot function without people keeping their commitments to one another. To those who objected to his characterization of divorce being an act of slavery he referred them to the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin in which the oldest and simplest charge against slavery was that it broke up families.

He then went on to discuss how the family is before the State or government, before the office or the factory. He talked about the family being a triad of Mother-Father-Child. I  think he made, without realizing it, a strong case against same-sex marriage.

Log on to: G.K. Chesterton for more on this.

Somethings to think about, no? What do you think?

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