Why is the divorce rate so high, especially in Western countries, if love marriages work?

Love is just a strong emotion that emanates due to longing of the beloved for each other. However, literature and fiction have made the feeling of love divine, eternal and even god.

Love does not last long just as hunger does not last long.

  • Nothing is more precious to you than food, when you are hungry,
  • However, as soon as you had your fill, you don’t even wish to look at the food.

Our ancestors knew the ephemeral nature of love and hence they created the institution of marriage.

Marriage is a sacred institution created by religion. It was designed to last lifetime and endures the ups and downs of married life. Divorce was considered to be the last option to be adopted only in exceptional situations.

In some religion like Hinduism, there had been no provision of divorce at all. As a matter of fact, the marriages are supposed to last for seven lives. It was only after independence of India that the law for divorce was introduced in Hinduism in 1954.

Divorce is never appreciated in religion, even if allowed. Even in Bible, it is said, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery”. (Luke 16: 18)

However, the Western world has gradually become almost atheist as they have lost faith in religions and Scriptures. Their material prosperity has expedited their separation from God as predicted by Jesus Christ thousands of years ago: “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else. He will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)

No wonder, divorces have become too common in Western world. As a matter of fact, most Western people don’t even feel the need to get married as they have no logical reason to bind each other for life. Even when they get married, they don’t feel under any obligation to live with each other for life. They give divorce once they get bored of each other or find a better partner for themselves.

If divorce rates are still quite low in India, it is only because people still have faith in the institution of marriage. Their faith in this institution take care of their temporary anger, disgust and indifference for each other. Their divorce rate is, therefore, much less than 1% in India as compared to above 50% in most Western countries.

However, as the people of India are getting prosperous and less religious, they too are likely to follow the same trend as the Western world.

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