Avoiding Death by Avoiding Birth

In a class that I taught yesterday, my students were discussing “divorce” as a social issue. One of them suggested that since divorce is not desirable, why don’t we get rid of marriage entirely?

I cannot help but break into laughing. I responded: oh, this is like getting rid of death by getting rid of birth.

Hilarious as it is, this is not uncommon. In fact, the practice of may governments nowadays are no more than “avoiding divorce by avoiding marriage” or “avoiding death by avoiding birth”.

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