Today’s personal communications environment is all about efficiency and convenience, and it is thus characterized by cheap and easy phone service, mass-produced greeting cards, soulless emails, and incomprehensible text messaging (e.g.: I <3 U. I mean, wtf? Isn’t something as important as love worth the four key strokes it takes to spell it out?).
We almost never commit our most important thoughts and emotions to paper anymore.
As a result, spoken language dominates and even smart people are losing their ability to spell words that sound alike (e.g., “Your the girl for me.”), let alone master the fine points of punctuation and other elements of grammar. But this isn’t the worst of it.
When people lose their ability to write, they lose their ability to organize their thinking and—in the case of love letters—their ability to make commitments that will withstand the tests of time and changing circumstances.
I’m no social scientist, but I’m sure there’s a direct correlation between modern courting methods (including the passage of the love letter into historical obscurity) and today’s high marriage failure rates. Statistics show that 50% percent of first marriages, 67% of second, and 73% of third marriages end in divorce in the US.
If the right-wingers want to pass an act which will truly defend marriage, rather than establishing hateful gender-based restrictions about who can love and commit to one another, they should require lovers to produce a sheaf of love letters to prove they’ve thought things through and mean what they promise.
Groove of the Day