Innovation. Economists and politicians and business leaders are forever talking about innovation and how companies need to do it to thrive. And how society as a whole needs to be innovative to keep the economy strong – otherwise all the jobs will go to Third World countries.
We have seen innovation in marriage arrangements in recent years.Mexico City floated the idea of 2-year marriage licenses last year. For starter marriages and to give couples a less risky form of marriage before committing for a lifetime. When Gaddafi was in charge in Libya, he suppressed polygamy. The new rulers in Libya have made it much easier for polygamous marriages to thrive. Same-sex marriage legalized in many countries and in several US states The introduction of optional Covenant marriages in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Arizona. These marriage contracts are much more difficult to dissolve in divorce.
I don’t think the Mexico City proposal ever passed the legislature, and Covenant marriages have not been particularly popular in the states where they exist, BUT…at least they are attempts at innovation. Most forms of innovation either fail or are middling successes. Not many are home runs. The promoters of business innovation know this and still support experiments and trials.
Now I meet people who are really, really, really in favor of item 3 and really, really, really against items 1, 2, and 4. The strengths of their opinions are surprisingly strong, too. I’m guessing around here was have people who are really, really, really against items 1, 2, and 3, and mostly in favor of item 4.
I think there is a good chance we will see more innovation in the future despite the strong opinions these innovations trigger.