According to the New York Times, the majority of births to women under thirty years old occur outside marriage. The article suggests that a lack of commitment is the prevailing cause for women choosing to go it alone. With our social standards seeming to be evolving to striving for mediocrity, it's no wonder that we are approaching a point where nothing worth achieving is worth achieving.
I don't think that the choice of unmarried pregnant women to remain unmarried, or for women who want children to feel compelled to marry first is necessarily a wrong choice. Rather it is indicative of a trend toward rejection of anything that is perceived as commitment.
Maybe the social trend toward rejecting commitment is part of the reason we are becoming a nation of renters. Maybe my past criticism of the current political administration is unjustified. Maybe the president is not trying to turn America into a nation of renters. Maybe we are already a nation of renters, not just of housing, but also of jobs without commitment, and interpersonal relationships without commitment. We lease cars, change jobs without hardly a serious thought, even rent pets. Everything many of us do comes with a built in expiration date, and many of us like it that way.
Is the old model of deliberately establishing emotional, psychological, economic, and social roots coming to an end? Perhaps it is, but I'm not comfortable with the changes.