Mankind has moved on to a higher age. If the World Wars were responsible for ushering in industrial age and heralding a new revolution, the modern advancement in science and technology as well as the telecommunication revolution in terms of world wide web or the internet has pushed ahead the entire civilization. For the first time in the world history, we see the traces of the concept of ‘One World, One family’ becoming a possibility. Internet has changed the way that we live and it has affected each facet of our lives.
Turn of the last century has seen the a lot of changes in our lives. Man is catching up with the modern urban lifestyle very fast. However, the basic tenets of society and the personal value system may not be aligned with the current lifestyle and hence we are all undergoing that transformation to unlearn and relearn or reconfigure ourselves. It is not that man will adopt new value systems for our values are age old as well as fundamental to our existence. However with the changing times, the value systems would need to be suitably revised or modernized in order to meet with the present situation. Religion to a large extent deals with this very subject exclusively. Those religions that are tolerant and open to changing with time provide the society with the freedom to grow and experiment. Those which are confined to their basic tenets and do not wish to review or modernize them will find the society at cross roads for the progress in the material life cannot be rolled back and they cannot live with the old value systems.
Women generally have adapted to the modern day life pretty well. Globally we see that woman are educated and carving careers for themselves. They are no longer playing the role of a house wife alone. With economic independence, they have become emotionally independent as individuals. The increasing divorce rates and single parenting are perhaps the direct result of women empowerment.
Is it the same with men? We wonder. Men have had to take into account the changing roles and expectation of women and adapt to the new situation. Men are no longer able to confine themselves to the traditional role anymore. Taking up domestic responsibilities as well as contributing to managing the family is equally on men as well as women.
Personally too men find that they can no longer take their marriage and their wives for granted. The equation between the partners has changed. Those who have not realized these facts and enter into matrimony with the traditional mindset find it difficult to get going. In fact a recent medical study of male impotence traced one of the major causes to be the emotional stress that men go through in a relationship and the constant need to keep up with the expectations as well as the risk of breaking up of the relationship is getting to men.
Many couples view marriage as a partnership, where in both the partners share responsibilities equally. Similar to corporate jobs, as long as the partners are performing as per expectations, the marriage is intact. Any shortcoming on the part of one of the partners, there is no emotional binding for the marriage to continue and is easily dissolved.