December 15, 2005

Statistics sight-unseen, I would think that a far higher percentage of second marriages than first marriages last.

There is one major difference between the first marriage and all subsequent marriages: this time around, both parties know what they are getting into. The first marriage, regardless of love or arrangement, is blind. Contentment would be a ratio of two factors: prior expectations, compared and contrasted against the later reality; and thus survival of the first marriage might depend on the willingness to compromise "perfection".

Perhaps those coming into non-first marriages have less idealistic expectations -- and so, perhaps, more (on average) contentment within the marriage?

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