Who you marry is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. While most products and legally-binding agreements have a set service life or contract time, it is exceedingly rare to find a circumstance where one puts money, products or services down "until death do us part." If you are going to make a decision based on "forever", you had better have an understanding of what you are gaining and what you are giving up. To explore this topic, I have included the following links.
Why Marry? (part 1)
Why Marry? (part 2)
Additional Thought-Inducing Readings:
Hodgepodge of Marriage Phenomena
Marriage Increases Inequality
Marriage Benefits the Middle Class More
Some questions to think about:
1. What benefits do you hope to gain from marriage?
2. What are the consequences of getting married?
3. What benefits do you hope to gain from not getting married?
4. What are the consequences of not getting married?
5. Do you think that men and women get the same things from a marriage?
6. Is marriage really an equal partnership?
7. Has marriage changed over the years?
8. How does divorce affect your estimation of marriage?