I'm still working on my book, using One-Note, it's all a bunch of little snippets here and there.
Tonight I'm focusing on marriage. What do you call traditional marriage? You must go back more than a thousand years, perhaps more than two thousand year.
Around the world today there are still marriages that are arranged by the parents, but in even earlier times, marriage was purely a consolidation of power.
The ultimate example of marriage leading to a consolidation of power could be Genghis Kahn and the founding of the Mongol Empire. While marriage practices can't be directly attributed to Genghis Kahn, the long-term result of real traditional marriage most certainly led to the formation of the Mongol Empire.
Today marriages are still arranged in such a manner, but as a means of protecting the existing power structure, in India for example, the Caste system was developed.
In the west, the existing power structures are maintained by allowing marriage to be chosen out of physical attraction and desire, with no designs for power gain or even plans for economic self-sufficiency. In fact, the weddings in the west are the most expensive and create great financial loss to the families involved.
Suppression of birth control and contraception methods lend to the additional burden of too many children. An overpopulation of children within a consolidated family creates a negative economic impact on that family's rise to power through further consolidation in the far future. Marriages today are focused on procreation with little or no regard to available resources.
This burden is most evident in developing countries where the populations were converted to catholicism. The result is an outcry in the media for such resources as clean water and sewer systems, and donations for malnutrition, malaria and vaccines. Ironically, the money goes to the very charitable organizations that created the problems in the first place.
Gay marriage is perhaps the most threatening to the existing power structures because it represents the greatest potential power gain through consolidation, with the ability to adopt the correct number of children to maintain economic balance for future power gains. Providing of course that the couple does not fall into the same commercial pitfalls as most other couples getting married in the west.
The west has been so weakened by the hoarding of resources by a few families, that survival in the future will depend on changing the concept of marriage for the rest of us, from witless desire, to an economic agreement between our families to become tribes, and gather forces over future generations, to overturn the existing predatory power stuctures, for one more equitable under the banner of science and reason.