Saturday, February 28, 2009

High Divorce Rate in Kuwait?

First of all, the proof. Is there really a high divorce rate in Kuwait?

This report says that "The divorce rate in the UAE has touched 46 per cent, the highest in the AGCC. The divorce rate in Qatar is 38 per cent; it is 35 per cent in Kuwait and 34 per cent in Bahrain"

Why is it this high? I think it's because we're spoiled. plain and simple. And we love ourselves more than we love other people.

A good, productive and stable marriage is built on one's ability to "LOVE" someone else and make sacrifices for them. We in this region as a whole are materialistic and wealthy. Couples get married because marriage is the new "thing to do", it's merely the new toy. Maybe the honeymoon period is the only highlight of the whole affair. Both sides needed intimacy and (Yes,) they needed some good sex, so they get married to do it. There's nothing wrong with that. Infact if there's one good thing this says about our society is that atleast some young people feel that they should "get married first" before "doing it". That's a noble and encouraging thought.

But after the 1st few months? the 1st couple of years?

First sign of trouble, and you see both sides contemplating the "Dee" word. They think "I don't need this.". And rightly so, they really don't need it. Either of them. Both are wealthy, both have high paying jobs, their rooms in their parents' houses are still empty and perhaps are still untouched with their original furniture of the previously "single" boy or girl.

So High Divorce Rate in Kuwait means 2 things:
1- We're too spoiled to want to stay in the marriage team. (Negative)
2- We still respect our Islamic sensibility enough to get married in order to have regular sex. (Positive)

So what will happen to us in umm... say 50 years?

The world will be less dependent on our oil, the oil will become less abundant anyway. We will become poorer in general. Right?

We will have less materialistic "toys" to play with. We will become less spoiled. And I think we will tend to stay committed to our marriages more.

Our men will start actually doing some "work" to earn a living. And less of these jobs will be suited to women, and the women will have less incentive to leave the umbrella of her husband's (modest) financial security.

Just like the stories of our grandfathers and grandmothers, remember those?

Now, is that a bleak picture? I don't think so!

With less material distractions, and with healthier marriages, I only see us becoming happier people.

What do you think about that upside-down logic? :)


FourMe said...

not the whole country is wealthy.. you see people in the working class and of poor status are still getting divorced as much as the wealthy kids.. I don't think money is the main reason for divorce in the region I think its like you said they're spoiled and simply don't want to consider their partners need and put him/her above his.. they simply want to take all the time but not give..

such a shame..

falantan said...

The interesting thing about your comment Fourme is that I think you and I mean different things by "wealthy".

What I think of wealthy is in comparison with countries in the world where they have to sweat to eat. in this sense almost all of Kuwaitis are VERY wealthy. The whole gulf region is wealthy.

We can easily afford food, a car, and 2-3 different kinds of gaming consoles. all of that without really having a meaningful job. jobs in the public sector are nothing but disguised welfare. we do almost nothing yet we live comfortably. We don't go hungry or cold (or hot in our case).

But I think by your definition "wealthy" means capable of buying a ferrari? :)

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i totally agree with u falantan, my girl friend is 19 years old, and married and has a lovely baby girl, with any sign of trouble , she stays at her parents home and tells me she's getting divorce, she wont tell me, but i KNOW its not worth it, her husband 5osh rayal, and mo mga9ir, and she loves him but madry laish chethie.. its troubling me sooo much, she doesnt put the effort, ok im not married, and i dont know how marriage works, but i know there is sacrifices, and u have to "give" so u can "Receive", bs ur right,, we r becoming selfish, and it breaks my heart to see families go down the drain, i know my generation, refejat el thanaweya. asma3 wa7da titzawaj, o 3ugub fatra i heard she's divorced,, mo wa7da. at least 2 other, WHAT IS WRONG WITH US???!!!!!
thanks for the subjects.. wala mufeed

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We've all heard the oft-quoted dictum that the United States has a 50% divorce rate. It's enough to make you sour on the whole idea of marriage. After all, if half of all marriages end in divorce, do love and marriage really go together at all? Fortunately, that's not really the case. At the end of the day, the divorce rate is a statistic, and just like all other statistics, it can be construed to mean just about anything. To quote Mark Twain: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." The problem with claiming that 50% of divorces end in divorce is that it's such a broad claim that it's almost meaningless when you consider it in terms of your own marriage. While it's true that, of all the marriages people enter into in the United States, roughly half of them end in divorce, it isn't the whole story. To know more about this please click on the link Do It Yourself Divorce.

Ghanima said...

sO .. if i inderstand from what you are sayong it seems as though you are implementing the fact that merriage will become much better once the country is poorer?

I tottaly disagree with you, you may have a point with the generation being too spoiled yet you are looking at a very small percentage.

As i see it there is a huge number of the younger generation who are working their *** off in order to gain enough to pay for their marriega or studies or ect .

Please do not minimize the picture to a total of 5% of negative behaviours and overlook the reality of things.

There are many young guys and girls that i know all from both wealthy and non wealthy families have one goal in common and it is to complete their studies in a competent level in order to be able to implemetn to the country what their passionate younge minds have for the future and well being over their country.

Therefore i refuse to listen to anybody speak about the young generation as though they are nothig but spoiled brats! and i seriously do not understand why you are aiming at the young generation only this 35% of divorce is spread throughout the age groups onto the older generation and i beleieve if you had your statistics more accurate you will realise that the divorce rate in the older generation is greater than the young.

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