Do Relationships Still Matter?
The Mayans said that yesterday was supposed to be the end of our civilization. However, we’re still here to tell about it.
The Mayan calendar imposed the belief in many that just because the calendar ceased, we would.
A good friend of mine expressed that he believes the world has already ended from a faith and spiritual standpoint.
Does this affect the way we interact with the world and with each other? That is just one of many theories.
Relationship analyst Robert E. Hall has examined the way our civilization conducts itself in the world of relationships and commitment.
In his new book, This Land of Strangers: The Relationship Crisis That Imperils Home, Work, Politics and Faith, Hall postulates theories behind the following statistics:
- Over the past 50 years people are fleeing marriage in unprecedented numbers as divorce is up 50%, marriage is down 50% and in 2012 over half of babies born to those under 30 will be to single moms
- The average number of close friends is down by a third in the past 20 years according to research by the American Sociology Review
- The defection of employers doubled for skilled workers, sales people and managers for the five years prior to the recession and a MetLife surveys in 2012 says 1/3 of employees are planning to leave their employer by the end of the year. Customer defection rates have risen 30% in recent years
- Defections from religious affiliation has doubled in the past two decades
- Finally, defections from political parties has nearly doubled in the past fifty years and according to Media Trackers, the rate of flight in the key battle ground states has surged since 2011
I can remember as a small child going everywhere with my grandfather. Every place he went, people knew who he was – he always had a “go to person” at the bank, the appliance store or the car repair shop. When that person wasn’t available, he would become extremely annoyed before gruntingly agreeing to talk to someone else. It’s that sense of familiarity that we love and enjoy, it’s a comfortable place.Continued on the next page