I refer you to my book 'THE MARRIAGE DELUSION - the fraud of the rings?' published today. Still about 20 copies available from the first 500 copies printed, which will be signed / dedicated / numbered. More on www.themarriagedelusion.com, credit cards accepted. Have a nice day! Mike Buchanan, British happily-unmarried writer.
Mr. Buchanan - You seem to be trolling through the Customer Discussions looking for even the most trivial excuse to promote your book. I just want to make a couple of observations. First, if you are going to call yourself "The book reviewer," you probably ought to review at least one book! Second, I note that your own book, which is not yet available, includes no independent reviews, so we have only your word for it. No reviews at all, just quotes from two "Shelleys," both of whom are dead and cannot have read your book. First we have a quote, apparently from the notes to "Queen Mab," one of the lesser works of 18th century Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. This seems like an obvious choice for for two reasons. First, like your own book, "Queen Mab" was self-published, with only a limited press run; and second, the poem is "infused with scientific language and naturalizing moral prescriptions." Obviously, I can't comment on the book itself, as it is unavailable, but the book description, presumably written by the author, is also infused with such language and prescriptions. Oh, there may be a third parallel. Shelley considered Queen Mab to be a "juvenile production," and worried that it could potentially "injure rather than serve the cause of freedom." Is "The Marriage Delusion" also a "juvenile production?"
The title of the post, "Marriage is the #1 cause of misery in the world today", is actually pretty good. I think I'd just qualify it and say "Marriage is the #1 cause of misery in the developed world today." As bad as marriage is I'm sure it's much worse to be chased by death squads or to be chronically hungry.
But yes, when all is said and done, it's a sobering reality: in the developed world today, marriage is our most pervasive problem, and it's needless suffering that societal inertia foists on the young. No wonder it's in decline and any moral person would agree, it can't disappear soon enough.