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  • Darwin's Cost:Benefit Analysis Of Marriage 2 comments
    Sep 18, 2013 6:38 PM

    One of my colleagues got married this past weekend. I offered what advice I could, focusing on the diamond purchase (miss a marginal full carat size by 10% and reduce the cost/marginal carat by 50%, etc). I didn't have much to add on marriage itself, but now that it is too late, I want to share Charles Darwin's cost:benefit analysis of marriage.

    This Is The Question

    Not Marry

    Freedom to go where one liked- choice of Society
    & little of it. - Conversation of clever men at clubs-
    Not forced to visit relatives, & to bend in every
    trifle.- to have the expense & anxiety of children-
    perhaps quarelling- Loss of time. - cannot read in
    the Evenings- fatness & idleness- Anxiety &
    responsibility- less money for books &c- if many
    children forced to gain one's bread.- (But then it is
    very bad for ones health to work too much)

    Perhaps my wife wont like London; then the sentence
    is banishment & degradation into indolent, idle fool-


    Children-(if it Please God) - Constant companion,
    (& friend in old age) who will feel interested in one,-
    object to be beloved & played with.- -better than a
    dog anyhow.- Home, & someone to take care of
    house- Charms of music & female chit-chat.- These
    things good for one's health.- but terrible loss of
    time. -

    My God, it is intolerable to think of spending ones
    whole life, like a neuter bee, working, working, &
    nothing after all.- No, no won't do.- Imagine living
    all one's day solitarily in smoky dirty London House.-
    Only picture to yourself a nice soft wife on a sofa with
    good fire, & books & music perhaps- Compare this
    vision with the dingy reality of Grt. Marlbro' St.
    Marry-Mary-Marry Q.E.D.,

    For more on Darwin and women, here is a 20 minute video.

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    Government bends the curve.
    18 Sep 2013, 06:52 PM Reply Like
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    Ha. At this point, I'm already thinking about second marriage cost/benefit analysis.
    18 Sep 2013, 09:17 PM Reply Like
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