SINCE THE DAWN OF CIVILIZATION, after the elements are tamed and the future becomes less impulsive for survival but shifting and pensive for prosperity, the most critical problem faced by a city, state or nation was probably this:
How do you get men excited about creating wealth?
Life for the single man is easy, even today; the amount of labor required to meet one’s own, and only one’s own, material needs is miniscule, particularly in comparison to the amount of labor required to meet the needs of oneself, one’s wife and her children. During the pre-civilization and early civilization eras, polygamy tends to be the rule, with women insinuated to the most wealthy or powerful men. Women who do not, or can not make that deal tend not to survive or procreate in a way most beneficial to the group. This is not to suggest that other types of social arrangements did not develop, but only to note the dominant form as suggested by historical and natural evidence.
So the question remains, how do you motivate a man with no reasonable prospects of progeny—usually men who are neither wealthy nor powerful—excited about building or maintaining a civilization? The easiest is to maintain polygamy and practice slavery to whip those men and women not part of the elite into line. Again, evidence for this particular cultural variation is quite familiar to us today.
However, the most effective social arrangement in terms of producing the wealthiest and most powerful civilizations is monogamy. Monogamy gives all men a stake in the future of their civilization and thus a strong interest in their own general and personalized welfare. Unfortunately, as a culture, we have degraded monogamy, and most other values associated with this form of family unit—trust, loyalty, forgiveness, child-bearing, the creation and consolidation of wealth, generosity, fluency. Look around you. We are paying the ultimate price for our choices. The corrosive loss of liberty in this nation continues unabated.
“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”
As nature shows, the prime directive of all lifeforms is about procreation. Even where there is infertility, the necessities of extended family prove themselves a burden to those who can not or choose not to procreate. But during generations of rebellion against the original natures of male and female, societies will extricate an exception (infertility, poverty, wealth, cruelty, inclination) to the rule to provide cover for other forms of social unity, none of which provide al parties with the same level of mutual dignity provided for in the original directive. As nature does indeed abhor a vaccuum, there is always another beastly system creeping back in vogue, a feral system of submission, enslavement, polygamy, lies, deception, and death. You will recognize this wretched demonic system by its fruits.
Read a much longer, more poisonous opposing view.
Yeah, let’s not try harder, and really love those you once confessed you’d love and cherish forever. Yeah, that’s much too difficult. Didn’t the disciples say as much to Yeshua…
But in America, the land of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution there is freedom, liberty of choice, the pursuit of happiness. It is yet to be seen how we as a nation shall parse all these competing ideologies in reference to the law of the land. God will have his say, no doubt, as well, but meanwhile all we have is vigorous debates of tattered scripture, our sciences and our personal consciences to guide us.