Well, well. Just 72 days after Kim Kardashian married Kris Humphries it is now reported that Kim has filed for divorce. She has apparently cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the divorce. Their wedding reportedly cost approximately $10 million. That’s a cost of about a $138,000 per day of marriage. This story prompted two thoughts and it definitely came as absolutely no surprise.
First. Why do these people insist on getting married? Marriage is in my opinion about agreeing to share the rest of your life with another person and to build a family with that person. You know it won’t always be easy but you give it serious thought and then you make a serious commitment and you damn well work at it. How the heck do you decide, after just 72 days of marriage, that your differences are irreconcilable? What can you possibly have learned in 72 days that you did not know before you said "I do"? Is this behaviour not making a complete mockery of marriage? Is it time to start distinguishing between “Marriage” and “Catholic Marriage”?
Second. Why spend that amount of money on a wedding? The United Nations announced on 31 October 2011 that the worlds 7 billionth baby was born. The World Food Programme then used this opportunity to highlight that 1 in 7 people in the world are currently starving and emphasised the need to control population growth to avoid this situation becoming worse. There are no prizes for guessing what the primary cause of starvation is. It’s poverty. Maybe? But consider this. The UN claims it can provide a meal for $0.25. If Kim Kardashian had spent only $1 million on her wedding, the saving could have provided 36 million meals to hungry people. Need I say more?