Gretchen and Chris's divorce and a recent article in a Korean newspaper made me think about divorces tonight. In 1980, the divorce rate in Korea was 5.9%. In 1990, 11.4%. Last year, 47.5%. Those who keep track of the numbers say Korea will soon bypass America (51%) if it hasn't already. At this rate, the very social fabric of Korea will soon be torn apart.
I doubt the rate will become 100%, but I can't help but wonder what a society with 100% divorce rate will be like. Our divorce rate with cars is 100% so will we treat our spouses like cars? Will 18 year olds become equivalent of new car models? Will used cars get some respect as classics? What about the equivalent of rental cars? Who is driving who?