"In today's age of instant gratification, the 'must have now' mentality in virtually all things has supplanted one's ability to wait for the right moment.
Given that immediate consequences can now be prevented and forstalled by the birth control pill, any other contraceptive, the morning after pill or in the final anaylisis, abortion, 'not waiting' seems to hold little sanction and therefore militates against all young men and women 'holding out' longer.
And yet, who can dispute that the best things deserve the wait and invariably reward one ten fold for having done so. This is illustrated graphically by both the concept and description of love by today's youth. No longer is there a place for 'Falling in love' as falling implies a wait until one eventually arrives at one's destination. Today, one is either 'in love' or 'out of love' with no inbetween.
As the accomplished parachutist knows 'falling' is not the only part of the jump. Preparation and safe landing are also crucial parts of this combined experience. However, 'falling' is the sheer thrill one feels and also provides the crucial experience of looking around and familiarising oneself with the landscape and territory one is entering. This is vital if one is to avoid any unneccessary pitfalls upon landing. Landing safely on one's feet after a sometimes bumpy ride is undoubtedly the accomplishment of a job well done. Marriage is no different when one thinks about it, is it?
Falling in love enables a man to delay his gratification until the flower is ready to blossom, for as any true gardener knows, it is only after full bloom can one delight in seeing the petals fall to ground. So hold off until that time when final commitment is inevitable if you've got the will power and the flower will smell all the sweeter for having waited for the show.
On the other hand, if you have no will power and care not where you end up, then content yourself with nothing more but the bare stem of married conjugality. That's like having the soul mate without the soul or a fallen angel without wings." William Forde: June 20th, 2014.