It suddenly occured to me last night that our group’s marital homogeneity is rather striking. Consider: We have eight bloggers; we live in different locations; we come from different professions; we have different political beliefs; we find a lot to differ on.
We are all married and all have children. (See documentation for Nate, Russell, Kaimi, Adam, Jim,Gordon; Matt’s status is documented on a family webpage that I’ve seen, but don’t know if he wants linked on the public site; I don’t believe Greg has any online documentation, but I can attest to his marital-parental status, having been in his ward for years).
Our commenters are not quite as homogeneous, but still seem heavily tilted towards married with children. Looking at the “Most Comments” list:
Clark is married and his wife is pregnant. (Congratulations, by the way). (See documentation here; I can’t get a link to work to the actual post, so scroll down a bit). Kristine is married with three children. (See here and here). I can’t find documentation, but I believe I’ve seen both Lyle and Brent refer to being married. Brayden, Bob, Renee, and Logan are certainly married (as their web sites attest); I’m not sure about Cooper.
Not only are all of the bloggers (and many of the commenters) married (and parents), we are vocal about our marital and parental status. (Thus it’s easy for me to locate online documentation of nearly everyone’s marital-parental status).
This makes us unusual in the world. At work, school, or social groups, there is often a sizable single contingent. Many people are happy to avoid marriage altogether, and even married colleagues are unlikely to begin having children very soon.
Mormons are different. Whatever our politics or profession, we stick out because of our familial demographics. And so there may be a shift away from conservative political positions among at least some church members (Russell, Greg, myself), there does not seem to be a corresponding shift away from giving primacy to creating and maintaining family relationships.
I’m not sure exactly what this means, but I suspect its implications could be profound. (And yes, I apologize for the navel-gazing inherent in this discussion).