Today is a day heralded as being for lovers. Copiosis brings good news for everyone around the world in love…and married: Your love is free. Literally. That’s not so in capitalism.
According to data published by the online brokerage firm TD Ameritrade, more than 40 percent of married couples divorce over money issues. Nearly half of people in domestic partnerships report fighting over money and financial issues.
Capitalism is Decidedly Un-Romantic.
That’s not the only way capitalism works against happy endings in primary (i.e. “romantic”) relationships. Too many potentially happy love affairs never get off the ground, or break up because of differences in economic class, or one person’s income or wealth (or lack of it).
As Daisy Buchannan tells Jay Gatsby in at least one film version of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel: “Rich girls don’t marry poor boys.”
When marriage becomes a trap
It’s even worse with children involved or when one partner’s income supports the another partner’s needs. What happens when the dependent partner finds themselves subject to abuse? This is an all-too-common scenario for women with children whose husbands are abusive and controlling. Because she needs to keep herself and her children fed and housed, a woman will often endure abuse.
Even for those who escape, most of these newly-single mothers wind up descending into poverty. Poverty that capitalism makes nearly impossible to escape.
It can also be grim for the breadwinner (whether man or woman) who lives with a nagging, abusive spouse; if the breadwinner can’t support a former spouse once separated, they may have no choice. Sometimes they get stuck in a loveless, sexless, miserable marriage.
Copiosis – Cupid’s Best Friend
Because Copiosis replaces money with Net Benefit Rewards (NBR), nearly all these issues disappear. Copiosis also redefines marriage as an institution — in a good way.
Those wanting marriage have stronger marriages in Copiosis, because marriage – freed from economic considerations – is based on one thing: desiring each other.
Yes, it is All About the Money
Today and throughout history, marriage defines property rights and ownership. It is why society recognizes civil unions and common-law marriages. Well into the 20th Century, laws in the U.S. and the U.K. required a woman surrender her property and wealth to her husband.
Today, community property laws in many states entitle a spouse to half of all property and assets, whether both parties contributed to their accumulation or not.
In Copiosis, there is no such thing as “community property.” Every individual – man or woman – in a domestic partnership retains ownership and control of their own property and NBR. A person could not give their NBR to their spouse/partner even if they wanted to. They could transfer ownership of their Luxury items or real estate to a partner or spouse if they wish, but a marriage contract, whatever form that takes, would not entitle either partner claim to the other’s property.
Community property exists today as compensation for (historically) women who forego building a career to care for family. Today’s economic systems require such compensations because everyone must earn a living…even after divorce.
But in Copiosis, no one must earn their living. Necessities are provided to all at no cost. As for “income”, there are so many ways an individual can get NBR, compensation is pointless. After all, homemaking and childrearing create Net Benefit. So stay-at-home spouses not only enjoy income from those acts, but from other acts they may enjoy.
“The Course of True Love Ne’er Did Run Smooth…”
Of course, as songwriter Herman Hupfield wrote in his 1931 song, As Time Goes By, there will always be “…hearts full of passion, jealousy and hate.” Copiosis over time restores the best of human nature. But it’s not utopia. We must expect love affairs will end badly for the foreseeable future. Humans are human, meaning they act in haste sometimes.
What Copiosis does do is take money and property disputes out of the equation, so couples can enjoy each other and the things in life that really matter. Marriage becomes easier because finances don’t play a role.
In economic consideration’s absence can grow the seeds of love that human relationships nurture.