I mean under a system pre-retirement parents had a real fucking motivation to know their kids real good and pick partners real well for them. Because if they failed, their retirement was on the line.
And because of the parents being against the breakup, as well as society it rarely happened.
Wish I had grown up under that system a lot more. Countless hours, absolutely countless hours wasted worrying about partners and things. It would have been soooo sooo much easier to just have been at 13-18, "Heres who you'll marry and spend your life with. Get to know them."
It was the same system where like the vows said "You own each other's bodies." Like if one of you decided, I don't want to give my partner sex anymore, you don't get to make that choice.
Is that mean? Yeah, but it also bound you together in a way you weren't with anyone else. You owned them and they owned you.
Did it suck if your parents picked wrong? Yeah. But does it also suck if you get divorced and lose so much money you end yourself? Yeah.
Between two evils I'd much rather have had arranged marriage. Over the degenerate society of e-thots, simps, marriages seen like lottery payouts to women and governments, etc