Sorry, but I have to agree, there is some pretty bad advice going on here. Just because the divorce rate is high does not mean you should completely write off marriage. A majority of people these days simply give up on marriage because they don't understand the concept of communicating and compromise. Others, such as many of my friends, are just rushing into it before they even know the person all that well.
If you find the right person, it can be worthwhile. My granparents were happily married for over 65 years, and my parents over 20. The only reason it is not more is because two of them passed away. Find someone who is compatible with you, and it can definitely be worthwhile spending the rest of your life with them. Don't settle for someone or rush into a relationship just for a good time. Working to find the right person can be well worth the reward of finding a life-long companion.
Do all the communicating and compromising you want, if the other person isn't having any of it you've got squat. It's not always under your control. Yeah, a lot of people like to play against the odds, 52% percent of marriages end in divorce, you actually have better odds on a hand of black jack in Vegas. Recent economic analysis of divorce cases indicated it took 22 years to make up for the financial ruin divorces bring. So take everything you have today, sell it, and gamble it all on a hand of black jack. That's actually wiser than getting married (not very wise though).
You can get companionship without marriage, you can get sex without marriage, you can get friendship without marriage. There's very little reason to get married. Now if there wasn't so much to lose from it, I'd still say go for it. As it is there is very little gain over not getting married and a ton to lose.
Find someone who accepts you for who you are, do the same for them. Respect each others freedom to do other things seperately, and all should be sweet.
Thats the advice to listen to for all relationships includuing friends. I've always said when you feel like you have to hide aspects of your personality or feel like you're being judged on them, its more trouble than its worth
Not always. Small list of shit that happens:
Have a special needs child
Have someone close pass away
Have a child die
Have a degenerative disease finally get bad for you or your spouse
Be unable to conceive
Have a spouse start to abuse substances
Lose a job
Lose a career
Lose a limb
Get permanently sick/disabled, or your spouse does so
Watch your wife's whole personality change as she goes through menopause
Watch as your spouse's "friends" undermine your relationship with them, it turns out your spouse has a weak personality (whether you ever exploited this yourself or not)
Your spouse meets the person they wished they'd met before you (yeah, it's bullshit but it happens)
You meet that person instead
I hate this simplistic advice that advocates that marriage is always good, its success is always under your control, and that it's a simple, three step process to make it work. Sorry to pick on your post particularly, but as I said, marriage is little to gain.
I'm all for relationships and companionship, as stated, marriage is a fool's wager.