Essay:The Invisible Hand of Marriage
The invisible hand of marriage is unseen force of productivity that results from the marriage of a man and woman.
The invisible hand of marriage is more powerful and influential than the "invisible hand" identified by Adam Smith in economics. Indeed, the source of productivity from Smith's invisible hand has been erroneously attributed to purely economic considerations, without properly factoring in the productive force of marriage. Self-interest and greed are not the primary driving forces of the invisible hand, but marriage is.
Key elements of the invisible hand of marriage include:
- the powerful incentive to work for the benefit of someone else who needs your efforts, such as a spouse or child
- the motivation to work for a future that will likely extend beyond one's own life
- the checks and balances against unproductive activity, anxiety and addiction, from the very different perspectives of a man and a woman
- the insights and wisdom that result from complementary outlooks by a man and woman in marriage
- the pushing and prodding, analogous to what a supervisor, coach or sergeant does, that encourages and compels people in marriage to achieve their best
- a division of labor that enables each spouse to work on what he or she does best
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