“The most astonishing comment you will read in a long time, from an Age journalist beaten senseless by identity politics: “The commentator also suggests children are better off being raised by a mother and father, which is incorrect.”
So for thousands of years of human civilisation we have raised children wrong, by forcing them to live with mum and dad. How could reporter Broede Carmody say something so plainly false, and plainly inspired not by evidence but politics…”
I once asked the question of a priest as to how long the English-speaking people had practised ‘monogamous marriage’. He replied: “It is the great norm.”
So, let’s be sure what we mean by “the great norm”:
Internet searches related to what is meant by ‘the great norm’:
“An accepted standard or a way of behaving or doing things that most people agree with…
‘Norms’ definition psychology
The norms of any particular group are defined by the group itself. Norms are the accepted standards of behaviour for any given group. Two important types of norms, as relates to social psychology and group behaviour, are descriptive norms and injunctive norms.
We can at least go back to the Sumerians (an Indo-European peoples) for evidence of ‘the great norm’. Professor C. Leonard Woolley, archaeologist, directed important excavations on the site of the ancient Mesopotamian city of Ur…. His book showed that the Sumerian civilisation had reached a high level of culture by 3500BC – and it included monogamous marriage.
“One of the criteria by which a society can fairly be judged is the position which it accords to women. In Sumer monogamy was the law of the land, and though in practice this was modified by the toleration of concubinage, yet the status of the legitimate wife was so well protected that the principle was not seriously impugned.
Marriage was arranged by the elders of the families and the betrothal was signalized by the presentation from the bridegroom to his future father-in-law of a money gift, which he forfeited if he broke off the engagement and could recover twofold if the bride changed her mind; this was a survival of an older custom of marriage by purchase, retained in order to make the betrothal more binding. Probably there was more freedom of intercourse between young people of both sexes than the practice of ‘arranged marriages’ suggests;…”
Professor Woolley also records that when the “Egyptian civilisation began the Sumerian civilisation had reached a very high level of culture by 3500BC and may be said with some justice to be the forerunners of all the Old World civilisations of Egypt, Assyria, Asia Minor, Crete and Greece.”
Source: “The Sumerians,” by C. Leonard Woolley, 1965