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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Ads on METRO #9: Life is Short. Get a Divorce

Okay, this ad was not on the METRO, but it garnered nation-wide attention. It is a billboard posted by a Chicago law firm specializing in divorce. It features two scantily clad bodies (no faces) separated by the slogan, "Life is short. Get a divorce."

The expected corrections from people of goodwill can be read here, here, here and here.

Ironically, my spiritual director and I spoke about divorce today. He said, "Life is short, stay married." I doubt he had heard about this billboard, but his point was clear. The last judgement is just around the corner.

But the problems aren't just in the afterlife. This attitude toward marriage would be hell on Earth. Who can experience real love and security in a marriage that can be jettisoned just because something younger and better looking has come along?

The bright side is that there has been a huge backlash against this ad. I guess society has not slipped into the abyss just yet.

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