The world is changing. Little by little, the structures that we previously conceived as immovable give way to new ways of thinking and living, which adapt to our reality and modern paradigms. Such is the case of the traditional family concept, which today translates into a completely different version.
Before talking about how family is defined today, let’s think about how it was defined until a few years ago: mom, dad, children and, if anything, a pet. This model was the only socially accepted one, and everything that departed from this was irregular and even bad.
Today, with a little more social maturity, we understand that the family comes in many shapes and sizes. Single parents, divided households (either by choice or as a result of divorce), DINKS, xnxx, etc.
First things first: one of the reasons why the concept of family changed comes from a change in its social function. A change that has been so slow and progressive over time that it is barely perceptible. Previously, the function of the family was the reproduction and permanence of the lineage. It depends on the time, we are talking about a surname, a skin color or a historical legacy.
However, currently, the function of the family is to be an emotional unit, where sentimental ties are the key to permanence over time.
Under this logic, it is understandable that the modern family puts sentimental happiness above the social structure and effective reproduction, for example, giving space to family structures that are born from homosexual couples not capable of reproducing on their own.
THE FAMILY IS NO LONGER PERMANENT
Let us also remember that traditional family concepts were built in societies where people lived statistically much less than now. Medical advances and its extension of the average life make anyone doubt a “Happily ever after”.
So when you think about marriage, even subconsciously, it’s not seen as a definite and permanent point. But, rather, as a current commitment that may or may not change over time. Hence, the fact that prenuptial agreements and other legal clauses that protect the parties in the event of a breakup of the union are very common today.
According to psychology, we no longer necessarily speak of “family” in the singular. But of, on the other hand, “family trajectories”. States that have a beginning and possibly an end because, once again, the family is conditioned by affection. An affection that may or may not last over time.
In a few words, and without so many technicalities, the big difference lies in the freedom to choose and in the search for personal and sentimental satisfaction.
THE MODEL FAMILY NO LONGER EXISTS
In the same way that today we say “The perfect life does not exist”, it also applies to the construction of the family. There is no longer a perfect formula or structure of how it should look or function correctly, because the only premise is individual and collective happiness.
The “Mom+Dad+Son” construction today is nothing more than a crude cliché, where before each member occupied a predesigned role. It may sound simplistic, but the basic premise of this whole thing is easily summed up in a couple of words: Do what makes you happy.