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Bezos — Alexit with free shipping?

Chidanand Rajghatta

Marriages may be made in heaven, but typically, hell hath no fury like Divorce proceedings. Considering the pathology attached to the dissolution of marriages, the rift that has landed Amazon founder-CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife Mackenzie in Splitsville seems amicable enough for now, although the terms of “undearment” are yet to become public. Rumors that Bezos merely commanded “Alexa, end my marriage!” to his virtual assistant — resulting in “Alexit” — are vastly exaggerated. The 25-year-old union, comfortably outperforming the median 11-year length for a Marriage in the US today, was apparently past prime delivery, and the couple called it quits gracefully – at least in public eye.

The United States has an outsized reputation as a “divorce-prone” country.  The status is consonant with Groucho Marx’s sage observation that “marriage is the chief cause of divorce,” although Spain, Russia, and France record more divorces (India with one per cent of all marriages ending in divorce, logs among the least). While nearly half of all American marriages end in divorce or separation, more recent surveys indicate that U.S millennials, marrying at an older age when education, careers, and finances are stabilized, are bucking a trend that reached its peak with baby boomers, who married young, divorced, remarried and generally made a meal of life.

Indeed, financial squabbles and money issues ranked among the top reasons for divorces in the past, and the aftermath was played out in all its bitterness in courts. “Ah, yes, divorce… from the Latin word meaning to rip out a man’s genitals through his wallet,” lamented the late Robin Williams, as if in response to a female entertainer who gloated that when she divorced she “went through the various stages of grieving: anger, denial, and dancing around with my settlement check.” Newer marriages in the Amazon Age comes with free shipping. Mutually consenting parties don’t always obsess about the lolly; they can keep their money and their mouth as they ship out.

A generation prior to this was wedded to marriages for different reasons and was leery of divorces, a sentiment best expressed by the comedian Jack Benny who revealed that he and his wife “have been married for forty-seven years and not once have we had an argument serious enough to consider divorce. Murder, yes, but divorce, never.” With U.S. divorce rates dropping 18 percent from 2008 to 2016, only the paparazzi that feast on the misery of broken marriages of the elite is feeling cheated; murder is not a patch on messy divorce, particularly one that involves mountains of money.

DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.

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