A critical editorial in Asri Iran titled “The Foundations of the Family are Crumbling, in the West or in Iran”: In recent years, many people in Iran have loved using the phrase “collapse of the foundations of family in the West”, until it became a kind of joke among citizens. When someone comes back from Europe and is asked how it was, he answers “it was a good trip but when I walked down the streets, I heard voices behind me. When I turned around, I saw that it was the collapse of the family.” True, the nuclear family in the West is not as secure as it was in previous decades. A president living with a woman who is not his wife would not have been conceivable in the West in previous decades. What about us? Even if we assume that in France, Germany, Spain, the US, etc., the family is collapsing, and even if we assume that Western society is drowning in problems of moral corruption, do their problems make up for our own tremendous problems? For example, with regards to divorce, if the situation continues as is, Iran will soon bypass Europe in this area. The number of divorces in Iran is steadily increasing, and one must take into account the fact that in Iran, divorce is subjected to legal and traditional limitations and not all couples who wish to do so manage to get a divorce (for example, women who want to divorce and are unable, or traditional families such as those in rural area). It many reasonably be assumed that even if only some of these restrictions are lifted in Iran, the divorce statistics in the country will bypass even those in Europe.
We must stop taking pride in ourselves. Cursing the West might momentarily assure some people and create false optimism that they are collapsing but this is not what will heal our ills, and when we try to focus on the West’s weaknesses, and magnify them, we are only wasting our energies needed to identify and solve our own problems. Whether or not the foundations of the family in the West are collapsing, that has to do with them. What needs to interest us and what we must accept and internalize is that the foundations of the family in Iran are collapsing at an even faster rate.