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What is, according to Czechs, the most important thing in life? / Co je podle Cechu v zivote nejdulezitesi?

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When were were back in the Czech Republic the last time my cousin asked my husband: “Why did you guys get married if you weren’t pregnant?” We gave him kind of a blank stare back, not knowing how to respond. For love? Isn’t that usually the reason why do people get married? But according to  the Ceske Noviny newspaper 59% of Czechs  did get married because of their offspring. What is interesting is that 70% of those who participated in the poll think of an ideal family as having 2 children – no more, no less. This has been a wide spread thought for quite some time, say  the statistical analysts.

The article also did not mention the fact that the mom gets greater finanical support from the government if she is NOT married, hence the lack of thoughts of marriage….a little detail.

Czechs (total of 1,082 participants above 15 years of age) were also asked what was the most important thing in life. Here is what they said:

1st place: having a long-term relationship

2nd place: having children

3rd place: having a successful career, getting married

CZ: Kdyz jsme byli s manzelem naposledy v Cechach, muj bratranec ze ho zeptal: “A proc jste se vlastne brali, kdyz nejste tehotni?” Na tuto otazku jsme nebyli vubec pripraveni a koukali jsme se na bratranka trosku s rozpaky. No, preci pro lasku? Neni to preci hlavni duvod, proc se lidi berou? Ale podle ankety v Ceskych Novinach to tomu pry tak neni. Deti jsou pro Cechy totiz  tim nejcastejsim duvodem, proc se vubec brat. Kvuli nim by do manzelstvi vstoupilo 59% obcanu (clanek ovsem zapomnel ctenarum pripomenout, ze pridavky na deti jsou mnohem vyssi, kdyz jste svobodnou matkou, nez kdyz je matka vdana….).

Vice nez 70% dotazanych je presvedcena, ze idealni rodina se sestava ze dvou deti – o nic vic a o nic mene.  To je pry podle analytiku dlouhodobe zakoreneny nazor.

A co povazuji ceski ve svem zivote za nejdulezitesi?

1. misto: trvaly parntersky vztah

2. misto: mit deti

3. misto: uspechy v zamestnani a ozenit se/vdat se

Source: http://magazin.ceskenoviny.cz/zajimavosti/zpravy/castym-duvodem-pro-uzavreni-snatku-jsou-pro-cechy-deti/419489

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13 comments… add one
  • MiGrant January 21, 2010, 12:24 am

    To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women!

    No, wait, that’s Mongols….

  • Tanja January 21, 2010, 1:11 pm

    Haha….but close!

  • Marika January 21, 2010, 10:50 pm

    Hmm, Ja myslela, ze to vyhralo pivo.

  • Jamie January 22, 2010, 10:36 am

    At a New Year’s party at a sports club in the CR about 10 years ago, I had a startling, and to me disgusting, debate with a room full of Czech men about marriage.

    They claimed that marital fidelity was physically and psychologically impossible, and that even if it were possible, it would be unhealthy. They considered it expected and in some way noble to cheat on one’s spouse.

    I argued the case for faithful marriage, and not one man in the room agreed with me.

    When I asked them, “Then what is the purpose of marriage? Just to share your stuff?” They all looked at me blankly, because they had no idea what marriage was for.

    The Czechs are basically living and thinking like many Americans did in the 1970s.

  • Tanja January 22, 2010, 12:13 pm

    That’s awful. I have heard from my Czech friends still living in Czech that cheating is a the norm now.

  • Marika January 23, 2010, 12:14 am

    Stick to the beer while watching TV with your wife next to you.

  • Vlastimil January 26, 2010, 2:01 pm

    Monogamy has been imposed on Czechs by the church.
    Since majority of Czechs don’t recognize authority of the church, then it is very understandable that Czechs think and behave this way.
    BTW, it has been proved by scientists, that males are polygamists by nature, so there is not much one can do 😉

  • Vlastimil January 26, 2010, 2:06 pm

    Jamie, don’t forget that Czechs are Bohemians…It speaks for itself…. 🙂

  • Marina Musilova January 29, 2010, 11:49 am

    PLEASE publish some reports on the positive things Czechs are and can do, especially mothers. There is a woman near where I live (Worcester, MA) who used to live in my neighborhood who is a horrible person. She talks about needing men who are big enough to satisfy her, she is hugely obese, she has almost no education and brags about how she has learned to cheat the system (driving in a new car and living in a big house and going to a food bank–because that way she does not have to pay for food). The sad thing, this woman has two adorable girls who deserve so much better–and she wants them (she says this) to be like her, uneducated, fat and liars–she thinks this is funny! The really sad thing, she is Czech. Everyone I know says that is how Czech people are, but I know better. There are bad people in every culture. Please, please talk about Czech women (the majority) who are highly educated, good mothers, honest, in good shape and who are not out to cheat the system or sleep with anyone who is well endowed, please.

  • Tanja January 29, 2010, 5:42 pm

    Wow! That’s crazy! Actually, probably not that crazy because in every culture you find such women – unfortunately. All you can do is just pray for these – really, if you think about it – poor people and their POOR children! And also call the CPS services if needed…

  • Tanja January 29, 2010, 5:42 pm

    PS: Marina, are you 1st generation Czech? Did you try to talk to her?

  • Vlastimil January 30, 2010, 8:14 am

    Mairina: to tell you the truth, I have never met a woman like you are describing. She must be a global anomaly 🙂

  • Marina April 8, 2010, 10:45 am

    I think she is an anomaly but people here think it’s the norm. There are so many stories about women from other countries who trap men into marriage for a green card, have children and then go for a divorce and child support so they never have to work. I just wish people knew that those types come from everywhere and not just formerly communist countries. Tani, I am second generation. I am afraid of heras are the neighbors.

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