My dating experience is brief and I had bad experiences growing up.
I feel alone in this world. One reason I am ahead of my peers. But yeah. Never kissed a girl either.
Movies make love seem real. Society sets up people for failure. You have to step out of it to breathe.
No. Marriage is a poor investment, especially in the West.
PERHAPS in non-Westernized parts of the world, it MAY be "worth it"(?). But ONLY if you do not move to the West! Or God help your ballsack and assets.
Women here are divorcing dudes here left and right. Often not for cheating or abuse... Just because they get bored or whatever.
It does NOT matter much how "good" you are: "You cannot out-alpha the State."
Many Western women know they CAN take a lot of your stuff, your kids, and then leave you with half of the dog (if they feel like it). Even if some women may not WANT to screw you over (for the moment) in divorce, many KNOW that they can.
Also, (typically), The older a woman gets, the bigger the red flag if she has ever left a husband for flimsy reasons, or has never been in a long committed relationship or marriage before.
Look, don't get me wrong. I am very much a hopless-romantic sort of man.
In theory I would LOVE to marry the woman of my dreams in an intimate, small beach-side wedding at a resort in the Dominican Republic (or something like that).
I would LOVE to be with ONE woman forever, spoil her (as long as she spoils me back) and build an amazing life together... Maybe travel the world and live happily ever after... Yadda, yadda.
But people in Hell want ice water, too.
So many women these days are just fundamentally INCAPABLE of being good girlfriends, LET ALONE wives!
So now I just don't take women seriously in that way.
It's hard, because I am demisexual (I'm inclined to only want to sleep with women I love).
I get very attached, I fall in love HARD and take good care of her, but it always blows up in my face.
And before some woman (inevitably) tries to blame me, realize that this problem is an EPIDEMIC.
Men all over the place are reporting the exact same experiences. Why do you think marriage is in the shitter right now?
IF I meet a woman one day who's ACTIONS towards me and others are virtuous, and they line up with her words (unlikely), then providing we click I WILL take her seriously and strongly consider committing to her.
In the mean time I just don't take women seriously anymore. Especially here in the West.
If any Western guy is really dead-serious about getting married, they should go abroad away from here and STAY there.
Still, it's not a Silver Bullet.
A woman is a woman. Similar hardware everywhere, just sometimes different firmware that MAY make them more compatible, serious companions.