I was having a conversation with a friend the other day about cultures with arranged marriages. After comparing notes on our messed up ex-girlfriends, we concluded that if it was for strictly the purpose of having a happy, stable marriage and family life, our mom's could do a much better job of vetting, selecting, and negotiating than we could ever do for ourselves. In a weird sort of way, they could objectively (or maybe not) sort out the things you need instead of the things you think you want better than you might be able to do for yourself. Since most relationship issues seem to stem from either picking a poor match for yourself or not being able to get the one you want, this would sort of eliminate the toughest obstacles you face when going on your own. My mom also happens to be a very shrewd real estate agent, so I'm sure she could do a good job "selling" me to prospective families. I used to think that there was no way in hell I'd ever want to be part of a culture with arranged marriages, now I'm second guessing that. Anyone else had similar thoughts?