I really like the previous post's assertion. I think that it has to be emphasized that the concept of "arranged marriages" is not necessarily wrong. The concept of "arranged" marriages is very similar to practices in the West and in "love marriage" settings, to be addressed later. Individuals believe that marriages should be predicated upon love, and this is certainly valid. However, the concept of an arranged marriage is one where individuals place their faith in some other force (parents, divine intervention) and hope beyond hope that love, devotion, and loyalty will be present. When we think of any marriage, isn't this what lies at the base of everyone's hopes and expectations? Don't both "love marriage" and "arranged marriage" people pray that love will be there, honor will be present, and undying loyalty from their spouse will emerge? Both sets of couples embark on a voyage that is far from certain. When two people in love agreed to get married because they love one another, going to the altar or the justice of the peace or some flower filled meadow is only the beginning. As Kris Kristofferson said, "It' ain't the loving, it's the living." The first response's idea fits in perfectly here in that the idea that "love marriages" or "love" in general is a far guarantees from perfection. I could be cliched and throw in the high divorce count in nations where the majority of marriages are "love marriages." Again, it's not that one is better than another. Yet, the premise that arranged marriages are done without the premise of love as being a part of the equation is something that is slightly faulty. In the end, when two people agreed to be married, there are more prayers, hopes, and aspirations that love will be fostered, develop, and be kindled as a struggling fire in the cold of night.
The other point to be made here is the idea of "arranged." In other parts of the world, the arrangement is done by marriage broker or by parents. Yet, even in nations where "love marriages" dominate, there is still some level of arrangement. Whenever one person says to another, "I found someone for you- the'yre perfect" or "I have someone you should meet," this is the premise of "an arrangement." Would one even argue that eharmony or match.com is the modern version of the old world matchmaker hooked up to a screaming internet connection?