the myth of forever

The concept that anything at all, particularly a human relationship, could or should last "forever" still seems bizarre to me.

Evidence that change is the norm can be found all around us in nature, and yet many consider a divorce to be a failed marriage, a series of jobs a sign of instability, a change in perspective a flip-flop, and a person who moves frequently a drifter who can't put down roots.

I would like to make the case that the failure, if we must use that word, is in our cultural expectation that we can overcome the natural dynamic of change and motion by using effort and will to force any situation to remain static.