Perhaps, the divine angle pops up because we cannot foretell who will marry whom. Two people may love each other very much but may end up not marrying each other, and two people who do not even know each other may marry each other in the end. It is as trivial as it gets. Ask those who could not make it, and they will tell you in chorus that if some day they were to meet the person behind the divine fairytale-ish proverb, they would try to get him/her for felony. Yet, the belief persists as people grapple to make sense of the unresolved trivia.
Someone tried asking Hollywood actor Clint Eastwood about it, and he quirked: 'If marriages are made in heaven, so is thunder and lightning.' I would suggest you feel free to draw your own conclusions from it. For me, what matters is the manner in which families have worked past thunder and lightning to draw their own parameters to forge peaceful alliances. If caste and creed were dominant considerations in the recent past, class and status reins supreme now. There is a delicate trade-off that draws matrimonial compatibility between two known/unknown people.
Many of my friends agree with my contention that overt monetization has transformed this pious space for stitching new relationships into a market place for bargaining alliances. No wonder, marriages are getting fat and bigger, and extravagant and wasteful. The upper echelons of the society are setting trends that the bottom billions are only trying to emulate. On my visit to the US couple of months ago, a graduate student unhesitatingly told me that investment on his education will earn his parents dividends in the matrimonial marketplace. The die has been cast!
But my environmental consciousness stirs me up on what such alliances often end-up into, wasting colossal public resources in big fat weddings. I wonder if peoples' control over how they spend their monies should guarantee them unequivocal rights over natural resources - wasted food, splurged water and fouled air during such weddings cost an irreparable loss to the society at large. With the elites of the society in the forefront of this malaise, the state is unlikely to regulate this GDP boosting social outing any bit.
It is now for the millennial generation to get into the act, and press home for carbon footprints to be the new consideration for forging matrimonial alliances. Let prospective candidates be tagged for their carbon footprints on online relationship sites, over their so-called class and status. The heavens will shower such couples and the rest of us with climate-friendly blessings. The time for this idea has surely come!