From the divorce of Gates and his wife, more and more middle-aged and elderly couples choose the reason for divorce. Why Gates and Melinda, who have gone through 27 years together Announce the divorce. Along the way, the couple have experienced a wealth of tens of billions of growth, and also founded one of the world’s largest foundations. Why do two people who have been together for so long have to part ways?
In most marriages, after decades of getting along with each other, couples learn about each other’s living habits, the characteristics of the native family, each other’s workday rhythm and favorite coffee, and also know the best and worst of their partners. Many couples have raised children together at this time and have discovered what they appreciate each other and the so-called shortcomings. People might think that if some problems cannot be tolerated, the marriage relationship should end before the age of 50 or 60.
This is before and now is different. In my contacts with many couples, I found that middle-aged and elderly couples in long-term marriages are significantly different. A few years ago, most of my clients were unhappy couples in their marriages. Out of convenience or habit, or even a certain sense of familiarity, they chose to maintain their marriage. In recent years, many people have deliberately chosen to break up. My client base reflects the divorce rate of Americans aged 50 and over. Since 1990, the divorce rate in this group has doubled.
I find that people are constantly reassessing their marriages. In the past, we kept secrets about any dissatisfaction in marriage, often just complaining to friends of the same sex. But in recent years, more and more couples have openly talked about their dissatisfaction with the marriage relationship. They may discuss the nature of the marriage relationship and decide whether to work hard to maintain the current marriage or go their separate ways from now on.
As our lifespans increase, many people see life as different chapters. Marriage from the 20s to the 50s and 60s is the most important chapter. In this chapter, the couple experienced financial difficulties, established a career, and raised their children. Many people abide by the tradition and choose to take this as the story of their life. But more and more couples are willing to consider the possibility that even if they are a match made in heaven for a certain period or period of time, it may not always be the case. A lady who is about to divorce told me that although she thinks her current husband is a part of her life, she now wants to write a new chapter by herself, maybe one day she will write it with another partner. She has no malice towards her husband, and hopes that he will find true happiness in the next chapter of his life.
I have found that men are more likely to end their marriages in their middle age in order to devote themselves to another relationship. Men chase youth by feeling desired—often by young women. This seems to have become a typical midlife crisis. Some men I have met at work also said that they want to give themselves a chance as soon as possible to find love again. On the other hand, women who take the initiative to break up often want to change their lives. Many people say that they still feel very young when they are in their 50s and 60s, while their husbands look older and lack energy. They often seek new careers, new adventures and new opportunities. They may start a business or exercise, or move to another part of the world.
If you are dissatisfied with your marital relationship, don’t think it is too late to try to resolve it now. Talk openly with your spouse about how you feel or what you can do together to improve and breathe new life into your relationship. In the final analysis, if you think your relationship is okay, but you need to work hard, then try to write the next chapters of life together.
The European Union recently updated its industrial strategy, hoping to strengthen the flexibility of the single market and reduce its dependence on foreign suppliers in six strategic areas, including raw materials, batteries, active pharmaceutical ingredients, hydrogen, semiconductors, cloud and edge computing, which has aroused widespread concern. Due to the deep overlap between China and the EU in the supply chain, the EU’s approach has also caused concerns about the cooling down of China-EU economic and trade relations. Some US media have even exaggerated the interpretation that the EU is trying to “decouple” the Chinese economy, reflecting the “precipitous decline of China-EU relations.” .
In terms of facts, this industrial strategy update should not be regarded as a “direct suppression” measure against China. Since the outbreak of the new crown epidemic, bottlenecks have appeared in the supply chain in many areas of the EU, which has brought a severe impact on the European economy and has attracted the EU’s attention. For example, Europe’s proud automotive industry is suffering from a crisis of “core” shortages, and the EU is also facing severe drug shortages in the primary medical field of the anti-epidemic.
In fact, for large economies with supply chains and industrial chains all over the world, supply chain risk challenges are inevitable. In the context of the global epidemic, the Biden administration initiated a comprehensive review process for the US supply chain, and my country also proposed to “ensure the stability of the industrial chain and supply chain” in the “six guarantees” work. There is no need to make a big fuss about conducting supply chain audits in major economies. The EU industrial strategy update clearly mentioned that “the epidemic has made the EU aware of the strategic dependence on technology and industry”, requiring cooperation with different international partners to realize the diversification of the international supply chain, and at the same time, “reserve and act independently when necessary. “. In other words, based on the economic recovery under the epidemic, the EU mainly focuses on its own supply chain security and prepares for shocks, rather than attempting to disrupt the global development of other economies through supply chain adjustments. This move is in parallel with the EU’s support for multilateralism. As the European Commission Vice President Donbrowskis said after this update: “In times of crisis, resilient global supply chains are essential because they help absorb shocks and accelerate recovery.”
Looking back at the past, the EU industrial policy represented by the European industrial strategy is part of a series of self-help policies of the EU to respond to the long-term challenges of globalization, maintain or rejuvenate its front-row position in the global economy, improve its industrial competitiveness, and seek strategic autonomy. Nowadays, Europeans are full of worries about the loss of European economic and industrial advantages. The Bruegel think tank analyzed that the EU’s participation in the global value chain continued to decline and its competitiveness was gradually losing. China is rapidly catching up and even surpassing it in the electronics industry. The EU and its member states have also been widened by the United States in the emerging Internet field. The EU has gradually realized that it has fallen behind in international competition.
Europe has a long history of reflections on weak economic development, technological innovation and lagging applications, and major member states such as Germany, France, and Italy have introduced national-level industrial policies one after another. After the international financial crisis and the entry into force of the “Lisbon Treaty”, the EU’s “re-industrialization”, “industry 4.0”, digital and artificial intelligence and other adjustments have further accelerated. Since 2010, the EU level has issued 5 industrial strategy documents. Last year, the European Data Strategy, the European New Industry Strategy, the European Energy System Integration Strategy and other documents were intensively issued, and the Supply Chain Law was also proposed. The draft seeks to promote the return of the EU’s economic competitiveness through the “protective measures” that the EU once scorned. This update focuses on semiconductors, cloud technology and other fields, reflecting the EU’s consistent thinking.
Of course, the EU’s guarantee of supply chain security does not purely follow the profit considerations of multinational corporations pursuing “zero inventory”, nor does it simply exclude economic risks, but contains some international political implications that are worthy of guarding.
On the one hand, the EU’s supply chain review can not only serve to protect its own supply chain flexibility, such as gathering resources through the “Important European Common Interest Project”, it may also provide an excuse for cracking down on specific suppliers and become a hanging “Damocles”. “Sword”, its follow-up implementation measures remain to be seen.
On the other hand, the European Union supports the establishment of new industrial alliances in strategic areas, and formulates strategies or legislation in the formulation of standards. The mentality of “grouping and warming up” has been revealed. The overlap between the EU and the United States in the field of supply chain review and the focus on standards are also It leaves room for some future cooperation between the two parties that excludes China. The draft “Regulations on Foreign Subsidies Distorting the Domestic Market” was released at the same time as the updated document. The draft proposes to allow the EU to initiate general market investigations on specific sectors or types of economic activities, and Chinese companies may also be affected.
With the in-depth development of globalization and technological innovation, the gap between China and Europe in technology and industry continues to narrow, and the conservativeness of EU industrial policies will be further strengthened. The competitive side of China-EU competition and cooperation will continue to be highlighted, and the adjustment of the global industrial chain will also affect my country. Bring a certain impact. However, blindly protection does not make the EU’s long-term development worry-free. I believe that the EU has no intention of shutting down. The European Commission has set its sights on the digital economy, green economy and other fields that represent the future. There is broad space for China-EU cooperation in the field of innovation and R&D.