Monday, February 13, 2012 at 10:57PM
Of course it's contrived and manufactured.
Here's something you might not know: most everything we do is contrived and manufactured. Someone decided we were going to do things a certain way and some of us said, "Yes, why, we'd love to do things this way" and others said, "Noooo, I don't think so." Depending on how powerful that initial group was that decided things were going to be a certain way, the second group either went somewhere else or was, er, dispatched.
And so what? Just because someone made something up doesn't mean it's not meaningful.
I realize I confuse people by not ascribing to that thinking that says, "Oh we do things this way because it's maaaagical." I don't believe in soul mates. Much. But I do believe in love... that it is real and tangible, yet adorned with practical things that we now assume are maaaagical.
What's wrong with Valentine's Day, what upsets some people about it, is the same thing that upsets people about other holidays. Too much money is spent, too little thought is given, and far too much is invested into a singular day or moment... People are upset because we've forgotten that love, romance or faith are daily practices. And that they're free - in terms of money.
You can't be a great spouse just one day a year. Just like you can't be a devout Muslim, Christian, Hindu or Jew just one day a year. I mean, you can. But I don't know how much that's going to benefit you. Or anyone else. I'm just being pragmatic.
I hope you have a terrific Valentine's Day and that you are treated to romance, friendship, thoughtfulness, chocolate and love... always to love.
I hope you get that tomorrow, too. And the day after that. And so on.
Photo concept, credit and execution: My Six Year Old.
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