Before I start this rant I can’t help but feel like I’ve read everything I’m about to write before. This “perspective” on Valentine’s Day, a day meant for love and affection, is nothing new or original, and has been expressed by plenty of people, probably more eloquently than I am about to considering I’m doing about three things at once at the moment.
That’s my disclaimer I guess. Oh, and it’s two days late.
What I’m going on about is of course the way Valentine’s Day seems to have become the commercialization of Love.
St. Valentine was, contrary to popular belief, not a single person. Rather, St. Valentine represents a whole host of saints who were martyred during the reign of the Roman Empire when the Church was still young. The more popular story, and most probably the one that led to the association of Valentine’s Day with Love, is the story of one specific Saint whose actual name was lost to time. He became famous (or infamous) throughout the Roman Empire for carrying out marriage ceremonies during a time when it was forbidden. The emperor of the time (and his name escapes me) forbade marriage to all young men since he thought men in love weren’t as good soldiers.
The Saint disagreed, and he carried out marriage ceremonies in secret until he was discovered and consequently sentenced and executed.
A few hundred years later, the Pope declared February 14th St. Valentine’s day.
While the foundation of this day is admittedly romantic, a Saint martyred for the sake of love, society today has completely lost sight of that, as it has a lot of things.
I’ve suddenly lost my inspiration for this rant, and it comes as I realize that people don’t really take Valentine’s Day that seriously. At the very least, I definitely don’t.
It’s an insult to the concept of Love and Companionship to accord a lone and single day for the celebration of it, and ultimately reveals what an ostentatiously greedy and self-serving day Valentine’s Day really is.
If anyone actually reads these, your thoughts would be great :)