Valentine's is traditionally understood as a "lover's holiday". And while that make sense considering where it came from, I'm not sure if I agree that that should be its sole purpose. Myself, I've always taken love in a different fashion and so with Valentine's Day itself too.
There is so much hate, manipulation, destruction, lies, war, poverty and disease in this world that a little bit of love would go a long way. And while I know that other holidays can serve the purpose of "be nice to your fellow man" I feel that the day of Love, Valentine's Day should exemplify that more than anything.
Why don't we have a national or international even, day for spreading love? We see so much suffering and cruelty in our daily lives that if we all just made a point of doing nice things at least one day of a year, imagine how nice the world would be? It reminds me of the recently created Green Day (I think it's called): people all over the world shut off their lights to perserve energy.
Now I know that people in general should do nice things not one day but all 356 of the year, but let's be honest that with our day to day living, it's hard to remember. So Valentine's Day could represent a wonderful opportunity to reconnect, recharge, rejoice and make the world a better place.
I've always loved the line "...celeberate a better day that's been won." So I challenge you to find a day, whether Valentine's or whatever, to make it a point to do something out of the norm that'll enhance the life of another being. A gift, a kind letter, donated time, etc.
Can't we all manage that much?
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