NOTE: These are my thoughts and are not meant to be offensive to anyone celebrating today. To those in the festive mood, its another perspective.
I'd say happy Valentine's Day, but this past week, I've been thinking a lot about the true meaning of the day and nothing in it seems worthy of expressing love the way we've commercialized it.
St. Valentine was assassinated this day because he secretly married off people in ancient Rome. So is this day a celebration of his death? If it is, am I the only one this is a rather twisted way of celebrating one's death? Few say he died for a cause. But so did Martin Luther King, Gandhi and Jesus Christ. But we have mourning days for them. A moment of silence when it comes to assassinated Presidents. We celebrate the days they were born. So wouldn't today, the day St. Valentine was burnt on a stake, be considered a day for mourning? Atleast in his honor?
Someone said this is one day people get to express their love to their significant others. But I think that day would be more appropriate if it was celebrated on the day St. Valentine was born. Also, as my current "valentine" said, "Like poets profess, you don't need a day to tell someone how much they mean to you. If you mean it, its already been conveyed." You don't need a DAY to tell someone you love them or care about them. Logically, it is quite impossible to squish it all into a day and get back to the regular non-romantic behavior the next day.
So that's my rant. I won't be celebrating, neither will I be mourning it all day. But I will have a moment of silence and atleast my conscious will be clear. I hope you take out a moment of your day to honor St. Valentine, the man whose death we've been blatantly and almost callously (without understanding the meaning behind it) celebrating.
About the shot (high time! lol) : No post-processing, straight outta the archives
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