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Silent Window

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

Silent Window

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

comments (11)

  • dotun
  • 14 Feb 2007, 02:26
Very unique PP here, well done.
missharma: I didn't do any PP... so I'll take that as a compliment tongue
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 14 Feb 2007, 02:44
I certainly understand where you're coming from, Mia, with this rant and take it to heart. Thanks for expressing your conviction.

Your "silent window" is an appropriate reflection of your thoughts!
missharma: I don't know Ginnie... I never thought about it before and used to go around it with my boyfriend (or have bachelorette things). But now that I know, I guess its like any other day to me now. We've been taught to celebrate love on this day and I see nothing wrong with that. But the reason behind the celebration is just... it doesn't seem right to me?

Thanks for the comment Ginnie smile Appreciate it
I like the photo very much. I have no thoughts on the words: we don't celebrate Valentine's day where I come from, and I am not planning on starting now.
missharma: Glad you like the shot Samira!

V-day, as I know, isn't celebrated in a big manner in most countries so its totally understandable.
  • Clint
  • 14 Feb 2007, 04:04
Apt photo, I believe. Are you opeing a new window of thought for all of us? Many celebrations get perverted (or created) by commercialization. Just the nature of the society in which we live. But then again, we are society, are we not? As much as we would like to blame "commercialization", it wouldn't happen if we didn't participate. Maybe people like Valentine's Day because they can redeem themselves for all the 364 days that they didn't show love and affection (or at least feel better about it). No matter the man or circumstances behind the day, it's a get out jail free card and people like that.
missharma: I'm still pretty new to getting used to treating V-day as any other day, but it seems as though my "society" wouldn't let me. My boyfriend did the regular V-day stuff (even when he isn't even in town!), my friends invited me to a bachelorette party, to promote singleton fun and my sister made me a V-day card. You're right... we're caught up by the commercialization, and possibly even vice versa. I personally wouldn't like to spoil someone's day by showing this perspective and definitely don't blame them. I'm just glad it made a few of us think smile

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
  • Sola
  • nottingham
  • 14 Feb 2007, 12:55
This is so cool, brilliant composition, might copy it
missharma: haha, go ahead and copy it smile glad you like it
This is a great composition. It infuses this rather mundane window with an air of mystery. Like it a lot!
missharma: Thanks Martin! smile
nice composition and frame Mia, I like the dark in this pic
missharma: Glad you like sguardiamo!
  • Josť-Angel
  • Sant Feliu de Llobregat (Barcelona)
  • 15 Feb 2007, 02:06
Mia, if I have translated well, I agree in which you say. As far as the photo to only I can say you that she is peculiar, but not that you want to transmit. [G]
missharma: Peculiar is good too? Thank you agreeing with my thoughts. I wanted people to think, that is all.
very nice b&W
missharma: Thanks Chantal
i like your way of thought and this shot!
missharma: I'm glad genevieve smile
  • jose
  • 16 Feb 2007, 14:06
Windows and mirrors are great ways of inducing reflection and I like your black and white image.

In a world that is hell bent on hatred and violence (nothing ever changes) isn't it a positive thing to have a day where people think good, happy thoughts? Most of our 'whatever days' have been changed and twisted to suit some alternative motive. Christmas Day isn't actually Christ's birthday. Easter doesn't fall on the day he died. We have 'Saint's' days and St Patrick's Day is a happy day, celebrated in true Irish fashion where ever there are Irish to celebrate it. When a relative dies, we mourn their passing yes but we also celebrate their life, what would be the point otherwise? Can not Valentine's Day be seen as affirmation for what he believed in - the love of two people?
missharma: I like the way you think jose smile My only argument was its more commercialized than anything else. If its true love, why do you need the world to tell you to celebrate one day? As far as going mourning one's death goes... I'd rather celebrate St. Valentine's birthday and call it Valentine's Day. It just makes it sound more "human" to me.

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