Some thoughts on this Valentines Day.
Could we possibly be victims of a manufactured holiday, perpetrated by the greeting card, florists, and candy companies?
It would be nice if all the expressions of affection bandied about today were to last more than just today. Imagine having less argument and more communication, more love and less selfishness every day.
Valentine’s day wasn’t started by the marketing merchants of hype; they only take advantage of our sentimentality. The early Christian church proclaimed this event to counter a pagan festival that had a little too much celebration and debauchery for the ascetic beliefs of that time.
Why the church leaders chose Valentine to be their champion of love, no one knows for sure.
Historically it may be a strange choice. The Valentine, who became the saint and iconic surrogate lover for this day was beheaded for his beliefs and became a martyr.
Maybe it is appropriate to name the day after him…people do tend to lose their heads when in love.