Valentine’s Day: trash or treasure?
Unpopular opinion incoming: for me, Valentine’s Day is trash. Let me explain myself: although for me every day is Valentine’s Day, I hate the materialism that comes with it. An overload of flowers, chocolates or gifts is one thing, but an overcrowded Meir, hundreds of online packages, lame and corny marketing, big slogans with little content, wanting more and more and more. All of that in the name of love? No thanks, I’m out!
Is that really what liking each other is about? Perhaps a dash of history about the origins of Valentine’s Day might help to get back to its value. Hop on the loveboat with me towards …
Our loveboat docks in that same third century A.D. for a meeting with emperor Claudius II. He wished for a large army, but many of his men refused to join the army because they wanted to marry their wives. Claudius was at a loss and decided to ban marrying soldiers. But this was beyond priest Valentine, who married young couples against the rules and paid for it with death. So Valentine literally gave his life for love… And Saint Valentine was a romantic, as he proved once again right before his death. Just before his execution, he secretly wrote a message to someone he fell in love with in the cell. He signed the note with “From your Valentine”. On February 14, he was executed. Don’t we also sign our anonymous love letters on Valentine’s Day with “Your Valentine”? Not that anonymous anyway! I remember: protest, standing up for what you believe in, sticking to your values and standards, loving each other to death and fighting spirit as the basis of this beautiful Valentine’s story.