15 February 2005
Valentine's Day Shmalentine's Day....blecch
Valentine's Day has come and gone. Thank goodness. Valentine’s shmalentine’s. Why is it that when you are alone on Valentine's Day, everyone perceives you as a "loser"? I just don't understand that at all. Ironically, a great tragedy is associated with a major holiday – the St. Valentine’s Day massacre. Apparently, there was no love lost in the mafia. So, why does American society places an incredible amount of importance in the expectation that one must be with someone on Valentine's Day? Why treat someone nice only on one day....why not be like that every day when you have someone in your life? We as Americans are far to susceptible to the marketing of things and events and stuff. It's actually fairly pathetic. Of course, I don't want to sound bitter or angry, but, you, the reader, probably already think that I am. So be it. What I am most concerned with is what my children, or my nieces and nephews will be faced with as they get older – overbearing expectations of their "love" lives, over-hyped expectations of gift giving (or receiving, I don't know which is worse), predisposed notions of how they should feel, intense pressure from their peer groups, as well as all of the unintended results from all of these effects. I just don't want them to have to go through the humiliation, hurt and torment that I have endured in my short lifetime. Unfortunately, being on overwhelmed with the media blitzkrieg on how we should think, act, talk, sit, eat, dress, smell, look, taste, walk, drive, bathe, feel, emote, drink, be drunk, sleep, ail, heal, examine, be examined, and just overall live, I have been undeservedly become a fatality of our own society, and have bought into those marketing ways and wiles. The deceit is now my own. Distressing? Certainly. A quandary? Without a doubt. Correctable? Perhaps. Rectifiable? Unsure. This all points to the perpetrator who has hoodwinked us into thinking that this day is so very important, only to reveal that this is a hoax of such grand proportion – who is this “Hallmark,” how did Hallmark take over the world?