Who needs Valentine’s Day?
I loathe it; the fabricated displays of emotion, the oversized cards, the red roses, the Belgium chocolates, the ‘me to you’ bears; how cliché. Just one colossal money making scheme fabricated by society, and oh it has worked a charm. I mean, do we really need a day to watch hundreds of couples parade around town, hand in hand, mouth in mouth, behaving in the way they think society perceives them to be happy? No, is the answer to that, in case you were wondering.
Here is my interpretation of Valentine’s Day:
“I love you.”
“Thank you, why couldn’t you say this to me yesterday?”
“Well what makes it more special today?”
“I bought you roses and chocolates as well.”
Don’t get me wrong, I find it touching that so many people are in love, that they are happy, and feel confident to express this to the world. But what irritates me is that people can’t see that Valentine’s Day isn’t an expression of love, it is a socially constructed control mechanism relied upon to ‘normalise’ the ever evolving society. This mechanism tells couples when, how and where to be in love, and frankly I find it disgusting. Where has all our individuality gone, our minds, our souls? Did we ever have any in the first place?
But what irritates me more than the couples of uncreative daleks, are the mindless “fake-couples,” the ones who get together only for this ceremonial day, tricked into believing that they need some one, to the point where they become desperate dummies, “do you have a Valentine, do you, do you, well will you be mine then?” And in the end, what is the point? More often than not it is a waste of time where you end up tolerating a less than mediocre conversation and an edible, yet idiotically overpriced meal at a ‘fancy’ restaurant. If this doesn’t display societal control, I don’t know what does. It’s a tragedy.
I know what you must be thinking; bitter, twisted, single bitch. And in fact, that is probably accurate. But in some perverse way it brings me so much joy; being so bitter about it. In addition to all the bonding rituals that occur year on year, single girls huddling over a dark cauldron of bitterness like the witches in Macbeth, sharing Valentine’s horror stories whilst stuffing down tubs of Ben and Jerry’s and watching Never Been Kissed. Blame the parents I say. Why did they make us believe when we were younger that Valentine’s Day is one of the most important days of the year? Now when we think Valentine’s Day, we cannot get past flowers, chocolates and cards because we have been told from childhood, this is what you give or receive. And if you don’t get anything, it only makes the miserable singletons more miserable and more enviable of all the happy couples. This is why I disagree with the principle of Valentine’s Day. If you want to show your love for some one, you don’t need a day, or a mass-produced present. What is so special about receiving the same box of Thornton’s chocolates on the same day of the year as the next uncreative zombified couple anyway? And is it really worth ostracizing all your single friends for?
Why don’t people get it, has the human race all lost their brains? Love is a free spirit which exists in all of us, and needs to be for ourselves and not a way of showing others that we know how to love. We must stop society controlling this love even if we have to endure a lifetime of Valentine’s Days. Love cannot and should not be controlled, and sacrificing our individuality should never be embraced or tolerated. So don’t give in to societal pressure. Break the barriers and challenge the order, I dare you.