February 14: Thoughts for the Day

Today is Valentine’s Day.  I have participated, begrudgingly, in certain aspects of the corporate greed-driven celebration, but I do so very sparingly and only under mild duress.

Valentine’s Day is a corporate greed-fest sponsored in large part by people who make scads of money off of the day: florists, Hallmark and friends, chocolatiers, and others who have figured out a way to use intimidation and guilt to spur massive unnecessary spending.

That is not to say I am an utter kill-joy.  I love my wife and will tell her so.  If she wants to go out for a nice, expensive, celebratory dinner, I shall gladly take her.  If she would like me to write poetry, I’ll try.  But, as a whole, I think Valentine’s Day is naked, manipulative capitalism gone awry.

Snarl, snap. But if you, dear reader, are into Valentine’s Day, then ignore my nastiness and enjoy it.

About John Swinburn

"Love not what you are but what you may become."― Miguel de Cervantes
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One Response to February 14: Thoughts for the Day

  1. Mosha says:

    Agreeing with you, John…a corporate greed fest it is! My son has fallen right into the “La Brea Tar Pits”. He has gotten himself a girlfriend and will be sending a dozen roses to her at school, and afterwards, taking her to her favorite restaurant and a movie, which is of course all at a mark-up today. He shall be a pauper until the beginning of March, with a wallet as thin as a communion wafer as proof, and the fat-cats will rake it all in. But, he’s young, its his first time around, and a huge adventure!

    But, a few simple niceties on this day can be accomplished without the corporate mongrels involvement, which will be my plan of action today.

    Nevertheless, hope you and Janine have a pleasant St. Valentines what every you do, or don’t do. 🙂

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