Most people I know don’t pay a whole lot of attention to Valentine’s Day.
In its pop culture guise, it’s pretty trite, after all—candy, flowers, champagne perhaps, aimed at seducing the beloved into bed at the end of the evening….
Eve Ensler has tried hard to put a harder, more political edge on V-Day. She’s got thousands of women dancing for freedom—rejecting the pervasive violence against women that forms the backdrop of so many of our lives.
But for most of us, well, we’re just here in the trenches, and we may or may not have a loved one to honor as a Valentine this year.
Me, I’ve got no particular human Valentine at present. Such love as I have to give, I want to dedicate to the forests and the birds, the butterflies and the flowers that are, to me, the most beautiful manifestations of LOVE on this planet.
Any expression of love is far and away more potent than expressions of hatred and violence.
If you love someone, you should, by all means, shower them with kisses and caresses. You should be extravagant in your appreciation.
Likewise, if the object of your affection is a tree or a landscape or a bright, joyful living thing—say, a tadpole or a fish or a magnificent coral—go ahead and shower that being with the love it deserves.
The only meaningful counter to the hatred, disrespect and violence that has become the norm in Western culture is the intentional distribution of LOVE.
Love is all you need, crooned the Beatles. Maybe they were on to something.