Happy The Day After, Finally, Valentine’s Day Is Done And Over With: Valentines Day, Espionage, Commercialism, and the Betrayal of Love
“Love is whatever we can still betray…”–John Le Carré
By Nate Thayer
Happy Valentines Day, everyone. Or, more honestly, Happy The Day After Valentines Day is Done And Over With.
Now that Valentines Day–that capitalist marketing trick we are pressured to prove our love via bald commercialism –is over, I waited a full day to throw in my cynical, curmudgeonly two cents.
While money can not buy love, it does facilitate the business of love, which is what Valentines Day is and what love can not be: The business of love, institutionalized, diminished and soiled.
Diminishing and soiling love by legitimizing the pressures of commercialism is an insidious betrayal. And once love is betrayed, there is nothing else left to betray in life.
Here is my contribution, with thanks to the excellent Portuguese journalist Rui Araújo: Continue reading