Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a Few Random Acts of Kindness

The photo isn't new--I used it two years ago, but I still like it a lot. As for the holiday, well, it's problematic. Just another opportunity to sell something? For man, certainly. The Globe and Mail starts out its editorial decrying that:
"What a grotesque farce is Valentine’s Day... it is a ridiculous confection fraught with peril for millions of Canadian men and women whose amorous relations are perfectly fine on Feb. 13 and Feb. 15, but somehow can’t survive the day in-between without conspicuous and expensive displays of mutual reassurance."

All too true. But on the other hand it's kind of nice to have something like this lift the spirits in the dead of winter. It also is an opportunity to think of what pleases those we love--and what might make the world a more pleasant place.

So I'm declaring a new purpose for the day: let us all do a few random acts of kindness and see if it helps things along.

Event the Globe ends its rant headed in that direction: "One way or another, we all tend to wind up thinking about love, and about the people we love, on Valentine’s Day. There are worse things that can happen to us in February."

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