All of a sudden I'm a bit of a fan of Valentine's Day. Or at least its concurrent export of liberal values along the lines of DO WHATEVER YOU WANT AS LONG AS IT DOESN'T HURT OTHERS. Consenting adults, Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness and all that.
BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Malaysian muslims no longer allowed to fall in love. Do what your parents tell you. Do what the dirty old bearded preacher tells you. Stop thinking for yourself. God forbid you actually pay attention to your feelings.Malaysia has stepped up a campaign to stop Muslims celebrating Valentine's Day - labelling it a "trap" that could encourage immoral behaviour.Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said Monday's celebration of romantic love was "not suitable" for Muslims.
Generally speaking I'm not a fan of commercialization of Love and Hallmark Gift Cards and showing your love for someone on X day every year but not really quite as much on other days. I understand the cultural pressure but any girl of mine probably isn't gonna be very happy about me not paying attention to this supposed "holiday" that just creates a bunch of pain and anguish for way too many people. Makes things fun for some people, too, though - just the polarizing thing that I don't like about it.
Plus the DeBeers jack***es that reach into your brain and tell you what to think and what to buy and 3 months' salary and how about a big UP YOURS to them.
But all this commercialization seems to spread like wildfire in many parts of the world. Riding on the waves of Facebook and Twitter and McDonald's, no doubt. And that's a good thing. Spread information and knowledge and internet and the world turns into a place where people can make Tunisia and Egypt happen.
Rock on, Valentine's Day.