Does Valentine’s Day place too much emphasis on romantic love?

On Sunday some of us will celebrate Valentine’s Day, a tradition that leaves many divided. 

Some people like the tradition and enjoy the opportunity to stop and appreciate their spouse or loved one, while others feel it’s an arbitrary tradition that’s best ignored.

Most of the emphasis on Valentine’s Day is about romantic love, which can be alienating rather than inclusive.

While a romantic relationship can be a wonderful addition to your life, it’s not the only source of happiness and fails to acknowledge all the different kinds of love that are in your life.

For example, the love you feel for your children and grandchildren, for the other members of your family, and for friends and neighbours can be just as important in your life, and in some cases much more important.

And what about the love of things? The love you feel for your favourite hobbies like gardening and painting or the love and loyalty you feel to your home and community also has the potential to enrich your life.

Where Valentine’s Day often causes division is that it fails to acknowledge that love is about much more than romance. If it did, perhaps people might be more inclined to celebrate this occasion.

What do you think? Does Valentine’s Day place too much emphasis on romantic love? Or is that the whole point? How will celebrate Valentines’s Day this weekend?

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Does Vaentine's Day place too much emphasis on romantic love?

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22nd Feb 2021
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Isn't romantic love the whole point of the day? It's not about loving your cat or your stamp collection.
19th Feb 2021
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And too much emphasis on spending money,
19th Feb 2021
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So many people are alone for all sorts of reasons. The commercialism of many of our traditional celebrations can lead to a greater sense of isolation. It’d be fab if Valentines Day was more inclusive & embraced the different facets of love
15th Feb 2021
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It is all harmless fun after all...and keeps folks employed
11th Feb 2021
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Yep we still love each other and send valentines after 40 years
11th Feb 2021
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There is nothing sweeter than romantic, and with all the violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and all the other terrible horrible things that are happening in the world, including the current pandemic, the world needs a bit of romance.
One definition of romance - a quality or feeling of mystery excitement and remoteness from everyday life!

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