[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]W[/dropcap]hy one should “not” object to the celebration of Valentine’s Day, as do some fringe elements do, has been written about in this exemplary publication earlier. However, a completely different perspective – particularly a truthful view of humanity’s history – would show it is not prudishness that we should object to Valentine’s Day, but a moral necessity that we should object to it to prevent the hijacking of the concept of “love.”
Who is Valentine? He is a historically unverified Christian religious figure beatified by the Catholic Church, and considered a martyr, and also accepted as a saint by other denominations of Christianity.
It is no secret for the truly learned and unprejudiced that Hinduism preaches love in its highest form, that is, it is not just for fellow human beings but for all life and the entire universe. To give one example from Hindu Shaivism, love is God and it is not just merely god is love: அன்பே சிவம். Such love that which is God is so powerful is even recognised by a Hollywood sci-fi blockbuster titled “Interstellar,” though not in the same metaphysical or spiritual spirit.
Who is Valentine? He is a historically unverified Christian religious figure beatified by the Catholic Church, and considered a martyr, and also accepted as a saint by other denominations of Christianity. Many perpetrators of genocidal inquisitions, such as Francis Xavier, the barbarian of Goa, were also beatified by this unrepentant institution is to be noted here.
What does Valentine represent? He represents that set of Western religious institutions that has lovingly sent over half of human race packing up all the way to heaven (or is it hell). These are the many races (often continent-sized populations) of native Americans, native Australians and many peoples of Africa and even Asia (for example, in India it ranges from the Goan inquisitions to the Bengal famines caused by the Christian British).
Given this egregious notoriety of the west and its religious institutions, would it be even justifiable for them and their uncritical sepoys to utter the word love? So much for love that they had to relieve millions of souls of life and the burden of going through the hardships of living on this planet. In one long bloodlust filled stroke, over centuries of history, entire continents was depopulated by the perpetrators of such “love.”
No wonder humanity is falling deep into an abyss of cycles of violence across the globe. A humanity that cannot differentiate love from genocidal murder has no love left.
It, Valentine’s Day, could at very best be a day of “love for greedy plunder and bloodletting,” and thus it represents only the “holocaust deniers.” Ironically, it is the ISIS sympathising nations and enclaves that ban Valentine’s Day even though the day is fully in tune with their barbaric ethos.
(1) Six Surprising facts about St. Valentine.
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