Thursday, February 14, 2008

14th of February

Valentine's Day is bullshit. Plain and simple. You don't need me to tell you it's just a cynical money-making exercise and if you buy into it you're a sucker. I'd just be telling you what you already know.

But, that aside, some of it is plain insulting. For anyone living with depression, it can be a very tough time. Dealing with loneliness is tough enough and many (if not most) people with depression can feel completely alone even if they do actually have supportive people around them. Valentine's Day is a kick in the pants once a year for anyone in that situation.

It can be really tough to deal with.

But is it less insulting to those in relationships? No. No, it's not. It's more insulting. I need to be told what day I'm going to be romantic on? Dictated to by card companies? Peer pressure? Flowers? Chocolates?


Most guys are probably already with me on this. But girls? The ladies? You buy into this sort of stuff for some reason. Why? It's like the diamonds thing - they're just rocks. But it's advertising and marketing. That gave us the 'diamonds are forever' crap and it gives us Valentine's Day too. Are women more susceptable to advertising? I don't know, that's a whole other subject but, when it comes to romance, I have little doubt that they are.

But if your man does the Valentine's Day thing, he's just doing it to get off the hook the rest of the year. He's doing it out of a sense of duty. It's fake. False. Seriously.

I say forget about Valentine's Day. If you want to do something romantic, do. But do what you want to do and when you want to do it.

Oh, but if you know anyone lonely, anyone with depression, reach out to them on this corporate blackmail day.

Just on a whole different subject, I had installed a counter the other day and suspected it was telling me lies. Turns out I had it set to count page hits rather than unique visitors. I've changed that now. What is the norm when it comes to counters - page hits or unique visitors?


Mr. Trombley said...

Dear Sir, unique visitors will come closer to telling you how many people visit your blog, while page hits will tell you the exact number of times your blog is accessed.

Incidentally, while diamonds have many interesting properties (high electrical insulation, but good for conducting heat), they are not forever. While a diamond cannot be scratched, it can fraccture when stressed. In unusual circunstances diamonds can also burn.

In truth, Diamond is not even the most stable alletrope of carbon, graphite (pencil lead) is.

Bitter Animator said...

I had read that the 'diamonds are forever' thing was an ad campaign designed to try to stop the second-hand diamond market. It worked.

pappy d said...

Forgive my optimism, but Valentine's Day is a fine opportunity to get lucky if you're not attached. Next year head out to the pubs.