By Orukotan Ayomikun Samuel
The design of man according to the template pinpoints love as a major layout. Human nature breeds emotional, communal and carnal love no matter how plethora. Certainly, no man is impregnated with a dearth of love. To love was not a problem of man and woman and from time immemorial up to this very day, humankind keeps loving human being, men folks keeps igniting the spark plug of love while women folks keeps the love burning in their enclosed chamber called the heart.
Then, the common maxim was that love was real because no one mimics or plays double-minded games with Mr Love. It is either you love or you hate but as soon as the advanced stage of human social development came with its many toast of lusciousness and lush prezzies, the love component of man was haphazardly obliterated by the volatile nature of lustfulness, infatuations and incessant lecherousness.
The template had to be re-patterned just to be in tandem with the new demands of man after its very fall, to that effect, the opus was masterminded just to align man with the rest of the line. This modification and adjustment brought about this annual holiday meant for honouring lovers. “It is celebrated by sending greeting cards or gifts to express affection”.
This holiday called Valentine day was coined from the ancient roman feast of Lupercalia. Lupercalia is akin to “pagan holiday”. However, when the dominance of Christianity became evident all over Europe, Lupercalia was renamed for early Christian martyrs. So, in celebrating the two Roman martyrs that lived in the third century, whose epithet name were “Saint Valentine”, Valentine day was instituted and was popularly known as the duffet day.
The two Roman martyrs never had an obvious connection with courtship or lovers but they fought and died for love. Through them, Valentine day has become the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas day and that is the more reason why we must celebrate Valentine’s Day according to the vision of the visionary.
As simple as the concept of Valentine’s seems, humans and their perverted minds have redefined its simplicity. The simplicity has been intricately doped, the simplicity has been contaminated with frolicsomeness, people now have different schools of thought towards love and the statistical analysis of these isms suggests digression from “true-love” and whatever it represents. However, it is a pity that this celebration day of love is here again with its frill of infatuations and smooch-ness, bringing to the door-steps of many its lecherous excitement coupled with loads of unrequited love while the legacies of the martyrs who stood for true love is legging up.
This redefinition has in its depository a dime of dozens inventory, it has many immoral activities in its profile, this redefinition is making the world go crazy with loads of nude actions, incessant dressing everywhere just to attract the carnal love of man. Besides, it has further increased the moral rage of this present age, this re-definition has given room for double-dating, break-up in a relationship, dumps, leaving someone at the altar, leaving someone for someone else and lot more.
Once-again, the flora and the fauna will be at its euphoria-peak celebrating this lascivious status of man. Indubitably, the by-products of puppy love are selling fast in our society today, the products are becoming ostentatious, and the goods are becoming necessitated. The righteous are being infested, the pure in heart are being manipulated by the fiend, people are demanding for temporary comfort at the expense of eternal comfort. This is what the world has become. The redefinition that took away the vows of chastity, the redefinition that carted away our dignity and repute like a thief in the night is here again.
As we celebrate yet another episode of love, let us consciously subscribe to the godly standard of love even as the world goes crazy once more. Valentine’s day goes beyond the usual white-red colophon quality dresses worn which actually pinpoints sex appeal, it goes beyond visiting local restaurants to mark the day’s register, it definitely goes beyond joining the rest of your fellow social climbers to paint the whole town colour red. That was not the real message of those Roman martyrs and it will never be. It classically entails all round love, giving largesse to the less- privileged in the society, showing love to the helpless and hapless, showing love to the least of human-beings- the pauper man, lame, deaf, blind and the physically challenged.
The Valentines paid their own price- they earned the equivalent prize. Jesus Christ, the son of God did pay the greatest price and conversely earned his prize. What price are you going to pay for the sake of love? Answer Valentine because today is set aside for only him.
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