The commercialisation of love makes me cringe, starting with weddings and Valentine’s Day. I mean, if you choose to spend a lot of money, time, and energy on either (or both!), then be my guest. But let’s be honest; we often feel pressured, sometimes subconsciously, to adhere to a (commercial) concept of demonstrating love adequately enough to our significant other.
I don’t think the solution lies in completely getting rid of either weddings or Valentine’s Day. Rather, I feel the solution lies in transforming the way we approach them. Weddings, for example, could be transformed into a true community-building event. And Valentine’s Day could become some community-wide, fun celebration.
While every day should be filled, to the brim, with love—for ourselves, our loved ones, our brethren, our fellow man, our work, our world, in short, for everyone!—the idea of consciously celebrating it as a community has a certain appeal, at least for me. So while I whole-heartedly (ha) reject the idea of having to buy roses, a heart-shaped box of chocolates, and go on an overpriced dinner date, the idea of doing something thoughtful to celebrate love is very appealing.
And I don’t mean the superficial type of love that seems to be portrayed in every form of media surrounding us. I mean the profound and transformative kind that washes away apathy and shines light on even the darkest parts of our lives. The kind of love that I am referring to is the kind that allows for a complete transformation of the human heart and everything around it. It’s a love that is all-encompassing, that requires selflessness and a lot of work—but a love that makes it all worth it.
So, this month’s banner celebrates the light that love brings into our lives. The quote “Love is Light!”, with letters printed on a cheerful and very stereotypical purple and red heart background, reminds us that, as winter drags on in the Northern Hemisphere and as things seem to be going from bad to worse in the world, true, profound, pure love can change all the darkness into light.