To lovers: please consider the lonelies

Victor Diaz

Even if it had the most remote significance in earlier times, the concept of Valentine’s Day has become absolutely moronic.

It seems as though Valentine’s Day only serves two purposes now: for big businesses to make a quick buck and for those without a significant other to feel worse about their predicament.

Sure, you could very well say this about any other holiday, but which one emphasizes it as much as Valentine’s Day?

You never hear that people dislike celebrating Easter because they can’t look for eggs (although that is not the real meaning of the holiday), or not being able to celebrate Independence Day because fireworks are too expensive.

So what makes Valentine’s Day the exception?

Valentine’s Day, along with those who celebrate it, focus on one concept: love. But as we all know, love, nowadays, is subjective.

To some, love is being able to spend the rest of their lives with someone they truly care about. To others, it’s just a cheap word to justify bumping uglies.

Sadly, the latter has become the major meaning in our society, and Valentine’s Day has not helped to solve this problem.

On Feb. 14, couples decide to parade outside, and abuse a little something known as personal displays of affection, otherwise known as PDA.

It’s like there’s something in the air on that day that makes couples think that the world is their hotel room.

It is understandable that these couples have the right to do this, but have they ever stopped to think about how the others feel?

It’s like winning the lottery and shoving the winning ticket in the eyes of a broke college student.

In fact, it has been clinically proven that V-Day results in a spike of depression.

According to a study by the Canadian Mental Health Association, one in 10 young adults experienced depression and other feelings of emotional insecurity on this day.

For these people, there is no “getting over it.”

Valentine’s Day is simply a holiday for the “haves” to show-off what they have at the expense of the “have-nots.”

It’s almost as if these people intentionally make it so others see this day as, “Singles’ Awareness Day.”

If you want to celebrate this holiday and give in to its ridiculous commercialism, so be it, but please do it in moderation.

Consider those around you and remember, not everyone has what you have. You wouldn’t want someone to be eating a bacon cheeseburger in front of you while you’ve gone days without food, would you? Of course not.