Last year, I took a course in rhetoric. One of our assignments was to write two arguments about one topic, an invective (against) and an encomium (for). My topic was Valentine’s Day. Yesterday I posted the first argument. Here is the second.
Valentine’s Day is the “day of love.” Since we value love above all else, we must value Valentine’s Day with equal passion.
February 14 is a holiday that celebrates love, not just romantic love but all kinds of love: love for pets, love for friends, love for family. The date may seem like it is all about flowers, cards and candies, but it is about our passions, our hearts and our souls.
The Day of Valentine is believed to have begun in the third century. Roman Emperor Claudius outlawed marriage because he believed single men made better soldiers than married men. A Catholic priest named Valentine believed in love so deeply that he secretly married young couples anyway despite substantial risks to his own life. Claudius soon discovered Valentine’s secret ceremonies and sentenced him to death. The “day of love” was later named after Valentine, whose birthday was believed to be February 14. In honour of this lovely story of one young saint’s belief in love, we celebrate this sacred emotion with this special holiday even today.
Valentine’s Day is wholesome, pure and good. It is peaceful, joyous and heart-filling. Valentine’s Day is everything a holiday was meant to be.
February 14 gives all of us the chance to let our feelings be known and shown. It gives all of us the chance to remove ourselves from our hectic lives and share special moments with the people connected to us in our hearts. Most days of the year, we get up and propel ourselves through the day without much thought about those around us. Our only goal is to make it through the day and do what needs to be done. Valentine’s Day is the one day in the year of crazy days when we take the time to slow down, appreciate our loved ones and—most importantly of all—show them how much we appreciate them. Without it, we might never share these sentiments with the most important people in our lives.
This special holiday is like Christmas. It only arrives once a year, but when it does, we are given a precious gift: love, the most priceless gift of all.
February 14 is a day to look forward to, a day to open your heart and share your feelings with those you love. The essence of Valentine’s Day is love, so it is the essence of ourselves because we are love.
If you read both posts, do you know which one reflects my true attitude about Valentine’s Day?
In theory, if I have argued well, you should not be able to tell; I should be able to argue each side as well as the other.
So did I manage that? Or is it obvious whether I love or loathe Valentine’s Day?