February 14, 2014
Cynical Love and Less So
As today is Valentine’s Day, it is time to lay aside talk of brands and marketing and concentrate on the love-stuff. If ever there was a word that divided opinion, it seems to be Love.
Katharine Hepburn is one of the more Romantic Souls, who said (no doubt in a husky love drenched voice): “Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get — only with what you are expecting to give – which is everything”. This we like. This is the stuff of Love-in-old-Movies. Proper black-and-white wistful love. Love to cuddle up on the sofa to.
Others have been less glassy-eyed. Ambrose Bierce, writing in The Devil’s Dictionary gave us the now-clichéd: “Love, n. A temporary insanity curable by marriage”. Other more wistful cynics include Charles Bukowski, who said: “Love is kind of like when you see a fog in the morning, when you wake up before the sun comes out. It’s just a little while, and then it burns away. Love is a fog that burns with the first daylight of reality”. A poetic start and then, well, less so.
Gentle readers, tomorrow it will not be permissible to write aimlessly about Love. So enjoy mulling the subject today, whatever your view!