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February 13, 2014

Valentine's Day: A return to romance

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But this St. Valentine’s Day, let’s take a stand.

Look, we’re humans, not vulgar animals. We’re better than the magazines — than the popular culture — are making us out to be. See, we humans have two natures. We’re part animals, to be sure — a few links away from monkeys, for goodness sakes — but we also have hearts, souls, minds and spirits. This deeper nature is never promoted in the magazines.

No, sir, the magazines, and television, have done their best to keep our lower nature, our animal part, in a constant state of agitation and overdrive. When our animal side is inflamed, all we think about are animal things (like three ways to amplify a lady’s cleavage). All we think about is ourselves. And all we think about is buying the tripe that advertisers are trying to sell us.

And so amplified have we let our lower natures become, that men and women have lost their distinction. Women have become more like men, getting more masculine and physically aggressive, and men have become more like women, turning into a bunch of delicate-voiced pansies.

To be sure, we’re confused. And our confusion fills us with longing. And what are we longing for? Romance!

Surely women prefer to spend time with men who know how to be men. Men who are confident, witty and self-assured. And surely women detest what so many men have become — cowering little creatures, who deliberately say what they think a woman wants to hear.

And surely most men long for a woman who is not afraid to be feminine — a woman who carries herself with grace and style, an air of mystery, a dignity and quiet confidence that demands respect.

It is only when the two truly opposite forces called man and woman collide that romance may occur. And it will only occur if we restore our lower, selfish, vulgar natures back to their proper place and reintroduce our higher natures.

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