As Jane Austen once said, "it is a truth universally acknowledged that Valentine's Day is actually just the holiday of single people being sad because mostly everyone wants love." If you're feeling down about your lack of a romantic partner, stop whining and put your stupid love woes in perspective by asking yourself these questions!
1. What is love?
Baby, don't hurt me.
Ha ha ha. This is an obvious one. Seriously though, it's amazing the degree to which we get ourselves worked up over this stupid four letter word, ESPECIALLY today. But what's the big deal? Explore what I like to call The Haddaway Question by reading this PBS article about the neurobiology of love.
2. Why are we here?
What is your life's purpose anyway? I sort of hope it has nothing to do with Valentine's Day.
3. Can you ever truly know, understand or connect with another human being?
Are we not inherently separated by our own consciousness? You can only exist inside your own body. What's the point of any relationship if true union is impossible?
4. Can you ever really know anything?
Can you even really know whether you can really know things?
5. To what degree are modern relationships a construct of society?
Societal dictation of relationships goes beyond heteronormativity. For more on this, read about the relationship escalator, a series of steps people are expected to take in order to have a relationship perceived as "normal" or "healthy." (If you're happily single, asexual, aromantic or polyamorous, READ ABOUT THIS!!!)
6. While you're at it, why not question your sexuality?
I don't care how straight you think you are, there is ALWAYS room for doubt if you think about it hard enough.
I hope mulling over these big questions will sufficiently distract you from your petty Valentine's Day self esteem problems. Remember, love is fake, life is meaningless, you are going to die and one day there will be no one left on Earth who remembers you ever existed!
Happy Valentine's Day!