Love Locks Bridge Deemed Vandalism

Love Locks Bridge Deemed Vandalism

Pont des Arts love locks bridge is being taken down.
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Anyone who is a hopeless romantic knows about the Love Locks Bridge in Paris, locally known as the Pont des Arts. It is a place for those to declare their true love to one another, whether it's a best friend or intimate partner. You and your partner together clasp the lock onto the bridge's chain fence, then toss the key into the body of water below forever having a tangible symbol of your ever lasting unity. Sadly, this bridge has broken, breaking our hearts with it.

Surprisingly, Paris is not going to repair the bridge the way hopeless romantics had thought they would, but instead they are going to begin removing the love locks that caused the bridge to break. Close to a million locks are being cut; one can only picture the heart strings of those who put it there snapping along with it. But is this how Paris, love capital of the world, sees it?

No. The citizens of Paris have come together declaring these love locks vandalism! Paris has hung signs, in English specifically, saying that the bridge will no longer have the locks or the panels that international artists have drawn on, but instead, be taking all of it down and replacing the sides of the bridge with glass panels. The city has a group called 'No Love Locks' that has been fighting for this moment for quite some time, their slogan saying "Free your love. Save our bridges." At last the city is cheering in victory, saying sorry (not sorry) to the tourists who have, in their eyes, destroyed their bridge.

Now many of us may be thinking, how could Paris do to this to us hopeless romantics? How could they take away this opportunity for the rest of us who have yet to proclaim our love to someone under the lights of the city of love? Well, how about this plot twist, how could we do this to them?

How could all of us have become so infatuated with the idea that we needed something tangible in order to really feel like our love was true? How come we couldn't wait a few decades to know our love was true, then go put a lock on the bridge if it's still what we thought we needed to do? How many of us did it just for fun?

Proudly standing since 1804, you can see the it is no longer a bridge that it is filled with love, but actually a bridge that is being weighed down by people who are lost in the idea. In a side by side picture, one can see that just from 2008 to 2014 the bridge went from just a few locks, to covered in thousands, close to a million. Now, it's not to say that all these locks were put there under the false impressions of true love, hopefully majority of these are between people who will be intertwined for the rest of their lives.

It seems as if we have forgotten what love really is. If you love the beauty of a flower you don't pick it, but instead let it grow and let it be seen so it can spread its beauty to others. That's the message we missed with this bridge. We forgot to let its beauty be spread to others. We got selfish and picked it. Take a look at the slogan for the 'No Love Locks' campaign, they are telling you to set our sense of love free. Love is not something that needs to be locked; how we came to that conclusion requires us to take a deeper look at ourselves and the ideas we have about true love. Let the changing of the bridge be a lesson and use it to look at the way Americans have treated love.

Cover Image Credit: http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02936/padlocks01_2936032b.jpg

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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Leave Your Ex Alone

They don't want to bother with you, so stop bothering them.

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It's okay to be friends with your ex-boyfriend/girlfriend, but you can never be friends immediately after the break-up or else the friendship will fail. To be someone's friend you must be able to support them and love them. Relationships almost never end on good terms, so how can you be truly supportive to the person that broke you? You can't.

You both need time to heal and love yourselves again without the emotional support that you both have been leaning on for so long."You can't fix yourself while holding on to the person that broke you." -r.h.sin. Remember that.

Also, please for the sake of all your friends, followers, and your self-dignity, keep your relationship off social media. I'm not saying don't post want you to want to post, but when your profile has turned into a hate blog for your ex, I think it's time quit. Not only does constantly posting negative things about your ex make you look bad, but it also makes the healing process go even slower and possibly ruin the chances of friendship again.

And if you truly believe that sending a text that is close to the length of 400 words to your ex explaining once again that you are completely over them will make them change their minds then go off, but know it most likely won't work. Then didn't care the first time, they won't care the seventh time.

So basically, be respectful and be kind to your ex. No matter how messed upshot they did was and no matter how badly that hurt you, realize that treating them terrible back solves nothing and only reflects badly on you. You can't change how people treat you, but you can choose how to react.

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