Did you know that today is Singles Awareness Day? No, really, it is. Its acronym is, well, S.A.D. The day after the pop culture appropriated the Christian Feast of St. Valentine, a third century Roman bishop and patron of married couples (yes, he really did exist), the people who give us jelly doughnut day, and siblings day, and any number of other emotionally triggered designated days have decided that unattached people need to be singled out for recognition.
As if those of us who are single are not well aware of that fact. In a culture where mothers crave placecards, and dress fittings, and flowers and beauty, we who are single do not need the reminders that we haven’t gone through the rituals of shedding that status regardless of whether or not it was and is intentional.
But the Cultural Marxists have decided to remind us anyway. From a website all about named days:
After a Christmas spent with elderly family members asking when they’re finally going to get married, or at least find a boyfriend or girlfriend to bring home, life does not get any easier for singles after Christmas, either. No sooner have the Santa Claus and snowman decorations vanished from the shops than the shelves begin to burst with cuddly teddy bears, heart-shaped balloons and boxes of cheap chocolates, all in shades of nauseating neon pinks and reds. Yes, Valentine’s Day has become one of the world’s most profitable occasions, yet another marketing scheme that has hit pay dirt more than the original creators of the idea could have ever dreamed….
It’s a humorous holiday to celebrate being single, to share with single friends, to send each other presents or even order yourself some flowers. On this day many people wear green, as it is the complementary opposite of red. Another popular option is an absence of color (black), to symbolize an absence of celebration.
So this is all a joke to the people who name days? That the culture which no longer fosters courtship as opposed to hooking up and is all about personal fulfillment in marriage rather than sacrifice for a spouse is telling those of us who have not found a suitable mate in life that we are, well, S.A.D.?
Frankly, the letters S.A.D. say something other than this is all light hearted fun. This woman’s status is no joke thanks to the cultural marxist overlords of the world.
It would not be hard to laugh off this sentiment if this was the only person making the claim, but this writer and more than one friend over the years have expressed the very sentiment – and one of those people was a married father of four.
Seriously, which way is it supposed to be? The Cultural Marxists need to make up their minds. We who are single are either S.A.D. or being kept out of the marriage market by their arbitrary rules of everybody needs an expensive “education,” and it’s okay to be in debt for most of one’s adult life.
And then there was this in news this week.
Man offers $25,000 to anyone who can find him a girlfriend
While many people are scrambling to find last-minute presents or even a date before Valentine’s Day, this Kansas man wants a little something more: A girlfriend. And he’s offering $25,000 to anyone who can help him find one.
Bachelor Jeff Gebhart told CBS affiliate KCTV that he has grown sick of dating the traditional way and especially abhors online dating. So, he said, he decided to think outside the box.
“Well think about it, if you’re in a happy marriage, what monetary value could you ever place on meeting the right person … ever?” the 47-year-old told the outlet. “My time and frustration and disappointment definitely is worth some sort of dollar figure but that was roughly what I’d spend in dating.”
Oh, hey, there’s a romantic idea. Put a price tag on the dating process. That will certainly make any woman feel special that the cost for dating and wooing a wife is twenty five grand. And then, there’s no guarantee the guy will be serious beyond having a date once a week, or that anything will last. Truthfully, the marriage mart is one risky place to be, and a lot of men (who, frankly, are in the drivers’ seat when it comes to getting married or not) are not willing to take the risk of being bankrupted by a wrathful woman. (Seriously, the way some women use men, this writer can’t blame them.)
But, that’s not all that singles have going against them when it comes to knowing that the culture is schizophrenic about our status whether or not we are. Honestly, thanks to an out of control wedding industry that exploits the vulnerability of the emotional human condition during what should be a joyful time and occasion in life, there really are scenes like this playing out across the fruited plain on a regular basis.
The truth of it all is that there have always been members of families who didn’t marry for some reason. Everyone has and has had maiden aunts. Clergy and lay religious are made up of such people. But never was their status called S.A.D. It was said that being single was what was meant to be. That’s all.
Why it would be S.A.D. now that single people exist and why anyone would need to remind us of our status and call it poking fun when it really isn’t, especially when the culture has shifted to the point that the battle of the sexes has turned incredibly toxic.
Just throwing this out there.
Thanks to the Cultural Marxists for the shout out, but most of us singles will pass on S.A.D.