When a system rewards money creation, just anything goes. Obviously! Yet another day pointing to the evidence that materialism has really twisted people’s minds and that we all are now under the spell of a society that has monetized everything, including feelings and perceptions, the shabby secret of every boom and bust.
Human beings have become stock market assets and it seems to be doing wonders. St Valentine’s is now a $20 billion industry and growing each year. How far will people continue to accept to be taken for a ride? When will they begin to realize the illusion of materialism …. and stand up against their “programming” ?
But what is more? The story of Valentine’s Day appears to be a monumental hoax. Discover for yourself and please do not hesitate to do some additional homework, should you doubt the articles here below.
The ancient story behind Valentine’s Day is more brutal than romantic... How have we reached the point where the US is set to spend $19.6 billion on Valentine’s Day? It all goes back to a mysterious, third century saint who suffered a brutal fate….. So, don’t feel bad if you have a crummy Valentine’s Day. It (hopefully) won’t be worse than getting killed, confused with other people, and kicked off the general liturgical calendar — which is what actually happened to the real St. Valentine. Feb. 12, 2018 (businessindiser.com)
Here’s How America Is Spending $20 Billion This Valentine’s … Exactly who is on the receiving end of that $20 billion? Only about half of Valentine’s spending goes to our romantic partners, exclusively. (theatlantic.com)
St. Valentine was not a romantic USATODAY.COM | ET Feb. 14, 2018 |The third third-century Valentinus was a bishop of Terni in the province of Umbria, Italy.According to his equally dodgy legend, Terni’s bishop got into a situation like the other Valentinus by debating a potential convert and afterward healing his son. The rest of story is quite similar as well: He too was beheaded on the orders of Emperor Gothicus and his body buried along the Via Flaminia.It is likely, as the Bollandists suggested, that there weren’t actually two decapitated Valentines, but that two different versions of one saint’s legend appeared in both Rome and Terni.Nonetheless, African, Roman or Umbrian, none of the Valentines seems to have been a romantic.Indeed, medieval legends, repeated in modern media, had St. Valentine performing Christian marriage rituals or passing notes between Christian lovers jailed by Gothicus. Still other stories romantically involved him with the blind girl whom he allegedly healed. Yet none of these medieval tales had any basis in third-century history, as the Bollandists pointed out.In any case, historical veracity did not count for much with medieval Christians. What they cared about were stories of miracles and martyrdoms and the physical remains or relics of the saint. To be sure, many different churches and monasteries around medieval Europe claimed to have bits of a St. Valentinus’ skull in their treasuries.Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome, for example, still displays a whole skull. According to the Bollandists, other churches across Europe also claim to own slivers and bits of one or the other St. Valentinus’ body: For example, San Anton Church in Madrid, Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin, the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in Prague, Saint Mary’s Assumption in Chelmno, Poland, as well as churches in Malta, Birmingham, Glasgow, and on the Greek isle of Lesbos, among others.For believers, relics of the martyrs signified the saints’ continuing their invisible presence among communities of pious Christians. In 11th-century Brittany, for instance, one bishop used what was purported to be Valentine’s head to halt fires, prevent epidemics and cure all sorts of illnesses, including demonic possession. As far as we know, though, the saint’s bones did nothing special for lovers
- Spain: £111.08
- France: £107.33
- Italy: £107.30
- Germany: £83.77
- UK: £49.64
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