Billions of dollars (literally) spent on mawkish accounts of narcissistic rooted forms of love (thanks, Kierkegaard), while a guy named Valentine earned his ‘purple crown‘ trying to convert an emperor. That saint was nuts. I mean, who tries to convert an emperor? It’s insane.
More insane than purchasing crap goods because our nation-state’s liturgy orders, disciplines, and directs our bodies to do so?
Tough call. Tough call.
Regardless, here’s a St. Valentine’s Day gift for both sides.
Now, buy your lover a book on martyrdom.
(See, I’m owned by the same powers-that-be . . .)
About the Author
Tripp York teaches religious studies at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. He is the author of more than half a dozen books including, Third Way Allegiance, The Purple Crown, and Living on Hope While Living in Babylon. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming three-volume collection called the Peaceable Kingdom Series. An actor and a lighting designer, Tripp also surfs and spends his weekends shoveling elephant and giraffe poop.