Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Roses are bloody, diamonds are death, chocolates destroy childhoods
Aaah, Valentine's Day...love, red roses, chocolate, diamonds. And racism, death, and destruction. Damn! So I knew about blood diamonds and now I find out that roses for Valentines Day come from Kenya, at least in Europe. So red rose harvesters in Kenya desperately depend on sales from Feb 14 for their livelihood. But then how many of those fields of flowers might belong to those responsible for stirring up violence in Kenya? Is it better to buy or not buy? And if I do get roses do I bury my nose and inhale their fragrance? Will I smell their scent or will I get a whiff of desperation and death?
Now I live in Switzerland, land of chocolate right? And apart from the fact that they are oh-so delicious even even if they go straight to my hips (who am I kidding? they go all over me) but I digress. Apparently the beans are harvested by kids in South America who work hard working when they should be in school.
The world is one fucked up, sad place where childhoods are snatched away and symbols of love and romance for some come up at the expense of shattered dreams and death for those who labor to make those symbols real.
So bottoms up and Happy Valentine's Day All...in advance. Make someone you love feel loved. Yes, that is possible without diamonds, roses...and yes, even without chocolate though that's the hardest one of all.