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Love Memes '07

General: 021407
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'Tis the season. It's my duty as the kind of Lunatic I am to play up the Platonic aspects of the holiday. This isn't just about eros. Philos and agape have their place too. I've noticed on the internet that there's been a bit of a backlash against the heavily marketing-driven consumerist and romantic bent to the holiday, turning it into a heartfelt celebration of the esteem and appreciation that one holds for one's friends. And that makes me happy.

I made growly noises about "couples" associated with the holiday when I was talking with Darkside, because it is a little painful to watch that kind of happiness when your love life is not exactly working the way you think it should -- but letting your friends know that they're cared for like back in elementary school is still fun regardless.
Gone away, gone ahead,
Echoes roll unanswered.
Empty, open, dusty, dead.
Why have all the Weyrfolk fled?

Where have dragons gone together
Leaving weyrs to wind and weather,
Setting herdbeasts free of tether;
Gone, our safeguards, gone, but whither?

Have they flown to some new weyr
Where cruel Threads some others fear?
Are they worlds away from here?
Why, oh why the empty weyr?

-- "The Question Song", Anne McCaffrey
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