Even the most complex theories, though, are little more than guesswork. So let’s break love down into two broad categories: passionate love and the other kind. It’s quickly evident that passionate love is where all the mystery lies. As Pascal said back in the 1600s (and this is a paraphrase): The heart has its reasons, which reason knows not. Or, for a more contemporary view, as Florence Welch sings in her cover of Robert Palmer: Might as well face it, you’re addicted to love…
As for Valentine’s Day, it also remains a bit of a mystery. Historians identify its progenitor—St. Valentine—as three different martyred priests, and some believe the holiday itself began as an attempt to Christianize a pagan holiday.
That’s why SFR’s annual Love & Sex issue is devoted not just to Feb. 14, but also to the spirit of the holiday, which can and should be celebrated all the time.
We’ve also assembled a wide variety of romance-related suggestions for everything from food, gifts and cocktails to singles events, romantic staycations and lots of dance ideas: couples, burlesque and pole.
Still not convinced? Come to SFR’s Pre-Valentine’s Day Party Feb. 5 and let us woo you.
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