First, what is romance? It's sexual and love idealism. It's not settling for second best, let alone 5th best, but going out for first best. It's not settling at all, ever, but going to extremes. Romance is Don Juan going through hundreds of women to find his match and feeling contempt for every one of them because they weren't. It's not Casanova being a "lover of women" and genuinely loving whatever woman he faced at the moment.
Romance is not the "intimacy of eating dinner". Romance is walking through a minefield. Romance is not something you do "when you feel romantic". It's something you always do because it's something you ARE. Romance is not your wedding anniversary or even your wedding, romance is all-consuming. Romance is not bringing flowers and chocolate or even any gifts. Romance is BEING a gift and constantly working to please your lover. Romance is not "put in its place" or "put in perspective".
To any genuine romantic, the Gaian approach to romance is utterly repulsive. Because to Gaians, everything is just a means to an end, the end being their own survival. Even romance is just a tool to be used, just another indirection, channel or connection. To be corrupted for the sake of their survival. Idealism are anathema to Gaians so why not sexual idealism? But of course, in their own terms, Gaians see it differently. They see it as perpetuating sacred Life Cycles.
So you start by meeting someone, through a friend of a friend, derivatively of course. And then you "experience romance" by going out to dinner. Even though eating is narcissistic thus anti-idealism, but hey, mysticism here. Plus, eating is necessary for biological survival and what could be more Gaian than being biologically correct? Or biology? Or survival? So already "romance" is corrupted all to hell.
But the nauseating bit is how romance is "put in its place". You have this mini-cycle of romance where you bring flowers and chocolate then go out to dinner and end by fucking. Fucking is the important bit to Gaians, just as much as surviving and breeding, not romance. And then the cycle ends with you both lazing back in afterglow blissed out of your mind, mindless and unthinking. And there the cycle ends only to be repeated all over again on another day. And that is "romance" to Gaians.
Of course, there is a larger sacred life cycle to Gaians which romance is a mere sub-part of, a mini-cycle as I said. It's the whole "relationship" life cycle. You meet someone, you go out on dates, then you have a honeymoon phase, then that can get extended by breeding and having kids. Or it's not extended and at that point you break up and start all over again. Because breeding is the important bit, if you don't do it then there is no point to the relationship and no point to romance. This is reflected in childless vs with-kids divorce statistics.
So Valentine's Day? Your wedding anniversary? Your wedding? The chocolates? The flowers? The gifts? Those are just fulfilling expectations, they're just ticking off the checkbox in a checklist named Romance or Relationship in a Gaian's mind. The purpose of the checklist is to fuck and to breed and to lay back in mindless orgasmic stupor. The actual things thrown together into the checklist don't matter and they have no intrinsic value. They are just tools to get the fucking and breeding accomplished
And of course this is exactly what "evolutionary theory" supposedly says. Which comes as no surprise given that evolutionary theory is a Gaian invention and something they worship. It's also wrong, both in the sense that evolutionary theory doesn't say that and evolutionary theory is factually wrong. But hey, what relation do Gaians have with the truth? It's easy enough to say "none whatsoever" but a tad oversimplistic. So, let's examine that tidbit in detail.
We saw that romance and relationships are both just a life cycle to Gaians. So too the scientific method and the truth are just a life cycle, an orderly circular progression of theories being born, growing up, breeding, then dying. And anything that violates the life cycle, such as a theory which is invented out of whole cloth and has no progenitors, like superstring theory? That's anathema and to be hated, and general relativity must survive within the objectively inferior quantum loop gravity.
Truth, ideals, science, academia, everything is just a life cycle to Gaians. EVERYTHING, without exception. Not one single fucking exception. Even FEELING is just a life cycle. "A time to laugh, a time to cry, a time to grieve, a time to go on a murderous rampage". There is not one thing they hold sacred except their own fucking skin, fucking, birthing, and reproduction.
Even love is just a part of a life cycle to Gaians. "It's time to let go." Just a tool supposedly used by evolution to ensure fucking and breeding happens.
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