On Second Thought — Why Mother’s Day is a Bad Idea

All this was enough to make Anna Jarvis regret her idea, but consumerism is not the worst thing to happen to Mother’s Day. The worst part of Mother’s Day is the flood of sentimentality that masquerades as affection and honor.

Sentiment drives Mother’s Day as a gargantuan observance. We Americans feel better about ourselves when we honor motherhood — or when we spend a few dollars on overpriced greeting cards, flowers, and food and convince ourselves that this is honoring our mothers.

There is nothing wrong about sentiment in itself, but there is something pornographic about the bathos of sentimentalism that this observance produces — a sentimentalism so often devoid of content.

The Christian vision of motherhood is more about courage and faithfulness than about sentimentalism.

via On Second Thought — Why Mother’s Day is a Bad Idea.

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