If you have no quarrel with with birthday parties then why are you still objecting to all the reasons for birthdays that have been provided?
Every reason you've given me can be applied to virtually any day of the year, and at least one (to make someone feel "extra special") works better if the celebration is on a random day of the year.EDIT: I'm just going to start quoting myself, since I hate repeating myself in different words for no reason. If you don't understand what I'm saying, ask.
Okay, so every reason I
have given can be applied to virtually any day of the year.
However, you are still ignoring almost everyone else's answer. Why not address Graybeards answer? http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/forums/index.php/topic,29180.msg682749.html#msg682749
It seems like a pretty pragmatic non biased approach to explaining why we celebrate birthdays. It doesn't necessarily touch on the personal emotional aspect of why but still, he repeats a theme which has been presented numerous times by several different people...that being that it is a personal marker of time. Since our current laws revolve around certain liberties being granted to individuals based on how old they are...it seems rather important that we mark the time. What better way is there to mark the passage of time than to actually celebrate it?
In a way, I understand what you are saying. Everyday should be special. How magnificent would it be to come home from work or wake up on morning to a party being thrown just for you, just because the people you know like you? I mean, that would be awesome! More people should do that.
I used to engage in random acts of kindness on a regular basis when I was in my upper teenage years. Once, while I used to hang around The Mall, I noticed a girl working in a clothing store. They didn't sell the type of clothes that I was interested in so I never went into the store but I would still see her as I walked by. So anyway, one day I bought a couple of roses and walked up to her and gave them to her.
She asked me, "What are these for?" and I said, "I just thought it might brighten your day."
I didn't ask her out, I didn't ask her name, I didn't tell her my name. I just gave her the flowers and wished her well then walked on down the hall. Random acts of kindness are not limited to just helping out a stranger who needs help. Which I have also done many many times. But now, I am married with children. So, my acts of kindness aren't so random. What would my wife think if I did that now? What if I pick up a hitch hiker and he kills me? I have much less expendable cash now than I did back then so all my efforts go towards my family.
Since birthdays are a tradition and my wife feels very strongly about celebrating them, we do...at least for our kids. The thing is, there are other ways and other days I practice random acts of kindness for our children and my wife. Small, unexpected things. Unplanned for things.
However, birthdays and anniversaries and holidays are expected so we observe them. Not extravagantly but still.