It’s not shameful to seek a companion to calm the exigencies of the heart, which swell like waves and retreat as quickly to beach sorrow on the shores of our body.
But this woman — Liang Yali — is a swindler and sham. We think. Because what kind of slick snake salesperson would take advantage of another person’s loneliness to charge these prices — as reported by SCMP — for something called the Seek-a-Husband Training Programme?
The least expensive one-day course costs 2,800 yuan (HK$3,500), and more advanced modules can be taken for more than 40,000 yuan. There’s also the “unlimited” package, which entitles customers to attend all classes for a cool 100,000 yuan.
Alas, it’s easy for us to sit and judge. But what if we don’t do that? Because love is hard, if not outright quixotic, and our desires often play tricks on us, mask intentions, cause lust to be misinterpreted, etc. Perhaps a course to put expectations in their proper place might be useful after all for a cosmopolitan, practical society. Perhaps we could all, in matters of the heart, take a longer view and be less quick to snarl at entrepreneurs like Liang whose intentions may be aligned with those of relationship therapists and online dating CEOs.
Or. Perhaps we could be a little more slutty, see sex as a consummation not of love but friendship, a thing that forges accidental emotional ties, if any, though more often only serves to confirm that no one, no matter how hard we try, can fill the void carved out by our midnight solitude. Perhaps Liang teaches women that the only proven strategy is to guilt their man into staying, to transform their kind-hearted expatriate into a meek white knight, because we all have weaknesses that are more easily spotted by others.
Shit. I don’t know. Liang wants to “mass produce” happiness, as she puts it. To do so, she needs to standarize the human experience by straining it to its basic elements, then forging them in some selfsame fire of cold passion before the final annealment into a definable shape. I suppose it’s possible she knows some alchemy we do not. But would you pay 100,000 yuan to find out?