The Good Shepherd of Fire
February 12, 2014 § 466 Comments
Sorry, I really did intend for the previous post to be my last on this subject for a bit.
Other folks are discussing what they think of my views here  (see the comments as well). I especially like how my views are explained by the fact that I am both autistic and a natural alpha. Everyone always thinks they know something about me, but I don’t share personal details about my life on line (for a number of reasons — but one good one is that it should keep things focused on the subject matter). The speculations are hilarious to anyone who knows me in person.
I think folks tend toward overly complex interpretations of my views because of positivism: because of an aversion to the large empty spaces between what is definite in our knowledge. The pragmatic man wants to grab a tool and get to work; but there are no easy and efficient tools around to repair destroyed fatherhood, and the tools that are around have gun barrels that point back at the user. It is a conceit of Christian Game supporters that, not only do they personally have the wisdom and discernment to separate the gold from the dross for themselves, but all the men they are evangelizing do too. Yet it really is better to end up not married at all than it is to end up married to a slut, etc. And even that fate is better than getting pulled into the vortex of nihilism. Game is less a way of embracing reality than it is of avoiding reality, and asking for an alternative to it is frequently just a rhetorical bluff.
Part of the problem is the idealization of life in modern society. The grass is always greener until you are the one facing down the cannons. On Facebook people only show the good and flattering stuff. The neighbors always have a nice lawn. Marriage and family is hard, hard, hard, hard, harder than you can possibly imagine before you have been through it — especially when commonplace but terrible adversities, like the ones a commenter mentions, hit. It ends tragically, with death, every single time. If you are married and it hasn’t gotten hard like that yet, it will. If the person by your side is someone you have to manipulate like a child, you will wish you had never been born.
Scott’s observation that you can’t really Christianize Rock without it becoming something other than Rock – and not particularly good as an art form – is a pretty good analogy, but the consequences here are greater for the men who become caught up in Game. Folks say that they have become less awkward, more dominant, learned to take the female emotional roller coaster less seriously, etc through Game — but becoming less awkward, more dominant, etc is something that awkward men have had to do throughout all of history. That isn’t Game, and trying to make it Game in an act of the will results in the church choir going on tour with Avenged Sevenfold. The Church choir is going to end up drunk and with the groupies; Avenged isn’t going to start having daily Mass on the set. And the people who are attracted to that sort of solution are just the sort of people who aren’t equipped to deal with it. Game has no part in Christian marriage because Christian marriage is sacred; and we don’t mix the sacred with the profane. Sure, we all adopt secular and pagan practices in our day to day lives, more power to us. And I realize that many modern Catholics actually do like profaning the Mass with banal secular music, though not nearly as much as Evangelical Protestants in the Church of Rock Band.
But they are wrong too. It isn’t just that it doesn’t “work”: it is counterproductive to the work at hand.
 For the record, Novaseeker is welcome to keep commenting here but I put him into moderation because he expressly announced his intention to play the troll in the thread.