Kay Hymowitz has written an article called “Love in the Time of Darwinism” got has some play within the blogosphere. Hymowitz, a fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute is opining on today’s fucked-up dating world and how many single males are resistent to marriage because they it is against their interests. The extremely cynical but brilliant Roissy replied with his, “Love in the Time of Game.”
I recognize the current romance environment and I’m taking active steps to adjust myself to it. But it’s unfortunate that we’ve reached the point in society where it would even be necessary for someone like myself to make these adjustments. Shouldn’t good guys be rewarded and jerks be punished? I’m very much reminded of a powerful scene from one my favorite movies, “In the Line of Fire”:
Mitch : It doesn’t work, Frank. God doesn’t punish the wicked and reward the righteous. Everyone dies. Some die because they deserve to; others die simply because they come from Minneapolis. It’s random and it’s meaningless.
Frank : Well, if none of this means anything… why kill the President?
Mitch : To punctuate the dreariness.
A minute later:
Mitch : There’s no cause left worth fighting for, Frank. All we have is the game. I’m on offense, you’re on defense.
Frank : Well, when do we start playing the game?
Mitch : The clock’s ticking, Frank.
Of course, Frank ends up saving the President from Leary’s bullet at the last second. This allows Frank to know that there indeed purpose to his life and gives the audience a typical Hollywood happy ending. Personally, I believe the movie’s ending would have been better had Leary been successful in his assassination, proving the determined man can win even when he has no rational reason for doing what he does.
“I am smart and willing, and that is all it takes,” Leary tells Frank. Who knows, maybe Leary could have made one hell of a pick-up artist.