Steven, I think he laid out his terms and conditions clearly enough. If you want someone to teach you, then treat him with respect. If you want to be a student, act like one. Not like a spoiled child demanding a toy from a stranger.
This is it; the main reason I wrote the post. It’s a counterpoint to my post on on the lack of respect older men show to the following generations; whether through current commentary, the obliteration of incentive for marriage, or by the acceptance and promotion of anti-Christian behavior in pop culture by Christians going back several generations. This lack of respect and gratitude all around is part of the lack of love–and of the most basic sort. I give freely, and it is thrown in my face.
I agree with those who have pointed out that art nevertheless has technique (which is not the same as a system). Technique is imminently teachable, but technique becomes art in the hands of those with natural talent, or lots of practice. For example, anyone can learn to draw, but only those willing to put in the time, or with the proper natural instinct, become masters. Nevertheless, everyone can benefit from a few lessons, and a little technique is all most people ever need to accomplish their basic goals.
This is a good point, and one that Hawaiian Libertarian expands upon, but it’s a rebuttal of something that I did not say. In fact, I have written techniques on this very site. Yet because I don’t endorse Game or a system, fans of Game either can’t recognize them as techniques, or they bluster that what I’ve said is actually Game even though the source was entirely different, and in fact predates Game by thousands of years. Such co-option cannot be combated with rational debate because the foundational assumptions are completely different, i.e., we have wildly different philosophies…different religions.
My assumption is that the Bible is true, and so if I see something in Game that echoes something found in the Bible I say, “That bit of Bible you got there is good stuff.” If you retort that this proves Game is true, then you’ve gone too far. If you go even further and say that the Bible is all right because it has some of this good Game stuff in it, you’re sold out on idolatry. The latter is my experience with fans of Game.
I don’t think they set out towards idolatry; I think that fans of Game tend to be lovers of systems who want to compile and codify information, and that they are seduced into thinking they can make straight what God has made crooked. It’s no coincidence that Game theory is so cross-pollinated with diet fads, evolution, HBD, conspiracy theories, natural law, scientism, and all these other systems of thought that claim to have figured out how things work; that they know what’s really going on. I think there is some truth to be learned in all those things, but they have to be tested against the Bible.
Here’s less serious example: As far as I can recall, the Bible has nothing but good things to say about wheat and bread; particularly unleavened bread. Any diet that tries to tell me that wheat bread is bad for me is a non-starter. That doesn’t mean that I approve of Monsanto, or that one can’t eat too much bread.
While the basic problem seems–from a systematic view–to be that there’s a lot of bad info out there, Christ teaches that the problem is one of the desires of our hearts, and that the heart is fixed not by the perfect transmission of perfect information, but only by the Holy Spirit. How this happens is–in very simple terms–by choosing to have gratitude for Christ’s sacrifice for us, that kick-starts a process by which God changes our hearts. In turn, this change in our hearts will be reflected in our lives, i.e., bear fruit.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Things are the way they are not because we’ve been given bad information, but rather we’ve given each other bad information because of the way we are. And if a man’s contentment (love, joy, and peace) is predicated on the obtainment of a wife then he’s not walking in the Spirit but in the flesh, and he is in fact a slave to women and the flesh, and of cunningly devised fables and oppositions of so-called science.
 Again: Not specifically a recrimination of Zippy; of whom I am indebted. His comments were a jumping off point.
 Here we can get into deep denominational discussions about the ways and means God goes about this, but the Merely Christian fact is that this is what happens.