Mel suffers from self-certitude or rectitude, the conviction of that he is right, which is a drug clouding his powers of reason and his ability to see the truth. As a result of his love for hearing the sound of his own bloviating voice and the certitude that his voice affords him, Mel thinks he knows the “higher truth” of love. But to the contrary, he is delusional in his orientation toward love, both in his ideas and his actions. In fact, the story pits Mel’s delusion of love, an oversimplification rooted in idealism, with the reality of love, a messy tangle of complexities and contradictions that rebel against Mel’s easy truisms and aphorisms about love.
Mel believes in idealized love, which ironically is a standard of love he fails miserably, while the story shows there are dozens of types of love, which defy easy classification:
1. chimera love
2. chivalry love (heroic or selfless or altruistic love)
3. honeymoon or infatuation love
4. platonic love
5. demonic love (the underbelly of obsessed love)
6. Mel’s self-love or narcissism
Mel's ultimate delusion is that he is obsessed in love. In fact, he disdains love and prefers his Self to all else. Sadly, Mel has convinced himself that he is interested in love when in fact his real interest is to erect a superior knowledge of love that he can use to rub others' noses in.