Love is just one of the many emotions main character Teddy McArdle feels we should all do without. As spiritual guru well versed in Eastern religious philosophy, Teddy believes that emotions get in the way of spiritual advancement. They are distracting, he explains, and not helpful. Because Teddy believes in reincarnation, he feels as though emotional involvement in any one particular life serves no purpose – each life is, after all, only a drop in the bucket in the span of the long, immortal lives of our soul. Teddy discusses love in particular as having different forms. Sentimental love serves no purpose, but one can "love" God in a very different, proper way.
Teddy has succeeded in removing emotion from his life.
Despite a very convincing façade, Teddy is still consumed with emotion.