No, romance isn't dead. It is actually quite natural.
So natural that it is, in fact, in nature all around us. It's in the stream gushing from an orifice between the thighs of a mountain. It's in the raindrop dripping into the face of a flower. It's in the mating dance of birds.
As far as human relationships go, it is somewhat more complicated due to our emotional development and individual psychologies.
Someone in this thread said that falling hopelessly in love is like being physically assaulted. That is so true.
In The Art Of Seduction
Robert Greene expands on this a little further saying:
"We grow emotional, lose the ability to think straight, act in foolish ways that we would never do otherwise."
The truth is that stupidity, mistakes and even becoming a little pathetic are sure signs that we have fallen under a spell (from a Satanic perspective I think this is hugely interesting).
Beyond lust or infatuation, it is a deeper love that allows us to overcome these early obstacles and settle into a deeper relationship. Without the ability and maturity to see this wider perspective people will drop like a dead donkey at the first hurdle and the relationship could be cut short.
We all have experiences and psychological quirks. We all have deep rooted emotional scars. And none of us can change who or what we are. Many of our past experiences were beyond our control. We can't change it - but it is love that allows us to "forgive" the quirks of a loved one by working with or around a problem.
Of course those given to petulence or fickleness may struggle with dealing with the quirks of others. And in that case....
well, if you were in love with such a person you'd have try and find a way of working with their individual psychology.
So, for the success of relationships (and thus the survival of the species if we want to be scientific) "love" is quite natural to the human.
It isn't altruistic or anti Satanic to become self sacrificing for someone we love. As I said in a recent weblog on my site - giving away one's energy in matters of love should not be seen as a cost but an investment.
I do think some Satanists over compensate and in doing so become a monster of insensitivity. It's fine when applied to those we do not care about, but in matters of love would be cutting off our own nose to spite our face.
Just a few thoughts.
Sorry, I actually went off on a bit of a rant. Hope it still makes sense.