5 Important Lessons About Faith From An Assassin

Nothing is true. Everything is permitted.

Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad. Photo Source: Giant Bomb

Blind faith is proof of a weak mind.

Just the briefest flicker of doubt was all he (Al Mualim) needed to creep into my mind. But I vanquished his phantoms — restored my self-confidence — and sent him from this world. I freed myself.

Altaïr and Al Mualim. Steam Community

We tend to fight dogma with dogma.

What follows are the three great ironies of the Assassin Order: (1) Here we seek to promote peace, but murder is our means. (2) Here we seek to open the minds of men, but require obedience to a master and set of rules. (3) Here we seek to reveal the danger of blind faith, yet we are practitioners ourselves.

Nothing is true. Everything is permitted. Does our creed provide the answer, then? That one may be two things — opposite in every way — simultaneously? And why not? Am I not proof? We of noble intentions, possessed of barbaric means? We who celebrate the sanctity of life and then promptly take it from those we deem our enemies?

Life is more important than tradition.

Though I ask my brothers now to abandon their rituals, I do not ask that they abandon the creed. THIS is what makes us assassins. Not the removal of a finger. Not a false promise of paradise. Not the prohibition of poison. Our duty is to the people, not to custom.

The Hidden Blade was modified during the mentorship of Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad so the removal of a ring finger to facilitate the extension of the blade was no longer necessary. Photo Source; HubPages

Your truth isn’t the Truth.

Over time, any sentence uttered long and loud enough becomes fixed. Becomes a truth. Provided, of course, you can outlast the dissent and silence your opponents. But should you succeed — and remove all challengers — then what remains is, by default, now true.

Is it truth in some objective sense? No. But how does one ever achieve an objective point of view? The answer is you don’t. It is literally, physically impossible. There are too many variables. Too many fields and formulae to consider. We can try, of course. We can inch closer and closer to a revelation. But we’ll never reach it. Not ever…

God is but a convenient excuse.

How naive to believe there might be a single answer to every question. Every mystery. That there exists a lone divine light which rules over all. They say it is a light that brings truth and love. I say it is a light that blinds us — and forces us to stumble about in ignorance.

Assassin Creed’s own creation myth: The Isu (a.k.a. The First Civilisation, Those Who Came Before, The Precursors) are a super-intelligent species of humanoids responsible for the creation of mankind. Photo Source: Assassin’s Creed Wiki — Fandom

I long for the day when men will turn away from invisible monsters and once more embrace a more rational view of the world. But these new religions are so convenient — and promise such terrible punishment should one reject them — I worry that fear shall keep us stuck to what is surely the greatest lie ever told.

Singapore-bred Malaysian who enjoys sharing her too honest thoughts on life, feminism, love, and religion among other things. www.shafiqahothman.com

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