I saw a brilliantly written piece several years back that really emphasized to me how the world can spin us out to be the bad guys as a Church and as believers. There is a tendency to paint up bad guys with ideals of cleaning up the swamps to quote Trumps approach. We look at cinematic works like the Transformers and the Matrix or even the age of Ultron and they’ve taken this entire construct of thought about needing to be cleansed as a personal war, and that we should really against God’s judgment because “this life is all we have”. In the transformers they even went as far as naming the Metatron as Megatron and proclaiming that only after destroying the all spark, as in the Omni – present Omnipotent Omni – etc God as, would they be able to put our conflicts to rest.
That’s all be a pretty bold statement and has forever changed the way that I view things in regards to hero’s and villains. There are definitely movies I genuinely stand behind like Civil War as they’re taking up resistance against big brother trying to mandate and sanction who has power and how much they are allowed. This was a very indirect hint at the discussion of gun control and risks of the very real possibility of the push for martial law. But generally speaking alot of the biggest and most defining moments are had against gods of men or in the case of x-men apocalypse actual gods who seek to purge humanity in the fire.
At first glance you are thinking well yeah its annihilation but these movies are always in the context of being the end of an age or if I may the end of the age of the man and his wickedness. And yet they squalor up all this can do power and even conveniently band up with what are generally understood as being the real bad guys to overthrow this super bad guy.
A classic example of this is none other than the coolest bad guy ever to enter into the arena of apocalyptic bad – assery Sephiroth. The game starts out simple enough with some terrorists bombing power plants in the name of saving the planet. Nothing wrong with that sentiment I’m sure (I jest). And yes the enemies they have are equally bad and are a cancer to the planet; but despite this they wage a war that gets alot of people killed and all to “save the planet”.
In reality it’s all needless violence and also it rides against the real issue which is that one way or another this planet is eventually going to die. Whether by consumption, war, apocolyptic harbingers such as say a meteor. And so suddenly man’s problems don’t seem so small in the face of the real threat and so they kind’ve band up in a divided and hostile agenda with the real bad guys, who’ve been destroying both world and people, to stop the man who plans to single handedly judge the world with an iron fist.
In comes the prophet of the Lord or the Metatron even. You see scripture too promises that the world will be judged in the shedding of blood and an apocolyptic full scale attack on both people and planet in judgment of the wicked. And yet instead of banding together with the one who seeks to bring true justice and judgment indiscriminately, as he comes judging the hearts of all men, they stand in resistance. This is all visually cued over and over and over and over and over to us so that when the Lord is finally going to assemble the four great judgments and the infliction of his wrath, signaling his prophets, that we will obediently recognize this play for power and band together with the people who sought our destruction regardless of the fact that they have used all of their power to control us.
You see the issue is that their planet, much like our own, is already on the brink of collapse both politcially and economically, both socially and ecologically. In the game the earth’s core is dying because all of its energy has been sucked up and the spirit of of the planet is dying; this has released all these monsters from beyond the breach. Yet despite the apolyptic harbingers such as the rise of the monsters from ages long past and the rising of a dark horsemen who seeks retribution they do not recognize that the planet is already doomed.
But this is the point in the entire outlook is that without life after death this world is all that we have and we are willing to be manipulated and exploited and lied to, used and abused in order to hold onto that. But as is the nature of things especially in Final Fantasy lore, and even more so in Ff13 and 13/2, the world will continue to spiral onto dissonance eventually leading into complete oblivion and the destruction and collapse of the entire timeline.
We recognize the implications and even the consequence and lore of spirituality and the promise of our eventual destruction. But when push comes to shove our fear of death will have us standing on the side of eternal consequence rather than acceptance of judgment. All will be judged both in this life and the next. To refuse that judgment makes us guilty of that judgment as we stand as though we are above guilt and above reproach. We all are wicked and have done deplorable things. In taking that ownership is salvation. And that is why I stand rather as the antagonist and the super villain.
Braided Phage is a combination of 2 mtg characters who play a significant role in the end of the age of the Mirari. Braids a Necromancer and raiser of the dead who gave life to Phage. For this sake we call this part the god role. And Phage is a tool of judgment and retribution who having been marked for death was raised from the dead as a former agent of good for the purpose of seeking retribution. Sounds an awful lot like a particular agent of the gospel risen from death in revelation lets call this the Elijah, or moreso in fulness the risen Christ who is heralded to return and to bring judgment to all of the wicked and to the earth.
So I propose than that the role of my persona as an artist not a hero in the traditional sense but rather the darkest of or rather holiest in resolve of super villains and a bringer of final destruction. But moreso as a witness to the signs of the times and to awareness of the contruct that seeks to bring about thos ragnarok, our final destruction that must come.
Now I disclaimer with this thought: obviously we should fight and we should band together despite our differences when there are wars and terrorist attacks and threats of nuclear strikes etc. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t. But we automatically assume that our side is the right side and that the other person is going to be our destruction. But in this example Sephiroth had never lied to the people or had tried to exploit them deceive them or align them against eachother in some civil dispute. He brought a true holy war and was interested in destroying that hold. Obviously they demonized his approach to seem as though he was just this wickedly blind person who radicalized on a global scale but that is how we assume the other party approaches the topic. We generally have very little to heat of the other parties riding even if they are well cited and may be right.
The whole goal of this manipulation is to radicalize our hatred so that when they say enemy we just fall in line. But there are wicked people out there who seek to control you for their own ends. Always know what you represent or you will be tricked. Look at Germany or the Roman Empire under wicked rulers such as Bloody Mary who killed more of her own people than her true enemies. Think for yourself and listen to the opposition long enough to be sure you haven’t been lied to. Investigate! Theorize! Be willing to look insane for a season whole you figure it out at times. It’s worth it: freedom is worth all costs.