Smoker wrote:What I was doing, was drawing a parallel between Ansom, who sees his life in a very religious context, and is more or less obsessed (who else would wage war on their own family?), with "some" people in the real world who are also obsessed with their religions. Religions themselves are great. Heck, I'M religious, but there are "people" out there who are crazy about them. If anyone got slammed, it was crazy people, not religions.
Anyone with mind control. He's not willingly waging war on his family. His decryption changed his mind. It's not anything to do with religion. He's not stunningly religious. He was convinced of the superiority of royals, but even then, he wasn't quoting scripture, or venerating the Titans. Religion is more to do with worship of some sort of divine being or force than anything else, not veneration of yourself as morally, physically, and intellectually superior to everyone else. About 1/4 of people I know believe they're morally, physically and intellectually superior to everyone else.
Smoker wrote:So, what I was trying to say, was that I have found in my personal experience with "some" people who could be considered as crazy as Ansom is about HIS new religion, is that they generally dont reconsider their religion when something terrible happens. That makes me think that Ansom, like this particular minority of real-world people Im talking about, will not be mad at his Mistress Wanda if things go pear-shaped. I suspect he'll find some other rationale, perhaps considering himself a martyr, or blaming it on Parson, particularly since Wanda made it look like his idea.
1. He's not that crazy. His main weakness is the Royal's adherence to the codes of war. In that, you don't betray people on surrender. His arrogance about his superiority also hurt him, when he attacked the wall on his own, after becoming mad that Wanda had ressed lots of troops. Apparantly Ossomer believes it's wrong to attack using foolamancy, as well, incidentally, another bit of the code of war.
2. Religious individuals aren't mind controlled to love their god and never blame them for anything, and as such, can have more complex thoughts. This is more natural thinkamancy than religion. Regardless, the fact that they lost in one engagement wouldn't change the fact that Parson and Wanda defeated a coalition of royal powers, which is substantial evidence (in the realms of, victory means you're right evidence) that Wanda is the correct one to back. The fact that you're comparing a person who's being mind controlled by evil nose pliers to someone who believes strongly in a God is iffy.
3. Religious individuals have a substantial body of evidence to support their beliefs. Almost no one changes completely due to one event. Any more than anyone of any religious or political allegiance. A single person shooting a dangerous robber, and protecting their family from murder isn't going to change a liberal's belief that it's better to restrict guns, because they have vast realms of experience that says that's not the norm. A single person accidentally shooting a family member isn't going to change a conservatives belief that it's better to be more free with guns, because they have vast realms of experience that says that's not the norm. An atheist isn't going to change their beliefs about god because their atheist role model does something bad due to their atheism, any more than a theist would change for the same reasons. Because of his mind control, he switched his beliefs about who the Titans were behind, but changed little otherwise.
Edit. A better analogy might be when you're fanatically in love with someone. God, or any person. You're unlikely to view their actions through a bad prism. But even then, it's not a good analogy. People in love often fight, religious individuals often have crisis of faith for some reason or other. In this case, Wanda has strongly suggested that this is Parson's idea. So he's gonna blame him, of course, since he hates Parson for various reasons and loves Wanda. But if Wanda did do something blatantly stupid, he might not blame her anyway- because he's mind controlled to view her as perfection. We'll see how strong it is anyway.