Warrior Nun and Belief as a Weapon

The moral case for how to use belief as a weapon and how not to.

Belief is a powerful thing.

There's no telling what people are willing to do in defence of their beliefs. Entire wars have been fought over what you're allowed to believe and whether a belief is right or wrong. If you're going to challenge someone's belief, you better be sure they won't hurt you in return. It's hard to find a more fundamental aspect of human nature. Wield it correctly and you can marshal people to your cause and create transformation on so many levels. Don't do it properly and things can go horribly wrong. Only a delicate balance between the two can mitigate its effects.

Striking that balance requires an understanding of both and a willingness to create a structure for people to follow. They need someone to keep them honest and accountable. Make their actions focused and thoughtful rather than chaotic and at a whim. At the core, this is what the church is supposed to be for people. A place to come when their belief leads them to do things they shouldn't. To act in a way that might make things worse rather than better.

Warrior Nun is about what you can do with belief, for good or bad. As the name implies, it's about a group of true believers who have been conscripted into a war for the soul of humanity. Everything is at stake and they will do whatever is necessary to keep humanity alive. Including keeping the truth from them so they can go about their normal lives like nothing is going on. It's a delicate balance and they've done it well for millennia. However, it's when it all seems normal that chaos has the best opportunity to do the most damage.

That chaos arrives in the form of Ava Silva. Someone who doesn't believe in the cause, in fact she has an outright aversion to the cause and what it does. You might even call it a deep seeded hatred of the church and all it stands for, and with good reason. She spent most of her life at the mercy of it. They controlled her every move and thought for most of her life. So when a series of circumstances put her at the centre of the fight, she's more than a little resistant.

What is great about the series is how it gives Ava the time to come to terms with her circumstances. They don't force her into something she doesn't want to participate in. She has to be allowed the freedom to make her own choices. Ava is shown what the stakes are, who will be harmed if she doesn't take up the cause. Yet even when she is shown this, she's not forced into it. But when you see people you can help and you don't help them, it tends to make you a believer.

However, even the true believers don't know everything. Sometimes it takes an outsider who isn't steeped in the strength that belief gives them to really show them what they're capable of. To let them wield the weapon of belief with its full power.

Become a believer and check out the first season of Warrior Nun on Netflix in anticipation of the second season.

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