Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted
This is the Assassin’s Creed.
(If you’re going to play this game someday, read no further. This is full of spoilers)
Assassin’s Creed is a popular video game series avaliable on XBox 360. I recently completed the second game in the series, and I must say that it is very good. It takes place in 15th century Italy, and follows the journey of a young man who quickly unravels an incredible conspiracy. In short, humans are the byproduct of an advanced alien race that made us by manipulating ape DNA. We were originally made to serve them, but there was a revolt and “Adam and Eve” stole a piece of technology called a “Piece of Eden”. This technology, resembling a golden apple, has the power to manipulate people and basically rule the world. Powerful Christians have used the technology to convince the world to believe in Jesus Christ as a means of controlling the masses. A group of freedom fighters, an Order of Assassins who know the truth, have stood against them for centuries. The main character in the game actually kills the Pope, who is portrayed as the most evil and power hungry villain in the entire story. That’s the story in a nutshell.
Believe it or not, I’m not going to talk about how offensive that story is to the name of Jesus Christ, or the men and women throughout history who have sacrificed everything in the name of their faith in Him. No, I’m not.
This is what I’m going to talk about.
That disclaimer appears at the beginning of the game. It is meant to put you at ease since the game could offend your beliefs. The point is to assure you that no one group of people or religion is behind what you’re about to experience. Everyone believes something different, so don’t you fret about what’s coming. In a sense, they are capturing the essence of the Assassin’s Creed itself, which reads “Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted.” Since we are not holding to one truth (we all believe different truths) we are allowed to say and do whatever we want. Isn’t that interesting?
Here’s the problem.
Any project or creative work of any significance is governed by something beyond those who work on it. There is an overarching purpose, or a core philosophy binding the work together. For instance, George Orwell had something in mind about human nature and politics when he wrote Animal Farm. The workers in a condom factory may not believe in birth control, but they are helping to create an end-product with the purpose of preventing pregnancy. A liberal actor may play a part in a movie that expresses conservative values. No matter who works on something like a movie or a video game, they are getting behind a certain type of worldview. Purpose is needed to bring various random purposes together, or else the creative product would have no significant value. Even if the point was to express that there were no truths, that is a work governed by a particular purpose, and an expression of a greater truth. There’s no escaping it. It is not legitimate to say that people of different faiths worked on this project, so it doesn’t mean anything. It simply means that those behind the creation aren’t being honest about what governs their creative processes.
Artists interpret the world and shape their work, which in turn shapes the world. Never let anyone tell you that art isn’t important. Art is of supreme importance because it has the power to reveal and skew the truth of our reality.
Don’t be fooled by the lie of relativism.