I recall my child asking me why parents would use fear to control their children.
At the time I replied that it was because they didn’t know a better way to keep their children safe.
This is why stories change over time.
A story needs characters and a setting and a conflict.
The more we understand the more complex the story can be. And the more we master something, the more we can simplify back down.
Fear is pain is the stick is motion away from wrong, evil, bad, pain, hate.
Love is pleasure is the carrot is motion toward right, good, pleasure, love.
If you need to change the direction, you invert something.
Bad becomes good.
If you need to hide something from those who don’t understand, you encode it.
That’s why humans use stories and art to express ourselves and to gate keep and sort.
Each word tells a story and that is why language and communication is so complex.
That’s why teens are supposed to pull away from their parents. If they don’t, you’re too far out from the center and they have to keep going the same way. Away from pain or toward love.
I’m picturing the huge pendulum thing at the California Academy of Sciences, there is a word for that type of pendulum that has a center but is swinging back and forth in a circle.
Humans have to exist to protect the earth from the universe and other humans, because we and the earth have already survived flood and fire and ice. If humans needed to cease to exist, it would already have happened. We only had to drop the atomic bomb twice and have Hitler exist once to see how evil humans can be and still believe that humans must continue to exist because humans can recognize hope and love.
All the things that could destroy humanity have already been predicted. So all you have to do is decide what your purpose is.
Are you a parent guiding the future path of humanity?
Are you resting in peace or joy or love as a light of hope along the path so that humanity can find it’s way?
Are you a guardian making the paths that lead the wrong way harder to follow?
Are you choosing to guard, or are you trapped?
If you’re trapped, you must choose to suffer or cry for help – that is the only way to know if you are the villain that the hero has trapped and to get free if you are not.
If you can tell me the story, I can tell you the roles or purpose.
The choice is always easy once you know what the choice is.
Finding the right question to identify the choice is the only hard part.
That is why humans have free will, and angels do not. And why humans can be humans or angels or god and why the devil is also an angel.
This is why “where there is a will, there is a way”
Will is Haki in the One Piece universe.