The problem with saviours

Self-appointed saviours start off with the best intentions. They see a problem that exists within The System they care about and think that they have a solution.  They talk to others who agree with their thinking.  They feel emboldened and justified.  Suddenly, they start to believe that they do have The Answer.  Not just an answer, but The Answer and this answer must be heard so that salvation can commence.

Then they start sharing their answer with a bigger and wider audience.  Some people are unsure about The Answer.  Some question it but think it must be right as the person sharing it seems both convincing and knowledgeable.  They have written books about The System so they must be right.  They put aside their concerns and go along with The Answer.   They care about The System too and they start to believe in The Answer  almost as much as The Saviour.

But then someone notices a flaw in The Answer.  Someone from within The System who also sees its flaws.  Initially, they think they must be wrong.  This is The Answer after all.  So many people believe it, it must be correct.  And then someone else notices a flaw in The Answer.  And another.  Soon, huge swathes of people see a problem with The Answer.  Even those that want to believe The Answer see that an error has been made, but they carry on believing as there are is no other alternative to The Answer.

The Saviour notices that The Answer is being questioned.  He cannot understand why the non-believers doubt The Answer.  Initially, The Saviour talks to the doubters and tried to persuade them that The System can be saved if only they believed in The Answer.  The doubters remain unconvinced.  They explain The Flaw in The Answer.  The Saviour is worried.  If The Truth about The Answer is revealed The Saviour will be no more.  The Saviour has a choice.  Accept The Flaw and work with the non-believers to save The System or deny that The Flaw exists and reinforce the truth behind The Answer whilst The System is slowly destroyed.  The Saviour makes his choice: The Flaw must be denied.

To protect The Answer from the truth of The Flaw, The Saviour first denies the non-believers then attacks them.  The Saviour’s position is under threat and it must be protected from The Flaw.  Despite The Saviour’s best efforts, The Flaw is spreading.  The more The Flaw spreads, the more threatened The Saviour feels.  The Saviour lashes out, desperate to defend The Answer.  The believers become concerned.  Maybe The Answer is flawed.  They start to examine The Flaw and find that they have been misled.  They spread word of The Flaw and turn away from The Saviour.  The Saviour continues to deny The Flaw and attacks all those who promote it or question The Answer.

Meanwhile, the non-believers adapt The Answer taking into account The Flaw.  Adapting it and making it stronger, providing a New Answer.  The New Answer greatly improved on the old one.  It became clear that it would resolve the difficulties of The Answer and ensure a better, stronger System.  And so it proved.  The System was corrected, The New Answer prevailed.  All was well and The System was not only repaired, it grew and strengthened, delivering all that those who cared about it had hoped for.

But what of The Saviour?  He continued to deny The Flaw, even when his following had diminished to a few solitary figures.  The Saviour could not and would not accept The Flaw.  Even as The System grew and improved.  Increasingly isolated and alone, The Saviour was never spoken of again.  And The Answer became nothing more than a vague idea to a long solved problem.  Determined to remain The Saviour at all costs and so obsessed with hiding The Flaw and protecting himself, he had thrown away his chance of collaborating on the New Answer.  The Saviour became a Saviour solely to himself but that, for him, was more important than any Answer.


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