The Curse of the Messiah: Where Patriarchal gets it horribly wrong

Patriarchal storytelling is about the One: a hero of a story is the one who is right and the villain is the one who is wrong. The hero is good. The villain is evil. The hero wins. The villain loses. The end. That narrative has deep and profound ramifications that have been misused by those who try to absolve themselves of all responsibility: they are the good guys. They are without flaw and whoever is angry at them is just disgruntled, evil, wrong, stupid, crazy, and jealous.

How many times I have heard that story as a journalist, particularly those who have power over the people they wronged.

When the balance of power is unequal, the one in power does not merely sever ties: their vendetta dictates that all who oppose should be demonized and slandered.

That is villainous behaviour, yet these people cling on to the Patriarchal hero's narrative with no regard whether their wrath will traumatize and harm others.

But the Patriarchal decrees that there is only one correct point of view, and if you call yourself "hero" you are absolved from blame and responsibility. 

But the Matriarchal says, "nice try."

The point of the Matriarchal is that there many paths of right and wrong. No, you will not get away with slandering others by bad-mouthing them, priming people to interpret their actions as cruel and crazy to isolate them.

But when the bad-mouther holds all the power in the dynamic, the pain is amplified.

Cults and movements always use the harshest of words to describe former followers who see the real light. Billion-dollar companies paint whistleblowers as disgruntled - never mind that the process of disrupting your entire life based on conviction is an obvious long and hard road.

The Matriarchal sees the pain of those in the Infinite. We are all but grains in a universe and our existence is fleeting. The luxury of being "right" is not owed to any particular One. Different life requirements hint there is more than one right way.

That truth is fodder for the Matriarchal and it is a topic to explore. What happens when a tyrannical One hurts someone whose fate is held in the One's hands? That betrayal cuts deep and makes the wronged party vulnerable to predators who also see the tyranny of the One: but then gets the wronged (not the wrong) to agree to be exploited: the predator pretends to be sympathetic, but leverages the situation to their own wicked ends.

Here, this is a triad without a typical hero. We have two villains and a victim. The Patriarchal cannot handle this kind of dynamic, but the Matriarchal thrives in atypical character structures.

The Matriarchal can explore the Curse of the Messiah: what happens when someone presents himself as a leader without flaw who can make all the changes to turn Hell into Paradise: but only if you give your power to him. He can take the collective sacrificed power and faith of his followers and turns it into a mighty power of the One: he dictates the interpretation of reality, and the prize is his turning reality into a better one that benefits the collective who believed in him.

It is a trade. He is the boss, but he works for the flock. The One who guides the Infinite.

But should the One start to hoard the power and fail to deliver the goods, the collective take back his power and revolt. He tries to force his narrative by casting dissenters he wronged as unworthy, forgetting it was their faith in him that gave him that power in the first place. He thinks he can trick people into giving him power and then keep it. Sooner or later, his Castle of Sorites ceases to exist and he loses his fortress.

Presidents of companies and  dictators have found this truth out the hard way.

Patriarchal stories often deal with the fall of powerful villains. They also deal with the triumph of a hero gaining that power.

What we don't see is the point in-between where the hero turned into that villain because he refused to expand his horizon or consider the well-being of those who are dependent on him for survival.

In the Patriarchal, this possibility cannot exist. These are mutually exclusive events.

But the Matriarchal knows this scenario has happened one time too many, and explores this delicate terrain to deliver powerful stories where perspectives are not blinded by those self-serving narratives.