Assassin's Creed: The Wisdom Within a Game

There is a game series called "Assassin's Creed" where you take the roles of two chara...

There is a game series called "Assassin's Creed" where you take the roles of two characters working for the order of the Assassins - which, in this game, are mankind's protectors. 

The first one is named Altair and the second one Ezio. In the quests to find the truth and protect mankind, both achieve wisdom,  which is being gradually revealed to the players. Important messages are being shared with us, sometimes hidden in small scenes, while other times very prominent and powerful.

For those who haven't had the pleasure to "taste" the wisdom of this game, here are some fragments that I liked:

"Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted" is the Creed of the Assassins' Order and its true meaning is revealed by Ezio in the latest sequel, Revelations.
Assassins Creed - The dialog between Altair and his Master (a.k.a. Mentor), Al Mualim:

"Q: What is the truth?
A: We place faith in ourselves. We see the world the way it really is and hope that one day all mankind might see the same.

Q: What is the world, then?
A: An illusion. One of which can either submit to - like most do - or transcend.

Q: What is it to transcend?
A: To recognize nothing is true and everything is permitted. That laws arise not from divinity, but reason. I understand now that our creed does not commend us to be free - it commends us to be wise."

Only one observation I have, before going further. The statement that the "laws arise not from divinity, but reason" needs further explanation for a correct understanding. It is - most probably - true that the so called "laws" are not created by a divine figure for us to follow. But achieving the needed wisdom for one to be in perfect balance with the logic/reason of the Creation is a divine state of existence. It is proof of supreme spiritual evolution and divine enlightenment. In other words, it means "becoming one with the Creation and protecting its fragile balance."

Here are Ezio's words explaining the Assassins' Creed in the latest sequel, Revelations:

" 'Nothing is true, everything is permitted' is merely an observation of the nature of reality:

To say that nothing is true is to realize that the foundations of society are fragile, and that we must be the shepherds of our own civilization.

To say that everything is permitted is to understand that we are the architects of our actions, and that we must live with their consequences, whether glorious or tragic."

Another powerful scene is Ezio's speech from Assassin's Creed II [2:04 onward]:

Ezio: "We don't need anyone to tell us what to do. We are free to follow our own path. There are those who will take that freedom from us, and too many of you gladly give it. But it is our ability to choose ... that makes us human. There is no book or teacher to give you the answers, to show you the path. Choose your own way! Do not follow me, or anyone else."

I would have loved to finish with this powerful advice, but there is one more phrase that I must share. Desmond Miles is the ancestor of Altair and Ezio, holding their memories in his DNA. Here is what he had to say regarding the Templar order:

"I thought the Templars were some old guys in funny looking hats who sat around drinking beer, planning world domination with lizard people."


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  1. Alexander this is absolutely a brilliant pot on your part!

    I LOVE this series for exactly the reasons you stated. Yes, it is a video game, but how many games out there really offer this type of read-between-the-lines wisdom?

    The first time I played the 2nd game (never played the first long enough to discover these messages) I almost wept when I realized the magnitude of what was being revealed and shared through the narrative of the story.

    It gives me great comfort and fuels my fire to know that even the mainstream is starting to point out life's TRUTHs.

    I also recommend keeping an eye out on an upcoming game (Spring 2012) called "Journey" by ThatGameCompany—makers of "Flower". The story isn't explained too much as it really is a Journey of discovery but the main feature is you wake up in a desert without knowing where, who or even what you are and all there is out there is a pyramid-shaped mountain with a light shining from its tip in the distance that you begin your journey towards.

    I'm glad I'm not the only geeky gamer out here with a deeper perspective :)

    Love&Light to You and ALL.

  2. Hey, Alex.

    Usually games are ridiculed. But Assassin's Creed game is something really new and is serious. As a kid, i used to wonder at the stories of the bible and what the people in churches talk about. Supposedly, god is omnipresent, he always knows what you do, where you are, stuff like that. But even before i came to know about the existence of aliens and other things, i had my doubts about the credibility of the bible. The only thing about the bible that I'm amazed is the book of Ezekiel chapter. Alien contact is described with such detail shouting the truth! Assassin's Creed game confirms the truth and tells us that "god" is an avatar that some scheming people created in the minds of the simple. As Jesus says in the bible, the "truth shall set you free" only now a few people have the privilege to know the truth, because of the internet! The game is a good messenger in disguise enlightening the minds of the truth-seekers like me. I've finished the entire Assassin's Creed series. The knowledge I've gained has set me to a new state of intelligence. I'm not afraid to say that I'm free!

  3. I'm a little behind on the AC series, and so I just finished ACII last night. I actually thought this speech was disappointing. The part you left out was "But it is our ability to choose WHATEVER YOU THINK IS TRUE that makes us human." This is very post-modern, and I would say completely false (also, he would never have said this in 1499). Does it matter what I think about truth? Does my belief have any bearing on the truth? Whatever is true, is true, no matter what I think. E=mc^2 held true before anyone knew it, and it was true before anyone accepted it. The Earth was spherical before anyone believed it was. The fact that a jury finds an innocent man guilty does not make him truly guilty. Whatever I think is true is irrelevant. If anyone is indeed a truth seeker, he or she must believe that SOMETHING is true, otherwise their pursuit would be in vain. The Assassin's motto, "Nothing is true" is patently false! If it were true, then indeed SOMETHING is true, which makes it a self-defeating statement. Using the rules of logic, one must say "If nothing is true, then the statement 'nothing is true' is false."

    1. They explain what the statement means, and yes he could have easily said that in his time, there were governments oppressing people long before 1499... Go a little deeper.

    2. The assassin motto is explained above , and as for someone not saying that it 1499, governments and regimes have been oppressing people long before then, its easily conceivable that it could have been said... go a little deeper.

  4. I just finished ACII last night, and I have to say I'm a bit confused about the logic behind Ezio's speech. The line in the middle is actually "But it is our ability to choose WHATEVER YOU THINK IS TRUE that makes us human." (My emphasis.) First of all, this is post-modernism, which was unheard of in 1499. Second of all, there is a logical fallacy behind this line of thinking that seems to be missed by the creators of ACII. If I think something is true, that doesn't make it true. If I think that the Earth is flat, it is still spherical. Even if I believe it with all of my heart and internally discredit all the evidence to the contrary, it doesn't make it true. Whatever I think is irrelevant to what IS true. The Assassin's Creed is "Nothing is true, everything is permissible" as you stated above. But the statement "Nothing is true" is self-defeating. If nothing is true, then indeed the statement 'nothing is true' is false. Therefore, SOMETHING must be true. No one can say "nothing is true" and be correct. I would be careful about gleaning wisdom from a line of thinking which is based on a logical fallacy. If we are to be truth seekers, then there must be some truth to seek, and that truth cannot be a logical fallacy. If the truth we seek is a logical fallacy, then it is not true.

    1. Evidence existed because it is influence through the belief that evidence would established a path of truth to follow -- an objective reality, but this isn't the case because regardless of its existence we could still have the ability to accept or reject the evidence regardless of its existence, and there would still be those who would believe it or not regardless if it were proven or debunk. This is were the futility of evidence is shown.

      Our reality is subjective because if it were not, we shouldn't even have any sort of different opinions -- even have different concepts of truth, we shouldn't even need an evidence to impose what is truth because if it were not we shouldn't have a conflict due to our differences of thinking -- and to even think differently.

      In layman's terms the very fact that we have different opinions regardless of evidence or what others says proves reality is subjective.

      What we believe is simply what we take to be true. You believe that truth must either be this or that but in actuality truth is this and that, what makes it this or that is because of our ability to take what we prefer to be true.

      Truth does not exist because we are the ones who have created concepts of truth. If it exist solely for itself without our existence, it would become useless and meaningless.

  5. Nothing is true. Everything is permitted. He taught them that men had created boundaries to be 'true' and 'real', but in fact they were false perimeters, imposed by those who would presume to be leaders. He showed them that the bounds of reality were infinitely broader than mankind's limited imagination was able to conceive, and that only the few could see beyond those boundaries - only a few dared even question their existence. And they were the Assassins. And because the Assassins were able to see the world as it truly was, then to the Assassin everything was possible - everything was permitted."

  6. As many of said, I am so glad that people are seeing this. Another game I feel commented on a similar subject, perhaps not quite as elegantly as Assassin's Creed, but it struck a cord with me anyway: Final Fantasy XIII. Its all true, we don't need anyone to tell us what to do, We have full control of our lives, we control our fate.

  7. I just like reword and clarify the phrase.... Into... "Nothing is true, BUT everything is permitted"

    Adding that word takes the phrase an even greater distance away; adding more meaning to the phrase I like it better than what Ubisoft writers wrote

  8. /Only one observation I have, before going further. The statement that the "laws arise not from divinity, but reason" needs further explanation for a correct understanding. It is - most probably - true that the so called "laws" are not created by a divine figure for us to follow. But achieving the needed wisdom for one to be in perfect balance with the logic/reason of the Creation is a divine state of existence. It is proof of supreme spiritual evolution and divine enlightenment. In other words, it means "becoming one with the Creation and protecting its fragile balance."/

    Err, no. Altair was in opposition to religion, and very much in support of the rule of reason and logic over faith and religion. There was even an entire page in Altair's Codex where he states this. I'll post the text below.

    "I have studied the ancient pagan faiths that came before this more recent obsession with a single, divine creator. They seem to have focused more on the fundamental forces at play in the world around us and less on arbitrary moral rules…

    The sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening. The tides ebb and flow. Grass grows, withers, dies, and then in time, emerges from the ground once more. The air turns warm then cools and back again. Some hidden energy keeps us fitted to the ground and pulls us back when we attempt to leave it.

    Each of these movements was represented before by a god or goddess. Each force given face, but recognized as something distinct and powerful. Which is not to say there were not connections between these forces – a pantheon of individual spirits – of rules. Invisible hands guiding the progress of the world around us.

    And so here there was an attempt to categorize, study, explain, and understand the way things work – even if it was flawed. But no more. Now we are asked to succumb to a far more simplified explanation. How naive to believe there might be a single answer to every question. Every mystery. That there exists a lone divine light which rules over all. They say it is a light that brings truth and love. I say it is a light that blinds us – and forces us to stumble about in ignorance.

    I long for the day when men turn away from invisible monsters and once more embrace a more rational view of the world. But these new religions are so convenient – and promise such terrible punishment should one reject them – I worry that fear shall keep us stuck to what is surely the greatest lie ever told." ~ Altair Ibn La-Ahad

    When Altair said, laws arise not from divinity, but reason," he did not mean "becoming one with the Creation and protecting its fragile balance." He meant that reason should take precedence over faith.


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