From the Ministry Section which covers what we know (empphasis added):
“The Ministry is one of the three pillar clans of the Anarch Movement (the others being Brujah and Gangrel). In Lick society, they serve a dual purpose. On one hand they are the ones most willing to get their hands dirty with drugs, vessels, and anything else on the desperate side of the tracks. On the other, they are the spiritual core of the Movement. Those that have struggled with their Beast often seek them out in order to come to an understanding of the actions they have made while not in control. This dichotomy does not pass by the Ministry. They willingly dance with the devil and at the same time preach their own version of spiritual purity. Though some Licks consider them hypocrites for this mixed message, the Ministers claim the role of martyrs. They are willing to take on sin so that others need not to, for a price of course, so there will be plausible deniability. Most licks accept this explanation, as the Minister’s usefulness outweighs the lingering suspicion.”
When I read this, it heightens the tension of my “I don’t know how to feel” experience. Like it contains the vice lord and the hypocritical message and the purity and the “you pay us to take your sin away, as if that isn’t totally just us paying them for us to lose humanity right away by deciding not to feel guilty for doing a bad.” And when I add everything Lane has said snd done, it’s like… not just the party, but the stuff he says in person and in the Book…
I totally get “This is the propaganda you’ve been fed, and your character believes it” aspect here. My intent is to figure out what the propaganda is that we should believe.
- Is it that I’ve been given the image that they legit really are taking our sins onto themselves like a Sin Eater, and that my character has been taught to believe that like the Humanity stains and guilt really are transfering over? Like where my character actually thinks they can hold onto her own humanity longer by going to them? Cuz if she thinks that process for real works (cuz cainite magic that’s how), then it resolves the tension. Then it’s like, “Oh, of course they go into drugs and prostitution and human trafficking (in the Ministry paragraph we know), cuz they’re taking on the sins of ithers to free the world of its stains. So they have to dive into the darkness in order to Minister to it.” Like OOC, there are plenty of myths, religions, and philosophies thst go super well with that.
- Or is it thst they preach moral freedom, the philosophy that when we put morality on our actiins, we’re asking them to carry a cosmological weight that doesn’t belong to them? Cuz there’s plenty of philosophical and religious room fir that too. They’d basically be saying “there is no polution, no defilement, and no evil. True liberation consists of seeine the Infinite beauty of every being snd every moment and every experience, no matter how pleasant or horrifying (or whatever) it is.” Cuz then the drugs and hooked would also make sense. They’d be diving into the muck to show that everything us always already perfect, that enlightenment looks like kissing a leper fI’ll on the lips and feeling no revilement. In this sense they’d be preaching infinite compassion alongside infinite moral freedom.
Like if those are what they preach, chances are they’d embrace me, oddly enough.
But both of those are predicated on us knowing both the “they do hookers and drugs” -and- the “they take your sins away” things.
Is it like those mebe?
Or what is the propaganda we’ve swallowed?