To stay where one is when being called elsewhere means certain death to their soul. It often takes seeing what is hiding behind the curtain running the show to know that you are truly on the path that you should be when you are called out of one place to go to another. It doesn’t have to cause judgment against those who don’t follow because it is a recognition that each are called apart for their own journey and their own benefit to the World. We each awaken at different seasons, different times, and different perspectives. What do any of us have that we didn’t receive? There is no ego to be grasped because of it. Rather, the only thing to grasp is being grateful that when you are called to be who you are, you had the fortitude to listen and follow. How could you do differently? You could deny it out of fear or maybe you hide it out of familiarity with where you are. Another reason is that you feel called to be something that still may make waves, but you have the courage to remain until you cannot. Each of these “gifts” are in you for a reason. To use them powerfully and lovingly without becoming hardened or indifferent to others not of your “faction” is the greatest part of the awakening.
Let’s take each faction down to it’s personality and discover it’s importance and need to the World. You will be able to see yourself and others in these descriptions and just MAYBE it will make so much sense that you begin to be appreciative of their offering.
ABNIGATION: Signifies the first symbol of two hands together. The Selfless. Abnegation is the faction that values the needs of others above the needs of oneself. Members of Abnegation take over the public services in the city.
Their faction is the most incorruptible due to their commitment to selflessness. Abnegation’s color is grey. Their style of dress is conservative, loose-fitting grey clothing so as not to call attention to themselves. The only accessory they are allowed to wear is a plain watch. Also, as the people of Abnegation prefer not to show skin, exposing clothes are never worn. Their motto: “I choose to turn away from my reflection, to rely not on myself but on my brothers and sisters, to project always outward until I disappear.” Abnigation is a gift to the World and to their tribe because of their selflessness. Their trouble can come when they begin to look down on and judge others because they aren’t like them. They have trouble understanding those who seem to be more self centered. They don’t understand that they have a faction that is also important. They each have a different perspective in how to reach the world around them and it seems they are wrong because they are looking in different directions to accomplish something for the common good. The problem arises within this faction because they often rely so much on others to give them their identity, that they never really know who they are or possibly why they are doing what they are doing. They don’t understand their they do have a voice and not only a communal voice. When they finally do find their voice, they may end up finding out that they haven’t had the only perspective that is “right”.
AMITY: The second symbol represents a tree of life: The Peaceful.
Their motto is : “Give freely, trusting that you will be given what you need… Do not be angry. The opinions of others cannot damage you… The wrong is past. You must let it rest where it lies… You must no longer think cruel thoughts. Cruel thoughts lead to cruel words, and hurt you as much as they hurt their target.”
Members of Amity value peace and harmony above all else. Members of Amity are dressed in red or yellow, though their faction only dictates they wear some amount of the colors. Styles are loose and comfortable. Amity children are seen playing hand clapping games and singing songs. Amity members are happy people, willing to serve, but, unlike Abnegation, do not come face-to-face with those they serve (usually). Despite this, Amity has given the World compassionate counselors and caretakers. They are a gift to the World because of the peace and joy they exude. Sometimes the problem arises that they feel the need to squelch those whose peace comes from a different source of information. Even TRUTH that is “negative” isn’t seen as truth because it isn’t “positive”. They don’t see the value of other “factions” service to the World and discount or lessen their “influence” or ways of speaking “truth”..
CANDOR: The third symbol with the weights and measures and is known for their HONESTY.
Candor members value honesty above all else. A member of Candor can be recognized from their black and white clothing, a visual representation of the black-and-white they see in truth. Through the years, the Candor faction provided the people with trustworthy and sound leaders in law. They are very truthful, sometimes to the point of being tactless. The Candor initiation does not utilize simulation, but utilizes lie detectors tests and truth serum: initiates are placed in front of all those in the faction and are asked deeply personal questions. They believe that charm is unnecessary and politeness is deception in pretty packaging. Candor acts according to the idea that if the person reveals all his secrets, he has no desire to lie about anything because the worst is already in the open. Although Candor values honesty the most, they also seek to develop impartiality. (The term “Candor” roots from the word “Candid.” The word is a Latin word meaning to shine; be white.) Candors are a gift to the world because they refuse to allow or be involved in deceptive masks or situations. Often, they have a hard time developing and keeping friendships because when truth needs to prevail, some feel very uncomfortable with it. They do often need to learn some ways of relating their truths so that people can hear it. They need to develop some TACT for the highest good or they will hold people in contempt to their own views.And to force people to be honest isn’t always the thing that brings out TRUE honesty and authenticity.
DAUNTLESS: The fourth symbol represented by fire: The Brave
Their motto is :Freedom from fear..
“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another… We believe in shouting for those who can only whisper, in defending those who cannot defend themselves”. They live from their heart of courage and aren’t afraid to show their heart in all it’s rawness.
Dauntless is considered the strong soldiers of the factions. Dauntless are those who are brave, seeming almost fearless. They strive to become courageous and indestructible. The Dauntless are those who guard the Fence, making sure no one gets in or out, and are the best soldiers.( because they refuse to allow the falsity of others to prevail) The Dauntless color is black. Members of Dauntless dress in tight-fitting dark or black clothing that aids in their lifestyle of battle and training. Dark makeup, tattoos, and piercings are also recommended for all members. Often, the problems they encounter among those who won’t listen is because they seem intimidating if one can’t first see their heart in their conviction, behind their outward appearance. These “soldiers” often need to learn that there are other ways of defending truth. THEY may feel there is only one way to see things, but others have different ways. The way of the heart is the first thing to open.
Everything you want is on the other side of FEAR.
Sometimes they have to see that they need to allow others to fling off that which can’t be held captive within in order to be a true warrior of peace.
ERUDITE: The symbol is an eye signifying (The Intelligent) and their motto is ” A Calm mind is a clear mind”, ( yogis perhaps? ) it is dictated that a faction member must wear at least one blue article of clothing at a time: blue causes the brain to release calming chemicals .
Ignorance is defined not as stupidity but as lack of knowledge. Lack of knowledge inevitably leads to lack of understanding. Lack of understanding leads to a disconnect among people with differences. Disconnection among people with differences leads to conflict. Knowledge is the only logical solution to the problem of conflict. Therefore, we propose that in order to eliminate conflict, we must eliminate the disconnect among those with differences by correcting the lack of understanding that arises from ignorance with knowledge. “Bookcases line the walls on either side of me, but they seem to be decorative more than anything, because computers occupy the tables in the center of the room, and no one is reading. The Erudite stare at screens with tense eyes, focused.”
According to the norms of the faction, It is also noted that Erudites care for eloquent speeches, as well as their search for knowledge. But often, when an erudite has their OWN vision, they will try to stop others from going down their own roads and paths because they, in their own knowledge, don’t see the value of knowledge that another might have. They do this because they really do care about their truth and about others journey. Unfortunately, they might not see their own ignorance in things. They might see others as not having a clear mind because even their own vision might be a bit unclear such as Jesus speaking of motes and logs in ones own eyes. They see that paths are broad that might lead one to destruction.
So they place themselves as a guard along the path.
And don’t allow people to become free.
But what they might miss is that there is another that is leading one’s path and their own ego might just get in the way of that.
LAST but not LEAST are the FACTIONLESS
There is one more group that is not part of the social classes or factions. These are the Factionless. These are the people who failed to complete their initiation into whatever faction they chose and live in poverty, doing the work no one else wants to do. They are the janitors, construction workers and garbage collectors. They are the ones who make fabric, operate trains and drive buses. In return for their work they get food and clothing. They live in places like collapsed roads, empty subways full of trash and sewage. It is later found that they have the highest number of Divergents. This would be because they finally have FOUND themselves through the Spirit’s leading. They then will have the freedom to CHOOSE who they are and who they want to be. We can TRUST that their journey is directed by a higher hand as are all of the factions if we are wiling to see beyond ourselves and our own limited knowledge of things.
Once they find their truth, they begin to develop a way to express it best.
Isn’t it interesting? Can you see each of these in your own community life with others? And how are they gift to your own community and life?
When we actually SEE one another and understand ours and their gifts to the World, it frees us up to understand where the divergents would be coming from. They cannot CONFORM . They may be able to for some time but their true self will call them out eventually and if they don’t listen, their soul will die.
ON the other hand, DIVERGENTS must come to understand those who cannot defect. It is not IN them to and that is so often thier grace given to the community they are within.
Only when we come to understand these factions and see them as gifts of grace, we can so come to this place of love and understanding and be gifts of grace to one another , growing together and seeing our need for one another. It doesn’t mean we will all be on the same path, but is IS possible to have the same intention: The love of humanity and life.
When a faction becomes clear headed and open to others, this is when maturity begins to take place. We get out of our own self-centeredness and become people of the light. We aren’t afraid to be who we are or to allow others to be who they are unless they are against human kindness and compassion. If that is the case then the World community must come together to do their loving work to bring one back to the World community of love and grace. Respect becomes a vital element in all the factions and they realize that alone, they cannot do the bigger job of caring for the whole World.
As we seek to cross over our lines personal lines drawn in the sand, tear down or climb over the walls we’ve erected against others, then we begin creating another line in the sand which becomes a circle we can all stand together in.
Then when the throng of evil comes, the whole community will gather together and sing one song:
Photo courtesy: Millard J Melnyk
Happy Labor Day my friends. Be YOU To the FULL.
Some info has been used from this site and then elaborated and added on with my own thoughts. http://divergent.wikia.com/wiki/Factions