In this essay I will attempt to deal with the concept of neutrality and
its meanings for psionics. It is important to remember, however, that
this definition is arbitrary; true neutrality is something which people
should discover individually through personal meditation, and not a thing
easily described with words.
Tenants of Neutrality
There are two basic tenets of neutrality. The first is to seek for
balance between good and evil; the second is to practice tolerance
To truly comprehend what the balance between good and evil is, one must
first have a definition of what is good, and what is evil. Too
often, "good" is defined as anything which is holy, and "evil" as anything
which is damned. A psionic's duty is to delve beneath these conventions and
find the true motivations of people. One must continually question what is good
or evil. Why is it assumed that the villagers of the Yucutan, who are sacrificed
to ensure the fertility and health of the land, are more deserving of pity and
protection than the giants of Silverlining, who are regularly slaughtered defending
their private community from invaders looking for nothing more than a good battle?
I prefer to interpret the meaning of seekingthe balance as "the desire
to seek what is right, despite common conventions of what is good,
and what is evil." A psionic should stand up for what he or she knows
is right, and denounce what is wrong, without hiding behind the excuse
of accepted definitions or alignment.
The second tenet of neutrality is tolerance. This simply means one must
understand that no one path is right for everyone. Each individual must
find his or her own path, and be allowed to take it.
Practical applications of neutrality for the Psionic
There are several ways a psionic can fulfill the duties of neutrality.
One way is through personal meditation and the study of nature. Intense
meditation can often result in a deeper understanding of neutrality and
a general feeling of well-being, and is something all psionics should
practice regularly. Meditations on the interaction of nature and the
four elements which comprise it are also helpful; much can be learned
from the natural harmony and balance the world around us provides.
Another important aspect of a psionic's life is their religious belief.
Psionics are required to worship a neutral deity, but which deity chosen
is a personal decision. Often religious beliefs have a major impact on
one's lifestyle; therefore, it is important that guild and religious
beliefs do not conflict.
A final application of neutrality is in how a psionic interacts
with individuals. A psionic should never judge people by their
guild, race, or religious beliefs. Psionics must practice tolerance
and respect for all walks of life. Of course, this does not mean that
psionics cannot become involved with the rest of the world; psionics are
free to help out any friend in need, or to defend causes which are believed
to be just. A psionic, however, must never join in an attack or hunt related
to any guild enmities, and should refrain from taking sides in others' guildwars.
These are only my beliefs and philosophy about neutrality and psionic duties.
I hope that they will aid all psionics in finding personal conclusions about
neutrality. Always remember: a psionic's first and foremost duty, and
ability, is to think for yourself.
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