I'm trying to better understand elven creeds.....it's something that hasn't quite cystalized for me yet. Is there some sort of semi-historical analogue? Would it be like greek schools of philosophy if they continued for lifetimes of the original thinkers?
A Creed is a purpose greater than the believer. You know you're going to die and be reborn. You can remember pieces of your former lives. You know that nothing you can do personally is ever going to free you from this endless cycle of recurrence. No virtue can ever waft you to a divine paradise and no wickedness can ever condemn you to the Hells. You, personally, are going to go in circles for the rest of eternity.
But what you do matters . Whether you did this or that, whether you were guilty or innocent, whether you pursued a goal or ignored it... these things matter because they are true, and a true thing can never be made untrue. By choosing a Creed you can believe in, one that gives you a purpose and a meaning, your endless, pointless recurrence can be turned into a tool that can engrave your will on the walls of creation.
Thanks Kevin. I was thinking of ground hog day for some reason while reading this. Bill Murray does get pretty listless and hopeless for a while until he commits to something. I previously was wondering if it was a trite 'one sentence' creed with some thou shall/thou shall not list. It sound much bigger, more like various new age movements or philosophical schools. Very cool.