Note that I wrote most of this post last Summer and have since finished reading the series. I got an email asking about this post, and I never moved it here to the new blog, so I edited a bit, and here it is.
I’m re-reading the Divergent Series. I wanted something light and wanted to rent the third movie one of these nights. I still refuse to watch a film without reading the book first. A deliberate policy that leaves me feeling rather erudite.
A few years ago I started and never finished- Allegiant. I was annoyed by the way the story was heading and just put it down.
Sitting in a hospital room for hours at a time has left my mind to wander a million different places. One of them is into the world of Divergent. I’ve been thinking a lot about the world we are living in today compared to the world of factions in this book series.
My loose plan is to use this set as part of our Sociology and Government course this year.
Narrator: She did not, in fact, do this as she became a full-time caregiver for her father in law instead.
Luckily, I’ve got one kid to go and plenty of time to figure this course out before high school rolls around again.
I like to take traditional high school courses and infuse them with current culture. I used these resources along with the book series:
Obedience to Authority– Stanley Milgram’s book inspired the idea behind “faction before blood.”
“Ordinary people, simply doing their jobs, and without any particular hostility on their part, can become agents in a terrible destructive process. Moreover, even when the destructive effects of their work become patently clear, and they are asked to carry out actions incompatible with fundamental standards of morality, relatively few people have the resources needed to resist authority.”- Stanley Milgram
In the Divergent universe, all people are members of one of five factions.This isn’t so much a book review as an introduction to the Divergent world. I pulled info on each one from the Divergent Wiki page.
The Amity Manifesto seems to involve the following virtues:
Amity people value peace and kindness as well as blame conflict and hatred for the world’s problems. People of Amity value neutrality, so they remain neutral in times of war. In Amity, as opposed to Candor, believe that is acceptable to lie to keep the peace.
The Candor Manifesto:
“Dishonesty is rampant, Dishonesty is temporary, Dishonesty makes evil possible.”
- Value honesty.
- See truth as black or white.
- Blame duplicity for the world’s problems.
- Believe that politeness is “deception in pretty packaging.”
The Abnegation Oath reads:
“I will be my undoing If I become my obsession.
I will forget the ones I love If I do not serve them.
I will war with others If I refuse to see them.
Therefore 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.”
The Erudite Manifesto reads:
We submit the following statements as truth:
- ‘Ignorance’ is defined not as stupidity but as lack of knowledge. Lack of knowledge inevitably leads to lack of understanding.
- Lack of knowledge leads to a disconnect between people with differences.
- Disconnection among people with differences leads to conflict.
- Knowledge is the only logical solution to the problem of conflict.
The Dauntless Manifesto
“We believe that cowardice is to blame for the world’s injustices. We believe that peace is hard-won, that sometimes it is necessary to fight for peace.
But more than that:
- We believe that justice is more important than peace.
- We believe in freedom from fear, in denying fear the power to influence our decisions.
- We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.
- We believe in acknowledging fear and the extent to which it rules us.
- We believe in facing that fear no matter what the cost to our comfort, our happiness, or even our sanity.
- We believe in shouting for those who can only whisper, in defending those who cannot defend themselves.
- We believe, not just in bold words but in brave deeds to match them.
- We believe that pain and death are better than cowardice and inaction because we believe in action.
- We do not believe in living comfortable lives.
- We do not believe that silence is useful.
- We do not believe in good manners.
- We do not believe in empty heads, empty mouths, or empty hands.
- We do not believe that learning to master violence encourages unnecessary violence.
- We do not believe that we should be allowed to stand idly by.
- We do not believe that any other virtue is more important than bravery.”
If you’d like to find out what faction you’d fall under there is a quiz: here.
I think it’s interesting that while googling around I found way more info on Dauntless than any other faction. I wonder if that is because more people think of themselves as Dauntless? Or wish they were Dauntless? The problem being that if individuals in this alternate universe are like individuals, in reality, everyone is divergent. Of course, that is the real message of the series.