Throughout a vast portion of humankind’s history, we have been known to construct civilizations and societies to keep ourselves in an organized union. It only takes one person to commit upset in a place built around law and order. When said individual commits a felony, we punish them and depending on the crime we lock them up.
This is just one of the many aspects that is a part of White’s philosophy. This is a color of mana that revolves itself around Law, Order, and Protection; a color that represents the meaning of civilization itself. While it may at times follow its philosophy too strictly and end up putting its people in a dictatorship, White’s goal, in the end, is a utopia of peace and it will do anything to achieve that goal. If it means that its people will die, then so be it. Individualism means little to nothing, for the interests of the masses is the utmost importance.
Today, we are taking a look at the philosophy of White, an organized but fragile color.
What Represents the Color White?
The color White in Magic: the Gathering represents everything that human societies strive to practice and maintain: structure. White will go out of its way to keep the community intact in five different methods.
- Law: To keep its citizens in check, the color White will place laws within its society in an attempt to keep everything the way it thinks it should be. Law is created in two ways: by religion or government. Religion uses the belief in a higher being (God) to keep its masses in check.
- Order: This is almost as important as law. Societies need to be arranged and work in a pattern. As long as everyone has that “one way” of maintaining the structure, White thrives.
- Protection: White’s main priority is its people. If they are in danger from outside forces, then its structure is ruined. It must look after the citizens that maintain society. Which leads to my next point.
- Selflessness: It is the duty of everyone that lives in the societies of White to look out after each other and put themselves last.
- Equality: In White’s eyes, everyone must be the same and deserve all the benefits that it provides to its people.
With all five, White is able to maintain a large society that its people will flourish in. Any disruption to this would be catastrophic and would cause every eye to turn their heads and witness the event of disorder.
White’s Ultimate Goal
White will do anything to achieve its primary objective: peace. When the world is at peace, there is no need to worry about protecting the masses from outside forces that would disturb White’s way of living. The world is in the balance, everyone is equal, and order can be permanently established without fear of it being shaken up.
However, when I say “anything,” it means it will attempt to achieve peace without giving the consequences fair consideration.
If it means all will die then so be it, for peace comes at a price.
If it means the oppression of those that live outside White’s way of life, then those individuals will be forced to live the “correct” way or die.
If it means the destruction of the lands, then White will restructure it in its own image.
White, the Color of the Masses
White does value one thing over others: the people that reside within the mass. Without the masses, White’s structure cannot survive or be maintained. It is because of society that White’s ultimate goal of a Utopia will be achieved.
The downside to this is that White tunnel visions onto the masses only. This means that it loses sight of single individuals within the group. If a single individual falls behind the rest of the crowd, then it is expected that the person will get left behind. If anyone undergoes hardships, then it is that individual’s fault, for they are selfish and cannot put everyone else before them.
An excellent example of this is Communism. This is a type of government that relies on its people to govern themselves, and everything that is owned by an individual belongs to the mass instead. Anyone within a Communist society that kept to themselves would be insane to do so.
The goal of Communism is precisely the same as White’s: a Utopia, or peace. However, each has a different way of accomplishing this. White’s way of getting to a world of peace is eradicating anything that it views as “evil” or “out of line.” Communism’s method is actually relying on the masses so much that it allows its people to govern themselves. In a Utopia world, there is no need for higher power to control the structure when the foundation’s citizens can do it just fine. White actually hates this idea of people governing themselves and does everything in its power to eliminate the thought, which is why you often see anti-Red and anti-Black mechanics printed on White cards because those two colors are more individual focused.
- This is not to say that Communism isn’t a concept that is equivalent to White. Communism still relies on structure just as much. It could be argued that Communism is a multi-colored ideology (more on that in a future article).
The “Color of ‘Good’ and ‘Justice'”
This is probably the biggest misconception about White. The color is often seen as “the good guy” color, which is why Angels and Knights are a creature type tied to White.
White likes to think of itself as a “pure” color, the best of the best. This line of thought is one that can get out of hand if left unchecked, for it can easily translate to Xenophobia (the fear of other people that are different than you). In fact, it’s because of this and other reasons that I find White to be the scariest color out of the five in Magic. White represents everything that is “good” but will destroy and oppress if it sees fit to keep the peace.
This leads me to my next point: there are such things as White villains in Magic: the Gathering.
At this point in time, Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite is the best example that I can think of. She leads a species known as the Phyrexians, mechanical flesh horrors that destroy everything in their path to “perfect” the impure.
You can even see it in her abilities and flavor text. Elesh Norn pumps up your entire team of creatures but will weaken your opponents. This is an example of White looking out for its own.
Her flavor text shows her ambition to meld other planes into a shape based on her ideology: perfection. Anything that isn’t the Phyrexian’s definition of “perfect” will be killed or reconfigured into a “perfect” being.
Relationship With Other Colors
- Blue (allied): White and Blue both love the concept of law and discipline. Blue recognizes that specific rules must be followed to achieve knowledge. The two of them don’t see eye to eye when it comes to the masses. White loves to provide for its groups while Blue sees them as a tool for answers. They both join forces against Red because of the color’s strive for independence and expression, which threatens the livelihood of both White and Blue.
- Black (enemy): Black is a very neutral color, meaning that it will do anything to achieve its goals while living outside law and order. White likes to fight by the rules that it has established for itself, while Black disregards code to beat its foes. However, they do share a common interest in making sacrifices for the greater good and religion.
- Red (enemy): White hates the fact that Red likes to act on its own terms and make rash decisions without giving an ounce of thought of how it may affect the people surrounding them. Red likes to live outside the laws that are placed in society and does whatever it wants, which is viewed as chaotic. White respects Red in the sense that it is willing to make sacrifices and takes the importance of groups into consideration.
- Green (allied): White’s closest allied color is Green for one reason alone: both value numbers. White and Green see eye to eye on providing for their people so that the population may grow. In a White and Green society, the fact of selflessness is even more pronounced than others. White’s only issue with Green is that the color thinks emotionally, not logically. They both fight against Black due to its selfishness and lack of empathy.
White is a color that seeks to benefit its community to achieve peace. Though it may be fragile and practices evil morals to achieve their goal sometimes, it will make sure that its people will prosper.
It is a color that can be either welcoming or terrifying. The decision is up to the individual that follows the color’s philosophy.
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Next week, we will be delving into the color of knowledge and invention: Blue. Stay tuned!
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