We will now explore the concepts of Change vs. Commitment Causes.
A Cause who Changes is one who gives the MC time and space to make commitments and learn how to keep them. The commitments are the Inherent Process that must be engaged in to obtain her Desire. We have used the metaphor of a pathway or a journey to explain what a Desire Obtainment Process is. But we can also see the Process as a repetitive learning Process where the character needs to learn certain skills in order to obtain her Desire. There is a commitment involved in the learning process. The MC needs to make certain commitments to her Cause in order to acquire the necessary skills.
A Change Cause is flexible and adaptable. He is someone who is able to train the MC. He is an expert in the transformation process that she needs to undergo to develop the necessary skills.
But a Conflicting Change Cause is imbalanced and gives the MC too much time and space. There is not enough expectation of commitment. His guidance is too chaotic. He lacks structure. There is a lack of deadlines and achievable milestones.
A Commitment Cause is a Justice Cause. It is someone who asks for commitment and expects the MC to be exact in the Inherent Process. It isn’t because he is abusive, angry, or mean. It is because he knows she must be exact in order to obtain her Desire. He is not involved in the transformation process other than he may represent the law that needs to be obeyed or he may be the judge that evaluates the MC’s Process and skills level. Without a Cause like this, the story becomes too wishy-washy.
A Conflicting Commitment Cause is abusive, angry, and mean. This is someone who is imbalanced and expects too much of the MC too soon. It is impossible to meet his demands. There is no guidance, just expectation that the law be obeyed right now. And if it is not, then consequences are delivered immediately.
Our story should have both a Change and Commitment Cause that work with each other and the MC. There should be a Balance between them. This is a Balance between Justice and Time. Thus there is Justice over Time. The name for this is Mercy. Mercy is Justice over Time. Mercy is not the elimination of rules, commitments, and expectations. If those were eliminated, the Desires would also have to be eliminated. Mercy is giving time to make and learn to keep higher level commitments over time. It is the allowance of time to develops strengths, talents, knowledge, and resources. It also gives the MC space to choose what she Desires. She doesn’t have NW Desires. A Balanced Commitment Cause does not force her to have higher level Desires. She chooses that. He gives her the space to choose what she wants. But once she does choose, the Commitment Cause is the character who expects the Inherent Process to be completed in order to obtain the Desire. This is a Justice Cause.
Then the Change Cause steps in to assist the MC. He may provide support. He shows her how to develop the skills. He trains her. This Cause is partially merged with the Justice Cause because he has expectations as well. He has a structured process that the MC has to commit to in order to develop the necessary skills and talents. This is a Mercy Cause.
The concept of Change vs. Commitment Causes is crucial in shaping the MC’s journey and the development of her skills and abilities. Both types of Causes play significant roles in guiding the MC through her Desire Obtainment Process, but they have different approaches and expectations.
A Change Cause focuses on flexibility, adaptability, and providing the MC with the time and space to learn and grow. He acts as a mentor, helping her undergo the necessary transformation and acquire the skills she needs to achieve her Desire. However, a Conflicting Change Cause may go to the extreme of giving the MC too much freedom without enough structure, leading to chaos and lack of progress.
On the other hand, a Commitment Cause embodies the principles of justice and expects the MC to be exact in following the Inherent Process. He emphasizes the importance of commitment and demands that the MC meet specific milestones and deadlines. A Conflicting Commitment Cause, in contrast, becomes overly demanding and abusive, making it impossible for the MC to meet his expectations.
The ideal scenario is to have a Balance between a Change and Commitment Cause, representing Mercy. Mercy, in this context, means providing the MC with both time and structure. A Balanced Commitment Cause allows the MC the space to choose her Desire and gives her time to develop her skills, talents, and knowledge. Once the Desire is chosen, the Commitment Cause expects the Inherent Process to be completed in order to achieve the Desire, ensuring justice is maintained over time.
The Change Cause, in combination with the Commitment Cause, assists the MC in her journey by providing support, training, and guidance. This duo works together to facilitate the MC’s growth and development, creating a balanced and sustainable approach to achieving her Desire.
By having both types of Causes working in harmony, the MC benefits from a holistic and effective guidance system, enabling her to navigate challenges, learn, and ultimately obtain her Desire in a way that is meaningful and fulfilling.
Wow, I love how you explained that!