While its destruction to the land is massive, Sin provides another threat to the Spiran way of Life: cultural annihilation. Before Sin’s actions, Spira was a functioning modern society. But Sin changed Spira’s culture to one based on fear and superstition. This culture persisted for longer than Spira relied on Machina. Their new culture revolves around the religion of Yevon; these teaching require summoners to undertake self-sacrificial pilgrimages to destroy Sin. The religion is a lie, and Sin returns soon after. The culture they created from themselves out of freedom absolves into the bondage of Sin.
The Spiran believe and do things for false reasons. The effects are useless, but they carry on with the teaching despite their inefficacy. But can we fault them? Take a look at your culture. Do you know why you do what you do, culturally? You might think you do. But are you absolutely sure that reason is the real reason?
What if it’s a convenient myth, or a legend, like the ones the Spirans follow? Like them, you probably don’t know everything about your culture. Technically, you wouldn’t have to, if all your culture requires from you are a set of rituals. However, if you don’t know why you participate in a culture, should you? If you don’t understand the real importance of your culture, how can you claim? And if you can’t claim it, do you truly have a culture?
If you base your identity on your culture you don’t know, wouldn’t this make you a cultural zombie? Like the culture, you’re barely living. What you worship is a lie. You care about that which you don’t know. What you would care about, you still only have half of the story.
Sin didn’t kill Spiran culture, the Spirans did. Sin may have been the catalyst, but the Spirans replaced their culture with the nonsensical teachings of Yevon. Ironically, Yu Yevon, its founder, created Sin. Yu Yevon’s form is a parasite-like creature, sucking the life out of Spiran culture. Its a physical representation of an idea destroying a culture from the inside.
Haven’t all cultures experienced this change?