Ah! … thank you for your remarks, Ms. Zetakya.
I think I mentioned a ways back that Achura, as a faith, is recognized as kin by the Way of the Winds. The Sangharsh, or “Struggle,” sect, might have a little bit to do with that, having in common this idea of the universe as a sort of crucible for burning weaknesses away. Survival, standing the test of time and everything the universe can throw, becomes a sort of sacred process. Everyone and everything falters eventually, of course, but having others able to carry on-- children, or spiritual successors, and more broadly a community pulling together against the tests of history-- is taken as actually a core goal. The grove of its children that the tree in Ms. Zetakya’s example leaves behind is its way of triumphing over that final storm.
Am I representing this correctly, Ms. Zetakya?
As you might gather from Ms. Zetakya’s remarks, to a pretty large extent the different sects are attractive to different personalities. Shuijing, in the end, sees the world as something harmonious-- a seamless whole, in which apparent conflicts are merely the interactions of different influences within the Totality. Not everyone is going to find that a compelling or even a comforting thought. To some, it is important that the struggles in their lives be important struggles, and real.
Hence, Sangharsh. (And the bajillion other twigs off that particular branch of Achur practice.)
(… to be clear, we’re also just one twig off a much larger branch. They’re not called the “thousand sects” for nothing, and actually a “thousand” is probably a low estimate.)
A single person doesn’t necessarily spend all their lives in just one sect, of course. The same person might find more inspiration and truth in Sangharsh at one time, in Shuijing at another, and even wander through a dozen or more over the course of a life. It’s just as common to stay stubbornly in just one, though.