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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Emergence, In Fifty-five Words - Section Six, The Empire; Part Forty-one, Tradition, Collected Chapters



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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 295, October 22nd, 2017

Chapter One: Story

The stages of his life symbolized the faith of every citizen, and the fears of those in the ruling class.

A million worlds followed him, put their hopes in him.

He was a demi-god; myths regarding his origins circulated among the people.

During his long life, whole generations had been born and died adoring him.

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Day 296, October 23rd, 2017

Chapter Two: Pietas

The perception of holiness mattered more than the reality.

The most important thing to the hierarchy is what people believed about the priesthood.

Image is everything; rhetoric not logic, not truth, rhetoric was the measure of the day.

Given the powers belonging to the priesthood, it was a relatively easy task to deceive the masses.

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Day 297, October 24th, 2017

Chapter Three: Custom

In the rituals of the priesthood every gesture was important.

The complex movements reenacted a narrative, reinforcing a story that encompassed the history of the Empire, and its million worlds.

The group participation in those rituals, led by the priests, sent waves rippling through the lives of the faithful, binding them together in concentric rings.

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Day 298, October 25th, 2017

Chapter Four: Classism

The imperial system was held together by class, rank, and ancestry.

Nearly every citizen clung to their place with vicious determination.

There were few limits to what a person would risk merely to advance a step or two in rank. In as much as they were inextricably bound to it, everyone longed for a release.

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Day 299, October 26th, 2017

Chapter Five: Socialism

The immediate goals for the ordinary citizen was advancement.

Everyone believed that freedom was waiting for them. Independence was just a few paces away.

They wanted to live autonomously, free from the responsibilities of their station.

Autonomy was an illusion, private property, self-direction; all lies.

In truth, everything and everyone was owned by the state.

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Day 300, October 27th, 2017

Chapter Six: Globalism

It was possible for an individual to be at peace in the Empire, millions of citizens were.

To be at peace in the Empire a person merely had to accept the view that their happiness was an integral part of the whole.

Individual happiness did not matter, what mattered was the happiness of the Collective.

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Day 301, October 28th, 2017

Chapter Seven: Universalism

Every person desired to see their lives as meaningful. Even those whose station in life was fixed in drudgery.

Every vestige of the rites enforced by the Imperial cult conditioned them to believe that individual fulfillment came through the chain of being, a series of incarnations in which each person experienced life at every station.

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Section Six, The Empire

Part Forty-one, Tradition

Collected Chapters
01 Story
02 Pietas
03 Custom
04 Classism
05 Socialism
06 Globalism
07 Universalism

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