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Sunday, November 5, 2017

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



Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 302, October 29th, 2017

Chapter One: Loss

The prevailing view of life afflicting the masses, and preached fervently among the worlds was this: desire is the cause of all suffering.

The faithful were reminded of this daily.

Suffering was apportioned with surgical precision, and insidious delight.

Every moment of joy was merely temporary, and only to be experienced as respite from sorrow.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 303, October 30th, 2017

Chapter Two: Pain

The prevailing philosophy was this: pain was necessary and purgative, both as penance for sin and as a preparation for holiness.

This teaching was reinforced at every level of the human experience.

Suffering was life, moments of pleasure were structured to be brief, as teaching moments, with periods of joy coming randomly, intermittently, and spontaneously.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 304, October 31st, 2017

Chapter Three: Shame

Every person knew their rank, and everyone wanted to advance their position.

The social standing of a person, of a family, their village, their planet.

These were known figures.

They were broadcast.

No matter what your Imperial rank, the focus of society was always directed to what you lacked, rather than what you had achieved.

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Day 305, November 1st, 2017

Chapter Four: Duty

There were trillions of citizens in the Empire, each and every one of them was conditioned to be joyful only in the fulfillment of their duties.

The Imperial schools were formed to fulfill that purpose, and that was the aim of the Imperial cult.

Keep the eyes of the citizen focused on the daily goals.

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Day 306, November 2nd, 2017

Chapter Five: Honor

In the Imperial cult selflessness was taught as the only way for the individual to escape from the material conditions that oppressed every person.

People sought absolution of self for the sake of the greater good, the abnegation of desire; kenosis, the emptying of the self; metanoia, conversion of personhood into self-identification with the whole.

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Day 307, November 3rd, 2017

Chapter Six: Perseverance

Everyone looked up to those in the higher classes, or a person of higher rank even in the same class.

An old man would defer to a child. Even to the point of laying down his life for him, or suffering forms of extreme abuse.

It was conditioning, and covetousness.

The system destroyed them all.

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Day 308, November 4th, 2017

Chapter Seven: Annihilation

The teaching of the Imperial cult, its dogma, rituals, and spiritual practices all colluded to persuade the people into the submission of their will.

The spiritual goal as stated was this: for the individual to rise through every station, over the course of billions of lifetimes, and to ultimately be released, returning to the Continuum.

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Emergence 2.0:
Section Six, The Empire

Part Forty-two, Fear

Collected Chapters
01 Loss
02 Pain
03 Shame
04 Duty
05 Honor
06 Perseverance
07 Annihilation

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