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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Emergence: Section Six, The Empire; Collected Parts, XXXVI – XLII

36 Servant, 37 Bureaucrat, 38 General, 39 Priest,
40 Faith, 41 Tradition, 42 Fear

Emergence 2.0:
Section Six, The Empire

Part Thirty-six, Servant

Collected Chapters
01 The Oppressed
02 The Suppressed
03 The Repressed
04 The Depressed
05 Hostage
06 Victim
07 Convert

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Day 260, September 17th, 2017

Chapter One: The Oppressed

Every civilization founded by the children of the Ancients was absorbed by the Empire.

Imperial governance was uncompromising, ruling with power, and fear, while crushing the people.

The Empire sought to control every aspect of the individual’s life, down to what they thought; everything they did was for the sake of the drama it produced.

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Day 261, September 18th, 2017

Chapter Two: The Suppressed

Throughout the Empire dissent was punished with brutish joy.

Imperial police delighted in torture.

The extreme emotions such scenes produced fed the appetites of the Continuum, and the Collective as well, getting them intoxicated on fear, pain, and remorse.

A charge of dissent was not limited to aberrant behavior, it also included speech and thought.

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Day 262, September 19th, 2017

Chapter Three: The Repressed

For the citizenry, living under the heel of the Imperial police was a constant struggle.

The way of life was to go unnoticed, to blend in; these were the keys to survival.

A family might cultivate these skills, and live unremarkable lives for generations, only to be cast down for the sheer pleasure of it.

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Day 263, September 20th, 2017

Chapter Four: The Depressed

Apart from the upper classes: the nobility, the religious orders, the military, the lives of the people were sorrowful. Most were angry, without hope, desperate and alone.

Even those in the upper hierarchies spent their lives filled with dread, competing for place, and prestige, always uncertain of when they might be called upon to sacrifice.

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Day 264, September 21st, 2017

Chapter Five: Hostage

Before he developed a conscience, he was a media darling. Even in his youth, when he was a part of the rebellion, a terrorist.

His motivation was anger not altruism.

At that time he was fighting for himself, against himself.

As he learned to love, he turned his attention to the plight of the people.

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Day 265, September 22nd, 2017

Chapter Six: Victim

The Imperial powers built him up, they reveled in his celebrity.

He was the brilliant rebel, the unfailing hero who could endure everything.

They took their time, and charted the limits of what he could endure, then took him down, crushing him absolutely.

He became a sacrifice for the Empire, a holocaust, a burnt offering.

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Chapter Seven: Convert

In that moment, when he lost everything, even as he was forced to watch the Imperial torturers grinding the life out of the few people he held dear to his heart, even as they lit his own flesh on fire, he relented.

At that moment the Continuum restored him to life, a newly created superstar.

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Section Six, The Empire
Part Thirty-seven, Bureaucrat

Collected Chapters

01 Gatekeeper
02 Desk Jockey
03 Pencil Pusher
04 File Clerk
05 Monitor
06 Quality Assurance
07 Supervisor

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Day 267, September 24th, 2017

Chapter One: Gatekeeper

He became an image of hope to the ordinary citizen, an example of a life rewarded after incredible suffering.

He was a symbol of re-birth, of clemency and mercy.

Many of his former compatriots were stunned by the turnaround.

It was bewildering.

Some called the whole drama a charade, others hopefully gave up their rebellion.

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Day 268, September 25th, 2017

Chapter Two: Desk Jockey

He was celebrated by the Empire, and Continuum.

His daily life was viewed by adoring fans with fascination.

His comportment was flawless, he fulfilled the expectations of his station with immaculate precision, moving from the lowest order, into a position of authority.

He was beset with challenges, each a test of his poise and wisdom.

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Day 269, September 26th, 2017

Chapter Three: Pencil Pusher

From doorman to receptionist, from receptionist to stenographer, his celebrity made him in demand.

Bringing him into an office meant exposure and fame for the bosses around him.

He rose up the hierarchy mindfully, still carrying the lessons he learned from years in the rebellion, from years of torture in prison.

Trust no-one, suspect everything.

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Day 270, September 27th, 2017

Chapter Four: File Clerk

Everyone serving in the bureaucracy underwent periodic reviews.

Without fail, in his yearly review, he was raised up, given more freedom.

He relished it.

The small steps he had taken away from the street made a vast difference in his lifestyle.

He continued to look beyond his station. Toward a life of ease and comfort.

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Day 271, September 28th, 2017

Chapter Five: Monitor

The Empire required and relied on bureaucratic controls.

The vast Imperium utilized monitoring at every conceivable level of the social order.

In time Jim rose to a position in which he reported, and analyzed a wide range of human activities, and behaviors, especially among those rebel groups that he had once been a member of.

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Chapter Six: Quality Assurance

His duties were to observe, report, and ensure that the work of government was carried out efficiently; he never once dropped his diligence, not for a moment.

He was tireless, to the letter. His life was completely bent on fulfilling every policy.

He was a living reminder to his peers regarding the necessity of protocol.  

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Day 273, September 30th, 2017

Chapter Seven: Supervisor

In time he became a chief administrator, and while he appeared to be a man in the prime of his life, those who had been following his career began to realize that he was extremely old, compared to average citizen.

It was noted as a curiosity by other administrators.

They drafted him into military service.

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Emergence 2.0:
Section Six, The Empire

Part Thirty-eight, General
Collected Chapters

01 Foot Soldier
02 Yeoman
03 Medic
04 Calvary
05 Pilot
06 Aide de Camp
07 Field Marshall

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Day 274, October 1st, 2017

Chapter One: Foot Soldier

In the post of an agency chief, he enjoyed a life of luxury beyond the grasp of a pleb.

Then they ordered him into the service, taking it all away.

He did not balk, or look back.

He became a soldier, a new way of life, a different class and caste.

He went to war.

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Day 275, October 2nd, 2017

Chapter Two: Yeoman

After one year in combat they pulled him off the line; the Collective loved his heroism, but feared for his life.

Continuum did not want to see him in hand to hand combat.

He was brilliant, but he displayed too much gallantry, moments in which he hesitated, giving his opponent a chance before the kill. 

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Day 276, October 3rd, 2017

Chapter Three: Medic

He was a yeoman.

Serving in the bureaucracy prepared him for the work.

He had reveled in the exploits of the infantry, but he did not resent the break.

However, having seen him as a soldier, and a hero, the Collective was not satisfied; they wanted more.

He went back to wars as a medic.

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Day 277, October 4th, 2017

Chapter Four: Calvary

As a rebel and a soldier, he had mastered fear.

While a prisoner under torture, it vanished from him altogether.

As a medic he never shrank from danger.

He was a paragon of virtue.

His audience loved him, his willingness to self-sacrifice.

It propelled him to glory.

It awakened him to the suffering of others.

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Day 278, October 5th, 2017

Chapter Five: Pilot

In the cavalry he mastered every type of combat craft; land, sea, air, and space.

The ease with which he learned the controls, the rapidity in which his skills developed into something like artistry, this was shocking to his trainers, they had never seen anything like it before.

His comrades worshipped him like a god.

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Day 279, October 6th, 2017

Chapter Six: Aide de Camp

He retired from combat as the Empires greatest Ace; living or dead.

His heroic image was brighter than a star going nova.

Cults of worship began to form around him.

Many of his superiors were jealous, wanting to eliminate him.

The conservatives simply wanted to return him to the bureaucracy, and groom him for command.

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Day 280, October 7th, 2017

Chapter Seven: Field Marshall

When he was elevated to the Imperial Command, it was whispered among the worlds that he was of the Continuum, an angelic messenger.

He thought nothing of those whispers, as if he could not hear them.

He accepted his position in life, one that was now exceedingly long, rising to the challenges set before him.

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Section Six, The Empire

Part Thirty-nine, Priest
Collected Chapters

01 Oblate
02 Novice
03 Brother
04 Sister
05 Ordained
06 Abba
07 Overseer

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Day 281, October 8th, 2017

Chapter One: Oblate

They elevated him to the priesthood.

It was unprecedented, to rise from the status of a rebel and an outcast, to the most exalted class of being, and once again, he started on the lowest rung.

He was an oblate.

He was given the mark of humility.

He was tonsured, as any beginner would be.

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Day 282, October 9th, 2017

Chapter Two: Novice

It was required that he take vows; vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. This was required of every novice, but they were not necessarily for life.

He entered the sacred order, and was initiated into the mysteries.

He became, once again, a servant.

He was the oldest novice ever.

He was wise.

He was quiescent.

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Day 283, October 10th, 2017

Chapter Three: Brother

The priestly class was divided into two groups.

There was the priesthood, and then there were the holy orders.

He always went deep.

He followed the contemplative sects into the paths of mystery, austerity, and aesthetics.

He wanted to do more than officiating rites, managing a temple, he wanted to discover the meaning of existence.

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Day 284, October 11th, 2017

Chapter Four: Sister

He was a conformist at heart.

Since his years as a rebel, he was obedient, a follower, not always of people, but to the multitudes.

He had been the unparalleled leader.

He was a follower of ideals. In relation to his principles, he was unquestioning.

Then he met a woman, and he fell in love.

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Day 285, October 12th, 2017

Chapter Five: Ordained

After years of servitude he was initiated into the mysteries, and ordained into the order of the priesthood.

He became an officiant of the sacred rites.

Every day he reenacted the rituals and repeated the sacred chants, which led to eternal life, both for himself and on behalf of others, opening the gates of Continuum.

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Day 286, October 13th, 2017

Chapter Six: Abba

His affair with the Sister was illicit, but he loved her, and she him.

They had both sworn vows of chastity.

His willingness to break those vows and the anguish it caused, captivated his audience in the Collective.

It was out of character, it was unpredictable.

They ensured it would continue.

They made him Abba.

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Chapter Seven: Overseer

With the blessing of the Collective and by the favor of Continuum, despite his carnal crimes, he advanced in rank among the religious orders and in the hierarchy of the priesthood.

The Continuum loved the intrigue of his cover-ups.

They made him a Cardinal.

The masses, knowing nothing of his transgressions, adored him even more.

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Emergence 2.0:
Section Six, The Empire

Part Forty, Faith

Collected Chapters
01 Indoctrination
02 Dogma
03 Rites
04 Mystery
05 Belief
06 Orthodoxy
07 Unkowing

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Day 288, October 15th, 2017

Chapter One: Indoctrination

He was born into a family of plebians, free citizens, but in reality servants of the Empire, slaves of the Continuum.

He could not tolerate injustice.

He felt the suffering of everyone.

He fought the empire.

For his gallantry, the Continuum made him a star.

He entered service as a bureaucrat, then soldier, then priest.

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Day 289, October 16th, 2017

Chapter Two: Dogma

He made his vow, and took holy orders.

He immersed himself in the priesthood.

His knowledge expanded, the history of the Empire was exposed in sacred texts.

It fascinated him, and struck him cold.

Deep feelings were stirring inside him.

He became aware of the reality of the Collective, and the truth set him free.

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Chapter Three: Rites

He took all of the rituals seriously, as he did everything during his career.

He fulfilled them with grace, and a presence that gave no indication of the fact that he knew they were empty gestures, and meaningless incantations.

He believed the cohesion of the Empire, of a million worlds, relied on them for everything.

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Chapter Four: Mystery

He was indoctrinated into the deepest mysteries of the Imperium.

He discovered the mechanism of salvation, translation of consciousness into the quantum field, eternal life in the Continuum as a member of the Collective.

He learned that the Imperial rites meant nothing, they were based on lies, minor dramas perpetuated as a means of control.

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Chapter Five: Belief

He spent his days promoting the beliefs of the Empire.

He spoke with power and confidence, elegantly articulating the complex narratives that glued the Imperial society together.

He was a living exemplar of the faith, demonstrating to everyone, even the outcast, the possibility of elevating their station with fidelity, duty, and adherence to the laws.

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Chapter Six: Orthodoxy

He learned to differentiate between belief, and conviction, with the greatest care given to the manner in which he expressed himself; what you hold in your heart is not what you voice, survival depends on it.

The higher he ascended into the mysteries, the more he felt he was shackled by the dogma and tradition.

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Chapter Seven: Unkowing

There are no words available in any language to articulate the universal truths regarding the infinite, and the eternal; every attempt to do so was manipulative, and false.

The religion of the Empire was a web of lies, coercions, and control mechanisms. The lie had been perfected over millions of years, holding all people together.

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Emergence 2.0:
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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