A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 245, Sunday
September 2nd, 2018
Chapter Seven: Justice
The Continuum fostered a systemic and visceral depravity deep within itself, a systemic hunger for pain and the suffering of others.
It fed those experiences to the Collective, fomenting within it an appetite for more, an appetite that could never be filled.
The Continuum controlled every aspect of life in the Empire, it manipulated a million worlds, both at the macro level and at the micro level.
It set entire planets, with populations of billions of people against each other, for entertainment.
The Continuum used the tools of war, disease, famine, and natural disaster to generate the dramas that the membership of the Collective was addicted to.
Only a tiny minority among the Collective felt a desire for justice in relation to the experiences they witnessed in the Empire.
The Continuum used that craving as a counterpoint for his narrative.
The pursuit of justice kept those members involved.
The Continuum had a deft hand, it played those members off against each other. It kept their interest in justice focused on individual worlds, on individual people, and away from a reformation of the whole system.
While the greatest part of the Collective actually craved the pain and violence it witnessed.
A part of the Collective larger than that of those who sought justice, paid no attention at all to what was happening in the worlds occupied by their progeny.
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