A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 317, Tuesday
November 13th, 2018
Chapter Two: Class
Nobody was satisfied with their position in society.
Everyone dreamed of advancing to the next levels, it was the constant preoccupation of the masses. They desired advancement, either in this life or the next, every detail of their lives was subordinated to this, and nothing else mattered.
Even this highest ranking members of the Imperial family were caught up in the notion of advancement, only they knew the truth and their desire was eternal life in the Continuum.
Complacency was abhorrent, it was incumbent on the individual to push themselves and their families forward.
They referred to it as the ladder of divine ascent.
People were conditioned to loath their own place, but when threatened they would reach out to those closest to them for safety, their sameness reflexively united them.
There was safety in numbers.
The people were united by tribe, clan, village and world; as well as by class, by rank and station, by fear and loathing. This was the result of the Imperial condition. The Imperial schools and the religion of the Empire were extremely adept at concretizing this divisive mode of ideation.
Nevertheless, in every generation, on every world and in virtually every tribe there were those who were born seemingly immune to the coercive controls of the Imperium.
These precious few were motivated by love and altruism, they cared little for their rank, they saw themselves as a part of the greater whole and it did not require effort for them to think this way
It came to them naturally.
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