A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 322, Monday
November 19th, 2018
Chapter One: Self
Education in the Imperial schools was not centered on learning as much as it was conditioning.
Every citizen was taught that all good things flowed through the Empire, whatever the individual had to be thankful for, no matter how small, they could look to the Empire and to the Emperor himself as its source.
The schools beat this perspective into the mind of every person, like a hammer pounds a nail.
The teaching was reinforced at every level of the Imperial education, both in the secular schools, and through the religious observations of the Imperial cult. It brought unity to the worlds despite their distance.
The schools were the hammer, and the cult set the nail.
The people were taught to give thanks to the Empire even for the good things that came from their own hands, the vegetables growing in their gardens, a blanket they had quilted, they gave thanks to the Empire and to the Continuum which undergirded it.
There was nothing that they possessed, or that they ever would possess that did not originate with the Empire.
The Continuum and its Empire were the source of all goodness, of justice, and they controlled the destiny of every living being.
The first gift they gave to the individual was existence, it was selfhood.
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