A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 328, Sunday
November 25th, 2018
Chapter Seven: Access
The most important thing that the ordinary citizen required, both for their prospects of advancement, and also to simply keep their place, was access to the right schools, the right priest in the temple, their supervisors.
In order to advance a person needed an advocate.
People coveted access more than anything, as such every access point was closely guarded. There were bureaucratic entanglements to negotiate and social hurdles to climb.
The norms of the hierarchies had to be observed.
In the struggle to craft a meaningful life, to provide some comfort for themselves or their families, everyone need a hand up. They required representation by those who were ahead of them in rank, above them in class and caste.
The entire Empire was governed by systems of patronage and clientage.
To go anywhere a person needed access to authority, to those able to grant a boon or advance their cause, this was the grand nexus for the systemic corruption of the entire social order.
Nothing was free.
The limits to upward mobility were clear and near at hand. They could only be understood in economic terms.
The economics of advancement were disturbing, unethical, but by and large they were not illegal. It was not illegal to commit one’s child to a life of servitude in your patron’s house, it was not considered unethical to do so if it meant that another child could attend a better school.
Neither was it illegal to use your servants for whatever purpose you intended, even risking their lives for your own purposes, no matter how mundane or banal those purposes might be.
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