A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
Chapter Two: Logic
Logic was the icon he knelt beside, Logic was his Grail, his object of devotion.
He drilled his fetish for logic, the adherence to it, deep into the structures of the institutions he built.
The institutional bias was always logic, dispassionate and utilitarian.
There was safety in logic, there was predictability. The power of logic was demonstrable, and belief in its power was ingrained into every level of the vast structures of the schools he founded.
People are not logical by nature, they had to be conditioned to it, The languages they spoke created modes of thinking that were more and less suited to it.
Jim left some groups to be wild and never touched them with the machination of logic. Other tribes were built around intricate webs of logical assumptions.
At different points in the development of a society he engineered disasters which took away the institutions the undergirded the transmission of logic. He starved those societies of it, allowing them to regress into natural states of animal emotionality, of fear and suspicion.
Then he would bring it back like a healing balm and watch while they transformed themselves through the use of it.
Within the great-stone walls of the institutions he founded, he formed secret societies to protect and carry out his work. This allowed him to focus his attention all around the globe, guiding the development of civilization with a slow-steady and invisible hand.
He layered control devices into their collective memory, repeated through the stories they told and the lists they memorized, in the tropes they wrote into their hearts.
He controlled them through the archetypes they bonded with, through the myths they constructed to give meaning to their lives.
His work was art.
His art was a weapon
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