A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
Chapter Six: Principles
A belief system is like an alternate reality, a virtual world. It may be in synch with reality or it may be askew. It may closely reflect the world as it actually is, or it can be wildly divergent.
A belief system is most often a fluctuating mixture of these, comprised of fabrications and fancies of the imagination predicated on truth but free to deviate, in the same way that mythological heroes are almost always rooted in a historical person. There is no difference.
The rebellious had to believe in their ideals, they had to believe in them absolutely, or their devotion would be weak, and their link in the chain of action would break apart.
A belief system was the forge that held their movement together.
A rebel had to subjugate their desires in favor of their ideals, in favor of their need to realize the fulfillment of those ideals. There could be no competing desires, nothing at all to rob their movement of its vital energy,
The rebel could want other things; the love of a partner, a family, comfort or prestige, the respect of their peers, but those wants could not compete with their desire to see the movement succeed.
Nothing could be more important to the rebellious and because of this, nothing was easier to manipulate than idealism. A subtle change in language and symbol could redirect centuries of momentum.
A movement spanning a thousand worlds could be undone with a single phrase, with the right word the entire thing could collapse on itself.
An investment in symbols was a vital necessity, holding them together through the waves of time mattered more than anything.
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