A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Friday, April 12th, 2019
Chapter One: The Discontent
In order to generate the energy that the Continuum required for the narratives it delivered to the Collective, energy for the great dramas and the intrigues the Continuum incessantly devoured, energy for the stories that provided meaning to the disembodies consciousness of the Collective’s membership, the Continuum became an adept, an artist at developing the experience of discontent.
Throughout the million worlds of the Empire, with its trillions of people, only a tiny fraction enjoyed lives of peace and relative security, the majority were in a perpetual state of uncertainty, of uneasiness, fully occupied with the desire for a better future.
There was a constant steady pressure derived from the experience of lack, of having nothing, and from the felt need to protect what little resources they had, resources that were always in a state of depletion, this pressure drove the narratives forward.
Discontentment was energy.
The people had ambitions, most of which were centered on the simple desire to live out their lives and raise their families, to see them advance and to experience some joy in a state of relative peace and security.
That prospect was always under threat.
Happiness is what the people desired, they were conditioned to believe that it could only be found in extrinsic things.
Access to those things was under the constant control of the Empire through the Continuum.
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