A Novel – In One Page per Day
Day 298, Thursday
October 25th, 2018
Chapter Four: Classism
The imperial system was held together by class, rank and ancestry.
Only the outcaste was free from it, and while they were free from the oppressive weight of the conforming belief systems, they were absolutely without rights, without representation in government or standing before the courts.
Nearly every citizen clung to their place with vicious determination.
They knew they were constantly under watch, scrutinized from the moment they stepped out the door of their dorm, their home or their apartment, they were under constant observation.
Most of them suspected, but few of them knew the extent to which their private lives were monitored too.
There was no privacy.
There were few limits to what a person would risk, merely to advance a step or two in rank.
Inasmuch as every person was inextricably bound to the system of rank, everyone longed for a release from it.
They were conditioned to see release only through advancement and forward motion, through reincarnation, and countless lifetimes of struggle.
That is what the cult taught them, to always look ahead, to see themselves as one day filling the role of village chief, of captain, of high priest, of abba; to hope that thy could advance so far that they and theirs would ultimately occupy the highest place of all, to ascend the steps to the curial throne and be welcomed into the Continuum, merge with the divine Collective, find peace, to ultimately become the god of their own private world.
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