Emergence 3.0 – Section Six, The Empire; Part Forty, Faith; Chapter Five, Belief

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 292, Friday
October 19th, 2018

Chapter Five: Belief

His life was filled with contradictions, and he had never before been so conflicted, so filled with doubt.

He spent his days promoting the beliefs and traditions and rituals of the Imperial cult. He was the most eloquent spokesperson the masses ever witnessed.

He spoke with power and confidence, elegantly articulating the complex narratives that glued the Imperial society together providing the rationale and the justification for each citizen to remain in their caste, in their class, in their state of bondage.

He was a living exemplar of the faith, perfectly demonstrating to every citizen, even to the outcast, the possibility of elevating themselves from their station, through fidelity, duty, and adherence to the law.

He learned that the promises concerning reincarnation, and the Continuum, all of those promises that had been made to the people, were built on lies, the most pernicious kind of lies, a vast complex of falsehoods, predicated on the narrowest sliver of truth.

He did his duty.

He perpetuated the lies anyway.

The powers that held him in check did not do so with the threat of coercion. Everyone he had ever known or loved while he was an ordinary man, they were long since dead and buried.

His family had been erased.

They held him in check with the power of love, the promise of fulfilling his desires, the mystery of beauty and the touch of a woman.

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