A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 300, Saturday
October 27th, 2018
Chapter Six: Globalism
It was possible for an individual to be at peace in the Empire, millions of citizens were. They experienced the comfort of the acquiescent.
People were conditioned to obey.
To be at peace in the Empire a person merely had to accept the view that their happiness was an integral part of the whole. An individual did not have a right to their own immediate and personal sense of joy. They had to look beyond themselves, to the wholeness of their family, to the security of their village, to the prestige of their world, and beyond.
The most sound perspective was to look beyond their immediate conditions, to the next life, to a series of a thousand lives, to the long slow turning off the wheel of life.
The immediate present could not be changed, only accepted and accounted for.
Individual happiness did not matter, what mattered was the happiness of the whole. It was a trick.
Most of the population of the empire had been bred to accept this, followed by their education in the Imperial schools, and their worship in the Imperial cult.
The citizens understood the reality of the Empire, a million worlds, stretched across the galaxy. Most would never leave the world they were born on.
Interstellar, travel was mainly the province of the soldier and priest, with the exception of the outcastes, who were likely to be gathered up, sent off world to the serves in the mines, scattered throughout the Empire as they expendable labor force that they were..
Nevertheless, the people held an image of the Royal worlds in their minds, hoping one day to go there.
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