Emergence 3.0 – Section Six, The Empire; Part Forty-one, Tradition; Chapter Seven, Universalism

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 301, Sunday
October 28th, 2018

Chapter Seven: Universalism

Every person desired to see their lives as meaningful. Even those whose station in life was fixed in drudgery. The cognitive impulse, to ascribe meaning onto even the most ordinary and mundane activities was instinctual, a genetic imperative.

The mode by which the person shaped the narrative of their experience was simple, it involved the projection of everything they did outward, toward the universal, reshaping the context of even the simplest and most routine tasks.

This was a categorical imperative.

The Imperial cult, ensured that every vestige of the religious rites that the people engaged in, every movement, every word they uttered, conditioned them to believe that individual fulfillment came through the great chain of being, through a series of incarnations, and re-incarnations in which each person experienced life at every station, rising or falling in rank according to the merits by which they lived out each life.

The journey of the individual entity, was depicted in the sacred text like the revolution of a galaxy, billions of stars turning around a massive gravity well, around the fixed singularity of a black hole.

It was a cosmic dance. Planets and stars, turning around the center, until one by one, each was consumed by it, drawn by it to the point of no return, merging with it, passing across the event horizon, becoming one with the singularity itself.

This example, drawn from nature, was especially poignant to the people. The common end which it proclaimed, the final calculus of all existence, spoke of equal justice for all.

The singularity was depicted not as the end in itself, but as the entry point to another state of being, a gateway to another dimension.

The Continuum was depicted as an apt analogy of this fixed point in nature, a black hole, the material end, and the of the soul’s journey, both located in the same terminus.

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