A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 306, Friday
November 2nd, 2018
Chapter Five: Honor
In the Imperial cult, the principle of selflessness was taught as the single most important aesthetic to live by.
The concept of personal honor was completely tied to the notion of giving.
Selflessness was imagined as the only possible way for a person to escape from the material conditions that oppressed the living, and that governed the circumstances and the daily lives of every person.
The goal of the living was freedom, a freedom that existed only beyond the veil of life.
People sought absolution of self for the sake of the greater good, believing that all evil and injustice originated in the appetites of the body.
They were taught to repeat universal mantra, the echoes of which resounded for them as a constant refrain, desire is the cause of all suffering.
The abnegation of desire, kenosis, the emptying of the self, this was at the core of every prayer, of every oblation.
Freedom from the illusory conditions of the living world could only come about by dissolving the self.
This was the bath of salvation, metanoia the conversion of personhood into self-identification with the whole.
There could be no peace without it.
It was a dichotomy.
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