Emergence 3.0 – Section Six, The Empire; Part Forty-two, Fear; Chapter Six, Perseverance

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 307, Saturday
November 3rd, 2018

Chapter Six: Perseverance

The people were conditioned to defer to authority.

Everyone looked up to those in the higher castes, or to a person of higher rank even within the same caste. They were conditioned to defer to that authority, regardless of how sound its practices and judgements were.

If a person from a higher caste, or of greater rank, ordered you to something against your will, even if it was immoral or illegal, your duty was to obey.

A general would defer to a novice priest.

An old man would defer to a child. even to the point of laying down his life for him, they would voluntarily suffer forms of extreme abuse, torture, even a threat to their family.

The system created great drama.

The people were conditioned, they acquiesced both from fear, and from covetousness, because they wanted those same powers for themselves, and they believed that the path to possessing such power meant submitting in the face of it.

The system destroyed them all.

Crimes could not be concealed, they were always discovered and punished, but only when the moment was right, when it would create the perfect drama for the continuum to orchestrate and pass on to the Collective for its consumption.

A person might be allowed to get away with crime for decades, only to have it all catch up to them at the peak of their ambitions, or in the ultimate depths of their turpitude.

There was no justice.

Everything was artifice.

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