A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
Chapter Five: Myth
The promise of eternal life, of immortality, this promise is a powerful motivator. All people are afraid of the unknown and no-one wants to die.
To be willing to sacrifice themselves for causes that were merely exercises in futility, as most revolutionary action was, the rebel had to be able to see their revolutionary movement in a mythic context.
While the promise of immortality works well, it becomes far more tangible when their perspective of the individuals view of immortality is shaped by songs and stories, when it is folded into the ritual narrative of the group mind.
They had to see themselves, their lives and deaths as part of a greater movement, a thing beyond themselves, they had to be able to view their sacrifice as something of worth, something that magnified the value of their own lives, something that would elevate them in the imaginary world of the afterlife, but more importantly in the hearts and the minds and the memories of the people.
Ritual remembering was a key component for this type of conditioning, the celebration of the honored dead, the recitation of names, the communion of saints. All of these structures were the building blocks that a successful rebellion had to utilize in order to progress.
All of the major religions of Earth were engineered to support these structures, they were focused around ancestor worship, the carrying forward of the past into the present and the projection of it into the future.
Jim prepared the vessel he was searching by layering these expectations in the popular consciousness.
The humans of Earth were natural born revolutionaries.
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