A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
Chapter Five: Murder
Everything was negotiable, even morality.
In the mind of the revolutionary killing was not murder, not even assassination, anything was permissible if it served the end toward which they were seeking.
They gave no thought at all as to whether the crimes they committed were actually in furtherance of the ends they sought, they only had to believe that they were in order to feel justified in committing them.
It was always self-defense; every murder, every assassination, every moment of coercion and torture, the story was that the crimes were always committed in self-defense. In defense of the cause they served, not their person.
Ethics were transactional.
In the heart of the revolutionary even the innocent could be killed, if their murder could be justified as an attack on the systems of oppression.
For rebels engaged in the struggle against the Empire, there were no innocents, everyone was complicit, you were either with them or against them.
You were either with them or against them.
In the view of the common rebel, almost everyone was against them, because no one was altogether for them and they could not trust people beyond their immediate relationships.
Everything was situational
Alliances among rebel cells were tenuous at best.
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