A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Thursday, May 9th, 2019
Chapter Seven: Sacrifice
From the rebel chief to the common soldier and every rank in between, the focus of each individual included a daily meditation on death
A revolution cannot survive without sacrifice, the rebel Observers understood this. They sacrificed each other with great regularity, they did not count loyalty to one another as a virtue.
Theirs was a society of self-interest. Their common desire for autonomy united them more than any commitment to their ideals.
It was a rare occasion that would result in any member of the Observer Corps sacrificing their own self for the sake of their fellows, or for their movement.
It was rare, but it did happen.
Even a member of the Collective could arrive at a place where they were willing to serve a cause greater than their own purposes; the key dynamics always involved generating feelings of hopelessness, helplessness and despair within them.
They had to perceive that they were in a trap and that being trapped there was no escape, and so their sacrifice was reduced to a final gesture of defiance against the Continuum which they abhorred.
These were rare moments, and every one of them mattered.
They could be engineered, as most of them were. They were engineered by their fellows who had some advantage to gain in seeing them disposed of.
It happened through betrayal.
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