The brutal regime had a brutal ideology that kept its citizenry blissfully brutalized. The brutal regime’s brutal ideology said there was no way for man to transcend his lowly condition. Its ideology said that transcendence was the place of gods in heavens, in skies and high atop mountains – not of lowly men as peasants and slaves toiling in fields and in factories.

So the citizenry never bothered with a transcendental consideration of their predicament. Instead, they simply lived it, with the acceptance of their brutal condition as necessary, unavoidable, unchangeable – making its brutality easier to bear since there was nothing to be done about it but pray and hope. They never attempted to transcend so they might compare the brutality of their regime to the humanitarian regimes of elsewhere. Abstract thinking and imagining was discouraged, unless, of course, it was directed toward an acceptance of the strange, metaphysical, and supernatural nature of their deities. So they never bothered to even attempt to transcend the rules that kept them brutalized. Their sermons told them there was no point since their ideas were nothing compared to the rules that had fallen from the skies.

The ideology was brutal, though its deities were benevolent and loving Fathers and Mothers, delighting in our brutishness and the toil of our living from somewhere far away from it all.

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