dystopia is a lie–They tell me so.
freedom, knowledge, and truth exist–They tell me so.
freedom is the duty to do what They want when They demand it. knowledge is the right They possess and only They can give. truth is the power They control and Others do not.
They set the rules, i follow them, They do not. that is life, not dystopia.
They proclaim Their public virtues, but practice Their private sins. They say this is not contradiction, so it is not. that is life, not dystopia.
They ask my opinion, rewarding my parroting, punishing–no, they correct, never punish–my divergence. this is right. They are right. i should repeat Their wisdom, earn Their approval never Their disapproval. that is life, not dystopia.
the world works because Them. the world burns because Others.
They educate me on lessons They do not follow. this makes sense, i must do the same. They question nothing but answer everything. this makes sense, i must do the same. They hate Others for being Them. this makes sense, i must do the same.
and when i have become They, They will tell you freedom, knowledge, and truth exists. They will tell you dystopia is a lie.
and you shall believe They.
that is life, not dystopia.
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