Chapter 6: A New World - Part Eight
“Who are they?” asked Wenden as he took another bite of his sandwich.
“Hmm … I don’t know if your people remember them, for I don’t think your priest is one of them, in fact I know he isn’t. I saw no sign of them on Enarw. The zealots were like your priest, but stricter. Reidhi was pleasant enough, and when he disagreed with us he merely asked us to leave. A zealot would have had us killed on the spot for blasphemy. So zealots were government leaders and priests all mixed together, but once they gained governmental power, they consolidated that power under the guise of ridding the world of evil influences. Soon only they were in power, and then they were in power indefinitely into the future with no possibility of relief. Anyone who resisted was killed.”
“The priest only ordered the killing of those who committed murder,” said Wenden.
“Indeed,” said Jendi, “most governments are willing to execute those who transgress the most serious of laws, but the zealots were different. They would reach for execution for any offense, until even our thoughts could betray us. So when this group found these books, and these books told of a time long before the zealots, it was amazing to those who found them. They read in astonishment that their ancestors lived freely, in cities, with machines and tools, and flew to the stars, and so on. This became a blueprint for these few. A way forward without the zealots.”
“The zealots didn’t mind?” asked Wenden in confusion.