Although there is very little explicit reference to religion in Gray Matters, the system that has been set up for the advancement of cerebromorphs can be understood in religious terms. The primary religious model for the depository system is Hinduism. The levels of the depository resemble the Hindu caste system. There is tremendous prejudice against those on the bottom level and an expectation that few of them will ever make it to the top. As in Hindu belief, there is a prescribed dharma, or rule of conduct, for each caste for each period and circumstance in life. In Hindu religion, these codes are described in the Code of Manu (dating from the first century c.e.) and in the Bhagavad-Gita. In the first book of this holy text for the Hindus, the warrior Arjuna learns from the god Krishna that there is action in inaction and inaction in action. In other words, there are actions that have no consequence because they do not advance the soul toward the liberation of the body. These actions are mere illusion. There are also periods of inactivity, such as meditation, that really are action because they advance the soul.
The same principle applies in Gray Matters, but the prescribed code is bureaucratic and technocratic in nature. Cerebromorphs spend their time reviewing computer files of their past memories and of the stored wisdom of the human community. They spend a prescribed amount of time in...
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