Thirty Books

An amusing feminine uprising is currently running strong, regarding the tidy queen Marie Kondo quote “Ideally, own less than 30 books.”

First off, context is important: this is what she personally does, and is not a recommendation for all to obey.

The second is my Vilani-style take on the advice. The Vilani leadership dislike having the general population getting too curious, or wastefully spending time accumulating too much unneeded knowledge.

So they are more likely to recommend four books: three technical manuals that are far too dry and boring for any casual reader to tolerate for more than 30 minutes. The Federal Register, with 70,000+ new regulations pushed out every year, is the kind of thing they are looking for.

“Three books should just cover the index for the Register. And change the name to the Imperial Register. And make the primary edition in Modern Vilani, with a Bwap version counting as a equally legal and authoritative text. Make the Anglic versions just certified translations, without force of law.”

The fourth book should be some volume of the various books of rituals, ceremonies, mythology, and history of the Vilani. I recommend following the Shinto example as a model:

Shinto does not have any philosophical literature or official scripture that can be compared to texts like the Bible or the Qur’an. But the Kojiki(Records of Ancient Matters) and the Nihongior Nihon shoki (Chronicles of Japan), are in a sense the sacred books of Shinto. They were written in 712 and 720 CE, respectively, and are compilations of the oral traditions, mythology and ceremonies of ancient Shinto. But they are also books about the history, topography, and literature of ancient Japan.

Also important is the collection of 50 books known as Engishiki, completed in 927. These deal with the laws governing shrine ceremonies, the organization of religious leadership, and official prayers and liturgies.

Shinto Texts

But note that, while the Vilani are as morality-free as Shinto, they DO believe in legal codes of Right Behavior like the Confucians, laws that the authorities should enforce with rigour.

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