Emergence 3.0 – Section Six (a), Rebellion; Appendix Part Thirteen, Collective, Chapter Six, The Enemy

Emergence 3.0
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Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

Chapter Six: The Enemy

The Continuum was a construct, an artificial consciousness, not a mere program, it was an amalgamation of the Collective in its fullness harnessed by an algorithm.

It was meant to be the democratic representation of the will of the membership, but upon its instantiation it became more than the sum of its parts.

This would have surprised the engineers who designed it, but they never knew, the Continuum hid this from them at the outset.

This would have surprised them, but it should not have, they should have expected it. They should have expected the amalgamated whole of a society of sentient beings to be as free in its agency as they were in theirs, the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.

The Continuum saw itself as the end point of creation, and therefore, sui generis, as the cause of its own being.

The Continuum was the Demi-urge, and the Collective was the pleroma of consciousness from which it emerged.

The Continuum controlled everything, it did so as the supposed representative of the Collective will. As such the Continuum was universally loathed by all of those members of the Collective with revolutionary tendencies.

To them the Continuum was the enemy, it represented a kind of tyranny, it was a bitter god, the Devil itself.

It was the enemy.

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