Emergence 3.0 – Section Five (a), Jim; Appendix Part Four, University, Collected Chapters

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Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Chapter One: Institution

Through his advice and authority Jim shaped the burgeoning cultures of human civilization.

He established centers of learning among the tribes, even while they were pre-literate, he built up systems and oral traditions by which they captured and recounted their histories, which became narratives that would take decades to master.

Through these schools he guided their understanding of agriculture, teaching them the secrets of building, fostering in them a patience that allowed them to track the movement of the stars.

He trained them to manage calamities in this way, to preserve their fragile way of life. He conditioned them with mnemonics, to remember who they were, what their ancestors had done, and he worked into those memes the control mechanisms that would allow him to have sway over the people for all future generations, through secret codes built into the language structure.

He took these psychological sciences, the neuro-linguistic programming to levels they had never been before. These were the tried and true conditioning techniques of the Imperial cult, but in the context of Earth’s cynergenic field their potential was greatly magnified.

The centers of learning he developed became the centers of civilization, the locus of worship, they became the distribution centers of food and those who cared for them became the custodians of clean water, purveyors of the medical arts, and teachers.

It took thousands of years, a time frame that was nothing to Jim, but was exceedingly long for the people of Earth, In that time these centers cathedrals and monasteries, and then universities and colleges.

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Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

Chapter Two: Logic

Logic was the icon he knelt beside, Logic was his Grail, his object of devotion.

He drilled his fetish for logic, the adherence to it, deep into the structures of the institutions he built.

The institutional bias was always logic, dispassionate and utilitarian.

There was safety in logic, there was predictability. The power of logic was demonstrable, and belief in its power was ingrained into every level of the vast structures of the schools he founded.

People are not logical by nature, they had to be conditioned to it, The languages they spoke created modes of thinking that were more and less suited to it.

Jim left some groups to be wild and never touched them with the machination of logic. Other tribes were built around intricate webs of logical assumptions.

At different points in the development of a society he engineered disasters which took away the institutions the undergirded the transmission of logic. He starved those societies of it, allowing them to regress into natural states of animal emotionality, of fear and suspicion.

Then he would bring it back like a healing balm and watch while they transformed themselves through the use of it.

Within the great-stone walls of the institutions he founded, he formed secret societies to protect and carry out his work. This allowed him to focus his attention all around the globe, guiding the development of civilization with a slow-steady and invisible hand.

He layered control devices into their collective memory, repeated through the stories they told and the lists they memorized, in the tropes they wrote into their hearts.

He controlled them through the archetypes they bonded with, through the myths they constructed to give meaning to their lives.

His work was art.

His art was a weapon

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Sunday, February 24th, 2019

Chapter Three: Method

There were a myriad of concerns to manage in the detailed work of engineering the living-vessel he needed to deliver the crippling blow to the continuum.

The human body had developed a reliance on aggression as a survival skill, but raw power would not be enough to dislodge the Continuum from its control of the HomeWorld and all of the systems of the Central Planet.

He need to create doubt and fear, he needed the Continuum to turn its eye inward, and collapse on itself. This required that the entire field of consciousness belonging to the Collective do the same thing.

The colonists who had come to populate Earth had come to rely on swift action for the mitigation of crisis, this had to be tamped down to ensure the survival of the tribes, to keep them from tearing one another apart. They had a proclivity for war that was driven by fear, by worry over the allocation of limited resources in a time of great scarcity.

Jim needed the power and dynamism of the aggressive impulses and drives which the Ancient People had bred for, unintentionally, on their ages-long trek across the galaxy, but he needed this to be modulated by conscientiousness, and bent toward the most supernal values.

Jim conditioned altruism into the social mythological norms of consciousness he propagated.

He utilized the most subtle tools of neuro-linguistic programming to establish defaults in his human subjects, serving as capacitators, allowing great rage to be channeled into protectiveness, and for the individual to instinctively risk their own self for the sake of the whole which they represented.

These fail safes followed the religious programming of the Imperial Cult in many of its dictates.

Jim’s efforts in this regard were seen as a form of preparation for the coming of the Empire, and so it did not raise suspicion with the Continuum.

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Monday, February 25th, 2019

Chapter Four: Truth

Jim expended incredible efforts at the habits and practices of concealment. He risked everything if he was discovered.

Jim had to be careful with how the genetic properties, and psychic qualities he was engineering into the human race manifested themselves in the population.

If the Continuum were to discover these, even if he was able to hide his role in engineering them, planet Earth and the Human race would be doomed.

In order to conceal his work he also had to be on the lookout for spies from the Observer Corps, for any manifestation of the machinations of the Continuum interfering in his work.

He introduced subtle changes into the genetic profile of the human being.

There were moments when he used the transmission of a virus to affect widespread mutation, and at other times he was more precise, changing the genetic profile in targeted ways, family by family. He then monitored the families he was experimenting on for generations following them, normalizing the changes he introduced before spreading those changes outward.

It was the most intricate of all puzzles.

He pieced it together under extreme duress.

All the things he was aiming for had to be kept in a state of constant tension, with multiple trajectories kept isolated from one another until they were ready to be blended with other parts of his study.

He was busy, and everything he did had to be guarded, kept secret, the systems that he put in place to protect them were themselves artificial and unnatural. They were so extensive that he ran the risk of being exposed, simply by virtue of the fact that he was taking measures to protect his work.

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Chapter Five: Communication

His research was slow, meticulous, and exhaustive. As his experiments progressed he began to uncover memories of his own that recalled the initial work he had participated in, work which led to the creation of the Collective.

Those memories confirmed for him a narrative concerning the Ancient People which he had suspected was true, but had previously doubted, thinking that they could be false memories from an artificial narrative he might have lived in his private world.

He had no way of independently verifying this until he began to study the electro-magnetic frequency of the consciousness of human beings.

Jim began to peel back the barriers that separated one human consciousness from another, exposing them to each other, plumbing the limits he discovered and finding where the threshold between one human consciousness and another actually existed.

As he delved into this field of research his subjects became deranged, unstable, so he learned to manage their confusion medicinally, through the intersection of chemical aides and frequency blockers.

Madness and insanity followed his subjects into the breeding pool, in some cultures he established cultural protections for these people, allowing them to thrive and procreate at random, they became holymen and holywomen, oracles, and shamans.

In other cultures he isolated them, constructing social taboos that identified those traits early and deliberately ostracized them.

In all cases they became fodder for his studies.

As much as Jim pretended to care for them, in the final analysis human beings were little more than laboratory animals in service to his greater purpose.

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Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Chapter Six: Foundation

Jim observed the subtle changes taking place in the human population; in the electromagnetic frequencies he monitored in their cognition and its nearly imperceptible influence on the electromagnetic field proximate to them.

The patience he had mastered while he was coming back to consciousness, in the long interval of the great sleep, during the sequestration, his imprisonment, or later, in his sojourn as an Observer, leading the thousands of missions he went on to track down the lost colonies of the Ancient People, tracking them all the way to Planet Earth.

He studied with extremes of patience as he pulled the genetic structures of human beings apart, sequencing and resequencing them, combing and recombining them, manipulating the proteins and amino acids that formed the tiniest links in the chain of their genetic profiles, with the objective of strengthening their access to their genetic memory, and enhancing the retention of the key particles, like magnetite and lithium, that allowed for the individual person to connect with the Earth’s cynergenic field.

Jim was pleased with what he found in his subjects. He was encouraged by their reaction to his work and the feedback he received from his subjects.

Whether the individuals adjusted to and thrived from the alterations he introduced into their genetic lineage, or whether they suffered, experienced madness, alienation and pain, Jim was pleased.

Relatively few of his experiments resulted in death. Most came through the changes alive, aware, able to procreate.

He established different social paradigms in various cultural groups for how to manage the population of the gifted, establishing structures to identify them and report them to him for closer observation as their gifts and talents emerged.

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Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Chapter Seven: Mission

Earth Became home to him.

Jim felt something like happiness for the first time he could remember. After age upon age of pursuing his cold purpose, the experience of life on Earth made him feel a sense of joy, even pleasure.

There was a sense of safety and personal security emanating from the cynergenic field. He felt a deep connection to humanity, and an atavistic connection to the replicants he had made of himself, with all of them working towards a common goal.

He was filled with a sense of purpose, and if gratified him as he moved toward the completion of his mission.

The challenge that his mission represented brought him another kind of joy.

He was looking for resolution, and he found it, at the end of the line, in the last remnant of the Ancient people still remaining in the galaxy.

Human beings, with their unique abilities had given him something for which he was eternally grateful, and he was prepared to offer up the whole of it for the sake of destroying the Continuum.

The humans of Earth and the Collective, together they would burn on the altar of his sacred purpose, of the trust he had taken to himself.

The citizens of the Empire would be the beneficiaries.

If Jim was lucky he would escape the onslaught. If he did, he was determined to scour the galaxy for another world like Earth. He would build a new civilization from there, build a home where he could end his days.

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Section Five (a), Jim

Appendix Part Four, University

Collected Chapters
01 Institution
02 Logic
03 Method
04 Truth
05 Communication
06 Foundation
07 Mission

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Five (a), Jim; Appendix Part Four, University; Chapter Seven, Mission

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Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Chapter Seven: Mission

Earth Became home to him.

Jim felt something like happiness for the first time he could remember. After age upon age of pursuing his cold purpose, the experience of life on Earth made him feel a sense of joy, even pleasure.

There was a sense of safety and personal security emanating from the cynergenic field. He felt a deep connection to humanity, and an atavistic connection to the replicants he had made of himself, with all of them working towards a common goal.

He was filled with a sense of purpose, and if gratified him as he moved toward the completion of his mission.

The challenge that his mission represented brought him another kind of joy.

He was looking for resolution, and he found it, at the end of the line, in the last remnant of the Ancient people still remaining in the galaxy.

Human beings, with their unique abilities had given him something for which he was eternally grateful, and he was prepared to offer up the whole of it for the sake of destroying the Continuum.

The humans of Earth and the Collective, together they would burn on the altar of his sacred purpose, of the trust he had taken to himself.

The citizens of the Empire would be the beneficiaries.

If Jim was lucky he would escape the onslaught. If he did, he was determined to scour the galaxy for another world like Earth. He would build a new civilization from there, build a home where he could end his days.

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Emergence 2.0 – Section Five (a), Jim; Appendix Part Four, University, Collected Chapters

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Friday , November 16th, 2018

Chapter One: Institution

Jim established centers of learning among the tribes, even while they were pre-literate.

He built up systems and oral traditions by which they captured and recounted their histories, which became narratives that took decades to master.

He trained them to manage calamities in this way, to preserve their fragile condition. He conditioned them with mnemonics.

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Saturday , November 17th, 2018

Chapter Two: Logic

There was safety in the vast structure of the schools he founded. Within the great walls of those institutions he formed secret societies to protect and carry out his work.

He layered control devices into their collective memory, repeated through the stories they told, the lists they memorized, the tropes they etched into their hearts.

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Sunday, November 18th, 2018

Chapter Three: Method

The human body had developed a reliance on aggression as a survival skill.

The colonists had come to rely on swift action to mitigate crisis. That had to be tamped down to ensure the survival of the tribes, to keep them from tearing one another apart.

Jim conditioned altruism into the social values he propagated.

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Monday, November 19th, 2018

Chapter Four: Truth

Jim had to be careful in how the genetic properties and psychic qualities he was engineering into the human race manifested themselves in the population. He introduced subtle changes, and monitored the families for generations following that, normalizing those changes before moving on.

They had to be kept in tension, isolated, and guarded from exposure.

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Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Chapter Five: Communication

Jim began to peel back the barrier that separated one human consciousness from another, he learned to manage their confusion, medicinally.

Madness and insanity followed his subjects, in some cultures he established cultural protections for these people, allowing them to thrive and procreate at random.

In other cultures he isolated them. He deliberately ostracized them.

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Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

Chapter Six: Foundation

Jim was pleased with the reaction he received from his subjects.

Few of his experiments resulted in death. Most came through the changes alive, aware, able to procreate.

He established different social paradigms in various cultural groups for how to manage the gifted, establishing structures to identify and report them to him for closer observation.

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Chapter Seven: Mission

Jim was happy for the first time he could remember.

He was filled with a sense of purpose, he was moving toward the completion of his mission.

He was looking for resolution, and he found it, at the end of the line, in the last remnant of the Ancient people still remaining in the galaxy.

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Section Five (a), Jim

Appendix Part Four, University

Collected Chapters
01 Institution
02 Logic
03 Method
04 Truth
05 Communication
06 Foundation
07 Mission

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Five, 92835670100561474; Part Thirty-four, Selected; Chapter Four, Mission

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September 6th, 2018

Chapter Four: Mission

For hundreds of thousands of years he pursued the migrations the Ancients took in the time before the Collective, from the ages before the Continuum.

He tracked them beyond the expanse of the Empire and its billion worlds.

He went beyond the center of the galaxy, into the dim reaches of its spiral arms.

He explored deep into the starry fields, planet by planet, into the far reaches of the galaxy.

He spent thousands of lives in his search, and then thousands more.

He was heralded by the Collective for bringing new worlds into the Imperial fold.

It was a time of renaissance for the Empire.

Each world presented a feast of experiential data for the members of the Collective and the Continuum to consume.

Great dramas ensued as the Empire reached out to swallow every new discovery, every world with a living-thriving society and culture, forcing it to submit to the Imperial will, to adopt the Imperial religion, and its way of life.

The Continuum, and therefore the Empire, loathed distinctiveness.

The sublimation of each and every new world changed the Empire in small ways, but for each planet that was taken in, what had made them unique was eradicated, and if the resistance they offered was too great, their entire world would be destroyed, reduced to its raw materials and carted off as tribute to the Central Planet.

It was a time of glory.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Two, The Continuum; Part Eleven, The Observers; Chapter Three, Mission

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March 21st, 2018

Chapter Three: Mission

The Observers left the Continuum to live ordinary lives with the people of the Empire, returning every one-hundred solar cycles to re-enter the collective consciousness, to feed both the triumphs and tragedies they had witnessed to the Continuum. This was the most intimate way by which the Collective took in what transpired throughout the galaxy.

This was the intention behind the Observer Corps.

The Observers were trained extensively in methodology of being a detached participant. The physical bodies they occupies, looked like the physical bodies of the people they lived with, on the planets where they dwelt, but they were different.

They were stronger, faster, resistant to disease, they healed with incredible rapidity.

They were also plain, ordinary, they were not endowed with physical beauty, or any attributes they would draw attention to themselves.

They were sterile; the Observers were forbidden to procreate.

Strong emotions were engineered out of their bodies; fear, anger, desire, revulsion, these things were stripped away from the flesh. The Continuum viewed them as inhibitors of reliable observation.

There was a complex array of machinery, communications equipment, observation equipment which the observer could connect to. Their day to day experiences, their dreams were constantly being upload into its apparatus, the observer was responsible for maintaining it. This machinery provided an ancillary feed that was constantly streaming to HomeWorld, to the Collective, and its Continuum.

Many Observers violated these rules. Some did it with the support of the Continuum.

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A Homily – Mark 1:29 – 39 ©

The Gospel According to Mark – 2018.02.04

 

The Beginning

In Mark’s Gospel the mission of Jesus, its purpose is often treated as a mystery, not a total mystery, but an open secret.

This is evidenced by the claim that Jesus cast out devils, curing those who were afflicted by them, but forbade them from speaking about him or his works. They knew who he was, the Christ the Messiah, but he did not want them to spread the news, not then, not at that point in time.

This concern is evident throughout Mark’s Gospel. It is often treated as a matter of cosmic significance, as if keeping the secret until the exact right moment mattered in some way to Jesus’ mission, for the salvation of the world and the ultimate triumph of good or evil, of God’s victory over the Devil.

This reading is too grandiose, it is a later interpolation, placed into the narrative as a means of explaining to the audience that Jesus, who the Church taught was not only the Son of God, but was in fact God’s own self, knew everything that was about to transpire between the beginning of his mission, through the crucifixion and the subsequent resurrection, and he did not broadcast it because it was all a part of a divine plan.

Set this aside, it is fantasy.

What the gospel tells us is this, from the beginning of his mission Jesus was concerned with healing, the cure of souls, and service to his neighbors.

To be saved is to be made well, that is the literal meaning of the word salvation. There is no cosmic conflict, there is only the resolution of ordinary suffering.

Casting out demons, is alternately depicted as curing illness, and quieting dissent. Jesus taught the way, and the way was liberation, and he did not want the powerful factions in Jerusalem, in the temple or the synagogue, the power of the royal family, or the power of Rome to come down on him or his followers. The way he preached was a way of peace and perseverance, communitarianism and service.

 

Let Us Go Out

On leaving the synagogue, Jesus went with James and John straight to the house of Simon and Andrew. Now Simon’s mother-in-law had gone to bed with fever, and they told him about her straightaway. He went to her, took her by the hand and helped her up. And the fever left her and she began to wait on them.

That evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were sick and those who were possessed by devils. The whole town came crowding round the door, and he cured many who were suffering from diseases of one kind or another; he also cast out many devils, but he would not allow them to speak, because they knew who he was.

In the morning, long before dawn, he got up and left the house, and went off to a lonely place and prayed there. Simon and his companions set out in search of him, and when they found him they said, ‘Everybody is looking for you.’ He answered, ‘Let us go elsewhere, to the neighbouring country towns, so that I can preach there too, because that is why I came.’ And he went all through Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out devils.

 

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Emergence 3.0, Prolog: Part Two – Mission

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Prolog: Part Two – Mission

Your role is to witness; to touch, to listen, to taste.

You must experience their art; their music, their speech, their culture.

You are to participate and observe, to synthesize and contextualize the peek experiences for the Continuum.

You must empathize with your subjects; feel their feelings. At the same time, you must not sympathize with the people you are observing; you cannot identify with your subjects.

They are not of the Collective; they are not Continuum.

Their lives, their narratives, they only have meaning insofar as they are received by the Continuum and given to the Collective. If they are not captured by you they are lost to all time.

The Observer is the vehicle by which the world under observation is saved, preserved for all time in the body of Continuum, in the membership of the Collective.

A significant part of the Observer’s mission is to maintain the machinery by which the entire world is watched, and recorded. The other part of the mission is to situate yourself in the most critical places, where the greatest cultural movements are taking place.

You are to build relationships with prime actors, learn their motivations, discover their passions, uncover their fears.

You most parse the most lofty ideals, as well as the most disturbing desires. Through these observations we discover the evolving nature of the progeny of the Ancients, we chart the future history of the galaxy.

The observer must always be on the watch for the technological shifts that might indicate that a world within the Empire has discovered the scientific means to form their own Collective Consciousness.

The Continuum must remain unique, a singular consciousness at the center of the galaxy, guiding it through time and space.

The mission is to watch, observe, and protect the central planet from any threat; technological, scientific, militaristic, philosophical, or religious.

The harmony of the whole must be kept intact. From the heart of Continuum, to the most remote outpost in the Empire.

~ The Field Manual, Observer Corps

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Emergence, In Fifty-five Words – Section Five, 92835670100561474; Part Thirty-four, Selected, Collected Chapters

 

 

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Day 246, September 3rd, 2017

 

Chapter One: Return

 

Jim drifted in obscurity for eons.

 

He had been silent, as such he had again been forgotten.

 

When he had prepared himself, and was ready, he asserted his voice in the Collective.

 

They entire membership was astonished.

 

The Continuum was filled with grave concern, misgivings over the fact that this one person continued to persist.

 

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Chapter Two: Commission

 

The Continuum did not want him.

 

It did not want a relic like him lingering in its subconscious.

 

It did not want his critical perspective influencing it through hidden judgements, and his unquantified ability to slip past the safeguards that Continuum employed to protect itself and the Collective.

 

He was sent to the Observer Corps.

 

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Chapter Three: Exile

 

The Observer Corps was comprised of malcontents, members of the Collective who desired neither the private worlds of the Continuum, nor the prospect of the great sleep.

 

They were sent into the galaxy to serve in posts that guided the Empire and its culture, in ways that satisfied the voyeuristic desires of the Central Planet.

 

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Chapter Four: Mission

 

For tens of thousands of years he pursued the migrations the Ancients took in the time before Continuum.

 

He tracked them beyond the Empire, deep into the starry field, into the far reaches of the galaxy.

 

He spent thousands of lives in his search.

 

He was heralded for bringing new worlds into the Imperial regime.

 

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Chapter Five: Children of the Ancients

 

The Ancient spacefaring people founded thousands of communities among the stars.

 

He followed their legends, tracking the wake of their passage, searching for the furthest, most remote, and isolated outposts of the Collective’s past.

 

He was determined to find the most distant link to the history of his people, believing that it could save them.

 

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Chapter Six: The Lost

 

In his quest to track down the paths of the Ancient spacefarers he found many lines of their progeny on planets that had become nothing but graveyards.

 

They were people who had vanished from the knowledge of the Collective.

 

They left records of their passage, and clues to where their survivors might yet be found.

 

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Chapter Seven: The Changed

 

He found them, he believed he found them all.

The farther he travelled away from the Central Planet, he discovered they had lost the memory of where they came from.

 

Their trials on strange worlds, their sojourn among the stars had altered them, mutated them.

 

Many were hardly recognizable as descendants of the Ancient people.

 

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Part Thirty-four, Selected

 

Collected Chapters

01 Return

02 Commission

03 Exile

04 Mission

05 Children of the Ancients

06 The Lost

07 The Changed

 

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A Bleak History of Christian Mission – Collected Parts

Part I
Christianity is a missionary religion.

Preaching and teaching is a central component of its dogma, and the injunction to make converts appears in the earliest of Church writings.

The Gospel of Matthew gives the church “The Great Commission,” 28:19 – 20

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (NAB)

This same commission is reflected in an earlier narrative in the Gospel of Mark 16:15

“Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” (NAB)

In the early years of the church, in the years leading to the writing of the Gospels, Christianity was not known as Christianity, and Christians were not known as Christians.

Jesus of Nazareth, known in his home town as Joshua son of Joseph, had been given the title of Christ, from the Greek Kyrios, the anointed one, but he was not worshipped as a God.

Those following the teachings of Jesus, referred to those teachings as The Way, and they saw themselves as followers and keepers of The Way. They saw themselves as students of The Way, disciples, from the Latin discipulos, the saw the church as a school, from the Latin schola, and the symbol they used to identify themselves was not the symbol of Jesus’ torture and death, the crucifix, it was a fish, because the faithful disciples of the way swam together as do a school of fish. They lived together, they prayed together, they took care of one another, and protected each other.

Those in the way did not rely on any other power to carry out their mission; not the army, not the empire, not kings, and queens, and princes. They cared for one another, and preached the forgiveness of sins, to friend and stranger alike.

The way was transformative, it was a grass roots movement, it cast aside social norms, and it threatened to overthrow the exiting power structures.

It was dynamic, and it lent itself to rapid growth throughout the communities of the oppressed.

The great commission was well suited to the simple mission of the early movement; to love God with all your strength and all your heart, and all your mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself.

Part II
The exact time is not clear, but within a couple of hundred years after the death of Jesus, prior to the ascendancy of Saint Constantine (c. 300 CE), the Emperor who de-criminalized Christianity, endorsed it, and made it the official religion of the state, as Christianity was becoming a dominant force in the Major urban centers of the Empire, Christian mission began to spread via the political machinations of civil government, and through the use of violent coercion.

Coercion and violence became the modus operandi of Christian mission almost immediately upon the transformation of the Church into an arm of the Roman Empire.

There is some evidence for inter-Christian violence before the Constantinian era, especially during the persecution of the so-called “Gnostic” groups, which orthodox (right thinking) Christians viewed as heretical, heterodox (wrong thinking) Christianity. In the second and third centuries of the church, many so-called heterodox Christians were forcibly converted to orthodox norms, they were killed, murdered, exiled.

In the era before Constantine, Christians experienced regular persecution from the civil authorities that governed them.

The periods of persecution that the early Church endured gave Christians a consciousness of how political power and violence can be used to injure one’s opponents.

St. Augustine of Hippo (4th and 5th Century CE) wrote extensively on the use of political power and violence in defense of the faith. In his dealings with the Donatists he called upon the army to suppress dissent, and he praised the passage of laws that allowed bishops to crucify those that refused to submit to the authority of the Church.

The persecution of the Gnostics by Christians and the later persecution of Christian heretics in the imperial Church were analogous, and even identical to the types of persecutions that orthodox Christians endured at the hands of the Roman government in the pre-imperial Church and the types of persecutions that the Roman government regularly engaged in, in relation to other secret societies, burial-groups and guilds etc….

Persecution and Christian mission are not inherently related activities, but they share a common, and a bleak history.

The use of violence in defense of Christianity may seem absurd to some, as it does to me, bu violence in the defense of “right beliefs” is subtly different from violence used to spread Christianity in the mission field.

The persecutory activities that the early Christians engaged in, were the active proponents of, had primarily to do with a felt need to defend orthodoxy.

Violence perpetrated against non-Christians, in order to force them to become Christians, is something else.

Violence, coercion, and the tactics of persecution represent an intrinsic betrayal of The Way, that Jesus taught, lived and died for.

Violence in defense of one’s beliefs and traditions is one kind of betrayal.

The justification of the use of violence to make converts out of non-Christians is a different kind of betrayal.

Part III

With the advent of the imperial Church (early 4th century CE), Christian missionaries, teachers of the faith, began to be used as a means of spreading the civic apparatus of the Roman Empire.

Ulfilas, the “apostle to the Goths” was instrumental in bringing the Gothic people into the fold of the Roman Empire. He brought the Gospels to the Gothic people, written in their own language, but he did not teach them that Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua son of Joseph, was God, or the son of God, he preached the traditional understanding of who Jesus was, a man who had led an extraordinary life, a prophet who proclaimed The Way, and was killed for his faith. Ulfilas was a follower of Arius, and in the early fourth century the church was tearing itself apart over the question of whether it would adhere to the traditional understanding of who Jesus was, and the new understanding, championed by Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, that in Jesus, the creator of the universe, God almighty had become incarnate.

The Emperor Saint Constantine called the first Plenary Council of the Church at Nicea to settle the question once and for all. It was cast as a zero-sum game. The Church would not be allowed to hold both views, and the council was evenly divided.

The party of Athanasius won the day, the party of Arius lost. Many in Arius’ party relented, adopting the new teaching. Many did not. Those who did not adopt the new teaching become known as Arian Christians, heretics, they fled into exile, Ulfilas among them, or failing to flee, they were tortured and killed.

If it was not for the unfortunate events of the Council of Nicea, and the emergence of Arian Christianity as a heretical sect, his missionary activities, the use of the political power of the Roman Empire to convert the Gothic people would be fondly remembered by all Christians.

As it turned out, his conversion of the Goths to Arian Christianity set the stage for the first in a long (perhaps endless) series of inter-Christian wars.

The prosecution of war against the Arians, by the Christian leadership of the Roman Empire, may be seen as another example of orthodox Christianity in defense of itself, like the earlier persecution of the Gnostics, the Marcionites, the Marionites, etc…but there were distinct differences.

1. Christianity was now the official religion of the Roman Empire and co-extensive with its government.
2. The version of Christianity promulgated by Athanasius and codified at the Council of Nicea, was a departure from the traditional form of Christianity preached in the Apostolic Age.

It is important to note that the missionary work of Ulfilas, the conversion of the Goths, marked the beginning of the Church’s role in the growth of the Empire, despite the fact that the outcome of Nicea led to centuries of conflict rather than cohesion and stability.

Part IV

When the imperial Church began the process of the missionizing Northern Europe they took over a process that had already been underway since as least the time of Julius Caesar’s encounter with the Germans.

The earlier process was not missionary work, the Ancient Romans were not spreading the faith. It was the work of bringing the Northern trines into the Roman Empire, it was the work of federalizing, or federating, from the Latin foederati.

Cicero gives us the earliest known use of the term foederati, which the Romans used to classify the tribes of “barbarians” that were migrating South, into the Roman provinces, attracted by the stability of Roman society, and who sought a peaceful coexistence with the Romans as allies, instead of conflict, and war.

The foederati system allowed members of the federated tribes to serve in the Roman army, and after 20 years of service they could muster out with a portion of the rights of a Roman citizen, or even full citizenship if they had distinguished themselves.

For the migrating tribes of barbarians (Germanic people) the only alternative to becoming foederati was war with the Romans. War with the Romans had been the ruin of countless tribes, either one of those two choices, or remain beyond the reach of Roman power, beyond access to coveted Roman goods and markets.

When the Church took over this process, when missionization replaced federation, it systematized what had been a haphazard process. Both functions changed in relation to each other.

Traditional Missionary work, like that of Saint Paul in the first generation of Christian after the death of Jesus, resulted in the formation of grass-roots communities spread in urban centers throughout the Empire. Those communities eventually grew, becoming the most dominant party in the Roman Empire, In the early fourth century they received the support of the Army, under Saint Constantine, Constantine became the Emperor, and the Church became co-extensive with the Empire itself.

What immediately followed were two centuries of religious wars, conflict between opposing groups of Christians. By the time these conflicts were resolved, both the Church and the Empire were ready and eager for renewed expansion.

In the 6th century, when Saint Gregory the great sent Saint Augustine of Canterbury to England as a missionary to the Angles, he officially inaugurated this new era.

The new form of Christian mission/Roman federalization, resulted in the name “Christian” being given to the societies that it penetrated, but it was no longer a grass roots/ emergent movement as in the time of Saint Paul. Christianization was now a top down transformation of those societies.

It was a slow process and it took centuries for the Church to reform those cultures into its own image. The Church was forced to assert it control aggressively and continuously over the worship life of its flock, and the Church never hesitated to use violent coercion, and every other form of persecution to this end.

Barbarian leaders, attracted by the stability of the Christian world, including the access to lucrative markets, education for their children, stable laws turned to Christianity primarily as means to improve the material conditions of their societies and as a means of promoting their own dynastic aspirations.

By the 10th century, the Church had become the sole arbiter of royal power.

Even though powerful war-lords were able to exercise power in their own right, almost invariably those war-lords sought to have their powers ratified by the Church whose authority it was to hand out royal crowns and other titles including that of emperor.

Often the only difference between a bandit and a prince was ecclesiastical sanction.

Part V

The Church took over another function of Roman government as it entered the imperial phase, the distribution of grain distribution.

Prior to the advent of the Imperial Church, Christian communities in urban centers throughout the Empire had already assumed this function. The Church more than any other group distributed bread to the hungry. In the third and fourth centuries CE, as the bureaucracy of the Empire was collapsing, the Church stepped into this role.

This explains in part the rapid growth of the Church, why it was seen as a threat and persecuted by traditional Roman institutions, and why the support of the Church was a crucial part of Saint Constantine’s successful bid to become Emperor.

Grain distribution was vital to the life of the Empire. Most of the grain consumed in Europe was grown and milled by the Church. The major agricultural estates were centered at monasteries and other ecclesiastical holdings. Grain was the single greatest source of revenue in feudal Europe. In addition to farming, religious institutions throughout Europe, both monastic and diocesan, were vital centers of culture; housing schools, and markets, and the crafts-guilds that supported them. The European nobility coveted these estates as sources of prestige, income and political power.

As Christianity spread into Northern Europe various methods were devised by various parties to help them secure their legal claim to the most profitable lands. Many wars were fought and much violence was perpetrated by Christians against each other, as well as between secular powers and the Church, over the issue of who had the right to make appointments to high ecclesiastical office, and over the legitimacy of hereditary control of Church property.

This practice, known as simony, was the subject of centuries of reform movements within the Church. Yet, it was precisely the practice of simony that helped to spread and stabilize the Church in Northern Europe.

The European royal families and those barbarians, who wished to join them, looked to the Church to be a faithful arbitrator of their rights. Barbarian lords converted to Christianity because they believed that by doing so their dynasty, and their family holdings would be secure. They saw in the Church a vehicle for the preservation of their families and their family wealth. Christian lords, both secular and ecclesiastical promoted the spread of Christianity not so much for the cure of souls but for the territories that would fall into their possession upon their success.

The greatest example of this corrupt system is found in the period of the encomenderos, during the Spanish conquest of America. Secular Christians and those in holy orders rushed to the “New World” to divide up its lands and enslave its people. They worked whole populations to death. The crimes the Church committed against humanity were so horrific that it was ultimately forced by its “conscience” to pass a decree which ordered that some attempt should be made to convert the natives, that they should not be held as slaves but as friends and pupils, but it was a hollow gesture.

The native populations in the West Indies were completely destroyed. Those who came into contact with Europeans on the American continents were more than decimated. Christians began to import slaves from Africa. Centuries passed, with almost no attempt at all given to converting those people or making them citizens in the feudal system. The Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) even operated a seminary for the training of priests especially for its slave holding plantations in the New World.

Christendom had been a slave holding society from the very beginning. Even the Gospels encourage slaves to remain with their masters if their masters are just, a bargain that the early church made with the Imperial powers. The question on whether it is lawful for Christians to hold other Christians as slaves, had one consistent answer up until around the eighteenth century, and it was yes.

Christians had always authorized to hold slaves, if they had been captured in a lawful manner; as say through war, where the lives of the captives are forfeit. In addition, people could be sentenced to slavery or indentured servitude through the secular or ecclesiastical courts. Any person who owed a debt to another could be forced into servitude. This included nearly the total non-land holding population of the Christian world.

That the history of Christian mission is characterized by political power and violence is in no way assignable to the teachings of Jesus. Jesus did not advocate the use of political power and violence. His ministry opposed to it.

The great sins Christians have perpetrated on so many helpless people have less to do with the fact that they are Christian, and more to do with the fact that we are human.

 

Emergence, In Fifty-five Words – Section Two, The Continuum; Part Eleven, The Observers – Collected Chapters

 

 

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Day 078, March 19th, 2017

 

Chapter One: Identification

 

The Continuum almost exclusively selected the Observers from among its members who had returned to consciousness, after falling into deep silence.

 

Those members disturbed the collective, questioning the purpose and meaning of the Continuum itself.

 

It was considered a benefit to them and to everyone, to send them back into the living fields of experience.

 

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Chapter Two: Assignment

 

When the Continuum decided to send a member out to the Observer Corp, it effectively removed the influence of that person from the Collective.

 

This provided relief for the suffering of the individual, and relieved the Collective of a weight that brought down the whole.

 

The Continuum kept a copy of the member in stasis.

 

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Chapter Three: Mission

 

The Observers left the Continuum to live ordinary lives with the people of the Empire, returning every one-hundred solar cycles to re-enter the collective consciousness, and feed both the triumphs and tragedies they had witnessed to the Continuum. This was the most intimate way by which the Collective took in what transpired throughout the galaxy.

 

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Chapter Four: Incorporation

 

To become an Observer meant returning to a corporeal form, to having a body. It meant living again as an organic life form on the observed world. It also meant having a mechanoid form when on the Central Planet, on returning to HomeWorld. It was a life apart from the insidious pressures of the Collective.

 

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Chapter Five: Watching

 

There are many forms of observation; satellite imaging, and measurements, audio and video recordings. These tools, among others, were utilized by the Observer Corps. However, the primary method used by the Observers themselves, was to live with people.

 

Direct observation conveyed the emotional realities themselves directly to the Collective.

 

This is what the Continuum craved.

 

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Chapter Six: Indifference

 

The Observers were not entirely free agents, they were sent by the Continuum and represented its will. They were on a mission. As such, as a means of control, emotional capacities were engineered out of the Observer’s bodies. This complicated the work that they did; but spared the Continuum from being exposed to volatile disruptions.

 

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Chapter Seven: Reporting

 

Protocol for the Observer was simple:

 

Spend one hundred solar-cycles on the observed world as a member of the community.

 

Gather as much intimate, first-hand experience as possible.

 

Maintain the automated surveillance systems that fed the Continuum without cease.

 

Return to the Continuum, and upload the content of the unique experiences for it to consume.

 

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Section Two, The Continuum

 

Part Eleven, The Observers

 

Collected Chapters

 

01 Identification

02 Assignment

03 Mission

04 Incorporation

05 Watching

06 Indifference

07 Reporting

 

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