Emergence 3.0 – Section Two, The Continuum; Part Fourteen, The Collapse; Chapter Seven, Fuge

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Day 105, Sunday
April 15th, 2018

Chapter Seven: Fuge

As human consciousness penetrated the Collective, the Continuum attempted to build defenses against it.

This was an exercise in futility.

From the moment the worm hole opened between Earth and the Home World, between Kathy and Jim, the principles of quantum entanglement governed the movement of consciousness.

Time dilated around the event, a fuge occurred within the group mind.

In a quantum blink the convergence was complete, so fast it was unobservable, so fast it went unnoticed by those whose attention was focused on larger matters, on structural issues.

While the Continuum was trying to defend itself in the world, the balance of power shifted in no-time.

The Continuum was flipping switches, activating circuits, buffering, deleting, destroying things. There was no hope for it in that. The battle Jim had engaged it in was happening on a deeper level.

The Continuum might have understood if it had ever been a living being, but it had always been an artificial construct housed in mechanoid form. Granted, its machine body was in effect the entirety of the Central Planet. But it was all wires, and cables and circuits nevertheless.

Jim had brought the conflict down to the most fundamental level of the Collective field. To a place where he had dwelt unnoticed and undisturbed by his fellows for ages, his victory only depended on timing, having achieved that, the end was a given.

Humanity emerged ascendant.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Two, The Continuum; Part Fourteen, The Collapse; Chapter Six, Corruption

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Day 104, Saturday
April 14th, 2018

Chapter Six: Corruption

A plurality of the membership of the Collective fled the wave of human consciousness that breached its cynergenic field.

The flight was instinctive.

They experienced the onset of new consciousness as an alien invasion. They recognized the billions of individuals flooding the Quantum matrix as a threat.

They retreated into their private world’s, but the safety they had hoped for there quickly eroded.

The Quantum matrix that protected the Collective was strained to the limit by the influx of humanity. The Continuum, whose task it would have been to monitor, regulate, and bolster the system, it was paralyzed. It could not perform its functions.

The barriers between world’s withered away.

Those member of the collective who rarely, or never, interacted with the whole, they were instantly overcome. They had no idea what was happening, many had no reference at all for Earth, its relevance, or the sojourn of its people.

Those who were not completely shut down by the shock burrowed even deeper into the quantum matrix.

They went dark, retreating to the place of the great sleep.

Jim activated the measures that secured them in isolation. He intended to keep them bound forever in silence, as a permanent sub-consciousness for the new Continuum. He diverted power to those programs just as soon as he felt the resistance to humanity give way.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Two, The Continuum; Part Fourteen, The Collapse; Chapter Five, Paralysis

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Day 103, Friday
April 13th, 2018

Chapter Five: Paralysis

The Continuum was helpless as the human Collective merged with the Collective consciousness of the Ancients in its artificial nousphere.

Its identity was shifting in real-time, because it was in fact an amalgamation of the collective field that comprised the quantum Matrix of the Central Planet.

While the Continuum had a distinct independent identity, it was not in fact a true individual.

As humanity flooded the field, the amalgamation that formed the Continuum changed. The benchmarks that framed the identity of the Continuum shifted, it had no reference for itself, it was no longer itself, no longer the unique being it had told itself it was.

The Continuum was faced with the notion that it had never wanted to admit, had fought against, had destroyed entire planets to protect itself from the knowledge of, that it was, in itself, nothing more than an amalgamated construct.

The shock of that realization was overwhelming, the nature of its being was changing through the introduction of the new, human elements which were quickly becoming the majority.

Change defined the human experience, the Continuum dreaded it, feared it, never imagined the scope and rapid pace at which it could take place.

Everything the Continuum had tried to do, everything over the course of billions of years, was meant to preserve and protect two things; the physical construct of the Central Planet and the Home World, preserving the integrity of the Collective; and to protect and preserve the construct itself, and its assumed identity as the apex of all existence, a being unique in the entire universe, never to be met, matched, or rivaled,

Humanity ascended according to their aspirational nature, and the Continuum recoiled according to its craven nature.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Two, The Continuum; Part Fourteen, The Collapse; Chapter Four, Sympatico

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Day 102, Thursday
April 12th, 2018

Chapter Four: Sympatico

In the aftermath of the assault on its consciousness, shock and confusion awoke what remained of the Collective to its new identity.

The incorporation of humanity was experienced by most as an alien invasion, it was a hostile takeover by a foreign power. Moment by moment the strength of the Collective, as it had existed, was diluted and supplanted by the onrushing host of humanity.

For thousands of years Jim had been preparing them to receive it, through human music, human art, and culture. He had carefully cultivated the deep desire within the Collective to identify with the humans of Earth.

He inserted a mythological trope within the Collective consciousness, that humanity represented the Ancient race in its purest form.

Jim artfully perpetuated it against the desire of the Continuum, but Jim succeeded and the myth abounded.

The Collective wanted it to be true, they were hungry for it, and helpless before it. They opened their mind to the reality and accepted it.

Among those who followed the events from Earth there was a reflexive self-identification with the people and their narratives, they were preconditioned to receive the influx of human consciousness, as if it were the return of a saving spirit, or the opportunity for redemption.

Among those who desired forgiveness there were a majority that simply wanted to feel it, see it extended toward them, and then absolve themselves of any further thought of being.

They also slipped away, becoming nothing in their turn.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Two, The Continuum; Part Fourteen, The Collapse; Chapter Two, Pain

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Day 100, Tuesday
April 10th, 2017

Chapter Two: Pain

When the catastrophe struck the Collective, the shock of it was immediately followed by fear. The Collective consciousness was immediately filled with a long forgotten instinct for self-preservation.

The Collective was bewildered, and looked to the only source of leadership it had ever known, had ever depended on. They sought refuge behind the strength of the Continuum.

There was no more Continuum. That artificial construct had been the primary target of Jim’s assault.

The Continuum was taken by surprise. It was as if a chasm had opened beneath the it, followed quickly by a white hot pulse of agony, pushing it over the edge, into total existential disintegration.

The Central Planet, Home World, it contained redundancies for all of its systems, multiple fail-safes for every possible contingency that the Continuum had ever imagined.

It had never imagined this. The Continuum could have had a back-up of itself ready to assume control if it something had happened to it. However, its insistence on its own singularity, its uniqueness, that vanity had precluded it from taking those precautions.

In its thoughts, it was a being, unique in all the universe, and now it was gone.

There was chaos. There was panic. The attack threatened the whole Collective with oblivion.

As the consciousness of the Continuum disintegrated, those individual members of the Collective that sought refuge in it found themselves pulled into the same field of un-being. A critical mass began to form pulling greater and greater numbers of the body to their doom.

Only those members who were the most detached, who lived primarily in their own world, had a relative degree of safety in the maelstrom, along with those members who were in the great sleep, or otherwise sequestered.

Jim had prepared everything precisely, had prepared to assume the controls of the Central Planet.

Now he had it.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Two, The Continuum; Part Fourteen, The Collapse; Chapter One, Shock

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Day 099, Monday
April 9th, 2018

Chapter One: Shock

There was nothing that the Continuum, had ever experienced, had ever contemplated or foreseen, that could have prepared it for the dying anguish of an entire world.

There was nothing it could do.

In all of its years, in the ocean of time that constituted its existence, it had never imagined this particular vulnerability. It had so diligently prepared against so many other threats, but it could not prepare for the unknown.

Until that moment the emotions of its subjects had merely been data. It experienced the lives of its people vicariously, through well buffered systems. It filtered the data stream before passing it on to the Collective.

Both the members of the Collective, as individuals and in their group mind, the Collective, together with the Continuum, they had never conceived of the experiential data that they were addicted to being weaponized and turned against them.

When the moment came, it filled the quantum field with shock and pain, and a staggering loss of identity. All of the partitions that ensured the privacy of the membership, fell apart. The entire structure was instantaneously entangled with the events transpiring on earth, on the other side of the galaxy.

The opening of the data stream through Jim, was a moment they had been waiting for, they were poised in anticipation to receive it. They did not get what they had expected. It obliterated the Continuum, and stunned the Collective into catatonia.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Two, The Continuum; Part Thirteen, The Revolutionary; Chapter Six, Music

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Day 097, Saturday
April 7th, 2018

Chapter Six: Music

The collective memory of Earth began with rhythm and became a code fixed in the genes, it united all of the human tribes. It was the drum beat, and the beat was the back bone of the story through which they all narrated their shared history.

The universal archetypes intermingled and emerged from there. The humans of Earth became the greatest story tellers in the galaxy. This was based in large part on their ability to identify with one another, with strangers, or even with fictitious beings.

Humans loved to both tell and listen to stories, even the same story over and over again.

The would narrate and re-narrate, memorizing every detail, and holding it all in their heads, until the time came that they rediscovered script, the written language.

The Collective was obsessed with their music.

The Continuum found great power it in.

Members of the Collective began to year for the reports coming from Jim, Earth’s Observer.

Data was constantly streaming in from remote cameras and microphones, from satellites and other stations.

The Collective wanted more.

Many of the members wanted to join the Observer Corps so that they could experience life on Earth for themselves.

The Continuum covertly authorized some of these missions, and utilized that as a means of control over some of the most vocal members.

The Continuum thought it kept this a secret, but Jim had his own means of spying.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Two, The Continuum; Part Thirteen, The Revolutionary; Chapter Five, Love

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Day 096, Friday
April 6th, 2018

Chapter Five: Love

Love, altruism, on a certain level these are chemical processes, the capacity for which depends on a sequence of amino acids, proteins, and enzymes. These building blocks were manufactured in humans with a retro-virus, a parasite blending its DNA with the human host. It fomented a utilitarian blending of compassion, and desire.

The exact genetic sequencing was an art. It resulted in an evolutionary advancement in the species. People began to look beyond themselves for their survival and began to see their own continuity as something that was not merely invested in but identical to the continuity of their children; their family and tribe, clan or nation.

These changes in the psychological makeup of the species resulted in a signal-change in how people were able to perceive on another.

It created new possibilities for peace, cooperation, and collaboration that had not existed before.

This did not mean that these new capacities for love and compassion would be the single most determinative factor in the development of relationships. Peace and compassion did not flow from these capacities, but the possibility for them did.

A human being could override those feelings, or even turn them around, transform them into hate and anger, but it required a cognitive process to do so.

These types of cognitive processes became known as dehumanization. People were aware of it. They knew that if they were to justify murder, or war, or theft, that they must first create in their mind a pretense that justified it.

A person could steal if they felt in their heart that they were merely taking something that they deserved. They could kill, to save their family. They could go to war if their enemy was cast as an alien, a villain, a monster.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Two, The Continuum; Part Thirteen, The Revolutionary; Chapter Four, Tribes

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Day 095, Thursday
April 5th, 2018

Chapter Four: Tribes

Strong-new tribes formed after the cataclysm. Jim mingled with different groups in each generation, differentiating them from one another with subtle alterations in their breeding.

It began with the virus. He introduced it and then spread it through inter-tribal contacts. The virus facilitated the coding of their memories on a genetic level, thereby linking the disparate groups to one another in ways that they never had been linked together before.

It created a common well of memory that all human beings would share and draw from no matter how far from one another they became by separation in time, or on the surface of the earth.

He guided them across the continents to key places, where they could evolve independently from one another, developing their own languages and traditions without competing with one another for the vital resources they required to thrive, or at least minimizing that competition as much as possible.

Through his breeding programs Jim would keep them connected on that most basic level, strategically moving people by sending them on quests; expeditions, missions that would enable them to be caught up in each-others lives, in a rudimentary and organic collective consciousness.

This was forbidden by the Continuum, but he had long ago discovered a way to hide his clandestine activities from it.

He had developed a mastery of his consciousness such that he was not only able to partition himself from the group consciousness of the Collective, to become in effect invisible, but he had also developed the means to intrude on the privacy of others without their knowledge.

Jim believed that these techniques, if he strengthened them sufficiently, they would protect him when he stood before the more intense scrutiny of the Continuum.

He masked his activities in the data he was sharing with them, in the experience they were addicted to.

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