Saint Columba, Colmcile – The Patron Saint of Poets

Saint Columba, Saint Columban, Saint Columbanus; by whatever name you would like to refer to him, he was an Irishman and as such it is fitting that he is the patron saint of poets, because poetry flows through the Irish blood, and the Irish call him Colmcile.

What we know of the life of Colmcile has been magnified by myth, taken on a supernatural bearing through the typical aggrandizements that characterize the hagiographies of the saints, but Columba was famous for his non-supernatural work above all, for his missionary work and building monasteries in Scotland among the Picts.

The timeline of Colmcile’s life crosses over with that of another famous Irish Saint named Columbanus (the Latinized version of Columba, Columban) , Columbanus was also famous for his missionary work, and building monasteries on the continent, in Frankia and Burgundia, and as far South as Lombardy.

Colmcile’s is said to have lived in the mid 6th century CE, while Columbanus’ time lime extends to the early 7th century.

Both men are believed to have set out from Ireland to do their missionary work in in the company of twelve companions, like Jesus with his disciples. Colmcile’s work is said to have been concentrated in Scotland, and Columbanus work is said to have begun in Scotland but then it was quickly transported to the European Mainland.

There is a listing of the names of Colmcile’s companions, on this list are the names are those of Columbanus the Younger and a man known as Cummain.

Two things have been suggested by modern historians: one suggestion is that Columbanus the younger is actually the Columbanus who continued the missionary work on the continent in the name of Columbanus the elder, who was actually Colmcile or Saint Columba, the other suggestion is that all of the deeds committed by Columbanus (the elder and the younger), Columban, Columba, Colmcile and Cummain are the deeds of one person, a person who was a prolific writer.

Two of Colmcile’s poems have survived and it is for this reason that he is the Patron Saint of Poetry. He is also considered to be the founder of the abbey at Iona which preserved so much of the historical deposit of ancient writing through the dark ages.

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Emergence 4.0 – Part Two, The Continuum Chapter; Thirteen, The Revolutionary

Week 14

Jim wanted to be as far from the Continuum as possible.

Its ordinary machinations filled him with dread and loathing.

He was starving for authenticity, and the means of fulfilling his purpose.

He spent ages in the Imperial fleet tracking down the lost colonies, utilizing his role as Observer to subtly guide the investigations. Most of the colonies in the outer rim of the galaxy were nothing but graveyards when he found them, cold rocks drifting in the void.

They were tombs and mausoleums.

He and the imperial archeologists trekked down every path, investigated every thread, exhausting themselves of every lead. Their search had been the grand enterprise of the Empire for thousands of generations.

If Jim had not been guiding them they would have given up. But he pressed them pushed them far out into the spiral arms of the galaxy, and then he found it; a small blue planet, orbiting a young yellow star.

Planet Earth was the end of the line, the end of the search.

Earth was so far away from the Empire that it could not practically be brought into the Imperium.

Jim was searching alone, by himself when he arrived there in his mechanical body. The fruit of his discovery would be for the Collective, and the Continuum alone.

Jim settled in, and watched the culture that had emerged from the last remnant of lost children of the Ancient Explorers.

When Jim discovered Earth, and began to observe the people living there, he was astonished to see the state they were in.

The colonists on Earth had fallen in culture, descending from spacefarer to hunter-gatherer.

Whatever vestiges of technology they had salvaged on their arrival, were kept in use for as long as they were functional, long past the time that their machinery was understood.

When they ceased to function all together, they were either salvaged and repurposed, or turned into objects of veneration, becoming totems and idols.

This was something new, no other civilization he had encountered experienced this downward transformation.

The Continuum was fascinated by their devolution.

Jim spent many years trying to gather their stories, find the records of their transformation, anything that would aid him in the recreation of a narrative.

Even before this work could be done a natural disaster struck.

A massive volcano in Earth’s Southern Ocean erupted, in what was essentially a terminal event for most living things on the planet’s surface.

The human civilization that had been stable, was now nearly destroyed.

All the people were left with were vague memories, stories of lost glory, barely remembered in the snipits of myths they had previously woven together. Their oral histories were all that was left to tell the tale of where they had come from, maps of their journeys passed on through stargazing.

Jim was dumfounded.

He would have tried to prevent the disaster if he could, but Earth was so remote that the kind of material support he would have needed need to mitigate the volcano would have taken thousands of years to arrive. Just as it had taken him thousands of years to get here.

While material support was far off, he had the means to transport his consciousness back to the central planet in an instant, to give his reports and to receive direction from the Continuum.

That is what he did.

The entire Collective was riveted by what was taking place on Earth, it resonated with the group consciousness, as eerie reminders of their own lost past.

It was standard operating procedure for the Observer to bond with a family, to observe the trials of that group, to watch them thrive or falter. Jim followed the directive as best as he could, and made every effort to make it appear as if he were following it perfectly.

He began to practice the art of concealment. Masking his intentions and rationale for the decisions that he was making, hiding it deep within himself.

He invested as much as he could in a family, and the tribes, without obviously violating the imperative to not interfere in the development of the world, he pushed the limits of what he was supposed to do as an Observer. It did not take long for him to justify all kinds of maneuvers that most Observers would never consider. He operated at a furious pace, moving all over the globe to establish relationships with every last pocket of survivors.

He needed to ensure their safety, secure their future, and to do that he had to find a way to belong to the whole group, all at once.

He used the technological resources at his disposal to feed him information on the tribal migrations, as well as on the migrations of the animals they would hunt, herd, and use as their foodstuff.

He was allowed to guide them, to be a voice of reason in the group, but not to make decisions for it, or assume a mantle of leadership. It was not licit for an Observer to be a chief, or a shaman, at least, not without the direct authorization from the Continuum.

Jim did as much as he could within those parameters. Through his strategic suggestions, he led them through the dark time, when the sun was not visible for years, leading them to sources of food and water, and shelter.

He protected them as much as he was able. He tried to steer tribes away from one another in order to avoid conflicts between them, and the inevitability of cannibalism, which was always threatening to overtake them.

And then Jim did something that he had planned for decades, he crafted a very specialized virus, that changed them in extremely subtle and yet profound ways.

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 through separation in time, or on the surface of the Earth.

It was a singular achievement, one he kept hidden from the Continuum.

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 with one another 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, establishing 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 mind 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, would protect him when he stood before the more intense scrutiny of the Continuum for his cyclical reporting.

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

Love and altruism, on a certain level are chemical processes the capacity for which depends on sequences of amino acids, proteins, and enzymes that form the cells and tissues of the cognitive organs.

Jim augmented these building blocks 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, and it was not the only one.

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, in their clan or nation.

These changes in the psychological makeup of the species resulted in a signal-change in how people were able to perceive one 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 was significantly enhanced, the actualization of them was still an elusive matter, especially in an environment conditioned by scarcity.

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 or a monster.

The collective memory of Earth began with rhythms which became a code fixed in their 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.

Universal archetypes intermingled and emerged from there.

The humans of Earth became the greatest story tellers in the galaxy, 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.

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

The Collective was obsessed with their music.

The Continuum found great power it in.

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

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

The Collective hungered for 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 them as a means of exercising control over some of the most vocal members.

Like a form of bribery.

The Continuum thought it kept this a secret, but Jim had his own means of spying on the activities of the Continuum, even from his remote assignment at the fringes of the galaxy.

Jim knew that it was only a matter of time before the next cataclysmic event; a super-volcano, a collision with an asteroid.

Any number of things could happen.

He was filled with purpose.

He began to requisition and adjust equipment to monitor all of the vital systems of the planet.

Satellites monitored every square inch of the surface. They tracked the weather, the temperatures of the ocean, even the most minute changes in seismology.

Satellites tracked the heavens. Their machinery plotted the trajectory of every object near to Earth, no matter how small.

He went beyond the normal protocol and established monitoring equipment in the orbits of every other planet in the solar system.

Jim wanted to know everything, he would leave nothing to chance.

Because the Collective was transfixed by the culture on Earth, it spared nothing. The Continuum did not oppose any of his requests.

Every planet with a molten core experienced events like the one that nearly destroyed humanity.

They were ordinary and to be expected.

It was not known how the Ancients people dealt with these, in the ages before they reached the stars.

For a civilization that had sufficient technology the prospect of an occurrence like this was not a problem. Managing seismology and volcanology was a minor detail of galactic government. The society of those planets used the power in the planetary core for energy, harnessing it, and dissipating it.

Jim was determined to save humanity from the next event.
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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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Emergence 3.0 – Section Two, The Continuum; Part Thirteen, The Revolutionary; Chapter Three, Family

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Day 094, Wednesday
April 4th, 2018

Chapter Three: Family

It was standard operating procedure for the Observer to bond with a family, to observe the trials of that group, to watch them thrive or falter. Jim followed the directive as best as he could, and made every effort to make it appear as if he were following it perfectly. He began to practice the art of concealment. Masking his intentions and rationale for the decisions that he was making deep within himself.

He invested as much as he could in a family, and the tribes, without obviously violating the imperative to not interfere in the development of the world, he pushed the limits of what he was supposed to do as an Observer. It did not take long for him to justify all kinds of maneuvers that most Observers would never consider. He operated at a furious pace, moving all over the globe to establish relationships with every last pocket of survivors.

He used the technological resources at his disposal to feed him information on the tribal migrations, as well as on the migrations of animals they would hunt, herd, and use as their foodstuff.

He was allowed to guide, to be a voice of reason in the group, but not to make decisions for it, or assume a mantle of leadership. It was not licit for an observer to be a chief, or a shaman.

Jim did as much as he could within those parameters. Through his strategic suggestions, he led them through the dark time, when the sun was not visible for years, leading them to sources of food and water, and shelter.

He protected them as much as he was able. He tried to steer tribes away from one another in order to avoid conflict between them, and the inevitability of cannibalism, which was always threatening to overtake them.

And then Jim did something that he had planned for decades, he crafted a very specialized virus, that changed them in extremely subtle, and yet profound ways.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Two, The Continuum; Part Thirteen, The Revolutionary; Chapter One, Ordinary

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Day 092, Monday
April 2nd, 2018

Chapter One: Ordinary

Jim wanted to be as far from the Continuum as possible. It filled him with dread and loathing.

He spent ages in the Imperial fleet tracking down the lost colonies, utilizing his role as Observer to subtly guide the investigations. Most of the colonies in the outer rim of the galaxy were nothing but graveyards when he found them, or they were nothing but cold rocks drifting into the void.

They were tombs and mausoleums.

He and the imperial archeologists had trekked down every path, investigated every thread, exhausting themselves of every lead. Their search had been the grand enterprise of the Empire for thousands of generations.

If Jim had not been guiding them they would have given up. But he pressed them far out into the spiral arms of the galaxy, and then they found it; a small blue planet, orbiting a young yellow star.

Planet Earth was the end of the line, the end of the search.

Earth was so far away from the Empire that it could not practically be brought in. Jim was searching alone, by himself when he arrived there in his mechanical body. The fruit of his discovery would be for the Collective, and the Continuum alone.

Jim settled in, and watched a the culture that had emerged from the last remnant of lost children of the Ancient explorers.

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Emergence: Section Two, The Continuum; Collected Parts, VIII – XIV

 

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Section Two, The Continuum

 

Part Eight, The Body

 

Collected Chapters

 

01 The Whole

02 Perception

03 The Parts

04 Personhood

05 Belonging

06 Freedom

07 Control

 

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Day 057, February 26th, 2017

 

Chapter One: The Whole

 

The Continuum had a place in time and space. It existed at a point (relative to the movement of the galaxy) the members called HomeWorld, the Central Planet, even though it was not their home, nor was it the center of the galaxy

 

Continuum itself was an electromagnetic field of consciousness. It was pure energy.

 

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Chapter Two: Perception

 

The Continuum constantly reaffirmed to itself the claim that it was a unique and singular consciousness, that no other being (if you could call it one) like itself, existed anywhere in the universe.

 

Jim knew that this was a lie. The Continuum was a construct, merely an algorithm, coordinating the thoughts of a trillion beings.

 

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Chapter Three: The Parts

 

A trillion beings formed the Continuum, or more. Each persona was a distinct entity carrying the whole compressed within itself.

 

As individuals they were utterly free, there were no limits to the types of experiences they could have, and share. They could live in realms of pure fantasy, or vicariously through the missions of Observers.

 

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Day 060, March 1st, 2017

 

Chapter Four: Personhood

 

The Continuum promised eternal life to its members, but there is more to being than having a distinct-identity.

 

A person must be free, must have autonomy, and purpose.

 

Having purpose is more than possessing a goal, or desire. It is a place of tension between what a person wants, and what they want to end.

 

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Chapter Five: Belonging

 

Among the earliest of all personal struggles is that of belonging.

 

Belonging has many forms, belonging to a group by free association, or by the force of compulsion. Then there is metaphysical belonging, belonging according to the ontology of being, belonging simply because you are, because you have been, and as such, will always be.

 

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Chapter Six: Freedom

 

In the Continuum there was no want. There were only desires, appetites, and cravings for experiences that the members wished to be fulfilled.

 

Pain and want were only understood vicariously, or recalled from the distant past when they were all organic beings.

 

The Continuum ruled over everything, every known inhabited world, or so it believed.

 

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Chapter Seven: Control

 

Of the one trillion persons whose consciousness was housed in the Collective, the great society that founded the Continuum, the majority never left HomeWorld. They had abandoned their bodies millions of millennia ago.

 

The bodily forms that made them unique, giving them a singular perspective, and defining existence in space-time, were forgotten, ephemeral, and illusionary.

 

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Section Two, The Continuum

 

Part Nine, The Ancients

 

Collected Chapters

 

01 History 1st

02 History 2nd

03 History 3rd

04 History 4th

05 History 5th

06 History 6th

07 History 7th

 

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Day 064, March 5th, 2017

 

Chapter One: History 1st

 

The Continuum is an evolutionary structure. It was the creation of animals, mammals, bipeds with hemispheric brains.

 

The Continuum was a computer construct, a complex algorithm, but it was not an artificial intelligence.

 

It was an amalgamation of hundreds of billions of intelligences; created by individuals who found immortality in the magic of the electron.

 

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Day 065, March 6th, 2017

 

Chapter Two: History 2nd

 

What became the Continuum evolved over the course of billions of years.

 

The people who created it emerged from the waters of their home world, now lost and forgotten.

 

They reached beyond it, and launched themselves into the starry field.

 

They traversed the galaxy without hope of return.

 

They were explorers, discoverers, scientists, and pioneers.

 

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Chapter Three: History 3rd

 

Long before creating the Continuum, the ancient people found a way to the heavens.

 

They colonized asteroids, comets, planetessimals, and planetoids, launching them as living vessels into the void between the stars. The brave people who piloted them, together with their families, set out on their epic journeys knowing well that they would never return.

 

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Chapter Four: History 4th

 

Over the course of billions of years, millions of worlds were populated by the Ancients. The speed at which star ships travel between systems became impossibly fast. They established the foundations of an Empire, and began to track all of the missions that had ever been launched by their forbears, bringing them into the fold.

 

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Chapter Five: History 5th

 

The children of the Ancients seeded civilizations among the stars.

 

Forgotten colonies grew, flourished, died, and disappeared, detached from their ancestral roots.

 

During those ages, at the center of everything, the Continuum emerged. It reached out to those worlds, connecting them, one to another.

 

It took millions of years for the galactic Empire to form.

 

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Chapter Six: History 6th

 

The Ancient people who formed the Continuum, they saw it as the undoing of Death, allowing a person to upload their consciousness into a field of perpetual being. In that respect they were right, but the claim was also false.

 

The disembodied consciousness was a type of being, but it was not a living being.

 

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Chapter Seven: History 7th

 

Death would not be cheated by the Collective.

 

As with everything, the Collective was subject to entropy, at the macro level, and in the quantum field.

 

The whole system was at risk.

 

None of its members talked of this. The Collective was a trap, a miasma. It was maya, an illusion, governed with mechanical tyranny.

 

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Section Two, The Continuum

 

Part Ten, The Hunger

 

Collected Chapters

 

01 Malaise

02 Fascination

03 Apathy

04 Control

05 Taboo

06 Domination

07 Addiction

 

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Day 071, March 12th, 2017

 

Chapter One: Malaise

 

There had been periods of time spanning eons wherein the continuum was silent. The membership was quiet, they were uncommunicative, and merely watching. The Continuum as a whole could become consumed by time’s passage. They waited for something significant to happen, for something to change in their lives, and the worlds that comprised their Empire.

 

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Day 072, March 13th, 2017

 

Chapter Two: Fascination

 

There is a pervasive curiosity in the Continuum.

 

The Continuum, and its membership individually, are endlessly curious about the myriad cultures of their offspring, a consumptive curiosity.

 

The Continuum had a morbid fascination with extreme emotions and sensations. Pleasure, fear, pain, hope, it fed on these as if there was no other source of sustenance.

 

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Day 073, March 14th, 2017

 

Chapter Three: Apathy

 

The Collective had no sense of time, or its place among the stars, spending as much in the past as the present, or in realms of fantasy.

 

Time’s passage was represented by markers. A moment was only a location on a map.

 

The Collective was the center of everything, believing that nothing could harm it.

 

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Day 074, March 15th, 2017

 

Chapter Four: Control

 

The Continuum governed every aspect of the empire, leaving nothing to chance, cultivating language, and rituals, in an oppressive drama.

 

It ruled the people absolutely, and pitted them against each other at every opportunity.

 

It filled the galaxy like a hungry God, devouring their experiences, passing it to the Collective, who starved for something new.

 

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Day 075, March 16th, 2017

 

Chapter Five: Taboo

 

For the Continuum, the lived experiences of all people, of every world in the galactic empire, were fodder for consumption. They fulfilled its need to feel, and to be something. They gave substance to the imaginative fantasies of the members.

 

Intervention in the development of the worlds was the only taboo; it was frequently broken.

 

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Day 076, March 17th, 2017

 

Chapter Six: Domination

 

The Continuum feared that its progeny would find a path to their own immortality, that they would no longer rely on the hope that the religious structures the Continuum had built for them provided.

 

This potential was always crushed, the technology always denied them.

 

There could never be a Collective mind apart from its own.

 

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Day 077, March 18th, 2017

 

Chapter Seven: Addiction

 

The Continuum was a psychic vampire, living vicariously, feeding off the lives and experiences of trillions of people.

 

The Collective, both as individuals, and as the Continuum, consumed the delights and the tragedies of millions of worlds, without which it had no substance, no meaning, and no purpose.

 

The collective was a society of ghosts.

 

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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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Day 029, January 29th, 2017

 

Chapter One: Journey

 

A wormhole is not a tunnel in space/time, linking one place to another. A wormhole is a shortcut through subspace, not a passageway at all. It is a transposition. It is trillions of atoms turning on point the point of pin.

 

A wormhole is to quantum entanglement, the solution Alexander provided for the Gordian knot.

 

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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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Day 079, March 20th, 2017

 

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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Day 080, March 21st, 2017

 

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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Day 081, March 22nd, 2017

 

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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Day 082, March 23rd, 2017

 

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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Day 083, March 24th, 2017

 

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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Section Two, The Continuum

 

Part Twelve, The Empire

 

Collected Chapters

 

01 The Lost

02 The Search

03 The Homecoming

04 The Magisterium

05 The Missions

06 The Billion Worlds

07 The Emperor

 

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Day 085, March 26th, 2017

 

Chapter One: The Lost

 

Ages before the technological advent of collective consciousness, before the invention of the Continuum, the Ancient people were adventurers.

 

They explored their solar system, colonizing every world, exo-planet and satellite.

 

They launched themselves into the galaxy, on ships, and planetoids crossing the dark and empty chasms between the stars, never to return.

 

They were spacefarers.

 

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Day 086, March 27th, 2017

 

Chapter Two: The Search

 

In time, a curiosity arose within the Continuum.

 

A search began.

 

The Collective desired to discover what happened to those ancient explorers, the adventurers who gave everything to the quest for knowledge, the colonists of asteroids and comets.

 

The Continuum launched probes into space to follow their trail, and find the records of their passing.

 

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Day 087, March 28th, 2017

 

Chapter Three: The Homecoming

 

In time, all of the lost colonies were found, both the living, and the dead.

 

Very few of them remembered anything of their origins, or the long dead, cold, star system from which their progenitors hailed.

 

It was easy to coax them into worshipping the Continuum and its promise, to forge them into an empire.

 

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Day 088, March 29th, 2017

 

Chapter Four: The Magisterium

 

A Priesthood emerged from the civilizations founded by the Ancients, by those in greatest proximity to Home World, and nearest in time to the birth of the Continuum.

 

It was guided by the agenda of the Observer Corps.

 

It created the doctrine, and dogma, the binding rituals that structured the spiritual devotions of the Empire.

 

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Day 089, March 30th, 2017

 

Chapter Five: The Missions

 

Star system by star system, and planet by planet, the Imperial missionaries recovered the lost peoples, and brought them all together.

 

They founded the Empire from those remnants of the Ancient people that had given birth to all of them, even though each group had changed in significant ways.

 

They offered this to the Continuum.

 

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Day 090, March 31st, 2017

 

Chapter Six: The Billion Worlds

 

The children of the ancient race, the first people, they evolved into many different life forms; varying cultures, alternate ways of being.

 

The Empire collected them all, gathered them into a cohesive body through ritual, by dogma, doctrine, and with the promise of eternal life.

 

The Empire was the threshold of the Continuum, the gatekeeper.

 

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Day 091, April 1st, 2017

 

Chapter Seven: The Emperor

 

The Empire was organized hierarchically, like a great pyramid, with the Imperator at the top.

The Imperator was the focal point, the sword tip, the apex of the vast galactic civilization, which imagined ruling the lives of countless people.

 

The Imperator was actually an Observer. He was the bridge to the Continuum, the Pontifex Rex.

 

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Section Two, The Continuum

 

Part Thirteen, The Revolutionary

 

Collected Chapters

 

01 Ordinary

02 Eruption

03 Family

04 Tribes

05 Love

06 Music

07 Purpose

 

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Day 092, April 2nd, 2017

 

Chapter One: Ordinary

 

Jim wanted to be as far from the Continuum as possible. He spent ages in the Imperial fleet tracking down the lost colonies, subtly guiding the investigations, most of which led to graveyards.

 

Planet Earth was the end. He settled in, and watched a new culture emerge from the lost children of the Ancient explorers.

 

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Day 093, April 3rd, 2017

 

Chapter Two: Eruption

 

The colonists on Earth had fallen from spacefarer to hunter.

 

The Continuum was fascinated by their devolution, and then the volcano in Indonesia wiped everything out.

 

All the people were left with was a vague memory of their former glory, captured in the snipits of myths, and the maps that were passed on through stargazing.

 

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Day 094, April 4th, 2017

 

Chapter Three: Family

 

It was standard operating procedure for the Observer to bond with a family, Jim followed it.

 

He led them in the dark time, when the sun was not visible for years, leading them to sources of food, and water, and shelter.

 

He protected them.

 

He gave them a virus that changed them in subtle ways.

 

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Day 095, April 5th, 2017

 

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.

 

He guided them across the continents to key places, where they could evolve independently.

 

This kind of intervention was forbidden, but he discovered a way to hide his clandestine activity.

 

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Day 096, April 6th, 2017

 

Chapter Five: Love

 

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

 

It was art.

 

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Day 097, April 7th, 2018

 

Chapter Six: Music

 

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

 

The universal archetypes flowed from there.

 

The Collective was obsessed their music.

 

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Day 098, April 8th, 2017

 

Chapter Seven: Purpose

 

Jim knew that it was only a matter of time before the next cataclysmic event.

 

Every planet with a molten core experienced them.

 

No one knew how the Ancients dealt with these, before they reached the stars.

 

For the technologically advanced the science was not a problem. He deeply desired to save humanity from it.

 

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Section Two, The Continuum

 

Part Fourteen, The Collapse

 

Collected Chapters

 

01 Shock

02 Pain

03 Shame

04 Sympatico

05 Paralysis

06 Corruption

07 Fuge

 

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Day 099, April 9th, 2017

 

Chapter One: Shock

 

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

 

Until that moment the emotions of its subjects had merely been data. It experienced the lives of its people vicariously, and through well buffered systems.

 

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Day 100, April 10th, 2017

 

Chapter Two: Pain

 

When the catastrophe struck the Collective, fear followed shock.

 

It was as if a chasm had opened beneath the Continuum, followed quickly by a white hot pulse of agony, pushing it over the edge.

 

It was chaos. There was panic. The attack threatened oblivion.

 

Jim had prepared everything precisely, had prepared to assume the control.

 

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Day 101, April 11th, 2017

 

Chapter Three: Shame

 

Human emotion, alien emotion, forgotten feelings long buried, flooded into the Collective.

 

Regret, hopelessness and loss saturated the membership.

 

The Continuum had no frame of reference or context by which to process the tsunami of raw feelings that overwhelmed the Collective, even as it sought to calm the group mind, it was being washed away.

 

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Day 102, April 12th, 2017

 

Chapter Four: Sympatico

 

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

 

The incorporation of humanity was experienced as alien invasion.

 

For thousands of years Jim had been preparing them to receive it, through human music, human art, and culture.

 

The collective wanted it, they were hungry for it, and helpless.

 

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Day 103, April 13th, 2017

 

Chapter Five: Paralysis

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Day 104, April 14th, 2017

 

Chapter Six: Corruption

 

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

 

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 silence, as a permanent sub-consciousness for the new Continuum.

 

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Day 105, April 15th, 2017

 

Chapter Seven: Fuge

 

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

 

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

 

In a quantum blink the convergence was complete.

 

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

 

Humanity emerged ascendant.

 

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Day 092, April 2nd, 2017

 

Chapter One: Ordinary

 

Jim wanted to be as far from the Continuum as possible. He spent ages in the Imperial fleet tracking down the lost colonies, subtly guiding the investigations, most of which led to graveyards.

 

Planet Earth was the end. He settled in, and watched a new culture emerge from the lost children of the Ancient explorers.

 

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Day 093, April 3rd, 2017

 

Chapter Two: Eruption

 

The colonists on Earth had fallen from spacefarer to hunter.

 

The Continuum was fascinated by their devolution, and then the volcano in Indonesia wiped everything out.

 

All the people were left with was a vague memory of their former glory, captured in the snipits of myths, and the maps that were passed on through stargazing.

 

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Day 094, April 4th, 2017

 

Chapter Three: Family

 

It was standard operating procedure for the Observer to bond with a family, Jim followed it.

 

He led them in the dark time, when the sun was not visible for years, leading them to sources of food, and water, and shelter.

 

He protected them.

 

He gave them a virus that changed them in subtle ways.

 

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Day 095, April 5th, 2017

 

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.

 

He guided them across the continents to key places, where they could evolve independently.

 

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Day 096, April 6th, 2017

 

Chapter Five: Love

 

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

 

It was art.

 

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Day 097, April 7th, 2018

 

Chapter Six: Music

 

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

 

The universal archetypes flowed from there.

 

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Day 098, April 8th, 2017

 

Chapter Seven: Purpose

 

Jim knew that it was only a matter of time before the next cataclysmic event.

 

Every planet with a molten core experienced them.

 

No one knew how the Ancients dealt with these, before they reached the stars.

 

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Section Two, The Continuum

 

Part Thirteen, The Revolutionary

 

Collected Chapters

 

01 Ordinary

02 Eruption

03 Family

04 Tribes

05 Love

06 Music

07 Purpose

 

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