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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Six, The Empire; Part Thirty-six, Servant; Chapter Four, The Depressed


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 263, Thursday
September 20th, 2018

Chapter Four: The Depressed

Apart from the upper classes: the nobility, the religious orders and the military, the lives of ordinary people throughout the empire were sorrowful, trillions of people, on millions of worlds suffered.

The military orders made up barely ten percent of the population, and the religious orders barely one percent.

There were high level bureaucrats and merchants who lived lives of comfort, and this gave them some ease, but the highest of them were viewed as lesser beings, lower than the lowest soldier.

The classes were fixed.

Most were angry, without hope, desperate and alone.

Even those in the upper hierarchies spent their days filled with dread, competing for place and prestige, always uncertain of when they might be called upon to sacrifice, or called upon to pay a karmic debt that some distant ancestor had incurred.

Competition among them was vicious.

The only group of people who reflected an image of peace, were those at the very bottom of the caste system, those who had nothing to lose, who had no hope of changing their station in this life, those without class or caste…the outcaste and the untouchable.

For all of the wonders of the Empire its technological marvels, the physical beauty of the people, the pal of death hung over the entire civilization.

It was the end that each and every person looked forward to, death, the hope that in the next life they would have advanced to places they were not able to reach in the course of their current life. They hoped justice, for a redress to their suffering in the next world, believing that it was impossible to have satisfaction in this one.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Six, The Empire; Part Thirty-six, Servant; Chapter Three, The Repressed


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A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 262, Wednesday
September 19th, 2018

Chapter Three: The Repressed

For the average citizen, living under the heel of the Imperial police was a constant struggle, they had to perform their daily duties with a sublime degree of mindfulness and pass their days without drawing the attention of the patrols.

The schools they attended and their houses of worship inured them to it. They lessons they were given, taught them to accept their suffering as a part of the natural order, as links in the great chain of being.   

The way of life was to go unnoticed, to blend in, these were the keys to survival.

A family might cultivate these skills, and live unremarkable lives for generations, only to be cast down by the powers that be, for the sheer pleasure of it.

A random patrol might decide of its own volition to focus its attention on a person or family, and once they did they would delight in watching them crumble.

The state would take everything, up to and including their lives.

It might be a random event, or it could emanate from the Continuum, issuing a directive, passing it down through the hierarchy to exploit a narrative it believed the Collective would enjoy.

The people who suffered under these pogroms, they were taught to interpret all such events as karma, either the fulfillment of a cosmic and spiritual debt, or payment in advance for an indulgence they might receive later.

The Imperial schools and the temple both taught them that every action they committed, and every word they spoke mattered. The value of their words and deeds was recorded and they would be punished or rewarded, either in this life or the next for the things they said and did.

There was no mercy.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Players


The play was a vision
In it we preserved ourselves
The script leading like an echo

They were dreams that made us whole
Our stories were enlivening
The warm wind that set us in motion

What does the stage require of you?
Are you prepared for the bursting lights,
For the last moment, when the curtain falls?

            Goodnight and applause

3.0 - Section Six, The Empire; Part Thirty-six, Servant; Chapter Two, The Suppressed


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 261, Tuesday
September 18th, 2018

Chapter Two: The Suppressed

All throughout the Empire dissent of any kind was punished with brutish joy.

The Imperial police delighted in torture. They developed their cravings for it in the Imperial Schools, where the slightest infractions were punished without mercy, and the record of a person’s transgressions followed them for the whole of their lives.

The Imperial Cult taught the same thing. Transcendence through pain, they taught that suffering was purgative and they perfected all of its arts.

Every citizen bore the marks of their upbringing with them, scars inflicted by family, church, and school, visible and invisible.

The extreme emotions produced by the citizens of the Empire were like sustenance for the Collective, it dressed the banality of their disembodied existence, such scenes of suffering fed the appetites of the Collective, and the Continuum as well.

The Collective would become intoxicated on fear and pain, on remorse, the dashed hopes and failures of the ordinary citizens. The Continuum used those appetites to control the membership.

In the living fields of the Empire, a charge of dissent was not limited to aberrant behavior, to the things an individual might do, or fail to do.

The Empire also policed speech, art, and every form of expression.

It demanded conformity from the citizens at every level, as if it were orchestrating a great dance throughout the cosmos, with each and every individual playing a vital role.

That is how they taught it in the schools and at the temples, they enforced each person’s obligation through years of indoctrination.

The imperial conditioning attempted to govern thought as well, but monitoring the thoughts of individuals was a trickier proposition, The Continuum never wanted to reveal the extent to which the people were monitored, but it collected the innermost ideas of each individual through rituals they passed off as magical and supernatural.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Six, The Empire; Part Thirty-six, Servant; Chapter One, The Oppressed


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 260, Monday
September 17th, 2018

Chapter One: The Oppressed

Every civilization founded by the children of the Ancients was absorbed by the Empire. Either they came willingly, they came by coercion or they were destroyed.

Imperial governance was uncompromising. The Empire ruled with power and fear, crushing the people, pitting them against one another; class versus class, rank over station.

The Empire put stars systems into conflict with one another, and the worlds within a given system at odds with each other. It was planet versus planet, clan versus clan, and family versus family.

The Empire sought to control every aspect of the individual’s life, down to what they thought. Everything they did was for the sake of the drama it produced, and fed to the Collective.

The interpersonal drama, conflict and strife, hope and fear, love and desire, these were the things the Collective craved, the Continuum cultivated, and the Empire delivered, like a sacred offering on a holy altar.

Every moment of an individual’s life was recorded and preserved for the consumption of the Collective.

The citizens of the Empire knew they were being watched, but they did not know the details, and the full extent of the scrutiny they were subject too. Only the Observers knew the scope of the information that was collected.

There was no freedom in the Empire, even among those who believed they were free.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

A Homily – Mark 8:27-35 ©


The Gospel According to Mark – 2018.09.16
                        

The Authority to Teach

The Gospel for today provides to the reader the most profound message concerning the teaching authority of the church.

This is a lesson that all Christians should bear in mind at all times, but especially in those moments when any Christian presumes to understand the will of God and to speak with authority concerning it.

Look at Peter, the first Pope, the founder of the Church, a man who walked with Jesus, who spoke with him intimately, even Peter failed to understand the mission of Jesus, and continued to fail Jesus right up until the crucifixion.

All of Jesus closest male disciples failed him, only a few of the women understood.

In this reading we see that Peter fails utterly, he resists Jesus, and Jesus rebukes him as an enemy of the church.

Peter also rejected Jesus on the night he was captured.

We are left to believe that sometime after the death of Jesus, Peter came to the fullness of truth, that he came to understand Jesus mission and when he founded the church he was at-one with Christ.

Or we may consider the alternate, that the Church of Christ was founded by a man who was essentially opposed to its mission.

Whatever the case, the reading for today teaches us to be skeptical of authority, and rightly so.


The Son of Man is Destined to Suffer Grievously

Jesus and his disciples left for the villages round Caesarea Philippi. On the way he put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say I am?’ And they told him. ‘John the Baptist,’ they said ‘others Elijah; others again, one of the prophets.’ ‘But you,’ he asked ‘who do you say I am?’ Peter spoke up and said to him, ‘You are the Christ.’ And he gave them strict orders not to tell anyone about him.

And he began to teach them that the Son of Man was destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and to be put to death, and after three days to rise again; and he said all this quite openly. Then, taking him aside, Peter started to remonstrate with him. But, turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said to him, ‘Get behind me, Satan! Because the way you think is not God’s way but man’s.’

He called the people and his disciples to him and said, ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.’


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Emergence 3.0 - Section Five, 92835670100561474; Part Thirty-five, Discovery; Chapter Seven, The Organic Collective

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 259, Sunday
September 16th, 2018

Chapter Seven: The Organic Collective

It was the strength and frequency of Earth’s magnetosphere that created the conditions for the collective consciousness.

This cynergenic field was a profound discovery it was a natural manifestation of the artificial structure his people had created billions of years ago, and millions of light years away.

In all of his travels he had never encountered anything remotely like it.

It embraced every human being on the planet, connecting them to one another, mind to mind.

It did much more, and the people were ignorant of it.

They felt the connection, but they did not have the tools to measure and understand it, not yet.

The magnetic field of Earth, not only connected each person to every other, but it recorded the activities of their consciousness.

Every human being left an indelible imprint in the field they occupied, the imprint remained active, even after death, where each person became manifested as a spiritual being, as ghosts walking the earth beside their progeny.

This was an organic form of the Collective, and somewhere less distinct, there was a rudimentary amalgamation of the Continuum as well. A collective unconscious, that moved people, influenced their choices, motivated them to act as one.

The discovery startled the Observer, he could not reveal it to the Collective. He knew that the Continuum would come to destroy this world, perceiving it as a threat.

He had to protect it, this gave him a purpose beyond his purpose.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Relativism and Donald J. Trump - Editorial, The Week in Review


Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
09.15.2018

Relativism and Donald J. Trump


Trump stepped in it this week when he questioned the official death toll for the disaster that befell Puerto Rico last year, in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Nearly three thousand Americans died during and in the aftermath of that storm, most of the deaths occurred after the storm, in the midst of the ridiculously inept response by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). The power grid failed, and the lack of electricity led to deaths, especially from the elderly, due to heat exposure and dehydration, for lack of potable drinking water.

It was a mess, and while it is true that the government of Puerto Rico bears some responsibility for its lack of preparedness, the federal response was an absolute failure.

The numbers for the official death toll in Puerto Rico last year were only recently reported. The late reporting does not lead to inaccurate results, in fact the type of study that produced these numbers provides the most accurate results.

An exhaustive survey was conducted, hospital records were examined, the records from local law enforcement and emergency medicine providers was sifted through, families were interviewed, death certificates were produced. When all of that work was done the data gets processed by a set of statistical mechanics,

In the end they determine how people died in the aftermath of the storm and how many would have died in a normal year, and while this is a gross simplification of the statistical analysis, the difference between the two numbers speaks to the actual death toll of the hurricane, people who died who otherwise would not have died.

This is a valid analysis, but the relativism of Donald Trump, which is not unique to him or to his wing of the republican party, it is proof against this kind of information, and any arguments based on such data sets.

Let us not forget that the right wing, denies that human beings are changing the climate of planet earth, many of them believe that the earth id flat, that we never went to the moon, and that the universe is only a little more than six thousand years old, whil at the same time believing that human beings once walked with the dinosaurs.

This insidious relativism does not just infect the T-Rump and his minions.

The same type of statistical analysis was used to arrive at the real death toll of the Second Gulf war. The American Media and many political pundits on both the right and the left are scoffing at T-Rump now, but they did not cover the story of the real body count from the Second Gulf War, they gave it no play at all, they buried the story. Politicians on the left and the right, many of whom are still in office, they buried it. They refused to hold the Bush administration accountable.

They did this because the data, compiled by John’s Hopkins University, with statistical analysis conducted by MIT, and with the report published in the LANCET (The British Journal of Medicine), was devastating to the cause of the United States in that conflict. That report estimated that as many as 800,000 people died as a result of the American invasion of Iraq in 2003. The Iraq ministry of Health, controlled at the time by the Interim U.S. Government, put the number at about 88,000, which is still a devastating number but only one tenth of the actual.

T-Rump is not the first person to retreat into relativism when he dies not like the story, most of the pundits who are crying foul this week, are guilty of the same thing, right and left.

While T-Rump is a particularly easy mark to fault for this, because he lies almost incessantly, his lack of a commitment to veracity, and the unconcerned response to it by his followers is not unique to the right wing. In fact, the historical beginning of their relativistic view of the world begin with the intellectual left, and are a product of many notable philosopher such as, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Derrida.

We get what we play for, and in T-Rump we can see that the chicken has come home to roost.

Emergence 3.0 - Section Five, 92835670100561474; Part Thirty-five, Discovery; Chapter Six, Cynergy


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 258, Saturday
September 15th, 2018

Chapter Six: Cynergy

In time and with careful study, the Observer was able to identify the physical links between human consciousness and the magnetosphere that comprised what he came to understand as the cynergenic field.

The human body, and the human brain, its primary organ of cognition, carried a significantly higher degree of metallic nano-particles, and conductive salts embedded in and throughout its neurological structures.

The electrical activity that animates every living organism requires such metallic substances. Both voluntary and autonomic neural functions require these metals to transmit signals from the brain to the extremities, and also to receive signals from the sensory organs to the brain.

Cognition does not take place without having these heavy metals in place to carry the electrical currents that are the essence of thought.

What differentiated the humans of Earth, from their forebears and their cousins throughout the Empire was the degree to which these metals were present, and the organization of them in their mutated cerebral cortex . But even more important was the way those structures interacted within the localized region of Earth’s magnetic field.

The nano-particles inside the human brain were like antenna, sending and receiving thought signals in the electromagnetic field, linking each person together in a web of consciousness.

It was cynergy, it was spirit.

The Observer began modifying his genetic profile, enhancing the genetic sequence that optimized his conscious link to that field.

He searched for human children who developed the same genetic mutations naturally, he cultivated them.

He bred them.

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