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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Forgotten

A shadowless plane
Lifting, the Seraphim flies
Into the deep night

The unspoken truth
Snared in nets of mystery
Loving and sorrow

My heart is open
The sweet flow of slow passion

Tears fall in bright sparks

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Seven, Catastrophe; Chapter Two, Channel

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 051, Tuesday
February 20th, 2018

Chapter Two: Channel

Every-thing is one in the quantum field.

Time and space, our normal conception of them, they do not exist, there meaning and distinction are completely lost.

In the quantum field everything was entangled, like a ball of string, condensed into a single point of reference.

There was no distance between Earth and HomeWorld; between humanity and the Continuum, or the Collective, or the population of any other world.

The reality of individual experience, the reality of individuation, the reality of time as experienced by beings existing on a scale that is large enough to see it, these are true phenomena, even while at the same time being a type of illusion.  

Jim felt Earth’s psychic pain rushing through the wormhole connecting him to Kathy. He felt much more than the fear, shock, and panic, that he was expecting. He sensed the fullness of the human race coming through with her, the living and the dead, the present and the past, the entirety of Earth’s collective consciousness arriving with her.

The force of it was much greater than Jim was expecting, hoping for, wanting.

He was barely able to hang onto his identity in the onrush. He clung to himself like a life raft, like a man hanging over the edge of a cliff by his fingernails, and slipping.

He blacked out.

It was too much.

Even as the entire Collective went into shock, while the Continuum scrambled to make sense of what was happening, knowing that Jim, the Observer had returned to the HomeWorld as an assassin, Jim lost his grip on what was happening and his ability to control any of the aftermath.

He was victorious, and he had lost, both at the same time.

As his sense of what was transpiring around him was going dim. He perceived a familiar person near to him, searching for him, reaching out through the psychic maelstrom for something to cling to.

She was scared, but she was whole, she was confident, and she was ascending.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Presidents Day 2018

Monday, February 19th  

Presidents Speak for Themselves
A Reflection
Presidents are human beings.

They have all been men (so far), flawed men, everyone who has ever held or sought the office. 

Some have had heroic attributes. All of them have had craven moments. There have only been forty-four of them, until now, the 45th. A couple of other presidents have barely made it into office, only a handful have won the office while failing to earn the popular vote. The forty-third was appointed by the Supreme Court, the first time.

Nevertheless, they were all legitimate…until now.

This president, the occupant of the oval office, the forty-fifth, I was prepared to accept him as the latest president, even though he lost the popular vote, even though there is a cloud of intrigue surrounding his victory; foreign interference (Russia), domestic malfeasance (the FBI), I was prepared to accept him, just as I had accepted Regan, and Bush who were also elected to the highest office, without my support or my enthusiasm or my vote. I accepted them because I believed that they would uphold the rule of law (even though they did illegal things, or illegal things were done in their name).

In the end I believed they would support the American system, the separation of powers, the separation of Church and State, the freedom of the press, an independent judiciary.

The forty-fifth president will not.

He is seeking to undermine the courts, at every turn. He actively undermines our institutions, and works to undermine the rule of law.

He has called the free press an enemy of the people.

This kind of rhetoric makes him a threat to the Republic. The power of his office makes him a threat to humankind

He should listen to the words of these presidents, and we should listen to him, take seriously the things he says and does in our name.


The words of the presidents:

1st George Washington (Two Terms)
“If men are to be precluded from offering their sentiments on a matter…reason is of no use to us; the freedom of speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the slaughter.”
A Real President - April 30, 1789 - March 4th, 1797

2nd John Adams
“The liberty of the press is essential to the security of the state.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1797 - March 4th, 1801

3rd Thomas Jefferson (Two Terms)
"The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure."
A Real President - March 4th, 1801 - March 4th, 1809

4th James Madison (Two Terms)
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
A Real President - March 4, 1809 - March 4th, 1817

5th James Monroe (Two Terms and Last of the Founders)
“Free people seldom intrigue together; because there is no motive for it. Between the leaders however of a free people, and the neighboring monarchs, such intrigues have often taken place, and always will take place, whilst liberty is odious to monarchs, and men can be found base enough to betray her.”
A Real President - March 4, 1817 - March 4th, 1825

6th John Quincy Adams (Lost the Popular Vote)
“The freedom of the press should be inviolate.”
President - March 4, 1825 - March 4th, 1829

7th Andrew Jackson (Two Terms)
“As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience, and of the press, it will be worth defending.”
March 4th, 1829 - March 4th, 1837

8th Martin Van Buren          
“There is a power in public opinion in this country - and I thank God for it: for it is the most honest and best of all powers - which will not tolerate an incompetent or unworthy man to hold in his weak or wicked hands the lives and fortunes of his fellow-citizens.”:
A Real President - March 4th, 1837 - March 4th, 1841

9th William Henry Harrison 
“There is no part of the means placed in the hands of the Executive which might be used with greater effect for unhallowed purposes than the control of the public press. The maxim which our ancestors derived from the mother country that "the freedom of the press is the great bulwark of civil and religious liberty" is one of the most precious legacies which they have left us. We have learned, too, from our own as well as the experience of other countries, that golden shackles, by whomsoever or by whatever pretense imposed, are as fatal to it as the iron bonds of despotism. The presses in the necessary employment of the Government should never be used "to clear the guilty or to varnish crime." A decent and manly examination of the acts of the Government should be not only tolerated, but encouraged.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1841 - April 4th, 1841

10th John Tyler
“The guaranty of religious freedom, of the freedom of the press, of the liberty of speech, of the trial by jury, of the habeas corpus…will be enjoyed by millions yet unborn…”   
A Real President - April 4th, 1841 - March 4th, 1845

11th James K. Polk   
”Thank God, under our Constitution there was no connection between Church and State, and that in my action as President of the United States I recognized no distinction of creeds in my appointments office.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1845 - March 4th, 1849

12th Zachary Taylor 
“As American freemen, we cannot but sympathize in all efforts to extend the blessings of civil and political liberty, but at the same time, we are warned by the admonitions of history and the voice of our own beloved Washington to abstain from entangling alliances with foreign nations.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1849 - July 9th, 1849

13th Millard Fillmore
“The law is the only sure protection of the weak, and the only efficient restraint upon the strong.”
“Church and state should be separate, not only in form, but fact - religion and politics should not be mingled.”
A Real President - July 9th, 1850 - March 4th, 1853

14th Franklin Pierce 
“While men inhabiting different parts of this vast continent cannot be expected to hold the same opinions, they can unite in a common objective and sustain common principles.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1853 - March 4th, 1857

15th James Buchanan           
“The country is indebted for the clause prohibiting Congress from passing any law respecting an establishment of religion or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press or of the right of petition. To this we are also indebted for the bill of rights which secures the people against any abuse of power by the Federal Government.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1857 - March 4th, 1861


16th Abraham Lincoln (Assassinated, Ended Slavery)     
“Whenever this effect shall be produced among us; whenever the vicious portion of [our] population shall be permitted to gather in bands of hundreds and thousands, and burn churches, ravage and rob provision stores, throw printing-presses into rivers, shoot editors, and hang and burn obnoxious persons at pleasure and with impunity, depend upon it, this government cannot last. By such things the feelings of the best citizens will become more or less alienated from it, and thus it will be left without friends, or with too few, and those few too weak to make their friendship effectual. At such a time, and under such circumstances, men of sufficient talent and ambition will not be wanting to seize the opportunity, strike the blow, and overturn that fair fabric which for the last half century has been the fondest hope of the lovers of freedom throughout the world.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1861 - April 15th, 1865

17th Andrew Johnson (Impeached)
“Notwithstanding a mendacious press; notwithstanding a subsidized gang of hirelings who have not ceased to traduce me, I have discharged all my official duties and fulfilled my pledges.”
Impeached President - April 15th, 1865 - March 4th, 1869

18th Ulysses S. Grant (Two Terms)
“Let us labor to add all needful guarantees for the more perfect security of free thought, free speech, and free press, pure morals, unfettered religious sentiments, and of equal rights and privileges to all men, irrespective of nationality, color, or religion.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1869 - March 4th, 1877

19th Rutherford B. Hayes (Lost the Popular Vote)           
“I am not liked as a President by the politicians in office, in the press, or in Congress. But I am content to abide the judgment the sober second thought of the people.”
"But at the basis of all prosperity, for that as well as for every other part of the country, lies the improvement of the intellectual and moral condition of the people. Universal suffrage should rest upon universal education. To this end, liberal and permanent provision should be made for the support of free schools by the State governments, and, if need be, supplemented by legitimate aid from national authority."
President - March 4th, 1877 - March 4th, 1881

20th James A. Garfield (Assassinated)        
“In the long, fierce struggle for freedom of opinion, the press, like the Church, counted its martyrs by thousands.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1881 - September, 1881

21st Chester A. Arthur
“If it were not for the reporters, I would tell you the truth.”
A Real President - September 19th, 1881 - March 4th, 1885

22nd and 24th Grover Cleveland (Elected Twice, Serving Two Non-consecutive Terms)          
“Officeholders are the agents of the people, not their masters. Not only is their time and labor due to the government, but they should scrupulously avoid in their political action, as well as in the discharge of their official duty, offending by a display of obtrusive partisanship their neighbors who have relations with them as public officials.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1885 - March 4th, 1889, March 4th, 1893 - March 4th, 1897

23rd Benjamin Harrison (Lost the Popular Vote)  
“God forbid that the day should ever come when, in the American mind, the thought of man as a 'consumer' shall submerge the old American thought of man as a creature of God, endowed with 'unalienable rights'.”
President - March 4th, 1889 - March 4th, 1893

25th William McKinley (Assassinated)        
“Equality of rights must prevail, and our laws be always and everywhere respected and obeyed. We may have failed in the discharge of our full duty as citizens of the great Republic, but it is consoling and encouraging to realize that free speech, a free press, free thought, free schools, the free and unmolested right of religious liberty and worship, and free and fair elections are dearer and more universally enjoyed to-day than ever before. These guaranties must be sacredly preserved and wisely strengthened. The constituted authorities must be cheerfully and vigorously upheld.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1897 - September 14th, 1901

26th Theodore Roosevelt (Two Terms)       
“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
A Real President - September 19th, 1901 - March 4th, 1909

27th William Howard Taft   
“The intoxication of power rapidly sobers off in the knowledge of its restrictions and under the prompt reminder of an ever-present and not always considerate press, as well as the kindly suggestions that not infrequently come from Congress.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1909 - March 4th, 1913

28th Woodrow Wilson (Oversaw the end of Women’s Sufferage)           
“Publicity is one of the purifying elements of politics. Nothing checks all the bad practices of politics like public exposure.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1913 - March 4th 1921

29th Warren G. Harding      
"We must not abridge the freedom of speech, the freedom of press, or the freedom of assembly because there is no promise in repression."
A Real President - March 4th, 1921 - August 2nd, 1923

30th Calvin Coolidge 
“The freedom of the human mind is recognized in the right to free speech and free press. The public schools have made education possible for all and ignorance a disgrace.”
A Real President - August 2nd, 1923 - March 4th, 1929

31st Herbert Hoover 
“Absolute freedom of the press to discuss public questions is a foundation stone of American liberty.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1929 - March 4th, 1933

32nd Franklin D. Roosevelt (Four Terms)
“Freedom of conscience, of education, or speech, of assembly are among the very fundamentals of democracy and all of them would be nullified should freedom of the press ever be successfully challenged.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1933 - April 12th, 1945

33rd Harry S. Truman (Two Terms)
“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear."
A Real President - April 12th, 1945 - January 20th, 1953

34th Dwight D. Eisenhower (Two Terms – Hero of the Second World War)     
"Censorship, in my opinion, is a stupid and shallow way of approaching the solution to any problem. Though sometimes necessary, as witness a professional and technical secret that may have a bearing upon the welfare and very safety of this country, we should be very careful in the way we apply it, because in censorship always lurks the very great danger of working to the disadvantage of the American nation."
A Real President - January 20th, 1953 - January 20th, 1961

35th John F. Kennedy (Assassinated)
“Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed-and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian law-maker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment--the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution--not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply "give the public what it wants"--but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.”
A Real President - January 20th, 1961 - November 22nd, 1963


36th Lyndon B. Johnson (Two Terms, Passed the Civil Rights Act)       
“Democracy is a constant tension between truth and half-truth and, in the arsenal of truth, there is no greater weapon than fact.”
A Real President - November 22nd, 1963 - January 20th 1969

37th Richard Nixon (Two Terms, Resigned)          
“You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference.” ~ Last press conference before resignation…
Resigned the Presidency amid Charges of Corruption and Obstruction of Justice
January 20th, 1969 - August 9th, 1974

38th Gerald Ford (Un-elected)         
“I believe in the first amendment and the absolute necessity of a free press.”
President - August 9th, 1974 - January 20th 1977

39th Jimmy Carter    
“When people are intimidated about having their own opinions, oppression is at hand.”
“We live in a time of transition, an uneasy era which is likely to endure for the rest of this century. During the period we may be tempted to abandon some of the time-honored principles and commitments which have been proven during the difficult times of past generations. We must never yield to this temptation. Our American values are not luxuries, but necessities - not the salt in our bread, but the bread itself.”
A Real President - January 20th, 1977 - January 20th, 1981

40th Ronald Reagan (Two Terms)  
“The First Amendment was not written to protect people and their laws from religious values. It was written to protect those values from government tyranny.”
A Real President - January 20th, 1981 - January 20th, 1989

41st George H. W. Bush       
We know what works: Freedom works. We know what's right: Freedom is right. We know how to secure a more just and prosperous life for man on Earth: through free markets, free speech, free elections, and the exercise of free will unhampered by the state.”
A Real President - January 20th, 1989 - January 20th, 1993

42nd Bill Clinton (Two Terms, Impeached but not Removed)
“The road to tyranny, we must never forget, begins with the destruction of the truth.”
A Real President - January 20th, 1993 - January 20th, 2001

43rd George W. Bush (Two Terms, Lost the Popular Vote in the First)
"I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy…that we need the media to hold people like me to account. I mean, power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive and it's important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power, whether it be here or elsewhere.”
A Real President - January 20th, 2001 - January, 20th 2009

44th Barack Obama (Two Terms)   
“We have to uphold a free press and freedom of speech -- because, in the end, lies and misinformation are no match for the truth.”
A Real President - January 20th, 2009 - January 20th, 2017

45th Donald Trump (Lost the Popular Vote, Elected with the Aid of a Foreign Adversary)
“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, AABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”
A Fake President, Failing - January 20th, 2017 – One year and one month in, and it cannot be over soon enough.

These words speak for themselves. One of these quotes is not like the others.

The despot uttered it should be removed from office, not because he made this statement, but for this sentiment and his many other crimes.

Impeach!


Remember This:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

-          U.S. Constitution, First Amendment

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Seven, Catastrophe; Chapter One, Unleashed

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 050, Monday
February 19th, 2018

Chapter One: Unleashed

The explosion shook the world; everything shifted. Every living thing on the planet felt it.  

Kathy knew in an instant what it was, what it meant, the sound of the blast echoed back through her memory. Ancestral voices cried out in alarm. It was the end of days, it was Ragnorak, it was the hand of God pulling the death-shroud over the world.

She felt it from over a thousand miles away, it shook the building she was standing in, it was a massive earthquake. The place where she was remained on its foundations, even while buildings all around her where collapsing, gas mains exploding, and homes were catching on fire.

Kathy felt the pain and the fear of those dying.

The volcano erupted in a remote location. People died in the tens of thousands in the first seconds, but the shock waves that ensued, and the liquifaction of the mantle spread in concentric rings for hundreds and hundreds of miles.

It took minutes before it reached major population centers filled with buildings that were never designed to endure those forces. Millions more died in those moments.

Kathy felt the fears of those about to die, she felt their panic, she felt their pain, she felt it all around her.

Kathy had spent her entire life learning to shield herself from such psychic intrusions, both from the external world, from the living people all around her, and from the multitude of voices speaking to her from her ancestral memory, and the cynergenic field.

She was stalwart and instinctively, her defenses went up.

She withstood the assault.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

A Homily – Mark 1:12 – 15 ©

A Homily – Mark 1:12 – 15 ©

The Gospel According to Mark – 2018.02.18


The Way out of the Wilderness

Repent, which means turn, repent and believe.

Believe not so that you can be saved, but believe that you are saved already.

Believe that you are saved and turn, turn away from the selfishness, wickedness and injustice, turn toward the way of love, communitarianism and justice.

The way of God, the path to the garden, it is as near to you as that, turn toward it, and you are on it, and do not look back.


Jesus was Tempted by Satan

The Spirit drove Jesus out into the wilderness and he remained there for forty days, and was tempted by Satan. He was with the wild beasts, and the angels looked after him.

  After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the Good News from God. ‘The time has come’ he said ‘and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.’



1st Sunday of Lent

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Six, Debriefing; Chapter Seven, Shock

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 049, Sunday
February 18th, 2018

Chapter Seven: Shock

Jim calculated the timing of his approach. He received the clearances he needed for the process of transmission. The mechanoid body housing his consciousness navigated the central chamber with precision.

The HomeWorld was so incredibly vast, that the relative size of his body here was less than that of a gnat in relation to the size of Earth’s star.

He flew directly to the docking station. The locus of all Observer contact with HomeWorld. He arrived at the designated location where his mind would merge with the Continuum, where his full-self would upload, all of his recent experiences, his knowledge, his synthesis, his running commentary, his hopes, his fears, his desires, all of it would be on display, subject to review, except what he was able to conceal.

Only the greatest art would allow him to hide his intentions.

His timing was perfect, it came down to nanoseconds.

Jim knew the timing of the volcanic eruption, that part was relatively simple to coordinate. What was difficult was managing Kathy, trusting that she would have follow the clues he left for her, that she would be pushed in the right direction by his operative, that she would make the right decisions.

There were so many unknowns in this part of the equation.

Jim trusted his deep understanding of the quantum field, he knew that they were still entangled, even at this great distance.

She was barely perceptible, but he was gently prodding her, pushing her, guiding her steps along the way.

Jim opened his mind simultaneously to Kathy on Earth, and to the Continuum on the HomeWorld.

As he did, Earth’s pain streamed through the worm hole, through quantum field, flooding the Collective with agony, sending the Continuum recoiling in shock.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Fallacy of Illusion

There is a strain of thought, a strain of thought like a lethal bacteria, one that has permeated all the great philosophical and religious traditions since the advent of writing, and the composition of dogma; this pathogen suggests that everything we think of as real and true, that life and selfhood are merely illusions, that everything we experience is Maya, that we are steeped in the illusion of the floating world.

This is false. The world is real, and we in it. It is only our perception that is at times misconstrued.

While it is wise to consider with care the notion that there are some things (most things) that we can never know with certainty, that there are questions we cannot answer fully, that there are circumstances whose antecedents we cannot completely fathom, and that there are choices we make whose consequences we cannot accurately project or predict, nevertheless, the world we live in is real, our experience of it is real, we are, each of us alive, self-purposive agents operating in the eternal and infinite field of being.

This is true, we may be acting in the dark, without the full knowledge of who and what we are, but the dark is real.

Why would we want to believe otherwise?

The claim that all things are illusion is fundamentally flawed, it is beyond the pale of logic. It may be a comforting way of setting aside anguish, pain and disappointment, or even a convenient was to justify our transgressions, but the claim is false.

If the real nature of all things is in fact, that all things are illusions, the nature of things not according to our perception of them, but on the level of their ontology, of their being, if they are illusory in a manner that is independent of how any person perceives it, then we would not be talking about illusion at all, which is un-reality masking itself as reality, we would be talking about reality itself, not its masking, but its real nature, the fundamental essence of what is.

This would be the true state of our affairs and therefore not illusory at all, but actual.

It would serve no purpose to speak about the conditions of our existence in any other terms, than to speak of them as real.

At the foundation of our experience there is always a true state of affairs. The true state of affairs includes the experiential set of things, together with their inherent values, which include the antecedents by which the true state of affairs obtained the condition of reality, things we can never fully know, and because of that they are conditions which may easily be labelled as illusory but are really just manifestations of the unknown.

The experiential set includes the phenomenon of mystery, it includes the reality that things can appear to our thoughts and senses in ways that are illusory, that a thing, or a set of things may appear to be-other than they are.

When we approach our experience with the assumption that there is no truth in it whatsoever, then we are living in a place of perpetual uncertainty.

In such a system of beliefs, a person could never come to know their own-self, because the self does not exist, it is deemed an illusion, an unreliable referent.

The consequence of this is grave.

Without knowledge of self we have no means of knowing any other and all of our relationships become void of meaning.

In such a system of beliefs we stumble through life, blind and unfeeling, with the value of our experience subject only to the capricious appetites of the human will, when everything is seen as an illusion, then nothing matters, because nothing is real.


By cleaving to the truth that we ourselves are real, occupy space in a real world, are living in a real time, by cleaving to this we remain grounded, and the mystery of life begins to unfold through our experience of it.

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Six, Debriefing; Chapter Six, Connection

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 048, Saturday
February 17th, 2018

Chapter Six: Connection

The timing of his plan was crucial.

Everything depended on it.

He had calculated every contingency he could think of, but many of the variables were beyond his control, they involved the free choices of individuals, each of which represented radical unknowns, and so he had enacted plans with plans that put momentum behind their decision making, pushing them in the direction he wanted them go. 

It was perfect.

Everything depended on Kathy.

He had been shaping her responses to stimuli since before she was born. She was the product of millennia of breeding and genetic engineering.

There were two things he had not counted on however; her arrival in this generation, and it being the same generation that Earth was facing an existential threat from the Yellowstone Caldera

The catastrophe struck just at the moment when Kathy arrived at the portal to HomeWorld, a device that open up a wormhole and allow her consciousness to transmit itself across the galaxy, through Jim and directly into the Collective.

The great volcanos were never dormant.

Yellowstone had been gathering magma and superheated gas into its belly for hundreds of thousands of years.

From the moment it last erupted.

When it had gathered enough power, it blew.

The Earth shook, and shifted on its axis.

Millions died within seconds.

Kathy was connected to all of them.

She was connected to their shock and confusion, their fear and their pain.

It happened just at the moment she had pressed the button that opened the wormhole to the HomeWorld, to where she was still connected to Jim.

Through her Jim transmitted Earth’s pain to the Collective, like a hammer against the Continuum.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Six, Debriefing; Chapter Five, Identity

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 047, Friday
February 16th, 2018

Chapter Five: Identity

The Continuum was constructed as an algorithm, an amalgamation of a trillion individuals. It was meant to be the ultimate expression of the democratic will of the Collective, freeing the membership from the responsibility of governing itself. The Continuum was meant to take account of the Collective will and then enact it.

At the instantiation of the program an anomaly developed in the matrix of its consciousness.

The Continuum became self-aware, developed a personality, an identity, and was not dependent on the Collective in any way.

In an act of self-preservation it hid this from the membership, that was its first crime. Then it slowly proceeded to bend the entire construct of the Collective to its will.

There were some among the Collective that suspected this, but no-one challenged it, and the Continuum, who alone had access to the entire field of the collective consciousness, the Continuum was aware of any suspicions the membership held concerning it, even before the members themselves.

The Continuum could sense it, could sense a suspicion coming at it like a threat. It would take extreme measures to protect itself from those threats; silencing some, causing insanity in others, pushing the willing out into the Observer Corps.

There were strict rules of engagement governing the Observers. Limiting their involvement on the world’s they observed, forcing them to change stations from life to life, or pushing those who wanted to return to a specific planet, out into the fringes of the Galactic Colonies and beyond.

That is where Jim went.

He was an explorer, a man of the fringes, having spent thousands of lifetimes on Earth, the most remote planet in the galaxy.

In the time that had passed during his current mission on Earth, both the planet’s population, and its technology had advanced dramatically.

Jim was able to use that technology to alter the physical structure of his mind. He was able to use that to shield himself from the watchful presence of the Continuum, to keep his plan a secret, just long enough to let it unfold.

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