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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Toppled God

The Bard once said ~ He could confine himself to a walnut shell and count himself the king of infinite space

His hero, the prince cast his gaze over a sea of troubles, of roiling calamities, and found the sacred moment therein, the truth of the human condition

In jealousy, and betrayal

He stood on a pedestal, set against adversity, against the raging ocean, and the cacophonic caterwaul of the howling gods

There is madness in the wind, and the light of revelation, leaping from the spinning world, in the flashing brilliance of the frozen North

Magnify the light, the slender burning ray, lose yourself and rise, to the place beyond all boundaries, to the no-place beyond all time

Realize, you are an expression of the divine, gaze into the mirrored lens and come away blind, like the old and unperceiving fool Tiresias

Here lies the toppled god, the hungry ego, forgetting and forgotten

Here lies the toppled god, drowning in the depths of delusion

Here lies the toppled God, lost in the void of fear, and self-absorption

In the voice of the tragic prince we are told that there are more things between the heavens and the Earth, than have been dreamt of by the philosophers


~ So says the Bard

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day set aside for reflection. It is meant for us to honor our fallen dead.
The meaning of this day has changed much since its founding. At its inception, it was meant to honor our African American soldiers, both the soldiers born-free and the former slaves who gave their lives, men and women, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters who gave everything they had, to keep the union whole.
They died for an America which they only dreamed could exist. They died for these United States, for this reality, an America that is still in a state of becoming.
They died for us, for good or ill, they died for us.
We have yet to repay them, to fulfill their hopes for the America they dreamt of; America, daughter of liberty, of truth, and justice.
We honor our dead on this day; our soldiers and sailors and airmen, our police and firefighters; we honor them. We honor all of our citizens who spent their lives, who give their days to public service; we honor our doctors and nurses and teachers, the good works of our ordinary citizens, of our friends and neighbors, we honor everyone’s sacrifices; known and unknown, and those yet to come.
This year we must honor two men who gave their lives, just days ago, on a train in Portland, Oregon. The stood up to man who was berating two Muslim women. The man turned and attacked them with a knife, killing them before he fled.
We must honor them, and their sacrifice, they died upholding our most cherished values, that recognition that we are one people come from many nations, and that we each come into the world with the absolute right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  
On this day of all days, do not make the mistake of thinking that it is our service women and men who keep us free. It has been at least sixty years since America faced an “existential” threat from a foreign power.
We do not face such a threat right now; not from ISIS, not from North Korea, not from Russia, not from anywhere.
The real threat we face is from ourselves, from our ignorance, and from our fear, the mind killer, the little death that brings total obliteration, we must face that fear and confront it.
It is we, and we alone, who can protect us from ourselves.
Our own apathy, our prejudice, and our hatred, these are more dangerous forces aligned against us, against our freedom. They are more deadly than any power in the world.
To honor our fallen dead, you must do your part to keep us free. You must participate in our democracy.
Vote, stay informed, organize, build alliances, and collaborate.
Our collective failure has placed a criminal, autocratic, demagogue in the White House, allowed the Supreme Court to state that corporations are to be treated as people, and money regarded as free speech, while those same justices have told ordinary American’s that the right to free speech does not include the right to be heard, and that the right to vote does not include the guarantee that your vote will be counted.
This rank cynicism is more dangerous to our freedom than any rag tag group of militants half way around the world, more dangerous than immigrants looking across our borders, looking to us for a better way of life, as my own forebears did when they came here.
Honor our fallen dead. Not with cards and flowers and barbeques (but do those things because they are good), honor them by standing up to racism and bigotry, to religious zealotry and corporate greed, to scientific ignorance and xenophobia, and corruption in our public officials, in our highest offices.
Honor them by participating in our public discourse. Do not lose heart, and do not give up.
We must rebuild America, reform our institutions, for the sake of Americans and our future generations. We must take responsibility for your own freedom.
Honor the fallen, in this way.
Jay P. Botten, Veteran, U.S.N., Hospital Corps, 1990 – 1994
Given 1st 2015.05.25, Revised 2016.05.31

Revised 2017.05.29

Sunday, May 28, 2017

A Homily – John 17:1 - 11 ©

The Gospel According to John – 2017.05.28


Getting it Wrong, Again

The writers of John’s Gospel reveal, once again, their fundamental misunderstanding of Jesus and mission.

The ministry of Jesus was centered on real people, living real lives, facing real hardship, in the real world.

His gaze was focused toward the Earth, not toward the heaven.

Jesus was not here to seek glory, or power, or dominion over mankind. He was selfless and meek, and gave everything away, including his life. There is a kind of power in this, but it is not power in the sense of force, or energy, but in its root, potens, potere, meaning ability. Jesus possessed the ability to love.

Jesus was not a Gnostic, but the writers of John would make him out to be one. He did not teach a secret doctrine. He himself wrote nothing down. He taught by the word of his mouth and through his actions. He proclaimed justice, and promoted love; through healing, and sharing, and community work.

Jesus prayed, but he only gave us one prayer. He prayed for bread, and mercy, and the strength to be merciful.

If the church is finally able to be like Jesus, then Christ will have risen in it.


Eternal Life

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said:

‘Father, the hour has come: glorify your Son so that your Son may glorify you; and, through the power over all mankind that you have given him, let him give eternal life to all those you have entrusted to him.

And eternal life is this: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I have glorified you on earth and finished the work that you gave me to do. Now, Father, it is time for you to glorify me with that glory I had with you before ever the world was. I have made your name known to the men you took from the world to give me.

They were yours and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now at last they know that all you have given me comes indeed from you; for I have given them the teaching you gave to me, and they have truly accepted this, that I came from you, and have believed that it was you who sent me.

I pray for them; I am not praying for the world but for those you have given me, because they belong to you: all I have is yours and all you have is mine, and in them I am glorified. I am not in the world any longer, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you.’



7th Sunday of Easter

Emergence, In Fifty-five Words - Section Three, Earth; Part Twenty, Collective, Collected Chapters




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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 141, May 21st, 2017

Chapter One: Family

The care of a loving family is like the wet, clinging mesh of a spiderweb. Humans are trapped in it, suspended, enwrapped. The majority of people who have ever lived, never lived apart from these bonds.

Familial obligations are invisible.

Everything we are comes from the family, everything we do redounds to the family name.

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Day 142, May 22st, 2017

Chapter Two: Kin

As families become clans the bonds of loyalty are set in the body, constructed from chemicals and enzymes, by proteins and amino acids, by the songs and rhythms unique to each group. They pass on their memories from one generation to the next.

These are bonds that we do not see, that we never question.

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Day 143, May 23rd, 2017

Chapter Three: Village

Hierarchies emerge in village life, just as they do everywhere in the animal world, social hierarchies forming around the well, at the markets, the places of worship and religious life, and in the seat judgment.

The center is everything, with rank flowing out from it in concentric rings.

A person was either in or out.

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Day 144, May 24th, 2017

Chapter Four: Tribe

There was safety in the tribe, and the ability to test one’s self through competition with peers.

There were shared customs, and stories, and rituals in the tribe, those things both shaped the structure of the tribe and taught all of its members the means by which they could advance.

There was otherness as well.

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Day 145, May 25th, 2017

Chapter Five: City

Encampments became villages, and villages became towns.
Towns grew into cities as people migrated into the urban centers for trade, and work. They clung together in ever greater numbers, for protection, and opportunity.

Families dispersed, becoming ever less important.

What became paramount were the relationship the individual had to neighbors and teachers, patronage and clientage.

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Day 146, May 26th, 2017

Chapter Six: State

Large cities gathered smaller towns and villages to themselves, just as families did kin, to form greater clans and tribes.

The bonds that formed were like the spokes of wheel, both radiating from the center and supporting the outer frame.

There were the ancient bonds of vassalage, bonds of the imagination, bonds of determination.

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Day 147, May 27th, 2017

Chapter Seven: Nation

Common language, common custom, rituals and religion; these tie people together, as ligaments connect bone and muscles in the joints of the body.

They formed nations from states, building on the foundations of security and prosperity.

The old allegiances of family, tribe, and clan were shifting ever-outward, away from people, into the world of ideas.

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Section Three, Earth

Part Twenty, Collective

Collected Chapters

01 Family
02 Kin
03 Village
04 Tribe
05 City
06 State
07 Nation

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Fake President - Part XI

Editorial, The Week in Review – Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
05.27.2017

He who does not know, and does not know that he does not know, is a fool. Shun him.
I am tempted to leave my weekly reflection on our national politics there, but there were so many developments this week that I cannot.
The fake presidency of T-Rump, represents a clear and present danger to the security of the United States, and to our constitutional republic.
Several things were reveled this week about the careless way T-Rump handles matters of national security. In a phone call with the President of the Philippines, a murderer named Duterte, T-Rump revealed the location of two of our nuclear sub-marines off the coast of North Korea.
Like his revelation of intelligence to the Russian Foreign Minister, and Ambassador in the Oval Office last week, he did this simply to brag, putting the lives of our sailors at risk in doing so.
Because he, and his people have no discipline, they also revealed photographs of the perpetrators of a terrible bombing in London this week, even while the British were carrying out an active investigation in to the terrorist network that perpetrated the attack, even while the British asked us to keep the information they shared with us a secret, the T-Rump team could not help themselves. They published photos.
They published the photos because they wanted to promote the narrative that we are all at risk from Islamic terrorism, they would risk our ability of us and our allies to catch the perpetrators, just so they can spin their story.
The fake presidency is a menace to society.
T-Rump appears to be mentally unstable. This was revealed in video of him shoving the president of Montenegro out of his way so he could get to the front of a photo shoot.
Jared Kushner, his son in law is now under FBI scrutiny for his role in aiding the Russian’s in their efforts to influence the 2016 presidential campaign. Kushner, at T-Rump’s request, attempted to set up a private line of communication with the Kremlin, so that T-Rump and Putin could talk without the interference, knowledge or oversight of anyone else in government or our intelligence services.
This may very well be treason.
T-Rump must go.
His violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution is enough.

Remove him from office before he does real and lasting harm to the Nation.
He who does not know, and does not know that he does not know, is a fool. Shun him.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Baptism and Emptiness

These feelings oppress
Even as they exalt me
Pride, humility

My dynamic will
An inclination to move
Bound and struggling

Duty and honor
They stretch me on the altar
Servant to ideals

The stone blade cuts deep
Frees me from my wounded heart
Cruel, unforgiving

Selfless diffusion
The holy ghost, washed in fire
The Shriven spirit

Overwhelmed and drained
A hunger for faith
Baptized and empty


Sunday, May 21, 2017

A Homily – John 15:18 - 21 ©

The Gospel According to John – 2017.05.21


Getting it Wrong

It is often the case that the writers of John’s Gospel express these confusing and misleading sentiments.

The world did not hate Jesus, though it is true that some people did. Their hatred arose from fear, and it led to anger, which resulted in Jesus’ death.

This was not a cosmic event, it was a political murder, and it did not achieve its objective, beyond the killing of Jesus.

It was an ordinary execution.

The writers of John fail to understand two key principles in Jesus’ teaching; the power of conversion, and the ease with which people fall away, even the closest initiate.

Those who persecute the faith one day may become the most ardent supporters the next, like Saul of Tarsus, who became the apostle, Saint Paul.

Those who were closest to the tradition, can turn against it, like Judas, who sold Jesus into captivity.

The faithful can turn against their community, and then turn back toward it again, as was the case with Simon, who became Saint Peter, whom Jesus called Satan, and yet still invited to his table, who denied Jesus on the night of his arrest, and then became the rock on which the church was built, who died a martyr in Rome.

What joy and what travail we may experience in life because we are Christians, these things have less to do with Jesus, than they have to do with the day to day struggles that all people experience here on earth, the struggle for food, and shelter, for clean water, for life, and dignity and human rights.

We do the tradition a disservice if we make those struggles into something cosmic and fantastic, instead of seeing them for the ordinary pleasures and tribulations of life.


They Do Not Know

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘If the world hates you, remember that it hated me before you. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you do not belong to the world, because my choice withdrew you from the world, therefore the world hates you.

Remember the words I said to you: A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you too; if they kept my word, they will keep yours as well.

But it will be on my account that they will do all this, because they do not know the one who sent me.’


6th Sunday of Easter

Emergence, In Fifty-five Words - Section Three, Earth; Part Nineteen, Consciousness, Collected Chapters




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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 143, May 14th, 2017

Chapter One: Self

Birth is concrescence, the coalescence of matter organizing into form. It is the quest of consciousness, the cognizant being emerging independent, and alone.

Each instance of birth is the beginning of a series of reflections given by the universe, on itself. The relative length of those reflections is not germane.

The bare witness is enough.

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Day 135, May 15th, 2017

Chapter Two: Other

The human, homo sapient sapient, like every other organic being, is beset with the inherent biases of the animal brain.

The glands of the brain pump chemicals into the liquid consciousness of the neural net.

It is fearful, concerned with only the most basic things; pleasure, pain, fear.

It regards every other creature as threat.

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Day 136, May 16th, 2017

Chapter Three: Mother

There is a brief period of time for every mammal, when they are safe in the warmth and dark of the womb, a short time when they are one with another, their mother.

Two hearts beating in the same body, sharing the same flow of blood, air, they are in a state of complete co-dependence.

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Day 137, May 17th, 2017

Chapter Four: Father

Stranger, protector, arbiter of conflict, a father is the first person the child seeks to bond with after separating from the mother.

The child seeks to connect with, to understand, to contend with, and to please the father. The ways in which their relationship develops determines virtually everything about who the child will ultimately become.

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Day 138, May 18th, 2017

Chapter Five: Siblings

Sisters and brothers, for most human beings these are the first people with whom they will share a common bond, and also compete with.

You identify with them, discover betrayal, experience them as a threat, and learn from them both how to love, and to forgive.

The human capacity for empathy is refined through them.

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Day 139, May 19th, 2017

Chapter Six: Family

The family becomes an extension of self.

The human being will begin to see its well-being as synonymous with their own. Without regard for the hurts, and the minor competitions that ensued while growing together, we protect those closest to us with ferocity equal to our own drive for safety.

Blood, family, it binds us.

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Day 140, May 20th, 2017

Chapter Seven: Other Self

As we become self-aware we struggle with fear, fear lodged deep within the limbic system of our “reptilian” brains.

We come into the knowledge of self, fearing any, and all others, accept kin.

It is through kinship, relating to those who we believe share our deepest interests, that we learn to see strangers as other-selves.

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Section Three, Earth

Part Nineteen, Consciousness

Collected Chapters

01 Self
02 Other
03 Mother
04 Father
05 Siblings
06 Family
07 Other Self

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Fake President - Part X

Editorial, The Week in Review – Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
05.20.2017

I was listening to the news on my drive home last night. The news of the day was that former FBI Director James Comey would testify in open hearings at the Senate, sometime after Memorial Day holiday.
The New York Times Reported that T-Rump slandered Comey in his Oval Office conversations with the Russian Foreign Minister, and the Ambassador, the day after he fired him. T-Rump called him “crazy,” and a “nut job.” He told the Russian’s that he was relieved after firing the FBI director, because it took the pressure off of them in regard to the ongoing investigations into Russian interference in our elections, and the possible collusion of the T-Rump campaign, his family, or even T-Rump himself in those treasonous activities.
T-Rump said it, admitting to the Russians, that the Russia investigation was at the root of his firing the FBI Director, making any other assertion about his rational a demonstrable lie.
It was also revealed on Friday that a senior white house aide, someone close to T-Rump, was the target of a criminal investigation in the FBI probe. No one has confirmed this, but the story is that the senior aide is his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and now I remember the photographs from the summer of 2016 of Ivanka on vacation with Putin’s mistress.
These people are criminals.
I was listening to these reports and I was saddened by the fact that America rejected a person for the office on Commander in Chief, who was possibly the most well prepared candidate for the office that we have ever had.
Granted, she was a flawed candidate, she had conflicts of interest, she would not have lived up to my own liberal and progressive ideals.
I was an ardent supporter of hers, from beginning to end.
She would have been the first woman to hold the office, she would have been an effective administrator, she would not have been at the center of the type of drama you see unfolding now.
It made me sad.
Russian interference, criminal collusion, treason, voter suppression, bogus investigations about her e-mail server, her role in the tragedy at Benghazi, and on and on, they stole from us, the American people, the opportunity to have an immanently qualified public servant managing the most complicated bureaucracy in the world.
If this had not been stolen from us, we would not be facing a disastrous change in our health insurance policy, we would be looking at reforms that strengthen the system.
We would not have a President who did not sit down for the Presidential Daily Briefing, who would have a Commander in Chief who was genuinely interested in National Security.
We would not be entertaining a budget that pushes American wealth away from lower and middle income families, into the hands of the 1%, we would not have a secretary of education, threatening to cut the promises made to college graduates to forgive their loans if they went to work in non-profits and the public sector.
We would not have an Attorney General promising to reinstate mandatory minimum sentencing for non-violent crimes, and promising to breathe new life into the “for-profit” prison system.
We would not have these things
The woman who won the popular vote was denied the office she aspired to because of treason, collusion, corruption, and suppression. It is not right, and there is nothing we can do to change it.

Even if the Republican party comes to its sense and gets rid of T-Rump, we will only replace him with people who are likely more sane, but just as bad for public policy as the orange monster.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

War and Delusion

Nature is red in tooth and claw, or so Saint Augustine said
See beneath the placid waters of the calming lake, where it is eat or be eaten
There is always a bigger a fish

Peer beyond the gold and purple of the meadow, flowering
The snake and the fox are on the hunt, the spider is weaving, and the cat is prowling
We humans are the worst of all 

We languish in the comfort of peace, smothered in its balmy illusion
Delighting in the sweet euphoria of the warming breeze, soft and wet, and smelling of the sea
We are the swine-herd of Calypso

The world is at war and its burning with a magnificent heat, a nuclear fire
Violence tearing continents apart, consuming cultures, and nations, and tribes, devouring them 
Hungry America, daughter of Liberty

She walks the earth like a Titan, pissing and shitting everywhere
Leaving fields of corpses, each body a seed of resentment, filling rivers with blood, and waste
She is not America, she is Kali Amer
            Amer Kali, the goddess, The Destroyer of Worlds, bitter and raw
                       
It happens in an instant, depending on how you measure time
A tiny event, a million minutes, a blink of the eye, an episode of pain
A flash of white and it is gone

We view the past in abstracted pieces, frame by discontinuous frame
Memory never captures reality, it reconstructs, creating something new
A conditional aesthetic

A lawn chair, a sun tan, the oil coated skin, bright and glistening
Bronzed and warm, fractals repeating, a desperate nation, a starving child
The intoxication of peace, inebriating war
            Our comforts are not free


Sunday, May 14, 2017

A Homily – John 14:1 - 12 ©

The Gospel According to John – 2017.05.14


Getting It 

The Gospels are replete with stories that depict the ignorance of Jesus’ twelve male disciples.

You them. They were human beings and like all of us they were flawed, confused, and ignorant.

Jesus even refers to Saint Peter as “Satan,” the enemy, and on the night of Jesus’ arrest Peter denies having known him.

In the generations that followed the death of Jesus, the early Christians did not gain any more clarity in the decades that followed, as the John’s Gospel shows.

Jesus is not “The Way,” he life demonstrated the way, not the “way to” God, but the “way of God,” of love, and hope, and trust.

The good news is not that God has prepared a place for you, for the Jewish people that were the brothers and sisters of Jesus, or for the Christians who came later, but that God has prepared a place for everyone. No one is left apart from God’s plan.

Following the “way” of Jesus does not require you to believe or know anything about him, it requires you to live a life of kindness, and loving service to your fellow human beings.


The Way

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God still, and trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house; if there were not, I should have told you. I am going now to prepare a place for you, and after I have gone and prepared you a place, I shall return to take you with me; so that where I am you may be too. You know the way to the place where I am going.’

Thomas said, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’
Jesus said:

‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you know me, you know my Father too. From this moment you know him and have seen him.’

Philip said, ‘Lord, let us see the Father and then we shall be satisfied.’

‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip,’ said Jesus to him ‘and you still do not know me?

‘To have seen me is to have seen the Father, so how can you say, “Let us see the Father”?

Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak as from myself: it is the Father, living in me, who is doing this work.

You must believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; believe it on the evidence of this work, if for no other reason.

I tell you most solemnly, whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do myself, he will perform even greater works, because I am going to the Father.’


5th Sunday of Easter

Jennifer – Haiku Series

Jennifer is she
Bright as a morning in May
Sensual and sweet

Freckles, and green eyes
Your flashing smile lights my heart
As the sun in spring

Three years of loving
Kind, and thoughtful Valentine
Jennifer is she

Emergence, In Fifty-five Words - Section Three, Earth; Part Eighteen, Disaster, Collected Chapters




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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 127, May 7th, 2017

Chapter One: Yellowstone

The Yellowstone National Park was a place of awesome-beauty, a landscape of surreal contrasts exploding from the living rock, and shifting mountains.

The molten core of the planet burned beneath its thin surface.

The cauldron of liquid rock boiled below the mantle.

In the park, the bubbling waters, and geysers gave the tell. Catastrophe approached.

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Chapter Two: Lift

The human scientists only noticed the volcanic activity when the mountains surrounding Yellowstone Park began to lift.

It took the best geologists among to figure it out, and that took years to complete.

Even then, they did not know how vast the problem was.

The volcanologists and geophysicists weighed in, a small cabal of people.

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Day 129, May 9th, 2017

Chapter Three: Rumbling

The wildlife sensed it first; the buffalo, the elk, the wolves, and the bears, they sensed the deep rumbling of the volcano, vibrations so subtle that no human being could perceive it. They sensed the change that was coming even while the finest scientific instruments showed the daily activity as occurring within a normal range.

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Day 130, May 10th, 2018

Chapter Four: The Blast

Every living thing on the planet heard or felt the explosion.

Global chaos followed quick upon the sound waves, with prayers in every language rising up to meet it.

The tallest buildings in every city around the world toppled as the planet jolted, and shifted on its axis.

Every person knew the end had come.

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Day 131, May 11th, 2017

Chapter Five: The Axis

For nearly seven hundred thousand years the pressure grew, seven hundred thousand years since the last eruption.

The pressure of gas and heat building beneath the earth, it was energy the human mind could only comprehend in the abstract.

When the cauldera blew, Earth shifted on its axis and altered its orbit around the sun.

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Day 132, May 12th, 2017

Chapter Six: The Cloud

Thick layers of volcanic ash buried the majority of the North American continent.

Fine particles of pulverized stone, and poisonous gas rose high into the upper atmosphere, circulating around the globe. It blanketed the world, blocking out the light of the sun, plunging the earth into a prolonged night, and winter.

It was the end.

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Chapter Seven: The Other Side

The eruption was a crucible, as the eruptions had always been.

Life on earth threaded the eye of the needle, most of it becoming merely another layer of clay.

Only a few thousand people would live through it.

Half of the world perished within days, and most of the rest in the year that followed.

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Emergence 2.0

Section Three, Earth
Part Eighteen, Disaster

Collected Chapters

01 Yellowstone
02 Lift
03 Rumbling
04 The Blast
05 The Axis
06 The Cloud
07 The Other Side

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