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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Seven, War; Part Forty-four, Loyalties; Chapter Four, Linguistic


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 319, Thursday
November 15th, 2018

Chapter Four: Linguistic

Language is amorphous, changing all the time.

The Imperial Schools attempted to normalize linguistics throughout the million worlds of the Empire. They were continuously falling short of their goal.

People speak in codes, in patterns constructed from shared experience, patterns that change rapidly in both space and time; from one village to the next, from planet to planet and generation to generation.

The mission to normalize languages never ended. The Imperial schools were in a constant state of reaction to the new patterns of linguistics that developed from one era to the next; encountering, learning, reacting, influencing.  

Change was the only constant.

Despite the continuous efforts of the Imperial Schools, variation persisted, colloquial patterns bonded people to one another, those patterns were an unconscious manifestation of shared suffering; of triumph, of joy, of anger.  

Language was the architecture of hope and of resentment, and that is why the Continuum wanted so badly to control it. The citizen projected their desires for themselves and their families with language. They organized their resistance to the powers that ruled them with the same.

Every rebellion was hidden in secret language, and the full weight of the drama was contained therein.

Language patterns were buried in the ganglia of the central nervous system, they were a genetic endowment, and it was a language game that allowed the ancient people to develop the science that created the Collective, and ultimately the Continuum as well.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Seven, War; Part Forty-four, Loyalties; Chapter Three, Planetary


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 318, Wednesday
November 14th, 2018

Chapter Three: Planetary

The Empire was vast. It was stretched like a net through the center of the galaxy.

It was comprised of a million worlds.

The Empire was like a necklace of planets strung like gems among the stars, each of them was the locus of identity for the ordinary citizen.

Outcasts were never sanctioned to leave the surface of their world.

The serving class; merchants and bureaucrats, farmers and laborers might leave their own world for another in their solar system, but such travel was rare.

Soldiers and priests ventured into deep space with regularity, both for combat and pilgrimages in the performance of their duties.  

Every person was marked by the world they lived on, they were genetically aligned to its exigencies; to their planet’s gravity, the composition of its atmosphere, the unique threats rising from a planet’s closed biological system, to the light of their star.  

Every person was marked by their world in ways that were both obvious and hidden. In ways that were clearly discernable by the naked eye, and in ways that would only be revealed in an autopsy, or under the microscope.

Every person on every world was a descendent of the ancient race of people who first explored the stars and engineered the Collective.

Life had been found on millions of other planets, the Ancient Race had seeded some of it, but  people never been found.

Every person was uniquely formed by their own planet, but they also shared that common core.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Desolation


Our suffering world, turning in the hands of fools
In the grasp of tyrants, clutching

Our suffering world, cracked, bled and bursting
Its treasures stolen from the earth

The people are crying, wandering among ruins
Blinded by despair, to the future

Consumed by greed, confused and ignorant
The people are murmuring

The prophets are speaking, the seas are swelling
The sun scorches, and the earth burns

Starvation and thirst, come for the people
The voiceless people, agonized

Apathy and scorn, no recourse for the victims
Tongues shrivel in blackened mouths

Our suffering world, for humanity’s achievements
Purchased with pain and misery

Our suffering world, its monuments forgotten
Shrines and memorials crumble in the storm

Reduced to nothing, desperation ensuing, trapped
In a nightmare without waking

Global disasters, depravities reoccurring
Sanctified in law

Emergence 3.0 - Section Seven, War; Part Forty-four, Loyalties; Chapter Two, Class


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 317, Tuesday
November 13th, 2018

Chapter Two: Class

Nobody was satisfied with their position in society.

Everyone dreamed of advancing to the next levels, it was the constant preoccupation of the masses. They desired advancement, either in this life or the next, every detail of their lives was subordinated to this, and nothing else mattered.

Even this highest ranking members of the Imperial family were caught up in the notion of advancement, only they knew the truth and their desire was eternal life in the Continuum.

Complacency was abhorrent, it was incumbent on the individual to push themselves and their families forward.

They referred to it as the ladder of divine ascent.

People were conditioned to loath their own place, but when threatened they would reach out to those closest to them for safety, their sameness reflexively united them.

There was safety in numbers.

The people were united by tribe, clan, village and world; as well as by class, by rank and station, by fear and loathing. This was the result of the Imperial condition. The Imperial schools and the religion of the Empire were extremely adept at concretizing this divisive mode of ideation.

Nevertheless, in every generation, on every world and in virtually every tribe there were those who were born seemingly immune to the coercive controls of the Imperium.

These precious few were motivated by love and altruism, they cared little for their rank, they saw themselves as a part of the greater whole and it did not require effort for them to think this way

It came to them naturally.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Seven, War; Part Forty-four, Loyalties; Chapter One, Genetic


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A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 315, Monday
November 12th, 2018

Chapter One: Genetic

The Imperial system did everything it could to sew divisions among the people; between individuals, families, tribes, and worlds, between castes, and between ranks.

The Empire was masterful at it.

Paradoxically, it managed to foment all of that division, by dogmatically focusing the attention of every person on the things that actually united them.

Many things united the people of the Empire, such as; language, cult and custom.

Brothers and sisters, cousins, they might compete tirelessly with one another for position in their family unit, but they would reflexively protect the social status of the family itself, just as families would do within their tribal and national structures, as tribes and nations would relate to their home world.

Fear, and hope were among the most powerful forces establishing this mutuality, and commonality throughout the worlds. There was perpetual conflict, politicking, and maneuvering for gain.

The children of the Ancients evolved in different ways, on their disparate worlds, with differing gravity, differing atmospheres, with different stars to look up at, and different fates to contemplate.

Remaining unified was a critical component of survival, but the things that differentiated people from one another remained primary.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Veteran's Day


Today is Veteran’s Day, November 11th.

Today we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the war to end all wars, though regrettably it was not.

I am a veteran, as is my father and some few of my friends (very few).

From the end of World War I, until 1954, we celebrated this day as Armistice Day, as a remembrance of that moment in that first great-global conflict, when the fighting stopped along the lines, in the trenches at the fronts. It stopped suddenly, it stopped all at once, at the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day, of the eleventh month; as if the war had a director who yelled “cut!” And all the actors on the stage, all the pawns in the field, the millions of people in their graves could get up from what they were doing and go home.

That is not what happened.

Nearly twenty million people were killed in World War I, twenty million families broken, with many millions more suffering in the aftermath.

World War I was perceived by those who endured it as so horrible that it would end war itself for all time, but that would not be the case.

The gods of war are busy, always
The conflicts they sew never end, ever
We hunger and thirst for it, the failure
Of humanity

Today is the feast of Saint Martin of Tours. He is the patron saint of soldiers, St. Martin of the Sword, he is called.

He was the first Christian Soldier.

It was in recognition of him, and his feast that this date was selected, to bring a halt to World War I.

It might have come sooner for the soldiers in the struggle, but the politicians acting like art directors wanted to wait for a symbolic moment, to bring it to a close.

11:11:11

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, it was easy to remember.   

Pope, Saint Gregory the Great, the man who gave us our calendar, penned Saint Martin’s hagiography. It is not likely that Martin ever even lived. All of Gregory’s writing were works of fiction, either cut from whole cloth, or steeped and dyed.

Even if the life of Martin was based on the life of a real person did, his hagiography is a fiction, our celebration of Saint Martin is a piece of propaganda, it is just another terrible lie.

His hagiography was a fable penned with a purpose, through it Pope, Saint Gregory gave permission for Christians to takes up arms.

He gave Christian soldiers leave to march to war, which had been theretofore a matter of deep contention, a thing that was forbidden to the followers of Jesus.

The spirits of conflict have a will of their own…their will is our own. There is no god of war, there are only human pretenders.

In 1954, President Eisenhower, the man who had been the Supreme Allied Commander in World War II, he changed the nature of the November 11th holiday; from Armistice to Veteran’s Day, in honor of all Veterans who had fought in any conflict, anywhere in the world.

Friend or foe, ally or adversary, we celebrate the courage of the average person, woman or man, who was willing to risk everything for their tribe, their nation or their clan.

That is what we celebrate today.

We do not celebrate the end of war, because it seems that war itself will never end.

We do not celebrate the fictional life of a fictional saint, whose usefulness as a tool of propaganda suggested that it was possible to serve Jesus, with a sword, and we do not celebrate the lie that peace could ever be the fruit of war.

The fruit of peace springs from a different seed altogether.

We celebrate the character of those who have had the courage to enlist, to risk their lives for the sake of their sisters and brothers, whether at home or beside them in the field.

We should always celebrate that quality of character, while simultaneously naming the flaws in our own that lead us to war; fear and greed, anger and hatred, calamities all.

The spirits of conflict have a will of their own…they are the children of Aries; Fear, Panic and Strife, they own a piece of us.

We are possessed.

We are still waging war all around the world, one hundred years after the end of World War I. We the United States of America are waging war in Afghanistan, in Africa, selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, fighting a war by proxy with Iran in Yemen, and feeding other conflicts in every sector of the globe.

I served in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman, from 1990 – 1994.

I served during the first Gulf War, though I did not serve in that theatre where we killed 300,000 Iraqi people in the space of a few months.

My father served for twenty-two years; the first four as a Marine, the next eighteen in the Air Force. Our nation went to war only once during that time, in Southeast Asia, where my father served multiple tours of duty, and in which we killed 3,000,000 people of Vietnam.

We have killed millions more in many other nations in the decades since then.

Millions of families broken.

We are terrible, we are profligate killers, we are experts at it, we Americans.

Today our President went to a ceremony to mark the one hundred year anniversary of World War I. All of the leaders gathered there walked arm in arm down the Champs Elysees, all except two, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, who arrived at the celebration late, in disgrace.

Make of that what you will.

Every bullet we fire, every missile we launch, each of them is an admission of our failure as diplomats, as human beings.

Violence does not beget peace. Violence it begets violence, and so it will always be.
Only peace and reconciliation bring peace.

Love one another; pay respect to the inherent dignity of every human being, regardless of your disagreements, regardless of the pain you are carrying from your past.

To be free from it, requires that we forgive.

Commit yourself to meet conflict with love, respect all people, even your adversary, this is the thanks you can give to a Veteran today.


Emergence 3.0 - Section Seven, War; Part Forty-three, Division; Chapter Seven, Martyrs


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One page Per Day
Day 315, Sunday
November 11th, 2018

Chapter Seven: Martyrs

There is a beauty to military formations, a Sublime blend of the simple and the complex, when lighted in the ocean of space, every ship, every vessel in motion, it is the greatest of all dances.

The god-fearers never considered that any faction within the Empire would oppose them. They had been conditioned to expect obedience, they cultivated it among their subordinates, rewarded it in those who evinced the greatest capacity for following orders and sending those who did not to their death in combat.

This was a serious flaw.

They had never engaged a military power in which they did not possess the greater force. The Empire rolled over everything, every person, every planet who would oppose them. The power they brought to bear was only limited by their objectives, their code of conduct, and the rules of engagement those codes articulated.

Every objective, every code, every rule was relative, a dispensation for deviation from a rule or a violation of orders could be had at any time from the Emperor, or the priesthood, speaking on behalf of the Continuum.

The Imperial forces were supreme, they were accustomed to being on the offensive, it was an offensive posture that they took where they gathered, they thought of their defense.

Their maneuvers were totally predictable by those on the general staff who had decided to rebel. From the reserve forces that were left behind on each of the million worlds, to their planetary, and star system defenses, which in this moment of conflict were little more than auxiliaries, to where the majority of the fleet had gathered in preparation for the jump to the Central System, there was nothing unscripted about their planning.

They were slaughtered in each of the places where they had gathered; they were slaughtered en-masse.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Election Post Facto - Editorial, The Week in Review


Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
11.10.2018

Election Post Facto


Hope.

The electoral response to T-Rump was fantastic. We voted and T-Rump vision for America was checked.

It was checked, and that is hopeful.

There is hope, but the struggle is far from over.

The Democratic Party lost a couple of races that we had hoped would win. We lost them narrowly. We can take heart in the fact that the race for the Senate in Texas was as close as it was, even though Beto went down.

The same is true of the Governor’s race in Georgia, though we are still counting votes, and there is a sliver of a chance that when the votes are done being counted, it will result in a run-off election on December 4th. We have to keep our energy up, and be prepared to turn out for that race, if it should occur.

The race for Governor and Senate in Florida is still being counted as well, we cannot allow these races to be concluded until every vote that has been cast has been counted. We cannot allow Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s opinion to stand, that the right to vote does not guarantee the right to have your vote counted.

The Democratic Party won big, but we need to keep on winning. We cannot rest and we must take stock of the campaigns that ran successfully, in Texas and Florida and Georgia, even if the candidates ultimately lost or loose.

I have always been a proponent of supporting the moderate middle, not because I am a moderate at heart, but because I believe that politics is about the art of compromise.

However, we were shown something, and I have learned something, that the right candidate can carry a progressive message, and drive it straight into the heart of conservative Texas, and Georgia, even congressional districts in Oklahoma, the right candidate can take the message home, and turn out people who have never voted before.

The Democratic Party has to learn its lesson from this, we have to field progressives in every district where the contrast and distinction of the platform will stir the people up, and get them to take a chance on changing direction.

I still believe in compromise, but I also believe in the necessity of reclaiming the starting point on where the negotiation must begin, and plant that flag far to the left, and reclaim the middle for fairness, equality, and common sense.

There is hope, yes, but there is also cause for grave concern.

T-Rump is afraid, and he is stirring up his base. They are coming out to support him with guns and bombs, literally, his people are willing to kill to defend his fake presidency, his criminal regime.

There is hope, yes but there is a certain need to stay mobilized and keep the pressure up.

Tens of millions of people came out in support of the Republican agenda, of Donald T-rump and the sycophants in Congress that do obeisance to him. The fake president still have control oft the executive branch, Mitch McConnell will remain the senate majority leader (unless a couple of conscientious Senators decide to go independent and caucus with the Democrats), and so-called conservatives still hold out of nine seats on the Supreme Court.

The country showed more of who we truly are last Tuesday, both the good and the regrettable, we came out in large numbers, and we have to keep up the struggle and push our majority through the year 2020, and the redistricting of congressional districts that will take place then.   

Emergence 3.0 - Section Seven, War; Part Forty-three, Division; Chapter Six, God Fearers


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A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 314, Saturday
November 10th, 2018

Chapter Six: God Fearers

The small faction calling for rebellion were not incautious men, they knew they would face fierce opposition from friends and comrades who knew them well, who they had served, had trained, or had trained under.

Among those serving in the armed forces, the most dangerous people to the rebellion were those seeking advancement to the priesthood. The hopes for themselves and their families hung on the slender thread of these hopes.

They were not necessarily true believers, but their ambitions made them sycophantic.

They were the most senior commanders, or soldiers whose social rank placed them nearest to the threshold between castes. They were determined to rise in the service of the Continuum, and its Empire.

The God-fearers were ruthless, determined, and dogmatic. They controlled the bulk of the Imperial forces spread across a million worlds.

Few of these people ever did advance, but the hope they clung to, it burned in them like a fever, they saw this moment of crises as the moment for them to shine, to prove themselves worthy.  

They mobilized the defenses.

They mustered all of their forces from shore leave.

They executed their maneuvers perfectly.

The fleet was under their control.

They gathered together to defend the Imperial throne, which was the portal to the HomeWorld of the Continuum.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Emergence 2.0 - Section Five (a) Jim; Appendix Part Two, Society, Collected Chapters

Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Chapter One: Guide

Jim took his time, planting stories in the imagination of the people he lived with, preparing them generations in advance to go to specific places that fulfilled his requirements.

There was little room for error, even in the experimental stage, he planted mnemonic devices in their rituals to lock down their responses to his commands.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Chapter Two: Counselor

Jim made himself the indispensable counselor to kings and emperors and priests, weaving his narrative into every culture that functioned like auto-hypnosis, building on and augmenting the mnemonic tropes he had carefully laid in prior generations.

His charges could not help but respond to them, it gave Jim control of the governments of the world.

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Sunday, November 4th, 2018

Chapter Three: Seer

Jim constructed paradigms and mythological tropes, built archetypes that he then translated across the globe.

He fashioned a common typology of heroism, which he then instilled into every language and every culture.

Through this imagery and narrative he created a guidance system that would shape the heart and mind of the vessel he was forming.

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Monday , November 5th, 2018

Chapter Four: Sage

Jim inserted himself into every mythology; Merlin, Mordecai, Tiresias, Baldur.  

He created a role for the wise man, a man standing apart from the power that organized the social structures; the sage, the prophet, the seer.

He was the perpetual advisor, teacher, confessor, tutor.

He wrote the prophetic tracts the guided the destiny of empires.

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Tuesday , November 6th, 2018

Chapter Five: Scientist

Jim experimented relentlessly; on himself, on the human population, and the planet as well.

He was careful not to let his research advance the state of human technology too rapidly, and he was more interested in shaping the state of human culture anyway. He feared that would lead to his being discovered by the Continuum.

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Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Chapter Six: Spymaster

Jim became adept at all the tools of spy craft. He established secret societies that monitored every aspect of human government, every religious institution, and the agents of the Continuum who came to earth to monitor him.

He took measures to protect himself, hiding assets, constructing the technological and human vehicles to execute his will.

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Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Chapter Seven: Servant

Jim positioned himself as an administrator, a servant of governments world-wide, as a specialist, a functionary, a problem solver, he was the indispensable man.

He was good at it.

He was always able to parcel out enough information to move events in the direction he wanted, that produce the results the rulers and governments desired.

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Emergence 2.0:
Section Five (a), Jim

Appendix Part Two, Society

Collected Chapters
01 Guide
02 Counselor
03 Seer
04 Sage
05 Scientist
06 Spymaster
07 Servant

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Emergence 2.0 - Section Five (a), Jim; Appendix Part One, Secrets, Collected Chapters

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Friday, October 26th, 2018

Chapter One: Fantasy

Jim did not require the Continuum or its vast technologies to aid him in the creation of his fantasy world. He did not need it because his world was one of simple idealism. He was looking for purity, to purge the everyday injustices from the sphere of his consciousness.

He wanted to be left alone.

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Saturday , October 27th, 2018

Chapter Two: Planning

Jim studied, he planned. He understood that he needed to use the strengths of the Continuum against it; its technology and the vast interconnected network it relied on for control of the membership, the Observer Corps, and the Empire.

These networks revealed its weakness, its appetites and curiosity, Understanding them was vital.

Jim exploited these.

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Sunday, October 28th, 2018

Chapter Three: Intention

He set his mind on a single goal, the complete destruction of the Collective and the Continuum. The outcome he desired was to harness the technologies of the Collective in order to liberate the Children of the Ancients, to free them from the grip of the Continuum and the Imperium it had foisted on them.

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Monday , October 29th, 2018

Chapter Four: Testing

Jim tested the scope of the Continuum’s cognitive field, especially the threshold where it encountered the individual member of the Collective, its resilience, its weaknesses.

He had probed it for eons, discovering that it functioned much like the immune system of a biological entity, identifying alien activity and meeting it with force, to cleanse it.

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

Chapter Five: Proof

He discovered the vulnerability he had been looking for.

It was not one thing, it was the dynamics that were in place for the functioning of the Continuum, inasmuch as it functioned as a singular entity, it was nevertheless remained an amalgamation of the Collective.

It superseded the whole but was still comprised of it.

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Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Chapter Six: Action

Jim began to shape plans in his mind, put them to the test. He took steps to divide his consciousness in ways that were forbidden by the Continuum, a self-sequestration that was in violation of his compact with the Collective.

He practiced deception, and the obfuscation of it.

It was just another frequency of thought.

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Thursday , November 1st, 2018

Chapter Seven: Hidden

Jim practiced the art of concealment. He was an adept at it. He hid things, even from himself, and that is how he knew he could keep his secrets from the Continuum.

The veil was thin, but it was potent, he managed to sense the electromagnetic fields around him, to harness them and buffer himself.

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Emergence 2.0:
Section Five (a), Jim

Appendix Part One, Secrets

Collected Chapters
01 Fantasy
02 Planning
03 Intention
04 Testing
05 Proof
06 Action
07 Hidden

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