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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Two, Departure; Chapter Six, Lament

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 020, Saturday
January 20th, 2018

Chapter Six: Lament

If civilization on Earth had been given a little more time to develop, and Earth’s technology a little more time to advance, human beings would have been able to harness the geological power of the caldera.

The power they could have captured would have changed everything for them, resolving issues of energy scarcity that had been elusive, or socially impossible for human beings to tackle.

In another century, or possibly sooner they would have had it.

These children of the ancients, who had devolved like no other group. This far flung colony, in the most remote reaches of the galaxy, with no memory of who they were or how they arrived here, they would have been able to re-establish themselves as a spacefaring people in earnest.

The Continuum would not allow for an intervention, even though it seemed that the will of the Collective was for it.

A majority of those who followed the drama unfolding on Earth, who were in love with its art, and music, its joy and trauma, a majority of them wanted to see their narratives continue.

Even though Jim was certain that the Continuum had no idea about his plans, he sensed that it perceived Earth and human civilization as a threat to it. He believed that this was the reason for blocking him, not a dogmatic adherence to a policy of non-intervention, this was the reason the Continuum would not allow resources to be mustered, or Imperial communications to be established, with Earth in such a way that it could help them.

Jim might have helped by strategically distributing knowledge in such a way that it would have advanced Earth technology.

The Continuum would not allow that either, and it likely would have frustrated his broader goals. Jim complied because he did not wish to jeopardize his long term ambitions.

It would be difficult, if not impossible to conceal a new mode of treason from the watchful, and penetrating gaze of the all encompassing consciousness of the whole world.

He could do nothing else but comply with the directives he had been given.   

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