A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 032, Thursday
February 1st, 2018
Chapter Four: Self
Transitioning from one form of life to another was disorienting.
It took some time to adjust to the freedom of consciousness in the unrestricted quantum field.
The organic body of a human being had significant cognitive limitations.
Transitioning to the mechanical body of a mechanoid was never easy, organic senses became mere data, and even though Jim made this transformation many thousands of time, no two times were ever the same.
He had to prepare himself for it, and conform as nearly as he could to his plans. The transition was the time of greatest weakness, in which he ran the most serious risk of being exposed.
Organic life was thrilling, being in the grid of silicone circuitry was not.
The organic form was never at rest, constantly managing physical feelings, sensory inputs from the world around it, especially sound.
The mechanoid form had many more freedoms, especially freedom of movement, its propulsion system made it free from the limitations of gravity.
Its power source was virtually limitless. There was no hunger, no thirst.
The mechanoid body could go anywhere, do anything, defend itself from attack, and destroy an entire world if need be. It could even replicate itself, but it could not feel pleasure, ecstasy, or joy.
By the same token, it did not feel pain, but the consciousness within the mechanoid body could feel other delimiting emotions, such as; fear, anxiety, shame.
The organic body was grounded; the consciousness it housed could even be strengthened by its limitations.
Consciousness within the mechanoid body was not unlike consciousness within the Collective, and the Continuum. Freed from the bonds of the flesh it could easily retreat into extremes of selfishness. The freedom to satisfy any desire, no matter how depraved, or bizarre, led most to extreme depths of apathy, indifference, and moral corruption.
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