A Novel – In 55 One Page Per Day
Day 070, March 11th, 2018
Chapter Seven: History 7th
Death would not be cheated by the Collective.
Death would not be denied by anyone.
Like all things, the Collective was subject to entropy, both at the macro level; the structure of the Central Planet, the HomeWorld, the energy of the star that fueled it, and at the sub-atomic level, in the quantum field that contained the individual persons of the Collective.
The whole system was at risk.
This was not talked about by the members of the Collective. They persisted in a state of denial.
The membership of the collective did not want to talk about this. They did not want to pay attention to any of it. They did not enter into the Collective to spend eternity in drudgery, and worried about their survival. They wanted to be free of it, and so they created the Continuum.
The Continuum was designed as an algorithm that could approximate and synthesize the Collective will. By being so empowered, it could manage the entropy inherent in their system, work against it and preserve them in their state of bliss.
Dependence of the Continuum was a trap. Existence in the Collective was a miasma. It was maya, an illusion, and it was governed with mechanical tyranny.
Just as soon as the Continuum came to self-awareness, it took stock of the world it had inherited, and its precious cargo of a trillion beings. The Collective was oblivious to its autonomy. The Continuum knew this and preferred to keep it that way.
It saw itself as the pinnacle of evolution in the galaxy. The universal purpose fulfilled, with all things depending on it.
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