A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 079, Tuesday
March 20th, 2018
Chapter Two: Assignment
When the Continuum decided to send a member out to the Observer Corp it effectively removed the influence of that person from the Collective. A copy of their consciousness was preserved, and simulated, but it was sequestered from the group mind. Not only the Collective, but the Continuum was free of its impact.
Moving away from the Central Planet, departure from the HomeWorld, taking up a body, and living in the Galactic Empire, these provided some relief to the suffering the individual member experienced.
The mission filled them with purpose, it reinvigorated them, at least for a time. This afforded a similar relief to the Collective as well. The Collective did not want to be mired in existentialist questions. They wanted the unfettered freedom to pursue their interests; altruistic, despotic, or otherwise.
Peace in the Collective translated to peace within the Continuum.
They were symbiotic, they were one.
By commissioning the troubled members to join the Observer Corps, it removed a weight that burdened the whole community, which for all of its endurance, was nevertheless a fragile thing.
While the member was on assignment the Continuum would run countless programs on the consciousness of that member which it had copied.
The Continuum was mistrustful of everything, wanted to be prepared for anything, wanted to know all that there is to know concerning future possibilities, potentialities, and probabilities.
While one aspect of the member was disconnected from the whole and oblivious to what was taking place on HomeWorld, a version of themselves, a true copy was being tortured by the Continuum, in order to satisfy its paranoia, and its endless search for knowledge.
While on assignment, especially in the early years of their time in the Corps, the observers where myopic, their missions were chosen for them, they were easy , and filled them with a sense of connection to the people. The Continuum had found this to be an easy way to manage the angst that had driven them back into the embodied universe.
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