A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 082, Friday
March 23rd, 2018
Chapter Five: Watching
There are many forms of observation; satellite imaging, and measurements, audio and video recordings. The harvesting of minutia from telephone calls, television programming, radio shows, and the endless details coming from other forms of electronic communication.
These tools, among others, were utilized by the Observer Corps, feeding the Collective with endless streams of data.
However, the primary method used by the Observers themselves, was to live with people.
Direct observation conveyed the emotional realities themselves directly to the Collective.
This is what the Continuum craved, context.
The data told many tales, but the imprimatur came only when the Observer shared, in the wordless way of the Collective consciousness, their impression of the people they themselves encountered during their tour on the observed world.
Life and death, sorrow and joy, birth and tragedy, love; these moments could be reduced to mere data points:
The woman loved the child she gave birth to, she reveled in her child’s life. It filled her with joy, and struck her down in sorrow, at the tragic moment of her child’s death.
This narrative could be expanded by volumes, accompanied by video and audio recordings of a funeral procession, the burial at the graveside, the subsequent suicide of the bereft mother. The Collective was eager to see and experience these moments.
But the existential thing, that they all craved only came when the Observer returned and felt those moments for them as a proxy to real life.
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