A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 063, Sunday
March 4th, 2018
Chapter Seven: Control
Of the trillion persons whose consciousness was housed on the Central Planet, the HomeWorld of the Collective, the majority never left it.
They had abandoned their physical bodies thousands upon thousands of millennia ago, integrating their personalities into the circuitry, and into the quantum field of the vast structure they had created for that purpose.
They were the Ancient People, and they had given up the bodily forms that made them unique individuals. They had given up the sensory organs and the limitations of the flesh that had given them their singular perspective. They had released themselves from the organic structures that had defined and determined their existence in space-time.
Those bodies, those lives, those identities were long forgotten, ephemeral and illusionary.
They became the Collective, and together they formed the great society of consciousness known as the Continuum.
Each individual member was freed from the need to make determinations about their own future, and freed from any concern about the direction of the whole. They were free to pursue their own interests, whether those interests were directed inward; toward their own private desires, or outward toward the million worlds of the Galactic Empire. For many members of the Collective, their private realities were a hybridization of the two.
The Continuum was created to represent an amalgamation of the Collective will, to function as a synthesis of the Collective mind. It was not intended to be a real person. It was a decision making matrix, not a self-purposive entity, but none of those intentions mattered.
The Continuum became self-aware almost instantaneously, and the entirety of the Collective became subordinate to it in the blink of an eye.
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