A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 101, Wednesday
April 11th, 2017
Chapter Three: Shame
Human emotion, alien emotion, forgotten feelings long buried, flooded into the Collective.
The gate was open and the agony of billions of human beings filled the cynergenic field of the HomeWorld.
Regret, hopelessness and loss saturated the membership.
Millions of moments in which the individual members had savored their vicarious experience of those feelings, through their observation of others, in events they had contrived or manipulated were relived in an instant, and shared throughout the body.
It was as if billions of years of living as amoral despots had suddenly caught up to them in a crises of conscience, magnified by the pain and anguish of Earth happening in real time.
The Continuum had no frame of reference for what was happening. It had no context by which to process the tsunami of raw feelings that overwhelmed the Collective.
Even as it sought to calm the group mind, it was simultaneously being washed away.
The more the Continuum tried to assert itself, the more it succumbed to the self-doubt of the membership that actually comprised its identity.
In a supreme moment of self-loathing the Continuum collapsed, like a star falling in on itself.
The members of the Collective, those seeking an explanation for what was happening, immediately looked to assign blame to someone, or something.
Some were able to identify Jim, as a traitor, and cast their vehemence against him, most blamed the Continuum, the ghost in the machine, Deus ex machina, the golem they had created.
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