A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 102, Thursday
April 12th, 2018
Chapter Four: Sympatico
In the aftermath of the assault on its consciousness, shock and confusion awoke what remained of the Collective to its new identity.
The incorporation of humanity was experienced by most as an alien invasion, it was a hostile takeover by a foreign power. Moment by moment the strength of the Collective, as it had existed, was diluted and supplanted by the onrushing host of humanity.
For thousands of years Jim had been preparing them to receive it, through human music, human art, and culture. He had carefully cultivated the deep desire within the Collective to identify with the humans of Earth.
He inserted a mythological trope within the Collective consciousness, that humanity represented the Ancient race in its purest form.
Jim artfully perpetuated it against the desire of the Continuum, but Jim succeeded and the myth abounded.
The Collective wanted it to be true, they were hungry for it, and helpless before it. They opened their mind to the reality and accepted it.
Among those who followed the events from Earth there was a reflexive self-identification with the people and their narratives, they were preconditioned to receive the influx of human consciousness, as if it were the return of a saving spirit, or the opportunity for redemption.
Among those who desired forgiveness there were a majority that simply wanted to feel it, see it extended toward them, and then absolve themselves of any further thought of being.
They also slipped away, becoming nothing in their turn.
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