A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 241, Wednesday
August 29th, 2018
Chapter Three: The Lie
Entering the Collective freed no-one.
It was a trap.
The Collective was a potentially endless prolongation of the nightmare of living.
The Collective perpetuated the banal and magnified the mundane, carrying the membership into the deepest state of depravity.
The individuation of reality within the Collective allowed for the concretization of a popular maxim: nothing is true and everything is permitted.
The material concerns of each member, those passed away…yes, but the ingrained patterns formed by the needs of the body, those remained, there was still cruelty, desire, jealousy.
The full range of human emotions were accessible by the members. It was not all doom and gloom. Nevertheless, the strongest feelings were the most prominent, they manifested themselves and exerted their influence over others.
Individual members, and thus the Collective as whole, still spent their days seeking pleasure and avoiding pain.
Many took pleasure in the pain and suffering of others, they created circumstances and narratives in their private worlds where they could experience the most extreme privation. When they tired of the artificiality of those experiences, they augmented them with the news feeds coming from the Empire.
The followed the most minute details of the day to day lives of the living.
They took those experiences back with them, and used them to amplify the narrative structures on the worlds in which they were God’s.
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