A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Saturday, April 27th, 2019
Chapter Two: The Majority
They were indifferent.
They were socio-pathic.
Most of the members of the Collective thought nothing of their role as consumers of pain and suffering. They did not consider the people of the Empire, the Children of the ancients, the denizens of the livings worlds as people at all.
They were things, objects of amusement. They were utterly disposable. They had no merit whatsoever beyond the enjoyment they provided to the Collective.
The membership was enthralled by the vicarious experience of the living, by the real stakes and real feelings of the people involved in the conflicts they were witness to.
The suffering of others was like a soothing balm to them.
For billions of years they had subsisted on this diet.
The members of the Collective were like hungry spirits, they haunted the worlds of time and space, in the quest for meaning, meaning which their own lives were totally bereft of.
They were seeking understanding.
Over hundreds of millions and billions of years they had lost their sense of self, of life’s meaning and its purpose.
The power at their fingertips robbed them of any sense of normalcy or connection to their roots.
With the exception of the Continuum itself, each and every member had originated as a living being.
Only a tiny minority of them had taken on the task of being an Observer and in that capacity returned to the living worlds
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