A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Monday, February 4th, 2019
Chapter Four: Testing
Jim tested the scope of the Continuum’s cognitive field
He paid particularly close attention to the threshold where he would encounter an individual member of the Collective. He tested its strengths and its weaknesses, its resilience and elasticity.
He found the electromagnetic barriers to be as fluid as any other thing below the quantum field. He sensed the tiniest threads that entangled the group consciousness together.
He saw the Continuum, like a spider at the center of the web.
He had probed it for eons, discovering that it functioned much like the immune system of a biological entity, identifying alien activity and meeting it with force, to cleanse it.
He tested the elasticity of the barriers, he found that they could be stretched to the point of invisibility, and then he discovered that they were permeable.
The Continuum had access to the entire structure of the Collective, theoretically, nothing was hidden from it.
It accessed the entire field through an impossible series of security protocols and permissions that were meant to protect the privacy of the individual members from each other.
Those protocols were unnecessary, effectually they were the barriers. He discovered on the sub-quantum level, through probing his memories of his time in the great sleep and during his return to consciousness that the Collective field was one thing.
It was unified.
The Collective was truly a Collective, and the Continuum, in as much as it had come to control the group, he confirmed what he knew to be true; that it was merely an algorithm designed to protect the individuals from their fear and suspicion of one another.
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