A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 238, Sunday
August 26th, 2018
Chapter Seven: Destruction
It was only by abandoning the Collective that Jim came to himself.
He stopped identifying himself as a member of that community and began to see himself as a one of the ancient race of people who had launched themselves into the galaxy.
He was an adventurer, a sojourner.
He had to stop reaching out.
He prepared himself for a journey of discovery.
He divested himself of his beliefs in the greater purpose, the promises that were promulgated by Continuum.
He was not a believer, he would engage in no missionary work.
He had to accept his own death, as he had learned to when he came out of the great sleep.
He would no longer cling to selfhood, to the perpetuity of his own existence.
All things must come to end, he instructed himself.
All things and beings are temporary.
The way to peace is by accepting the transience of all that is.
Every member of the Collective would pass away, the Continuum would disappear, just as the star their society first sprang from had disappeared, gone supernova and been reduced to a dense mass of lightless-nothing.
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