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Monday, October 29, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Six, The Empire; Part Forty-two, Fear; Chapter One, Loss


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 302, Monday
October 29th, 2018

Chapter One: Loss

The prevailing mode of cognition that afflicted the masses was this:

The simple belief that desire was the cause of all suffering.

This was the principle teaching of the Imperial schools, and it was preached ardently among the worlds.

The faithful were reminded of this daily, with the encouragement to give up their hopes and thoughts for themselves, accept their station in life and expect nothing in return.

The majority of people were able to do just this. They led unremarkable lives, and against that backdrop those who resisted stood out, producing the most riveting drama for the Collective and its Continuum to absorb.

Suffering as punishment, was apportioned with surgical precision, and insidious delight, targeting both the ordinary deviant whose activities were caught by the Imperial police, as well as the special victims chosen by the Observers and the Continuum.

The special victims were unsuspecting people, by and large, guilty only of thought crimes, or speaking out in private against the system of beliefs and rubrics they lived under

Every moment of joy was temporary, and only to be experienced as respite from loss.

The rituals they enacted reinforced the ever-present belief that the struggles they endured were meant to encourage self-abnegation, and the erasure of the will.

They were taught to surrender.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Loss


Silent resistance
How do I receive my loss?
A life of regret

Living with desire
Dreams and wishes unfulfilled
The absence of hope

Step-off and fall
Headlong into nothingness
The consumptive will

The lonely abyss
Love, collapsing like a star
Singularity

The void steals my breath
Words, spoken in a vacuum
Fall from lips, unheard

Monday, August 6, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Five, 92835670100561474; Part Thirty, Translation; Chapter One, Loss


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 218, Monday
August 6th, 2018

Chapter One: Loss

A sense of loss overwhelmed him.

He had missed so much, and wished now that he could have played a part in the powers that had shaped the galactic Empire, and the culture of the Collective

As he regained his senses, he was inundated by the knowledge of everything that had transpired without him while he was lost in the great sleep: the growth of the Empire, the development of the Observer Corps, and the ascendency of the Continuum over the Collective which created it.

It was painful.

A sense of conscience had nearly disappeared from the Collective. Those members that possessed it, were among the groups that had withdrawn from the drama of the living worlds.

Their attention was focused almost completely on the fantasy worlds that they themselves had created and maintained.

They might seek to govern those worlds with a degree of moral probity, of ethicality. This served the Continuum as a check on the more outrageous whims of the majority of the Collective.

The morality of those few groups was like back ground radiation, white noise, it was a subconscious buffer that guarded the Collective against lawlessness, generating within the Continuum the conviction that it was right to carry out its own machinations. 

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Emergence, In Fifty-five Words - Section Six, The Empire; Part Forty-two, Fear, Collected Chapters



Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 302, October 29th, 2017

Chapter One: Loss

The prevailing view of life afflicting the masses, and preached fervently among the worlds was this: desire is the cause of all suffering.

The faithful were reminded of this daily.

Suffering was apportioned with surgical precision, and insidious delight.

Every moment of joy was merely temporary, and only to be experienced as respite from sorrow.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 303, October 30th, 2017

Chapter Two: Pain

The prevailing philosophy was this: pain was necessary and purgative, both as penance for sin and as a preparation for holiness.

This teaching was reinforced at every level of the human experience.

Suffering was life, moments of pleasure were structured to be brief, as teaching moments, with periods of joy coming randomly, intermittently, and spontaneously.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 304, October 31st, 2017

Chapter Three: Shame

Every person knew their rank, and everyone wanted to advance their position.

The social standing of a person, of a family, their village, their planet.

These were known figures.

They were broadcast.

No matter what your Imperial rank, the focus of society was always directed to what you lacked, rather than what you had achieved.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 305, November 1st, 2017

Chapter Four: Duty

There were trillions of citizens in the Empire, each and every one of them was conditioned to be joyful only in the fulfillment of their duties.

The Imperial schools were formed to fulfill that purpose, and that was the aim of the Imperial cult.

Keep the eyes of the citizen focused on the daily goals.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 306, November 2nd, 2017

Chapter Five: Honor

In the Imperial cult selflessness was taught as the only way for the individual to escape from the material conditions that oppressed every person.

People sought absolution of self for the sake of the greater good, the abnegation of desire; kenosis, the emptying of the self; metanoia, conversion of personhood into self-identification with the whole.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 307, November 3rd, 2017

Chapter Six: Perseverance

Everyone looked up to those in the higher classes, or a person of higher rank even in the same class.

An old man would defer to a child. Even to the point of laying down his life for him, or suffering forms of extreme abuse.

It was conditioning, and covetousness.

The system destroyed them all.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 308, November 4th, 2017

Chapter Seven: Annihilation

The teaching of the Imperial cult, its dogma, rituals, and spiritual practices all colluded to persuade the people into the submission of their will.

The spiritual goal as stated was this: for the individual to rise through every station, over the course of billions of lifetimes, and to ultimately be released, returning to the Continuum.

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Emergence 2.0:
Section Six, The Empire

Part Forty-two, Fear

Collected Chapters
01 Loss
02 Pain
03 Shame
04 Duty
05 Honor
06 Perseverance
07 Annihilation

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Emergence, In Fifty-five Words - Section Five, 92835670100561474; Part Thirty, Translation, Collected Chapters




Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 218, August 6th, 2017

Chapter One: Sleep

A sense of loss overwhelmed him.

As he regained his senses, he was inundated by the knowledge of everything that had transpired without him while he was lost in the great sleep: the growth of the Empire, the development of the Observer Corps, and the ascendency of the Continuum over the Collective which created it.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 219, August 7th, 2017

Chapter Two: Awakening

When he emerged from the deep-well of consciousness, it was a resurrection, a rebirth, he was born again, born anew.

The dread, and the malaise he took with him into the great sleep were gone.

He was filled with purpose, a deep desire to understand the entire structure of the Continuum.

He only needed time.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 220, August 8th, 2017

Chapter Three: The Collective

His return was met with shock, if such a feeling could be attributed to the Collective. It was unprecedented, and never considered a possibility.

There was a question in the first moments as to whether his return was real, or if he might be an alternative manifestation of the Continuum, demi-urge.

The Collective was fascinated.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 221, August 9th, 2017

Chapter Four: Remembering

After returning from the great sleep he was isolated, the Continuum feared his return represented a danger to itself.

In the Collective there was curiosity about him. Over time it faded into nothing.

In his own place he was stoic, he did not mind the restrictions. He did not share the Collective’s appetites and interests.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 222, August 10th, 2017

Chapter Five: Primordial-Self

The desires and the appetites of the Continuum filled him, its fascination with trivia, with frivolity, and with the deeply felt-strong emotions that it delighted in.

The Continuum gravitated toward fear, hate, and rage.

It fomented the conditions for those experiences throughout the Empire, feasting on pain, devouring loss, betrayal, and the crushing of hope.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 223, August 11th, 2017

Chapter Six: Id

A democracy: it was understood that the Continuum represented in a flawless way, the democratic will of the collective.

In reality, Continuum was an algorithm, transformed into an autonomous intelligence.

Continuum was the group mind of the Collective. It had a gravity that pulled individual members into it, securing them in a state of bondage.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 224, August 12th, 2017

Chapter Seven: Ego

Jim was a curiosity.

He was treated as such.

He was out of synch with the Collective.

He did not share his thoughts and feelings.

He did not revel in the same drama.

He was set apart, a fragment of history, coming from an epoch most considered to be without relevance, if considered at all.

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Emergence:
Section Five, 92835670100561474

Part Thirty, Translation

Collected Chapters

01 Loss
02 Absolution
03 Convergence
04 Adrift
05 Permeation
06 Collective
07 Remnant

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Nothing

Heart, soul, and mind
These capacities escape me
Unquenched, unfulfilled

My loss of vision
The pursuit of knowledge, self
Unresolved, undone

Mystical and blind
Reason, profitless quest
Unendurable

I am alone, the
Center of a universe
That I cannot share

Philosophies speak
I may as well be nothing

Dreaming and waking

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Loss of Faith



The world in shadow
The falling rain is poison
Look, there is nothing

Fertilize with pain
Gardeners with their shovels
Dig beneath gray skies

Nothing to choose from
The cultivation of thorns
A heart piercing loss

Is there purpose here
Death of honesty, and grace
Smothered with deceit

All our plans falter
The truth has no recourse, act
Hollow devotion

Ill reminders serve
The dead, always questioning
Why me, why sorrow

Only the living
Are lonely in a garden
Death has the other

The world in shadow
The falling rain is poison
Reach, there is nothing

Friday, November 4, 2016

Emergence: Section Six, The Empire; Part Forty-two, Fear, Collected Chapters



Fear; Part Forty-two,
Chapter One: Loss
Pt. 42, Ch. 01
It was preached among the worlds; desire was the cause of sufferings. The faithful were reminded of this; every day.
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Fear; Part Forty-two,
Chapter Two: Pain
Pt. 42, Ch. 02
The people were taught that pain was necessary, and purgative; both as penance for sin and preparation for holiness.
#Emergence

Fear; Part Forty-two,
Chapter Three: Shame
Pt. 42, Ch. 03
No matter what your Imperial rank, society’s focus was always on what you lacked, rather than what you had achieved.
#Emergence

Fear; Part Forty-two,
Chapter Four: Duty  
Pt. 42, Ch. 04
There were trillions of citizens in the empire; all were conditioned to be joyful only in the fulfilling their duty.
#Emergence

Fear; Part Forty-two,
Chapter Five: Honor
Pt. 42, Ch. 05
In the imperial cults, selflessness was the way. People sought absolution of self, for the sake of the greater good.
#Emergence

Fear; Part Forty-two,
Chapter Six: Perseverance   
Pt. 42, Pt. 06
Everyone looked up to those in the higher classes, of higher rank; coveting them, but the system destroyed them all.
#Emergence

Fear; Part Forty-two,
Chapter Seven: Annihilation

Pt. 42, Ch. 07
The teaching of the imperial cult persuaded people into full submission. The spiritual goal was a return to nothing.
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Emergence:
Section Six, The Empire
Fear; Part Forty-two
Collected Chapters
Section 06, The Empire
Part 42, Fear
Chapters
01 Loss
02 Pain
03 Shame
04 Duty
05 Honor
06 Perseverance
07 Annihilation
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#365SciFi
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