Emergence, In Fifty-five Words – Section Two, The Continuum; Part Eight, The Body, Collected Chapters

 

 

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Chapter One: The Whole

 

The Continuum had a place in time and space. It existed at a point (relative to the movement of the galaxy) the members called HomeWorld, the Central Planet, even though it was not their home, nor was it the center of the galaxy

 

Continuum itself was an electromagnetic field of consciousness. It was pure energy.

 

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Chapter Two: Perception

 

The Continuum constantly reaffirmed to itself the claim that it was a unique and singular consciousness, that no other being (if you could call it one) like itself, existed anywhere in the universe.

 

Jim knew that this was a lie. The Continuum was a construct, merely an algorithm, coordinating the thoughts of a trillion beings.

 

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Chapter Three: The Parts

 

A trillion beings formed the Continuum, or more. Each persona was a distinct entity carrying the whole compressed within itself.

 

As individuals they were utterly free, there were no limits to the types of experiences they could have, and share. They could live in realms of pure fantasy, or vicariously through the missions of Observers.

 

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Chapter Four: Personhood

 

The Continuum promised eternal life to its members, but there is more to being than having a distinct-identity.

 

A person must be free, must have autonomy, and purpose.

 

Having purpose is more than possessing a goal, or desire. It is a place of tension between what a person wants, and what they want to end.

 

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Chapter Five: Belonging

 

Among the earliest of all personal struggles is that of belonging.

 

Belonging has many forms, belonging to a group by free association, or by the force of compulsion. Then there is metaphysical belonging, belonging according to the ontology of being, belonging simply because you are, because you have been, and as such, will always be.

 

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Chapter Six: Freedom

 

In the Continuum there was no want. There were only desires, appetites, and cravings for experiences that the members wished to be fulfilled.

 

Pain and want were only understood vicariously, or recalled from the distant past when they were all organic beings.

 

The Continuum ruled over everything, every known inhabited world, or so it believed.

 

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Chapter Seven: Control

 

Of the one trillion persons whose consciousness was housed in the Collective, the great society that founded the Continuum, the majority never left HomeWorld. They had abandoned their bodies millions of millennia ago.

 

The bodily forms that made them unique, giving them a singular perspective, and defining existence in space-time, were forgotten, ephemeral, and illusionary.

 

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Section Two, The Continuum

 

Part Eight, The Body

 

Collected Chapters

 

01 The Whole

02 Perception

03 The Parts

04 Personhood

05 Belonging

06 Freedom

07 Control

 

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