Emergence: Section Three, Earth; Collected Parts, XV – XXI

15 Observation, 16 Existence, 17 Volcano, 18 Disaster,  

19 Consciousness, 20 Collective, 21 Migration 

 

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Section Three, Earth

 

Part Fifteen, Observation

 

Collected Chapters

 

01 The Paintings

02 The Music

03 The Memory of Stars

04 Mutation

05 The New Gene

06 Collective Consciousness

07 Synergy

 

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Chapter One: The Paintings

 

The people drew pictures in the soil with sticks, mixed colors and painted, projecting images of the future on cave walls.

 

They carved their hopes, and fears into stones, and the faces of cliffs, the past also.

 

They depicted things no one living had ever seen, the memory of which they carried in their genes.

 

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Chapter Two: The Music

 

The music of the people, the drums they beat, the rhythms they made, they pushed the stories of each tribe, each family, deep into the memory of its members. It changed them on the genetic level, setting up successive generations to recall them, relive them, to transform those stories into a part of their being.

 

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Chapter Three: The Memory of Stars

 

Even before the eruption 72,000 years ago, the culture of these children of the Ancient race had devolved, falling from star-farer to cave dweller. Yet that culture retained a faint memory of its ancestry. through the stories they told and the engrams of memory encoded in their cells.

 

It was precious little to build on.

 

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Chapter Four: Mutation

 

During their sojourn to Earth, the children of the Ancients determined what their physical needs would be before they arrived at their home.

 

They began to mutate their DNA, altering their genetic structure, allowing them to inhabit, and thrive on the wet-blue world.

 

Destination Earth, it was their last hope for a home and haven.

 

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Chapter Five: The New Gene

 

Change begets change.

 

The Ancient spacefarers became humanity. Their ages-long sojourn across the galaxy had already caused them to modify their physical form in significant ways, long before they arrived on Earth.

 

They survived by mutation, and now their genes converged with the native life of Earth.

 

They became a new people; stronger, better, faster.

 

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Chapter Six: Collective Consciousness

 

With subtle interventions from the Observer the human brain slowly mutated.

 

Receptors emerged in the organic structure, attenuating the higher order thought processes to the Earth’s magnetic fields.

 

It established synergy between every human being alive, turning the entire planet into a field for cognitive development.

 

In this way humanity became connected, through the nous-sphere.

 

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Chapter Seven: Synergy

 

Few humans were aware of the collective consciousness, or that they lived within the dynamic nous-sphere.

 

Everyone was entangled in it.

 

It permeated all things, as it was coterminous with the Earth’s electromagnetic field.

 

It drove many humans into madness.

 

It required the advent of written language, and thousands of years to figure it out.

 

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Section Three, Earth

Part Sixteen, Existence

 

Collected Chapters

 

01 Flesh

02 Bi Pedal

03 Stereo Hearing

04 Binocular Vision

05 Hemispheric Brain

06 Thirst

07 Duality

 

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Chapter One: Flesh

 

The flesh remembers.

 

The record of our experiences are pounded into our corporeal form, cell by cell.

 

Bodies change with every new experience, Each moment of perception is a new thread, engrams of memory, proteins woven into the fabric of life. Like a tapestry, they are an endowment, a heritage passed on to our descendants.

 

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Chapter Two: Bi Pedal

 

The interactive relationship between the creature, the animal, its body, and the environment determined the spectrum of its consciousness.

 

Standing against the pull of gravity under the weight of Earth’s atmosphere, balancing on two legs, these differentiated human beings from every other creature, the pivot on a central axis, dancing on two feet, and walking.

 

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Chapter Three: Stereo Hearing

 

Talking; the verbal sharing of ideas, feelings, perceptions, aural communications; the use of sound waves is deliberate. It is slow and luxuriant compared to the speed of light, which itself cannot compare to the instantaneous transfer of thought in a quantum field.

 

They are the crashing of waves through the body, adding depth to insight.

 

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Chapter Four: Binocular Vision

 

Bands of light cross the full spectrum, piercing organic lenses from corner to corner, one-hundred and eighty degrees, light reflecting off of every object in the field of vision, light and shadow refracting in a wide array of color, creating depth by which we determine distance, and find our way through three dimensions of space.

 

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Chapter Five: Hemispheric Brain

 

The brain was split in two, and this architecture served as kind of cognitive override.

 

If the messages from the brain stem flooded the organ with fear, desire, or any other strong feeling, the force of it was divided.

 

The human being was split down the middle, left for right.

 

It was an organic duality.

 

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Chapter Six: Thirst

 

The human body is water.

 

The body needs water, as it needs oxygen to fill the lungs, fill blood cells racing through veins, into tissues.

 

To thirst is to know that the end is near. It will drive the average person mad. The knowledge that death is approaching, and the end of the body’s suffering.

 

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Chapter Seven: Duality

 

The whole body is a cognitive organ, not just the brain, cerebellum, and cerebral cortex.

 

The body senses, and remembers.

 

The whole being is contained in the tiniest part, in the nucleus of every cell. It pushes us forward, a chemical drive feeding the quantum field of creativity, a neural net rooted in organic chemistry.

 

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Section Three, Earth

Part Seventeen, Volcano

 

Collected Chapters

 

01 The Last Event

02 74,000 Years Ago

03 The Discovery

04 The Warnings

05 Impending Doom

06 Preparations

07 Fate

 

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Chapter One: The Last Event

 

Most of the people in the world had no knowledge whatsoever of the threat posed by the Yellowstone volcano.

 

The eruption came without warning.

 

It shook the world, throwing it off its axis.

 

Ash poured into the upper atmosphere, covering the world in a poisonous cloud, hiding the survivors from the face of the sun.

 

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Chapter Two: 74,000 Years Ago

 

When Jim came to Earth, before the first cataclysm, the human family was small, just a few million people spread out across the globe.

 

After the eruption they were starving.

 

Jim starved with them, through the dark days when the sun was blotted from the sky, when the air was full of ash, and poison.

 

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Chapter Three: The Discovery

 

Jim had studied the living planet with tools surpassing the greatest assets of any geophysicist on Earth.

 

He had known about the life cycle of the caldera for millennia.

 

Humans had discovered it only fifty years ago, when the super volcano was found pushing mountains to the sky.

 

The Continuum decided it would do nothing.

 

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Chapter Four: The Warnings

 

For those watching the monster volcano, they monitored the changes in a way that was reminiscent of watching a person’s hair grow.

 

There was a deformation of the dome over hundreds of square miles, there were earthquakes, boiling water in lakes and streams, something big happening beneath the surface, but they were inured to it.

 

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Chapter Five: Impending Doom

 

There were documentaries about the volcano, detailing its history, its potential, and the certainty of impending doom. Nevertheless, few people were aware of the danger.

 

Those who knew about it, were forced by statistics to tell themselves “it could happen today, or it could happen in ten thousand years.”

 

Misinformation leaked as the explosion neared.

 

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Chapter Six: Preparations

 

Jim’s plan required the most delicate timing, it was precarious, and it was everything.

 

The volcano buried beneath Yellowstone would destroy human civilization, but it would catalyze the preservation of humanity; a few people would live, but all would be saved through Kathy.

 

The cataclysm would change the Collective forever, the galactic Empire as well.

 

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Chapter Seven: Fate

 

There is no fate.

 

Nothing is predetermined, but there are certainties, and statistical inevitabilities. The eruption of volcanoes is among them. Those geological forces cannot be stopped.

 

It could have been mitigated, even used for the advancement of human civilization, but their technology did not develop far enough along.

 

The end of humanity hung there.

 

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Section Three, Earth

Part Eighteen, Disaster

 

Collected Chapters

 

01 Yellowstone

02 Lift

03 Rumbling

04 The Blast

05 The Axis

06 The Cloud

07 The Other Side

 

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Chapter One: Yellowstone

 

The Yellowstone National Park was a place of awesome-beauty, a landscape of surreal contrasts exploding from the living rock, and shifting mountains.

 

The molten core of the planet burned beneath its thin surface.

 

The cauldron of liquid rock boiled below the mantle.

 

In the park, the bubbling waters, and geysers gave the tell. Catastrophe approached.

 

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Chapter Two: Lift

 

The human scientists only noticed the volcanic activity when the mountains surrounding Yellowstone Park began to lift.

 

It took the best geologists among to figure it out, and that took years to complete.

 

Even then, they did not know how vast the problem was.

 

The volcanologists and geophysicists weighed in, a small cabal of people.

 

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Chapter Three: Rumbling

 

The wildlife sensed it first; the buffalo, the elk, the wolves, and the bears, they sensed the deep rumbling of the volcano, vibrations so subtle that no human being could perceive it. They sensed the change that was coming even while the finest scientific instruments showed the daily activity as occurring within a normal range.

 

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Chapter Four: The Blast

 

Every living thing on the planet heard or felt the explosion.

 

Global chaos followed quick upon the sound waves, with prayers in every language rising up to meet it.

 

The tallest buildings in every city around the world toppled as the planet jolted, and shifted on its axis.

 

Every person knew the end had come.

 

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Chapter Five: The Axis

 

For nearly seven hundred thousand years the pressure grew, seven hundred thousand years since the last eruption.

 

The pressure of gas and heat building beneath the earth, it was energy the human mind could only comprehend in the abstract.

 

When the cauldera blew, Earth shifted on its axis and altered its orbit around the sun.

 

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Chapter Six: The Cloud

 

Thick layers of volcanic ash buried the majority of the North American continent.

 

Fine particles of pulverized stone, and poisonous gas rose high into the upper atmosphere, circulating around the globe. It blanketed the world, blocking out the light of the sun, plunging the earth into a prolonged night, and winter.

 

It was the end.

 

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Chapter Seven: The Other Side

 

The eruption was a crucible, as the eruptions had always been.

 

Life on earth threaded the eye of the needle, most of it becoming merely another layer of clay.

 

Only a few thousand people would live through it.

 

Half of the world perished within days, and most of the rest in the year that followed.

 

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Section Three, Earth

 

Part Nineteen, Consciousness

 

Collected Chapters

 

01 Self

02 Other

03 Mother

04 Father

05 Siblings

06 Family

07 Other Self

 

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Chapter One: Self

 

Birth is concrescence, the coalescence of matter organizing into form. It is the quest of consciousness, the cognizant being emerging independent, and alone.

 

Each instance of birth is the beginning of a series of reflections given by the universe, on itself. The relative length of those reflections is not germane.

 

The bare witness is enough.

 

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Chapter Two: Other

 

The human, homo sapient sapient, like every other organic being, is beset with the inherent biases of the animal brain.

 

The glands of the brain pump chemicals into the liquid consciousness of the neural net.

 

It is fearful, concerned with only the most basic things; pleasure, pain, fear.

 

It regards every other creature as threat.

 

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Chapter Three: Mother

 

There is a brief period of time for every mammal, when they are safe in the warmth and dark of the womb, a short time when they are one with another, their mother.

 

Two hearts beating in the same body, sharing the same flow of blood, air, they are in a state of complete co-dependence.

 

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Chapter Four: Father

 

Stranger, protector, arbiter of conflict, a father is the first person the child seeks to bond with after separating from the mother.

 

The child seeks to connect with, to understand, to contend with, and to please the father. The ways in which their relationship develops determines virtually everything about who the child will ultimately become.

 

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Chapter Five: Siblings

 

Sisters and brothers, for most human beings these are the first people with whom they will share a common bond, and also compete with.

 

You identify with them, discover betrayal, experience them as a threat, and learn from them both how to love, and to forgive.

 

The human capacity for empathy is refined through them.

 

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Chapter Six: Family

 

The family becomes an extension of self.

 

The human being will begin to see its well-being as synonymous with their own. Without regard for the hurts, and the minor competitions that ensued while growing together, we protect those closest to us with ferocity equal to our own drive for safety.

 

Blood, family, it binds us.

 

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Chapter Seven: Other Self

 

As we become self-aware we struggle with fear, fear lodged deep within the limbic system of our “reptilian” brains.

 

We come into the knowledge of self, fearing any, and all others, accept kin.

 

It is through kinship, relating to those who we believe share our deepest interests, that we learn to see strangers as other-selves.

 

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Part Twenty, Collective

 

Collected Chapters

 

01 Family

02 Kin

03 Village

04 Tribe

05 City

06 State

07 Nation

 

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Day 141, May 21st, 2017

 

Chapter One: Family

 

The care of a loving family is like the wet, clinging mesh of a spiderweb. Humans are trapped in it, suspended, enwrapped. The majority of people who have ever lived, never lived apart from these bonds.

 

Familial obligations are invisible.

 

Everything we are comes from the family, everything we do redounds to the family name.

 

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Chapter Two: Kin

 

As families become clans the bonds of loyalty are set in the body, constructed from chemicals and enzymes, by proteins and amino acids, by the songs and rhythms unique to each group. They pass on their memories from one generation to the next.

 

These are bonds that we do not see, that we never question.

 

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Chapter Three: Village

 

Hierarchies emerge in village life, just as they do everywhere in the animal world, social hierarchies forming around the well, at the markets, the places of worship and religious life, and in the seat judgment.

 

The center is everything, with rank flowing out from it in concentric rings.

 

A person was either in or out.

 

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Chapter Four: Tribe

 

There was safety in the tribe, and the ability to test one’s self through competition with peers.

 

There were shared customs, and stories, and rituals in the tribe, those things both shaped the structure of the tribe and taught all of its members the means by which they could advance.

 

There was otherness as well.

 

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Chapter Five: City

 

Encampments became villages, and villages became towns.

Towns grew into cities as people migrated into the urban centers for trade, and work. They clung together in ever greater numbers, for protection, and opportunity.

 

Families dispersed, becoming ever less important.

 

What became paramount were the relationship the individual had to neighbors and teachers, patronage and clientage.

 

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Chapter Six: State

 

Large cities gathered smaller towns and villages to themselves, just as families did kin, to form greater clans and tribes.

 

The bonds that formed were like the spokes of wheel, both radiating from the center and supporting the outer frame.

 

There were the ancient bonds of vassalage, bonds of the imagination, bonds of determination.

 

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Chapter Seven: Nation

 

Common language, common custom, rituals and religion; these tie people together, as ligaments connect bone and muscles in the joints of the body.

 

They formed nations from states, building on the foundations of security and prosperity.

 

The old allegiances of family, tribe, and clan were shifting ever-outward, away from people, into the world of ideas.

 

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Section Three, Earth

 

Part Twenty-one, Migration

 

Collected Chapters

 

01 Forest

02 Plains

03 Hills

04 Mountains

05 Rivers

06 Coast

07 Ocean

 

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Chapter One: Forest

 

Families gathered together in sheltered spaces, a clearing in the trees.

 

They established camps close to the springs that fed the clear streams.

 

They built their fires, burning bright, smoking fish, birds, rabbits, and every other type of meat taken down with the shafts of their javelins and atlatls, having returned to the primordial life.

 

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Chapter Two: Plains

 

Families and tribes left the security of the forests, the safe canopy of trees, looking across the plain, over the tall grasses, exposing themselves beneath the clear sky.

 

The sky deep and blue, angry and gray, it was wide open and oppressing.

 

There were dangers lurking everywhere, great beasts threatening, other tribes.

 

Survival required constant vigilance.

 

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Chapter Three: Hills

 

The migrating tribes left the shelter of caves by the bubbling springs, in the valleys and glens.

 

They crossed the open plain.

 

They climbed to the tops of hills, drawn closer to the stars from which they came.

 

They piled stones atop one another, and built their homes with a wide view of their surroundings.

 

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Chapter Four: Mountains

 

We gathered the herds and flocks to us.

 

We walked with them, led them to water, protected them.

 

They gave us milk and meat, hides and wool.

 

We were symbiotic.

 

We led the herds to the mountain, and up the lofty peaks, looking for new pastures, passes.

 

We found ourselves there, we found the sacred.

 

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Chapter Five: Rivers

 

The tribes were always moving, always looking for new places.

 

They followed the rivers to their source, followed them to the clean springs from which the water flowed, water flowing into stream, and into rivers, feeding lakes, into the seas and oceans.

 

They founded their settlements there, at the head waters, the place of beginning.

 

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Chapter Six: Coast

 

The foot paths in the forests and those crossing the open prairie, they were narrow, and shifting.

 

The tribes traversed the shorelines in long lines, single file.

 

The people came to the great lakes and seas, their broad coasts became the first roads.

 

They trekked across them as if they were long and winding highways.

 

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Chapter Seven: Ocean

 

On thin strips of wood, in fragile canoes, they hurled their bodies onto the rivers and lakes, and into the sea, just as their ancient forebears had done when they crossed the stars, looking for new ways of life, and searching for mysteries.

 

Many were swept away and perished, in the accidental crossing of storms.

 

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