Chapter 16

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The Ego

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The Personality

1. The Seraphim brain is consistent with the universally established 3-2-1 format. Consequently, as with most advanced species, whilever their intellect is increasing, their minds continuously develop habitual characteristics that manifest as a distinct and unique Personality. Personalities play a significant role in every advanced organism, because they provide both sentience and individuality. 

2. The personality is an incorporeal product of spontaneous neural activity; a collection of organic algorithms that operate within the conscious mind. Unfortunately, even though the personality is able to access the wisdom and character of the subconscious, it rarely does, because most of its activities are dominated by a persona the UCC calls the Ego. 

3. Fundamentally, the Ego is a sophisticated variant of the Primary Instincts, so in its most basic form it is impulsive and volatile while conducting its primary function of self preservation.

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The ego is the Devil

1. As intelligence increases, the personality is transformed into a complex information processing system. It develops sophisticated decision making capabilities, which enable it to constructively interact with its surroundings and with other creatures. Nevertheless, it remains egocentric. 

2. The Seraphim understand their personality. They call the Ego the Devil. They believe it is a natural phenomenon that starts forming the moment the foetal brain begins to function, and then continues to mature throughout its lifetime. It represents who they are. 

3. The Demons think the Devil is the strength behind their character. The Angels disagree. They think the Devil is only one aspect of their personality, and that its impulsive belligerence is acting as a barrier to progress. They are learning to suppress the Devil’s spontaneous and impulsive behaviour, and in doing so, are allowing time for the subconscious to conduct a more rational and considered assessment. 

4. It is a fine balance. Finding the most appropriate response to a given situation is not easy.  The Demons rely solely on the Devil, so they are prone to reacting too rashly. However, because the Angels choose to hesitate, they regularly make themselves vulnerable.

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Critical issue

1. The UCC knows the Devil is an essential part of the Seraphim mind, but it also agrees with the Angels: If they are to progress, the egotistical Devil must be controlled.

2. Unfortunately, there is a critical issue. The Devil may have access to the rationality of the subconscious, so it is familiar with the principles of righteousness, but it is driven by the Primary Instinct. That means, when under pressure, it instinctively negates any action that might invite risk. Matters of moral obligation become irrelevant. 

3. Consequently, the Devil’s nature is self-serving, inconsiderate, and dispassionate, and when those characteristics are combined with intelligence, the result is at best, apathetic narcissism. At worst… it is evil. Either way, the Devil has very few sympathetic tendencies. However, it is not incapable of benevolence. Occasionally, when it feels safe and secure, it will acknowledge and consider the wisdom of the subconscious, possibly even act upon it, providing the outcome will be beneficial. However, should at any time it sense even a hint of danger, it’s default reaction will be defensive.

4. The UCC has studied the Devil within the Seraphim. It has grown in both confidence and complexity, to such an extent that it now considers itself to be the primary component, believing the body exists entirely for its convenience, and the subconscious has no other purpose than to provide reference material.    Consequently, it uses the body to fulfil its own needs, and regularly overrules the subconscious, ignoring rationality and substituting morality with self-serving disregard.

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Blocking QI

1. The UCC’s investigations have ascertained that it made a mistake in concluding the expanding neocortex was blocking the ability for QI. It was always the Devil.

2. As the Devil developed, it learned how almost all creatures share QI to some degree, and decided it did not like the idea of its thoughts and intentions being detected by those it was trying to deceive. So it found a way to interfere with the secretion of hormones and stimulants in the body, allowing it to not only destabilise the pineal gland’s QI process, but also influence the stability of both the physical body and the emotional mind. 

3. As a result, the closer a species gets to fully appreciating the benefits of QI, the less able it is to do so. The Devil progressively mutes the telepathic ability, leaving the individual confined within their physical form. Devoid of QI, they are considerably less empathic than lower mammals, and infinitely less than termites. 

4. Now the UCC understands why the Nature of Phi often forces a species into devolution: to return it to a stage where the level of QI is beneficial.

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The Problem

1. In the Seraphim, especially the Demons, the Devil is very powerful. It has seized control of the mind and suppressed the subconscious. The realisation has given the UCC clarity. The Devil is the problem. It doesn’t like peace, and can’t accept compromise. As much as it may try to mimic righteous behaviour, even succeed for a while, the intense survival instinct is too strong and simply incapable of sustaining passive behaviour under stress.  

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