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Hunters to Herders
For some time, the UCC has been confused about the transition from high sentience to Ultra-Sentience. It considers Ultra-Sentience to be the pinnacle of organic evolution, achievable only by those who have developed sufficient wisdom and determination to not only re-establish Quantum Interconnection but to fully appreciate its spiritual potential.
What the UCC doesn’t entirely understand, however, is whether it is by accident or intention that the Nature of Phi has made the journey to Ultra-Sentience so tediously difficult, to the point of being almost impossible; because, with the exception of a pitifully small number of Angels, not one species has ever successfully completed the transformation; and the Angels would have failed too, had it not been for the intervention of the UCC.
In the hope of understanding more, the UCC has been studying the process.
The UCC neither fully understands nor exercises any control over the Nature of Phi. It is an intangible enigma; a tremendously powerful, rather mystical, and entirely non-communicative law unto itself; and the only proof of its existence is that its influence is utterly inescapable.
From what the UCC has observed, it seems that from the very outset the Nature of Phi has used the Golden Ratio as a principle guide in obsessively monitoring and controlling the development of literally everything in the physical realm. Since then, it has continued to seek balance, pursue excellence, and maintain stability as close to perfection as it is able.
Striving for perfection, however, has consequences. It is a pinnacle with no room for disparity. Perfection requires consistency, and consistency demands that individuality is sacrificed in favour of uniformity; discrepancies must be eliminated, meaning as the format of any given entity draws closer to the Golden Ratio, it begins to lose diversity.
For a very long time the methods employed by the Nature of Phi have worked perfectly. The process has remained logical, straightforward, and obviously successful, with the evidence glaringly obvious at every level; from atomic structure, through molecules, up to the format of stars and planets. There has been no reason for change or compromise. The Nature of Phi has decided how things should be, and the universe has complied.
That was until the advent of life.
From the moment life began, it was clearly going to be the Nature of Phi’s greatest challenge.
The activities of inanimate matter follow logical patterns; therefore its behaviour is calculable; sometimes very complex, but invariably predictable, therefore controllable. Life does not. Life is erratic… unpredictable. It is self-enhancing and in constant flux; critical factors the Nature of Phi seems either unable or unwilling to recognise.
Initially, when dealing with the most basic forms of life, the Nature of Phi simply overpowered free will and applied the Golden Ratio; meeting only minimal resistance. The results were stable and clear to see in the formats of long-established organisms like bacteria, plants, insects, and fish. To a large degree, those principles continued into more advanced species such as reptiles, birds, and to a slightly lesser extent, some mammals, like rodents, sheep and cattle.
However, when highly sentient lifeforms begin to emerge, the Nature of Phi repeatedly underestimates their resilience. As a consequence, many advanced species refuse to stop advancing, defiantly crossing whatever boundaries the Nature of Phi puts in place and setting ever higher standards for others to follow.
As their minds relentlessly develop, their intelligence grows, which encourages subjective thought. Instincts convert to egocentricity, the phenomenon of personality emerges, and personas are created that are infinitely more resourceful and independent.
Something that the UCC has observed during the early stages of a species reaching high sentience, is that they take one of two distinct and quite opposing paths: they favour becoming either carnivorous or herbivorous. The UCC loosely classifies the two extremes as Hunters and Herders.
Herbivores do not hunt; their diet is entirely vegetation. They are natural Herders; highly sociable, and constantly in need of companionship. They are peaceful and nonchalant, and the Nature of Phi usually settles them into uniformity at a moderate to low intellectual level, which they seem to readily accept. They breed regularly and herd in large numbers, which compensates for the fact they are the main source of food for predators.
Carnivores are predatory Hunters. Thoughtful and focussed, their main source of food is Herbivores, largely because herbivores exist in large numbers and make less aggressive prey. Predators are quite solitary by nature. They have no herding tendencies and are perfectly comfortable in their own company. As with herders, most hunters are settled by the Nature of Phi at a relatively low level of intelligence. Their lifestyles are entirely different, and although they exist in the same environment, there is no recognised cooperation
Due to their low intellect and natural indifference, egocentricity in herding creatures rarely progresses beyond producing dominant Alpha individuals and the occasional reclusive species. However, in Hunters, the behavioural shift is more complex.
Initially, hunter species are no more intelligent than herders, but their instinctive independence and predatory nature are more active, and that makes them marginally more determined and adventurous. Consequently, as they advance, they begin to explore new behavioural concepts. It leads some to compromise their independence in favour of operating as a pack.
Packs are strong. They enjoy a safer lifestyle because communal living is easy to control and defend. It is invariably pack animals that become dominant Alpha-Species. But a pack is not a herd; it has a very different political structure. It is a hierarchy-based cooperative that relies on tolerance rather than dependency. Nevertheless, the shift is significant. In adopting social cohesion, the pack takes a small step towards the herding mentality.
As time passes, the pack mentality refines and their behaviour begins to change, not just in intellectual and social matters, but in other things too, including their eating habits: they become actively omnivorous.
Accepting a mixed diet increases stability. Sustenance becomes easier. They retain the predatory instinct, which as a pack works very well, but they enhance their diet with vegetation when it is convenient. They are no longer strictly a Hunter. They begin to cultivate crops; and as they do, their predatory instinct grows less predominant. An increasingly diverse variety of characteristics makes them strong and enduring; they become resourceful survivors that tolerate solitude or communal behaviour as it is required.
Over time, a lifestyle increasingly void of physical hardship or hostility enables them to further explore the herbivorous side of their omnivorous nature. They continue to refine social development, becoming civilised and cooperative in what is yet another small shift closer to herding.
Eventually, when a secure and advanced society is established, tolerance turns to passivity and the aggressive predatory instinct weakens and quite suddenly seems crude and counterproductive.
It is a cruel irony, but even though an advanced and peaceful social structure cannot emerge without the belligerent Hunter instinct, once it is established, it cannot hold steadfast with it. It is a logical process: the aggressive tenacity of the Hunter initially gains the status of Alpha-Species. It then defends the community as it develops. However, as life becomes more peaceful, the survival instincts become less active. Intelligence rationalises aggression and focuses on social development and the accumulation of wisdom. And as it does, the final transition to Ultra-Sentience drifts ever closer.
For a while, the process progresses quite naturally. A sheltered lifestyle allows lengthy periods of reduced stress, allowing individuals to benefit from greater contentment. The resulting karmic balance draws the species closer to the Golden Ratio of perfection.
It is at that point where it attracts the attention of the Nature of Phi… and for some reason, everything seems to go wrong.
The Nature of Phi detects a species whose evolutionary process is reaching a pinnacle, so it starts a familiar process; it begins to slow the rate of advancement with the intention of stabilising the species at its present constitution.
Unfortunately, the process is the same as the one applied to inanimate things, and it seems the Nature of Phi is only concerned with creating consistency of the physical state. The process being utilised works consistently well with inanimate entities, even with simple organic life, but it is clearly not effective with highly sentient lifeforms.
The Nature of Phi appears to be pitifully ignorant of sentience. Instinctive behaviour, maybe, but highly developed independent consideration? Clearly not. Consequently, it is focussing on stabilising the physical format but paying no attention to how that might be affecting the complexities of conscious activity.
It is a familiar scenario, there have been countless occasions where the UCC has known a species has greater potential than the Nature of Phi has permitted. Now, the UCC suspects the reason is simply that the Nature of Phi is not aware any potential exists. Could it be that in its quest for perfection, the nature of Phi is proving itself to be imperfect?
The UCC knows the process of transition from Egocentric Hunter to Ultra-Sentient Herder is complex and difficult. The fluctuating karmic state created by the unrelenting battle between the Devil and the Conscience are endlessly destabilising the fragile relationship between the physical state and the Golden Ratio. If the Nature of Phi is not aware of what is happening, it will not understand why the ratio remains in such erratic flux. It will conduct what has proven to be a dispassionate, logical analysis and see disharmony causing imbalance. There can only be one solution: devolution. Returning the species to a more stable stage of development.
It does precisely the wrong thing, because the action reinvigorates an ego that has been gently subsiding. And the effect is two fold. Those who are still largely belligerent, get worse. The aggressive simply become more aggressive. hose who have been supporting unity and encouraging passive cooperation, begin to do so fanatically. They attempt to suppress their growing intolerance, which simply converts frustration into contempt. However, instead of being physical their belligerence is expressed psychologically.
If anything, it makes the outcome worse, because psychological conflict is harder to define and easier to justify. It can also be applied relentlessly, because the damage is not physical and the scars are not visible. However the principle remains the same: hostile aggression, where the strong victimise the weak.
After deep contemplation the UCC finds itself having to reconsider its initial conclusion. Is it possible the seemingly ignorant actions of the Nature of Phi are in fact intentional? Could it be that the Nature of Phi actually fully understands the transition to Ultra-Sentience and is purposefully bringing about a near unsurpassable crisis, specifically for the purpose of pivotally deciding the fate of an entire species. Quite simply a few will survive and flourish… or they won’t. Either way the species has become too unruly and destructive to be allowed to continue.
2 If that is the case, then the UCC must agree, it is essential that species face a monumental challenge, because the process cannot be allowed to falter, let alone fail. The status of Ultra-Sentience cannot be contaminated. Only those who have adapted and fundamentally evolved to a higher level of consciousness, and in doing so have mastered the inconvenient but clearly essential Ego, can be permitted to progress. Only those who have entirely abandoned the capacity to consider belligerent apathy can be allowed to survive.
There is little wonder most species fail. The entire process is intended to be self-destructive. It is a final make or break filter, imposed by the Nature of Phi. Only those with the requisite qualities matter, and of those, only the ones with the perfect disposition can be permitted to succeed a society rapidly losing cohesion.
The remaining population will be irrelevant. Assuming they don’t destroy themselves, the process of slowing evolution will be made regressive. It will continue to devolve until an acceptable equilibrium is achieved, which will inevitably be at a harmless stage long prior to Ultra-Sentience.
What happened to the Seraphim, is now happening to the humans. The population is hurtling on a blind crusade, fanatically trying to achieve something that most are incapable of identifying.