PART 4 - Chapter 1 - Expansion
A creature, born during the death spiral of two stars locked in a gravitational pulling match, began moving about the interstellar ship with the ease and mastery of knowing every nook and cranny. It was the first to be brought to life, quickly learning the ways of survival and the need to look out for itself, no matter the outcome. It was a being of opportunity, continually working to increase its position, wealth and power. It was the way of those sentient beings. It seemingly craved control over things and situations, and the madness of that desire drove the creature to study the world and cosmos it lived within fastidiously.
It was their way of interacting with their surroundings. At that time, the creature was 6,139,485 years old. It had invented many enhancements to compensate for its deficient bodily functions: optics, chemical recombination, disparate energy sources, and most importantly, computational machines of extraordinary designs. Those inventions increased the spatial demand for knowledge while expanding its control. The species focused their efforts on science, mathematics, and exploration. Nothing was too much for them as they delved into the very heart of their biological makeup, as well as the quantum physics of the solar system and galaxy they inhabited.
The thought of not exploring a scientific or cosmological theory or question never arose as there was no reflection by conscience due to the fact there was no conscience involved in the decision making process. Subsequently, there were no fundamental laws on which to predicate caution; all types of biological animation were explored beyond what was reasonable, rational and to the detriment of many of the species’ individuals.
Over time, the planet became depleted of all its natural resources, including the native plant and animal life. That depletion posed a problem for the intelligent species as they needed those raw materials for continued manufacturing use, study and accumulation of knowledge. Eventually, it was decided to move from their planet out into the galaxy itself to look for new, habitable worlds.
The creatures built interstellar ships of vast proportions and set them in orbit around their world; thousands of them waiting to be filled and cast off from the bonds of their home world’s gravitational pull. The beings were able to master the art of warping space-time for faster than light use, and the ability to utilize wormholes for movement from one galaxy to another, enabling them to explore various regions on their side of the habitable universe. For eons, they built their civilization throughout numerous galactic solar systems, mastering the replication of biological processes for sentient manufacture, as well as insidious weapons of mass destruction.
As time went on, the opportunity for warfare increased with an ever-expanding viciousness and effectiveness that foreshadowed the eventual decisive nature of those creatures. Factions grew up, with each camp competing for natural resources and recognition from the ruling class–each faction vying for military favors and power grants handed out for innovations and loyal service. When the alliances of one group became too imbalanced, the ruling class would pit each faction against one another, hence creating an inescapable theater for mutually assured destruction.
There were no bounds to the slaughter and destruction of those factions, cities, and family groups situated on various worlds scattered throughout numerous solar systems. Millions of years passed with solar and galactic battles raging on until only a scattered few of those intelligent beings were left to wander the universe in search of their remaining kind.
It was within one of those ships that our original creature found itself. As the admiral of one of their fleets, it commanded a veritable entourage of experience, knowledge, and destruction. The civilization of that creature had survived over four million years. As intellectual giants, these aliens dominated any and all planetary systems they encountered.
Because those beings did not die from old age or sickness, leaving a legacy for their offspring did not register in their minds. The preservation of knowledge and civilization was not foremost in their pursuit. Continually growing in their understanding of the physical and nonphysical world pushed them to press the barriers of common sense and practicality. They had harnessed the use of antimatter as a result of paying a hefty price—the complete destruction of a solar system. Even that did not deter them from continuing in their quest to dominate all known knowledge and understanding.
Throughout the eons of time, the original creature was visited on numerous occasions by, unknown to itself, its creators. They imparted timely, comprehensive knowledge to enhance its ability to develop faster and further than it would otherwise have done by itself.
Traveling throughout the universe was not for the faint of heart. The admiral of that fleet had a purpose given to it by those multidimensional beings. They wanted him to continue his exploration and the seeding of worlds with replicating construction robotics while carrying on with the accumulation and expansion of his species’ intellect.
The multidimensional beings of the RI Group were concerned. The interference of the FI Group on the creation of man would provide preferential treatment, due to the enhancements provided, and would influence the outcome of the question at hand: Which form of biological creation was more effective in growing as a species or civilization and as an intelligent, sentient being?
Conscience and free will, it would seem, were at odds with chaos coalescence. That thought seemed to fly in the face of reality. Humanity had a conscience and free will; however, the very existence of chaos coalescence seemed to be providing variables of choice that were proving quite disconcerting to the FI Group. However, as with the RI Group, evidence subtly began pointing to the fact that chaos coalescence may not be able to exist without the use of free will and, perhaps, a prototypical conscience.
The complexity of the two forms of thought and the interdependent nature of those decision-making processes were confusing the mathematicians, bio-geneticists, chemists, and quantum-mechanics engineers. It was so subjective and reliant upon the action/reaction cycles of individuals, groups, communities, nations, and civilizations; those masters of the creative process became genuinely confounded by the very nature of free will.
Many times they questioned if the experiment should continue and, if it should, how far it should go in time and space. Each time, the Authorial argued for more time so evidence could be accumulated to prove the rationale of its theory. The Authorial was not above subterfuge and undermining the FI Group’s advancements. Sometimes it meant the occasional visit to the Homo sapiens’ planet to study and take samples of their biological makeup to determine the degree of growth and expansion of their consciousness and intellect.
Those visitations were evidenced many times throughout history in artifacts uncovered by archaeologists and historians. Stories involving the intervention of star beings in human affairs were accounted for in numerous civilizations throughout humanity’s history; intervention was not without risk. The two biological creations located within each of their galaxies at the far ends of the universe needed guidance—not complete revelation or understanding. It was not the time for either species to know where they came from and why they were there. The experiment had not come to its complete conclusion. Time was still an element to be considered in the scientific theaters of intelligence, conscience, and free will.
The ultimate question to be asked was, could either intelligent species formulate a code of conduct that addressed the action/reaction cycle?