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Without the Individual

Can you imagine a world, directed by a single mind?
A collective conscious, a living hive.
Each time we are born, we receive a part of it
And when we return, we share in the pool.

There would be no fear of death;
No fear of the unknown…
For a thousand souls would bolster our hearts.
We could live—truly LIVE—to the fullest extent of our capabilities.

And when we succeed?

That success returns to the hive…
That success can be shared across the next generation.
We would become an ever-evolving organism.
One with a thousand faces, but a single driving purpose.

Can you even imagine how that would feel?

But…I suppose that you can’t.

For you, as with all humans, share in a single flaw:


The nature of the individual, the ego of the singular man.
Existing in a void of his own thoughts—he has no point of reference.
He is alone, even if surrounded by other humans,
For he shall never share in their minds…

And that my friends—nothing else but that—is what leaves us an imperfect species.
Co-captain is posting it up for me. This is a piece that I wrote after considering how many sci-fi novels deal with an alien bug type species that exhibits the characteristics of an insect colony on our own planet. They are always driven by a single collective hive mind and I have honestly grown to admire that.

We fight amongst ourselves over ideals and resources when instead, a collective conscious would align us all and direct us to something greater beyond that. True, we would become the new scourge of the galaxy—seeing as we would then move from planet to planet consuming all life and multiplying endlessly…but my god, it would be incredible to be a part of all that. A life without fear or worry, even the pain of death would be transient. You would spawn again in flesh anew to terrorize your foes who would be screaming for mercy…

Oops, let my inner sadist out again x’D

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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LuluTheDragonQueen Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I like this very much :heart: creepy...
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StarlightComet Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That is so deep, man. I really like it!
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EeeRix Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
You took the words right out of my mouth.
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StarlightComet Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
my apologies lol
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EeeRix Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
XD
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OguzhanSelcuk Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
Great poem, but,

"That success returns to the hive…
That success can be shared across the next generation.
We would become an ever-evolving organism.
One with a thousand faces, but a single driving purpose."

That's how science and philosophy and technology have always evolved, individuals standing on the shoulders of giants to reach ever higher. That's how humanity came to dominate nature, by people passing their accomplishments on to the next generation.
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GilPires Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Thumbs UP!
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ogiGamedev Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
I never thought of it that way.  A setting I was/am designing begins a lot like that, I just never thought too deeply about how it would effect the first inhabitants.  Your perspective is a lot nicer than I probably would have come up with.
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Hazyl Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
What a brilliant poem.    :)  
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thisismyringtone Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Instantly, the words hive and alien bug type species and colony made me think of ender's game. great book :iconfabulousplz:
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