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I feel another re-read of the Dune novels coming up soon.  I’ve been thinking about them a lot lately, particularly in light of our current political situation.  Some of my favorites:

Some bad news for the “alternative facts” crowd:

I give you Muad’Dib’s words! He said, ‘I’m going to rub your faces in things you try to avoid. I don’t find it strange that all you want to believe is only that which comforts you.  How else do humans invent the traps which betray us into mediocrity?  How else do we define cowardice?’  That’s what Muad’Dib told you! – Children of Dune

Ditto for those trying to recreate an imagined past:

By your belief in singularities, in granular absolutes, you deny movement, even the movement of evolution!  While you cause a granular universe to persist in your awareness, you are blind to movement.  When things change, your absolute vanishes, no longer accessible to your self-limiting perceptions.  The universe has moved beyond you. – Heretics of Dune

And perhaps there’s even hope for those of us resisting the ignorant pettiness and hatred:

There exists a limit to the force even the most powerful may apply without destroying themselves. Judging this limit is the true artistry of government. Misuse of power is the fatal sin. The law cannot be a tool of vengeance, never a hostage, nor a fortification against the martyrs it has created. You cannot threaten any individual and escape the consequences. – Dune:Messiah

Muad’dib must always be that inner outrage against the complacently powerful, against the charlatans and the dogmatic fanatics.  It is that inner outrage which must have its say because Muad’dib taught us one thing above all others: that humans can endure only in a fraternity of social justice. – Children of Dune

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