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Dune and the 21st century

March 29, 2005

some people read the bible, some the gita, others the pali canon, and some more read the quran. they do so to keep themselves centered, gain guidelines, meditate on the 'word of g*d' and so on. me, i read frank herbert's dune. which i happen to think is the singular most effective and comprehensive piece of religious literature, dialogue, and analysis in all existence. i am a sci-fi geekazoid, yes. but that does not in any way make my sweeping statement untrue.

just have a gander at these quotes that i have plucked from my much-underlined dune series. so relevant, so wise, so kickass.

The cynical view. And rulers are notoriously cynical where religions are concerned. Religion, too, is a weapon. What manner of weapon is religion when it becomes the government?

[...and it follows...]
When law and duty are one, united by religion, you never become fully conscious, fully aware of yourself. You are always a little less than an individual.
- from "Muad'Dib: The Ninety-Nine Wonders of the Universe" by Princess Irulan

He who controls Arakis, controls the Spice, and he who controls the Spice, controls the Universe!
- Baron Vladimir Harkonnen

[replace 'spice' with 'oil' or 'money' and voila...too easy.]

The innocent do not believe in evil.
-Scytale as Lichna

[preach it, frank, YEAH!]

[and my personal favourite...]
What is more ridiculous than a Death Commando transformed into a priest?
-Paul Atreides

posted by Neha
10:25 AM


Blogger BMF said...

Dune is one of the best series of all times. You've got a nice thing goin on your page.

3/30/2005 11:05:00 AM  
Blogger Neha said...

greetings, Masta B, you speak with a wise tongue. i came across the series during my Twin Peaks phase, when i was desperatly wanting to bear Kyle Mclaughlin's children. this taste led me to david lynch's 'dune' and then one book after another until one day i awoke from my spice haze and realized i was a convert.

i'm thrilled you like the page, it's hard to be unique when everyone and their uncle seems to have the same damn 'dots dark' template. MANY THANKS, you're my new best friend!

3/30/2005 02:13:00 PM  

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