Dune

Posted: March 14, 2011 in media-culture
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Am terminat primele 5 carti.

Bureaucracy destroys initiative. There is little that bureaucrats hate more than innovation, especially innovation that produces better results than the old routines. Improvements always make those at the top of the heap look inept. Who enjoys appearing inept? — A Guide to Trial and Error in Government, Bene Gesserit Archives

Good government never depends upon laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern. The machinery of government is always subordinate to the will of those who administer that machinery. The most important element of government, therefore, is the method of choosing leaders. — Law and Governance, The Spacing Guild Manual

Bene Gesserit were old. Even though they appeared young, they were the oldest being still alive. Mii de vieti intr-una singura, una dupa alta, transmise in alt corp, adunate una peste alta, un pachet de cunostinte disponibil unei singure persoane. Cunostintele si experienta a mii de oameni, conducatori bine alesi de-a lungul miilor de ani. Cum e sa arati tanar si sa iti urmezi viata in ritm cu a celor din jur, dar pe dinauntru sa fii batran, de mii de ani, sa privesti de multe ori lumea ca prin deja-vu, sa stii aceleasi pattern-uri batatorite de oamenii din jurul tau. Nu e nimic nou, totul e plictisitor si previzibil. Ai face orice sa dai de ceva _nou_. Nu era superioritate, ci doar stagnare.

Much that was called religion has carried an unconscious attitude of hostility toward life. True religion must teach that life is filled with joys pleasing to the eye of God, that knowledge without action is empty. All men must see that the teaching of religion by rules and rote is largely a hoax. The proper teaching is recognized with ease. You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensation which tells you this is something you’ve always known.

Paradox is a pointer telling you to look beyond it. If paradoxes bother you, that betrays your deep desire for absolutes. The relativist treats a paradox merely as interesting, perhaps amusing or even, dreadful thought, educational.

Once men turned their thinking over to machines in the hope that this would set them free. But that only permitted other men with machines to enslave them.

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