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Frank Herbert Dune Genesis Politics, Humans, and the Super-Hero Theory

September 26, 2011 Other Related No Comments

This was taken from an excerpt from Frank Herbert, author of Dune and other great works of brilliance. I have loved all his books, because of his outlook on politics, people, heroes, and the weakness of power in even the best of us. Thank you Frank Herbert for your contribution and understanding of politics, power, and humanity.
Dune Genesis by Frank Herbert
“Personal observation has convinced me that in the power area of politics/economics, and in their logical consequence, war, people tend to give over every decision-making capacity to any leader who can wrap himself in the myth fabric of the society. Hitler did it. Churchill did it. Franklin Roosevelt did it. Stalin did it. Mussolini did it.

My favorite examples are John F. Kennedy and George Patton. Both fitted themsleves into the flamboyant Camelot pattern, consciously assuming bigger-than-life appearance. But the most casual observation reveals that neither was bigger than life. Each had our common human ailment-clay feet.

This, then was one of my themes for Dune: Don’t give over all of your critical faculties to people in power, no matter how admirable those people may appear to be. Beneath the hero’s facade you will find a human being who makes human mistakes. Enormous problems rise when human mistakes are made on the grand scale available to a super-hero. And sometimes you run into another problem.

It is demostrable that power structures tend to attract people who want power for the sake of power and that a significant proportion of such people are imbalanced-in a word, insane.

It is the systems themselves that I see as dangerous. Systematic is a deadly word. Systems orginate with human creators, with people who employ them. Systems take over and grind on and on. They are like a flood tied that picks up everything in its path.

… I now believe that evolution, or devolution, never ends short of death, that no society has ever acheived absolute pinnacle, that all humans are not created equal. In fact, I believe attempts to create some abstract equalization create a morass of injustices that rebound on the equalizers. Equal justice and equal opportunity are ideals we should seek, but we should recognize that humans adminster the ideals and the humans do not have equal ability.”

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