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MONOLOGUE OF LETO ATREIDES II (Prank Herbert: God-Emperor of Dune) “To my certain knowledge, when I am no longer consciously present here among you, when I am here only as @ fearsome creature of the desert, many people will look back upon me as a tyrant. Fair enough. I have been tyrannical. A tyrant—not fully human, not insane, merely a tyrant. But even ordinary tyrants have motives and. feelings beyond those usually assigned them by facile historians, and they will think of me as a. great tyrant. ‘Thus, my feelings and motives are a legacy I would preserve lest history distort them too much. History has a way of magnifying some characteristics while it discards others. People will try to understand me and to frame me in their words. They will seek truth. But the truth always carries the ambiguity of the words used to express it, You will not understand me. The harder you try the more remote I will become until finally I vanish into ternal myth—a Living God at last! That's it, you see. I am not a leader nor even a guide. A god. Remember that. Iam quite different from leaders and guides. Gods need take no responsibility for anything except genesis. Gods accept everything and thus accept nothing, Gods must be identifiable yet remain anonymous. Gods do not need a spirit world. My spirits dwell within me, answerable to my sightest summons. I share with you, because it pleases me to do so, what I have learned about them and through them. They are my truth. Beware of the truth, gentle sister. Although much sought after, truth can be dangerous to the seeker. Myths and reassuring lies are much easier to find and believe. If you find a truth, even a temporary one, it can demand that you make painful changes. Conceal your truths within words. Natural ambiguity will protect you then. Words are much easier to absorb than are the sharp delphic stabs of wordless portent. With words, you can cry ‘out in the chorus: ‘Why didn't someone warn me?” But I did warn you. I warned you by example, not with words. There are inevitably more than enough words. You record them in your marvelous memory even nov. And someday, my journals will be discovered—more words. I warn you that you read my words at your peril ‘The wordless movement of terrible events lies just below their surface, Be deaf! You do not need to hear or, hearing, you do not need to remember. How soothing itis to forget. And how dangerous! Words such as mine have long been recognized for their mysterious power. There is a secret knowledge here which can be used to rule the forgetful. My truths are the substance of myths and lies which tyrants have always counted on to maneuver the masses for selfish design. You see? I share it all with you, even the greatest mystery of al time, the mystery by which I compose my life. I reveal it to you in words: The only past which endures lies wordlessly within you.” y Gb i, (HR. Giger - Design for Alejandro Jodorwsky’s “Dune”, planet Geidi Prime of House Harkonnen)