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30 Days of Dune – Day 1

When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Their movement becomes headlong – faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thought of obstacles and forget that a precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until it’s too late. — Bene Gesserit proverb

My Take – If a leader has a religion, it’s not unreasonable for the values and ethics of that religion to guide him or her in their decisions.  But when religion becomes the only driving force in leadership, it can get too far too fast.  When someone uses “God’s will” as their reason and rhyme to impact the lives of others, they try to give up personal responsibility for that impact and can cause more harm than good, no matter their intentions.

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  1. pclemmer

     /  May 5, 2012

    Also known as “Lord, you’re all right, but save me from your followers” syndrome. Or as C.S. Lewis said:

    “Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good
    of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live
    under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.
    The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may
    at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good
    will torment us without end for they do so with the approval
    of their own conscience.”

  2. I stepped over from a link on The Next Chapter. I will bookmark and check back.

    What a world we live in. If my literary background is correct you are quoting a made-up proverb from a fictional religion developed by a science fiction writer.

    I am afraid your opinion carries more weight with me than the proverbs of the Bene Gesserit.

    Grace and peace.

    • Welcome Pumice. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy reading my musings. Yes, it’s a made-up proverb from a science fiction novel, but last month I was quoting the Elizabethan equivalent of Ed Wood. I just pick out 30 quotes from a person or work, publish them one at a time, and add my commentary if I have anything. It’s my way of making sure I have something to say every morning over coffee. Feel free to add your comments.

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