The pattern of monarchies and similar systems has a message of value for all
political forms. My memories assure me that governments of any kind could profit
from this message. Governments can be useful to the governed only so long as
inherent tendencies toward tyranny are restrained. Monarchies have some good
features beyond their star qualities. They can reduce the size and parasitic
nature of the management bureaucracy. They can make speedy decisions when
necessary. They fit an ancient human demand for a parental (tribal/feudal)
hierarchy where every person knows his place. It is valuable to know your place,
even if that place is temporary. It is galling to be held in place against your
will. This is why I teach about tyranny in the best possible way by example.
Even though you read these words after a passage of eons, my tyranny will not be
forgotten. My Golden Path assures this. Knowing my message, I expect you to be
exceedingly careful about the powers you delegate to any government.
-The Stolen Journals
Leto prepares for his first meeting with Siona since she was thrown out of the Fish Speaker schools by playing in the sand of the Sareer. Moneo delivers her at nightfall by 'thopter to the aerie at the top of the Little Citadel tower. She questions what is like to be him, his holiness, his authority and even shows some signs of sympathy. Leto decides she is ready to be tested.
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Paul of Dune was so bad it gave me a seizure that dislocated both of my shoulders and prolapsed my anus.