Snowball wrote:I'm curious...does anyone know how far in time Leto's vision of the Golden Path extended?
Also, why did he consider the continuation of the species important in the first place? He was barely human even before his transformation, so it wasn't self-service, which I don't think would have been a good explanation anyway.
Ah! A genuinely good question! AND one that stays on topic in this long debased thread of mine! Shall i rejoice?
Rather than explain why He does (as i do not know), i would like to attempt
to deal with why i think the question is a good question per se
It is easy to search for dharma
that would lead our hero in it's path, psychological explanations
that would make believable the choice of a prebubescent boy for the metamorphosis into a huge lump of organic matter. This approach is present in Paul's "terrible purpose", and, while it might reveal some interesting aspects of our Great God Guide Leto the Second, err... Herbert the First's chronicles, i believe the other approach is fundamentally more fruitful.
Namely, the golden-path-as-philosophy approach.
As in: OK, but given that Leto was mature enough to, even in cases where he WAS set on a course of action by primitive urgent causes outside rational, reflexive consideration, even then to be able to think about such actions and build then into a consistent framework
-- which we shall call Golden Path -- and furthermore considering that Leto used amongst other things a very ellaborate, careful, sophisticated argumentation to tune and orient
his actions, and finally that generally speaking His view seemed to be mostly free of radical question-avoiding morally-based qualifications (like good vs evil, peace vs war and so on) which would accept "humane" as an unquestionable value, given all that, it would seem pretty much reasonable to say that humanity itself was just a curious phenomenon in an otherwise uncaring infinite world
. Even assuming that as a human this boy would come default with a "preserve offspring" clause, he was flexible enough to dump the "produce offspring" clause that is lots more urgent.
So, i would say that, in my view
, Leto could
have regarded humanity as disposable, and that he chose not to. I believe that the dedication to the continuation of humanity was a throughly thought-out idea. And i believe that this idea is not a matter of taste, is not that he thinks humanity is beautyful, but a matter of understanding. I believe that in GE's view, and also in FH's view, humanity has some qualities that are A) valuable in and of themselves and B) fairly rare or nonexistent outside of us.
But what are those qualities?
Given that the universe is infinite, and therefore bound to show almost every possible configuration of things, what exactly could have both A and B?
I don't know if there is (or even if it is advisable to come up with) some definite answers for those, but i am fairly convinced that the general principles can be discerned from FH's general ideas (as for example in "Listening to the Left Hand") and also in some of the stuff that influenced him (like General Semantics).
As SC will be glad to point out to all of you, i basically talked a lot but said nothing. I hope, though, to have cast a different light on Snowball's question. Let's say to attack it from another angle.
As what regards to how far in time Leto would peek
... That is totally unrelated. Or is it?