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    Chapter 33

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    Chapter 33

    Postby Freakzilla » 13 Feb 2008 17:55

    Above all else, the mentat must be a generalist, not a specialist. It is wise to
    have decisions of great moment monitored by generalists. Experts and specialists
    lead you quickly into chaos. They are a source of useless nit picking, the
    ferocious quibble over a comma. The mentat-generalist, on the other hand, should
    bring to decision-making a healthy common sense. He must not cut himself off
    from the broad sweep of what is happening in his universe. He must remain
    capable of saying: "There's no real mystery about this at the moment. This is
    what we want now. It may prove wrong later, but we'll correct that when we come
    to it." The mentat-generalist must understand that anything which we can
    identify as our universe is merely part of larger phenomena. But the expert
    looks backward; he looks into the narrow standards of his own specialty. The
    generalist looks outward; he looks for living principles, knowing full well that
    such principles change, that they develop. It is to the characteristics of
    change itself that the mentat-generalist must look. There can be no permanent
    catalogue of such change, no handbook or manual. You must look at it with as few
    preconceptions as possible, asking yourself: "Now what is this thing doing?"

    -The Mentat Handbook

    It is the Day of the Kwisatz Haderach and The Preacher has returned to the steps of Alia's Temple to deliver a message. The holiday is to recognize the deified Paul Atreides as that person who was everywhere simultaneously, the male Bene Gesserit who mingled both male and female ancestry in an inseparable power to become the One-with-All. Alia has issued an order for his arrest for him but has ordered that he be left alone on this day. It is also the 28th day of official mourning for Leto II, six days since his memorial at Old Pass, which was delayed by the Fremen civil war. However, even Fremen in-fighting did not stop the Hajj. Most pilgrams tried to plan for their visit to fall durring this holiday. He says he has come to preach in memory of Leto II. Alia is near the front of the crowd, disguised by her stilsuit and robe, in an attempt to discover his identity. At the end of his sermon, he grabs her by the arm and whispers to her, "Stop trying to pull me once more into the background, sister." The Preacher and the crowd leaves Alia frozen in fear with no doubt that this is Paul, on the steps of her temple wondering what she will do now that everyone has turned against her. Even her inner voices are silent.
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    Re: Chapter 33

    Postby Nietzsche's mustache » 09 Nov 2011 19:45

    Great chapter. I love The Preacher's rants, how FH condensed wisdom into every sentence he utters:

    "You aren't thinking or really existing unless you're willing to risk even your own sanity in the judgement of your existence."
    But it is the body that is inspired: let us keep "the soul" out of it.
    -Friedrich W. Nietzsche in Ecce Homo (1888)

    Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty.
    -Leto II
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    Re: Chapter 33

    Postby Freakzilla » 21 Jun 2012 10:56

    Revised, clean.
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