Why does fear drive us? If you think of most movies today they seem to have a form of terror in them to make it big.  This is one of my favorites “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”Frank Herbert, Dune

Now you might want to know why this is a good one to remember. If you think of what things that you fear, your response is fight or flight. This saying is that the person that fights is able to control their environment and they can control what causes fear to them. Once again look at this saying also from the movie and book Dune and what does it tell you. “The mind can go either direction under stress—toward positive or toward negative: on or off. Think of it as a spectrum whose extremes are unconsciousness at the negative end and hyperconsciousness at the positive end. The way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training.”Frank Herbert, Dune    

The mind is a powerful thing and if we train it then we can do almost anything. The trick is to control it. “Without change something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.”Frank Herbert, Dune     If we don’t try something new, then we are missing the change that wakes our mind. That is the easiest way to learn there is more outside the window than just the glass.  The more that you question the more that you learn.

So what else can be learned from the movie? Is there a science that people of power should learn? A formula to make a good president or leader? “Grave this on your memory, lad: A world is supported by four things…” she held up four big-knuckled fingers. “…the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the righteous and the valor of the brave. But all of these things are as nothing…” She closed her fingers into a fist. “…without a ruler who knows the art of ruling. Make that the science of your tradition!”Frank Herbert, Dune    

It is strange that a book that made a great sci-fi movie has so much information in it that most don’t think about. The series of books are an entire learning experience . The world can be that if you look deep enough into it. You can see that there is more than meets the eye if you look deep enough.

So why does a book that has an element of fear in have so much to teach? Is it by accident or is there something else there? Frank Herbert was born in Tacoma Washington, and is best known for the Dune series. He passed away in 1986. His son Brian worked on some of the books that are known as part of the Dune series, they are the houses that tell the back story of Dune.

This is the link that shows all that Frank Herbert did: http://www.arrakis.co.uk/herbert.html

This is the link on Brian Herbert, Frank’s son: http://brianherbertnovels.com/

“It is so shocking to find out how many people do not believe that they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult.”Frank Herbert, Dune

He proved it by telling a story – the story of Dune!


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