fear

tumblr_m7bngiPteR1rambj9o1_500Lately I’ve been reading the Dune series for the second time, about halfway through Children of Dune. Before the first reading was even over, it was already a favorite. I’d read it more often, but it takes so long to get through the six books, and I can’t stop with just one, I have to keep reading until I’m through.

If you have an open mind (and I hope you do) there are many things you can take away from the characters and ideas presented in the books.

In the story’s universe exists a group called the Bene Gesserit, a group of (mostly) female warrior scholars devoted to spreading insight to the universe. They aimed to maximize their human potential, and were considered to be “witches” because of the apparent powers this gave them.

One of my favorite things in the books comes from the Bene Gesserit: the Litany Against Fear. I posted it in a semi-stylized format earlier today, and decided to write about it. I find it to be helpful in my life, and think it could be helpful in everyone’s life.

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litany against fear

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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.

Bene Gesserit “Litany Against Fear” from Dune by Frank Herbert

you don’t need us to tell you that gas prices are back on the rise

I miss Conan. Since his move to TBS I never catch him anymore.

In any case, this video is a beautiful example of how lazy the media has become. I got this from r/conspiracy, one of my favorite sources for alternative viewpoints on current events. Usually batshit viewpoints, but it gets me thinking in other directions, anyway.

The conspiracy people would have you believe, as they do, that this is a symptom of some kind of government scripting going on, or something. Some New World Order Illuminati shit. I think it’s a lot simpler than that, as is usually the case.

I don’t know this for a fact, but I imagine that there are national companies that write copy for local news. They send off a little package every day. “Here are a few graphics you could use for the story, some suggested titles, a compilation of stock footage, and here’s the tagline: ‘If you’ve been at the gas pumps lately then you don’t need us to tell you that gas prices are back on the rise.’ That’ll be $2000, thanks.”

It’s laziness, and it’s bullshit, and it’s one of the reasons that local news is failing hard. My local newspaper is nothing but republished AP articles that I could have read online the day before. The local news articles are really bad and uninformative. Every service that the newspaper provides could be replaced. There’s a reason that small news outlets are in trouble, and it’s shit like this. It shows.