10/21/2012 by syrbal-labrys
Frank Herbert, that is. In his science fiction classic, “Dune” the following statement is made by one of the Bene Gesserit:
“When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Their movements become headlong – faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thoughts of obstacles and forget the precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until it’s to late.”
Of course, the artful Bene Gesserit of his novel used religion as a potent tool to change mankind and protect their interests, generally in a benign way. Some of those using religion today are not so well-meaning, they connive and plot without any of the careful analysis and planning of a science fiction novel. But the dystopia they create will be as potent as any fantastical storybook version.