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    Hiya

    Postby Naib » 30 Jan 2014 16:02

    Hi all,

    I'm a loooong time Dune fan and reread the books on a regular basis. I'm here looking to chat with other fans of Dune and all things Dune related.

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    Re: Hiya

    Postby Tleszer » 30 Jan 2014 20:10

    Welcome! :orcs-buttshake:
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    Re: Hiya

    Postby inhuien » 31 Jan 2014 02:21

    hihihi Naib :)
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    Re: Hiya

    Postby Serkanner » 31 Jan 2014 06:58

    Welcome Home!
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    Re: Hiya

    Postby Freakzilla » 31 Jan 2014 08:31

    :text-welcomeconfetti: :text-welcomeconfetti:

    Naib wrote:I'm here looking to chat with other fans of Dune and all things Dune related.


    You've come to the right place.
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    Re: Hiya

    Postby Naib » 01 Feb 2014 09:15

    Thanks for the kind welcomes.
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    Re: Hiya

    Postby inhuien » 02 Feb 2014 01:33

    yw:) so what's your favourite moral quandary in the Dune books?
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    Re: Hiya

    Postby Naib » 03 Feb 2014 10:18

    Favourite moral quandary? That's a thinker. Off the top of my head I'd say Thufir's decision to work for the Harkonnen's.
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    Re: Hiya

    Postby Freakzilla » 03 Feb 2014 12:20

    Naib wrote:Favourite moral quandary? That's a thinker. Off the top of my head I'd say Thufir's decision to work for the Harkonnen's.


    To strike at the Harkonnens from the inside? He did try to assasinate Feyd and help Feyd try to kill the Baron.
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    Re: Hiya

    Postby Naib » 03 Feb 2014 12:55

    Freakzilla wrote:
    Naib wrote:Favourite moral quandary? That's a thinker. Off the top of my head I'd say Thufir's decision to work for the Harkonnen's.


    To strike at the Harkonnens from the inside? He did try to assasinate Feyd and help Feyd try to kill the Baron.


    True. But it still would have been a difficult decision to make at the moment.
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    Re: Hiya

    Postby Serkanner » 03 Feb 2014 13:41

    Naib wrote:
    Freakzilla wrote:
    Naib wrote:Favourite moral quandary? That's a thinker. Off the top of my head I'd say Thufir's decision to work for the Harkonnen's.


    To strike at the Harkonnens from the inside? He did try to assasinate Feyd and help Feyd try to kill the Baron.


    True. But it still would have been a difficult decision to make at the moment.


    He wanted to stay alive to revenge his Duke by killing the Baron, Feyd and hopefully the treacherous Bene Gesserit witch ... not a difficult decision at all if you ask me.
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    Re: Hiya

    Postby Naib » 03 Feb 2014 14:05

    Serkanner wrote:
    Naib wrote:
    Freakzilla wrote:
    Naib wrote:Favourite moral quandary? That's a thinker. Off the top of my head I'd say Thufir's decision to work for the Harkonnen's.


    To strike at the Harkonnens from the inside? He did try to assasinate Feyd and help Feyd try to kill the Baron.


    True. But it still would have been a difficult decision to make at the moment.


    He wanted to stay alive to revenge his Duke by killing the Baron, Feyd and hopefully the treacherous Bene Gesserit witch ... not a difficult decision at all if you ask me.


    But what about all the loathsome things he'd have to do for the Baron in the meantime? His soul would be forever stained just for the chance to kill the Baron, Feyd, and Rabban. If he'd have to hurt innocent people just to make the attempt at revenge it would make Thufir little better than the Baron himself in the end.
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    Re: Hiya

    Postby Freakzilla » 03 Feb 2014 14:06

    I think this would be a good topic for General Discussion: Moral Delemas in Dune
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    Re: Hiya

    Postby Serkanner » 03 Feb 2014 14:53

    Naib wrote:
    Serkanner wrote:
    Naib wrote:
    Freakzilla wrote:
    Naib wrote:Favourite moral quandary? That's a thinker. Off the top of my head I'd say Thufir's decision to work for the Harkonnen's.


    To strike at the Harkonnens from the inside? He did try to assasinate Feyd and help Feyd try to kill the Baron.


    True. But it still would have been a difficult decision to make at the moment.


    He wanted to stay alive to revenge his Duke by killing the Baron, Feyd and hopefully the treacherous Bene Gesserit witch ... not a difficult decision at all if you ask me.


    But what about all the loathsome things he'd have to do for the Baron in the meantime? His soul would be forever stained just for the chance to kill the Baron, Feyd, and Rabban. If he'd have to hurt innocent people just to make the attempt at revenge it would make Thufir little better than the Baron himself in the end.


    If you assume that the rule by the Atreides was in any way a lot more "peaceful" or a lot less "dictatorial" than the Harkonnen. Both Atreides and Harkonnen are Aristocratic houses that rule entire planets. How do you think the "serfs" of the Atreides thought about their rulers? Is it any better to help a Duke oppress the people (mostly innocent) of a whole planet ( Caladan and later Arrakis ) than it is to help the Baron?
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    Re: Hiya

    Postby Naib » 03 Feb 2014 15:13

    It never came across to me that the Atreides were oppressive towards their own subjects. On the contrary they seemed to go out of their way to treat their subjects with compassion and dignity. That's not to say that people wouldn't be treated harshly if there was a good reason, but I think they would make damned sure there was a good reason.

    The ending of the degrading ritual of water slopping is a fair example I think of how the Atreides treated their subjects compared to the Harkonnens.
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    Re: Hiya

    Postby Freakzilla » 03 Feb 2014 15:32

    I wouldn't say Thufir helped Duke Leto oppress his populations, I think he used his as more of a tool of statecraft. Espionage and whatnot.

    However, Thufir did instruct the Baron to oppress the people of Arrakis. But I think that was to bring down the wrath of the emperor for trying to turn Arrakis into another Salusa Secundus.
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    Re: Hiya

    Postby Serkanner » 04 Feb 2014 07:08

    Naib wrote:On the contrary they seemed to go out of their way to treat their subjects with compassion and dignity.



    Is there any proof in the texts to support this? Every authoritarian system in history has been "oppressive" in nature to its subjects. It is therefore not a stretch to assume this was also the case with the atreides. For instance: the Atreides were masters of propaganda. Apparently there was a strong need for the Atreides to make use of propagnada to support their claims.[/quote]

    Sedondly: The Duke send buyers to the Bene Gesserit to buy a Concubine .... hardly a show of compassion and dignity in my opinion.


    Naib wrote:The ending of the degrading ritual of water slopping is a fair example I think of how the Atreides treated their subjects compared to the Harkonnens.


    It was Jessica who ordered this. Neither the quartermakers who arrived first on Arrakis or the Duke or Paul for that matter stopped the ritual. Besides ... stopping this ritual was the fantastic piece of propaganda for the Atreides'new rule. But still there was apparently a great shoratges of water. Even the flowerroom was kept intact "to preserve it for the people" instead of giving the vast amounts of water to the poorest.
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    Re: Hiya

    Postby Freakzilla » 04 Feb 2014 09:40

    It was Duke Leto...

    How typical of a Harkonnen fief, the Duke thought. Every degradation of the
    spirit that can be conceived. He took a deep breath, feeling rage tighten his
    stomach.
    "The custom stops here!" he muttered.
    He saw a serving woman--one of the old and gnarled ones the housekeeper had
    recommended--hovering at the doorway from the kitchen across from him. The Duke
    signaled with upraised hand. She moved out of the shadows, scurried around the
    table toward him, and he noted the leathery face, the blue-within-blue eyes.
    "My Lord wishes?" She kept her head bowed, eyes shielded.
    He gestured. "Have these basins and towels removed."
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    Re: Hiya

    Postby Freakzilla » 04 Feb 2014 09:42

    But Serkanner has a point, there was nobility and the faufreluches. If you weren't nobility you were a peon.
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    Re: Hiya

    Postby Naib » 04 Feb 2014 11:59

    Without question. The serf life wouldn't be too grand.
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    Re: Hiya

    Postby Serkanner » 04 Feb 2014 13:40

    Freakzilla wrote:It was Duke Leto...

    How typical of a Harkonnen fief, the Duke thought. Every degradation of the
    spirit that can be conceived. He took a deep breath, feeling rage tighten his
    stomach.
    "The custom stops here!" he muttered.
    He saw a serving woman--one of the old and gnarled ones the housekeeper had
    recommended--hovering at the doorway from the kitchen across from him. The Duke
    signaled with upraised hand. She moved out of the shadows, scurried around the
    table toward him, and he noted the leathery face, the blue-within-blue eyes.
    "My Lord wishes?" She kept her head bowed, eyes shielded.
    He gestured. "Have these basins and towels removed."


    Ouch! ... I have been poisoned by the TV series. In the TV series it is Jessica that stops the custom.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueYYVRTWmjY

    25:35 minutes
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    Re: Hiya

    Postby Serkanner » 04 Feb 2014 13:45

    Naib wrote:Without question. The serf life wouldn't be too grand.


    The first few times I read Dune ( age 15-20 ) I saw the Atreides as the good ones, the rightful ones. Then I grew up and started to read more between the lines. Education, experience and lots of re-reading an dof cours ethe debates on numerous Dune sites have shaped my perception of the books. My perception is not the truth of course and that is why this site in particular is so great. It gives us the opportunity to study and learn all there is about the books ... and opinion and perceptions do differ.

    In other words: great to have you here sharing your insights and perception. :)
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    Re: Hiya

    Postby Naib » 04 Feb 2014 16:08

    Serkanner wrote:
    Naib wrote:Without question. The serf life wouldn't be too grand.


    The first few times I read Dune ( age 15-20 ) I saw the Atreides as the good ones, the rightful ones. Then I grew up and started to read more between the lines. Education, experience and lots of re-reading an dof cours ethe debates on numerous Dune sites have shaped my perception of the books. My perception is not the truth of course and that is why this site in particular is so great. It gives us the opportunity to study and learn all there is about the books ... and opinion and perceptions do differ.

    In other words: great to have you here sharing your insights and perception. :)


    Cheers Serkanner. I like your arguments and they'll probably come back to me the next time I reread Dune.
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