Fedaykin10 wrote:Okay that's a great point, for some reason I had neglected to consider that.. Though I was under the impression that that entire situation was beyond his direct control, and rather was the inescapable path assigned to him by his oracular vision? And instead, his morality was shown in his (albeit unsuccessful) attempts to subvert this destructive path and oppose the jihad as a whole, and in his presumably attempting to assign humanity to the golden path (rather than abandoning the entire situation and seeking solitude elsewhere with Chani)?
georgiedenbro wrote:Recall what Scytale says in Dune Messiah about having a power. Those with a power tend to fixate on it and use nothing but that power, forsaking other tools and options. Paul, as the KH, had been bred for one purpose and had the capability of fulfilling an amazing destiny. And even though this fact didn't need to bind him he chose the path of embracing his power and his breeding, which as Scytale suggests is a trap in itself since the pursuit of the lines of power is limited to the best strategy. When an opponent knows your best strategy he can lay traps for you, and in the case of a KH one's opponent is oneself. By locking oneself into the best possible outcome one destroys the fluid possibilities of the present and takes away the meaning of living. The trap of prescience is to use it at all, making one the most powerless being possible.
As for morality I do believe firmly that Paul and House Atreides represented a sort of enlightened morality above an beyond the standard in the Imperium, but in the end Paul's personal morality was unable to have an impact on how he would rule. The tools of control overtook the possibility of continuing in his father's footsteps. Morality involves having a choice and making the moral choice, but in a scenario where one's choices are all but gone (such as in a prescient trap) morality cannot exist.
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