Dune and Covid

Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam:
“I hold at your neck the gom jabbar,” she said. “The gom jabbar, the high-handed enemy. It’s a needle with a drop of poison on its tip. Ah-ah! Don’t pull away or you’ll feel that poison. […] This one kills only animals.”

Paul Atreides:
“Are you suggesting the Duke’s son is an animal?”

Reverend Mother:
“Let us say I suggest you may be human. Your awareness may be powerful enough to control your instincts. Your instinct would be to remove your hand from the box. If you do so, you die. You will feel… an itching… there! Now, the itching becomes burning. Heat upon heat upon heat.”

Paul:
“It burns!”

Reverend Mother:
“Silence! SILENCE!!”

In Dune, the science-fiction masterpiece by Frank Herbert, there was a test you had to take to ‘prove’ you were a human. This test involved something that instilled fear in you and a ‘gom jabbar’. The gom jabbar was a poisoned needle held at your throat during the test. You had to be perfectly still. No flinching.
To pass the test, thus proving you were human, you conquered your fear, did not flinch, and did not receive the gom jabbar.
If you failed the test, flinched, thus proving you were not human, you received the poisoned needle – the gom jabbar – and died.
Fear of Covid is our test. A fear that is being artificially promulgated by government, ‘celebrities’, corporations, and other shadowy ‘elites’ for nefarious purposes.
Will you succumb to it? Will you unthinkingly ‘flinch’ and receive the alleged ‘vaccine’ – the ‘gom jabbar’ – the experimental genetic treatment with unknown but likely detrimental side effects… including death?
Or will you conquer the false fear of Covid, thus proving you are an intelligent human being, one who doesn’t flinch due to fear, and reject the alleged ‘vaccine’?

One wonders…

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? After all, you knew ahead of time that those bluecaps were out at night for no good purpose. And you could be sure ahead of time that you’d be cracking the skull of a cutthroat.”

-Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn , The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956

Rationalizing

“Rationalizing is the bringing of ideals down to the level of one’s conduct. Repentance is the bringing of one’s conduct up to the level of his ideals.”
— unknown; quoted by Spencer W. Kimball in ‘The Miracle of Forgiveness’, chapter 11.

Quotes from my reading…

Working my way through Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. I find this quote interesting given that the Democrats have just submitted a Constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College. They really do want to run roughshod all over us.

The omnipotence of the majority appears to me to present such extreme perils to the American republics that the dangerous measure which is used to repress it seems to be more advantageous than prejudicial. And here I am about to advance a proposition which may remind the reader of what I said before in speaking of municipal freedom: There are no countries in which associations are more needed to prevent the despotism of faction or the arbitrary power of a prince than those which are democratically constituted. In aristocratic nations, the body of the nobles and the more opulent part of the community are in themselves natural associations, which act as checks upon the abuses of power. In countries in which these associations do not exist, if private individuals are unable to create an artificial and a temporary substitute for them, I can imagine no permanent protection against the most galling tyranny; and a great people may be oppressed by a small faction, or by a single individual, with impunity.

— Alexis de Tocqueville, Observations on American Life and Government, from Democracy in America