Philosophy Hurts Your Head

The blog of a cranky Philosophy PhD Student from Newcastle, Australia.

Herbert on Atrocities.

Posted by Sam D on July 20, 2005

“Atrocity is recognized as such by victim and predator alike, by all who learn about it at whatever remove. Atrocity has no excuses, no mitigating argument. Atrocity never balances or rectifies the past. Atrocity merely arms the future for more atrocity. It is self-perpetuating upon itself—a barbarous form of incest. Whoever commits atrocity also commits those future atrocities thus bred.”

* The Apocrypha of Muad’Dib (Frank Herbert, Children of Dune, 1976)

Perhaps this is a timely sentiment for all sides of the current conflict to reflect on, no matter where it came from.

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