“We change it … slowly but with certainty … to make it fit for human life. Our generation will not see it, nor our children nor our children’s children nor the grandchildren of their children … but it will come … Open water and tall green plants and people walking freely without stillsuits.”
~Liet-Kynes (Frank Herbert’s Dune, 1956)
Life in the Sands
Fremen live by a few simple rules:
The only water you have, is the water you carry.
Fear and hesitation are death itself.
& Knowing the sands is more than keeping your life, it is life itself.
The New Arrakis
“The effect of Arrakis on the mind of the newcomer usually is that of overpowering barren land. The stranger might think nothing could live or grow in the open here, that this was the true wasteland that had never been fertile and never would be.” ~Frank Herbert’s Dune
The internet is the new Arrakis. A vast and imminently dangerous wasteland to most. Particularly the visitors. The shear emptiness of it can be intimidating, and even cause it’s explorers to become lost. And that is before the rising of a sandworm. This blog aims to shift our thoughts on this Dune, and make it the wonderful place it can and should be. You just have to move like a Fremen.
You take with you all the water you have. This could be knowledge, insight or resolve. It could be purely academic, or spiritual. You have to remember that the internet is not a place to search for these things, but a place to replenish and build your own. Whatever you take with you, that you will leave with.
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone, there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” ~Paul Atreides (Frank Herbert’s Dune)
If you allow your fear to keep you from entering the world of the internet, it will. You have to wade through it, and you will find something great at the other end.
Knowing how to move on shifting sands is not only important to your life online, it is everything. You can not stop at just knowing how to move, though. That will only keep you alive. You have to learn to ride the shift.
Join me as a Fremen in this new and exciting Arrakis
“To Pardot Kynes, the planet was merely an expression of energy, a machine being drive by its sun. What it needed was reshaping to fit it to man’s needs. His mind went directly to the free-moving human population, the Fremen. What a challenge! What a tool they could be! Fremen: an ecological and geological force of almost unlimited potential.” ~Frank Herbert’s Dune, 1956