Science fiction, because it ventures into no man's lands, tends to meet some of the requirements posed by Jung in his explorations of archetypes, myth structures and self-understanding. It may be that the primary attraction of science fiction is that it helps us understand what it means to be human.
"Men on other planets", essay in The Craft of Science Fiction, (1976), edited by Reginald Bretnor.
Ecology is a dirty seven-letter word to many people. They are like heavy sleepers refusing to be aroused. "Leave me alone! It's not time to get up yet!"Frank Herbert
If you ask "Should we be in space?" you ask a nonsense question. We are in space. We will be in space.Frank Herbert
The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action in mind.Frank Herbert
We are questioning more than the philosophy behind our dependence upon limited and limiting systems. We question the power structures that have grown up around such systems.Frank Herbert
Technology is both a tool for helping humans and for destroying them. This is the paradox of our times which we're compelled to face.Frank Herbert
What I'm saying in my books boils down to this: Mine religion for what is good and avoid what is deleterious. Don't condemn people who need it. Be very careful when that need becomes fanatical.Frank Herbert
We sift reality through screens composed of ideas . (And such ideas have their roots in older ideas.) Such idea systems are necessarily limited by language , by the ways we can describe them. That is to say: language cuts the grooves in which our thoughts move. If we seek new validity forms (other laws and other orders) we must step outside language.Frank Herbert
You can say things which cannot be done. This is elementary. The trick is to keep attention focused on what is said and not on what can be done.Frank Herbert
Learning a language represents training in the delusions of that language.Frank Herbert
Providence and Manifest Destiny are synonyms often invoked to support arguments based on wishful thinking.Frank Herbert
That is one of the Law's purposes, of course: to test the qualities of those who choose to employ it.Frank Herbert
Does a population have informed consent when a ruling minority acts in secret to ignite a war, doing this to justify the existence of the minority's forces? […] failure to provide full information for informed consent on such an issue represents an ultimate crime.Frank Herbert
Does a population have informed consent when that population is not taught the inner workings of its monetary system, and then is drawn, all unknowing, into economic adventures?Frank Herbert
Governments always commit their entire populations when the demands grow heavy enough. By their passive acceptance, these populations become accessories to whatever is done in their name.Frank Herbert
The willow submits to the wind and prospers until one day it is many willows a wall against the wind. This is the willow's purpose.Frank Herbert
This group is composed of those for whom belief in saucers is tantamount to religion...They believe men from outer space will step in on Earth "before it's too late," put a stop to the atomic bomb threat "by their superior powers," and enforce perpetual peace "for the good of the universe"...Frank Herbert
Where is the weapon with which I enforce your bondage? You give it to me every time you open your mouth.Frank Herbert
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