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The Sardonic - Sardoničnost (nespretno, ha?)

 Greatness is a transitory experience. It is never consistent. It depends in part upon the myth-making imagination of humankind. The person who experiences greatness must have a feeling for the myth he is in. He must reflect what is projected upon him. And he must have a strong sense of the sardonic. This is what uncouples him from belief in his own pretensions. The sardonic is all that permits him to move within himself. Without this quality, even occasional greatness will destroy a man.
 
- from "Collected Sayings of Muad'Dib' by the Princess Irulan
Dune, p. 126

This is what separates the great people from the pretenders. The casual nonchalance in regard to their achievements and abilities; the lack of the constant need to reassert himself upon others. In the Maslowian terms, that's what differentiates the self-actualized from the shallow over-achievers. Interestingly, the sardonic is here seen as a quality. But, indeed, when the sardonic attitude is turned inward; the critical eye examines our own myths and disillusions them - even if we are not really great. A great person does not believe in his myth - he lives it.

I've, obviously, started rereading Dune. With every reread, I love this book more and more. One wouldn't think it possible, to fall in love with pieces of paper and ink over and over again - for it to dominate my thoughts and my ideas; my whole life from times to times (du temps en temps; I love the French expression).

I haven't been in these here parts for quite some time. Life's been hectic of lately. Considering that, I'm still appalled by the fact I'm rereading Dune. It was a spontaneous thing, really. Just picked it up and found myself with Paul in the castle on Caladan, looking at the terrifying face of Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam. You dare to suggest that the duke's son is an animal, he said. And her reply was that she dares to suggest that he was human. Gaius Helen Mohiam. That name evokes so many images and associations for me.

Gaius Helen Mohiam. 

Gaius Helen Mohiam...

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Veličanje je prolazni doživljaj. Nikad nije postojan. Djelomično ovisi o mitovima sklonoj stvaralačkoj mašti ljudi. Osoba koja doživi hvalospjeve mora osjećati mit u kojem se nalazi. Mora odražavati ono što joj se pripisuje. Ali mora imati i sjajan osjećaj za ruganje. Baš joj to omogućuje da se otrgne vjerovanju u vlastitu izuzetnost. Jedino joj ironičnost dopušta okretanje samome sebi. Bez tog svojstva, čak će i kratkotrajni i slučajni hvalospjevi uništiti čovjeka.
- iz "Sabranih izreka Muad'Diba" princeze Irulan
Dina, str. 143
 
 
 
Ovo je ono što dijeli velike ljude od glumaca.Ta ležerna nonšalantnost kada se govori o njihovim sposobnostima i postignućima; manjak stalne potrebe da se nametne ostalima. U Maslowljevim terminima, to je ono što razlikuje samoaktualizirane od plitkih ljudi koji ciljaju previsoko. Zanimljivo je što se ovdje sardoničnost (u originalu FH koristi 'sardonic', ovaj nevaljali prijevod je to preveo kao 'osjećaj za ruganje' i 'ironiju) gleda kao na kvalitetu. Ali, zaista, kada se taj sardoničan stav okrene prema unutra; kritično pogledavamo naše vlastite mitove i razbijamo ih - čak i ako nismo 'veliki'. Velika osoba ne vjeruje u svoje mitove - ona ih živi.

Očito sam počeo opet čitati Dinu. Sa svakim ponovnim čitanjem, sve više i više volim ovu knjigu. Nikada ne bi pomislio da je to moguće, zaljubiti se u komade papira i tinte opet i opet - da oni dominiraju tvojim mislima i tvojim idejama; ponekad mojim cijelim životom (du temps en temps, obožavam ovaj francuski izraz).

Nisam bio ovdje već dulje vrijeme. Život je malo ludnica. Uzimajući to u obzir, još uvijek sam šokiran činjenicom da opet čitam Dinu. Bilo je spontano, zaista. Samo sam ju uzeo i našao sam se s Paulom u dvorcu na Caladanu, gledajući u zastrašujuće lice Časne Majke Gaius Helen Mohiam. Usudite se reći da je vojvodin sin životinja, rekao je. A njen odgovor je bio da se usuđuje pretpostaviti da je čovjek. Gaius Helen Mohiam. Samo to ime budi toliko asocijacija i slika.

Gaius Helen Mohiam.

Gaius Helen Mohiam...
Tags: dune, philosophy, psychology, quote
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