masha (masha) wrote,
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masha

The convoluted wording of legalism grew up around the necessity to hide from ourselves the violence we intend toward each other. Between depriving a man of one hour from his life and depriving him of his life there exists only a difference of degree. You have done violence to him, consumed his energy. Elaborate euphemism may conceal your intent to kill, but behind any use of power over another the ultimate assumption remains: "I feed on your energy". Muad'dib

Dune, Herbert
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