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The Destruction of the Dunyain posted 04 September 2005 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Destruction of the Dunyain by White Lord, Subdidact

Quote: "Mithfânion":2gqemc50
It's possible, but it would require the Dunyain to change, as I said in my previous post, to completely alter their ideas about how to live. Their principle is to live in utmost seclusion, to not be tainted in any way. As I see it, if the Dunyain are willing to slay themselves because someone interfered with their purity by sending them dreams, they're likely to react similarly suicidal when an invasion force comes along that manages to overcome them.[/quote:2gqemc50]

Again I cannot agree with this.

Are you saying that Moenghus and Kellhus were unable to change after going "outside"? And why didn't they kill themselves when they were forced to abandon the other Dunyain, if they were so uneasy about giving up their way of life, or if they had been utterly incapable, from a psychological/conditioning standpoint, to do so?

And there is no point saying that the other Dunyain would be unable. Especially using as an example Dunyain who haven't even been exposed to the outside world in the first place, and so have no need to change their modus operandi. What they did was an acceptable sacrifice, while they had a stable environment around them. When that changes they certainly won't self-destruct. There would be no point erasing a 2000-year-old project when there is no absolute and inevitable need to do so.

If they are forced to change, then what I said in my previous post is a distinct possibility.

Also, as Scott has said, their present position on isolation has evolved through time. More important still, the Dunyain have a Mission, and that is more important than anything else. The most important thing, in fact, is the survival of the Dunyain at all costs, so the Mission can continue.

And that is worth any sacrifice.

They surely won't turn sentimental if something sours their plans for a while. <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> view post


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