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The '''Litany Against Fear''' was a litany spoken by many highly educated people who faced danger or fear during their everyday lives. The litany helped focus their minds in times of peril.
 
The '''Litany Against Fear''' was a litany spoken by many highly educated people who faced danger or fear during their everyday lives. The litany helped focus their minds in times of peril.
   
 
== Origin ==
 
== Origin ==
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The phrase derives from William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, “A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once. It seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.”
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An ancient form of the litany existed already during the [[Butlerian Jihad]]. A mantra of the [[City of Introspection]] went like this:
 
An ancient form of the litany existed already during the [[Butlerian Jihad]]. A mantra of the [[City of Introspection]] went like this:
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:''"I have no fear, for fear is the little death that kills me over and over. Without fear, I die but once."''
 
:''"I have no fear, for fear is the little death that kills me over and over. Without fear, I die but once."''
   
The version of the litany used in the time of Paul Muad'dib was believed to have originated with the [[Bene Gesserit]], who themselves faced great dangers during their extensive training.
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The version of the litany used in the time of Paul Muad'dib was believed to have originated with the [[Bene Gesserit]], who themselves faced great dangers during their extensive training
   
 
== Content of the Litany ==
 
== Content of the Litany ==
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: I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
 
: 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.
 
: 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"
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: Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
   
 
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== Examples of Usage ==
 
== Examples of Usage ==
[[Paul Atreides]], the son of [[Duke]] [[Leto Atreides I]], used the Litany when the [[Reverend Mother]] [[Gaius Helen Mohiam]] compelled him to put his right hand in a device that causes pain as a test of his intellect. The litany helped him to withstand the excruciating agony.
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[[Paul Atreides]], the son of [[Duke]] [[Leto Atreides I]], used the Litany when the [[Reverend Mother]] [[Gaius Helen Mohiam]] compelled him to put his right hand in a device that causes pain as a test of his presence of mind. The litany helped him to withstand the excruciating agony.
NB. This was not actually a test of his "intellect", it was a test of his humanity in a qualitative sense. A person whose nature is still primarily bestial recoils from pain and seeks to flee it to preserve itself, a person of higher nature goes through it and out the other side in order to remove the threat permanently.
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<nowiki> </nowiki>It was a test of his humanity in a qualitative sense. A person whose nature is still primarily bestial recoils from pain and seeks to flee it to preserve itself, a person of higher nature goes through it and out the other side in order to remove the threat permanently.
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"You've heard of animals chewing off a leg to escape a trap? There's an animal kind of trick. A human would remain in the trap, endure the pain, feigning death that he might kill the trapper and remove a threat to his kind."
   
 
== Behind the Scenes ==
 
== Behind the Scenes ==
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: I will face my fear.
 
: I will face my fear.
 
: I will let it pass through me.
 
: I will let it pass through me.
: Where the fear has gone,
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: When the fear has gone,
 
: there shall be nothing.
 
: there shall be nothing.
 
: Only I will remain."
 
: Only I will remain."
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The litany has also appeared in other non-Dune related media. For instance, it was frequently recited by Pete, a supporting character in ''Earthworm Jim'', the animated series based on the video game of the same name.
   
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
*[http://www.aeriagloris.com/ThoughtsOfDune/litanyagainstfear.htm Litany Against Fear] - a philosophical perspective
 
*[http://www.aeriagloris.com/ThoughtsOfDune/litanyagainstfear.htm Litany Against Fear] - a philosophical perspective
 
*[http://pan-2.dreamwidth.org/50068.html Litany Against Fear - a philosophical perspective ] - (saved copy of original work)
 
*[http://pan-2.dreamwidth.org/50068.html Litany Against Fear - a philosophical perspective ] - (saved copy of original work)
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[[ru:Литания против страха]]
 
[[Category:Terms and meanings]]
 
[[Category:Terms and meanings]]
 
[[Category:Bene Gesserit]]
 
[[Category:Bene Gesserit]]

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The Litany Against Fear was a litany spoken by many highly educated people who faced danger or fear during their everyday lives. The litany helped focus their minds in times of peril.

Origin[edit | edit source]

The phrase derives from William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, “A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once. It seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.”

An ancient form of the litany existed already during the Butlerian Jihad. A mantra of the City of Introspection went like this:

"I have no fear, for fear is the little death that kills me over and over. Without fear, I die but once."

The version of the litany used in the time of Paul Muad'dib was believed to have originated with the Bene Gesserit, who themselves faced great dangers during their extensive training

Content of the Litany[edit | edit source]

The Litany was as follows:

"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."

 

Examples of Usage[edit | edit source]

Paul Atreides, the son of Duke Leto Atreides I, used the Litany when the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam compelled him to put his right hand in a device that causes pain as a test of his presence of mind. The litany helped him to withstand the excruciating agony. It was a test of his humanity in a qualitative sense. A person whose nature is still primarily bestial recoils from pain and seeks to flee it to preserve itself, a person of higher nature goes through it and out the other side in order to remove the threat permanently.

"You've heard of animals chewing off a leg to escape a trap? There's an animal kind of trick. A human would remain in the trap, endure the pain, feigning death that he might kill the trapper and remove a threat to his kind."

Behind the Scenes[edit | edit source]

A somewhat different version of this litany was used in the Dune miniseries and Children of Dune miniseries:

"I will not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
I will face my fear.
I will let it pass through me.
When the fear has gone,
there shall be nothing.
Only I will remain."

The litany has also appeared in other non-Dune related media. For instance, it was frequently recited by Pete, a supporting character in Earthworm Jim, the animated series based on the video game of the same name.

External links[edit | edit source]

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