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==Future Time Strands==
 
==Future Time Strands==
The "great enemy" that threatens humanity in Leto's visions is not discussed in great detail. Frank Herbert makes vague references to visions of future-time strands seen by Paul and Leto II, wherein humans are fleeing machines, possibly of Ixian manufacture, designed solely to seek out and destroy human life and equipped with prescient abilities allowing them to hunt down all of humanity without fail. Another theory is the return of ancient artificial intelligent machines which had been thought to be wiped-out during the [[Butlerian Jihad|Great Revolt]]. A future containing that fate would be the type of future that would compel a prescient Leto II to take humanity down his Golden Path, i.e., enforced tranquility, and accept his own fate of returning to the sand. Another possibility is that the great enemy was a superior alien race, originating in another galaxy, or even dimension.
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The "great enemy" that threatens humanity in Leto's visions is not discussed in great detail. Frank Herbert makes vague references to visions of future-time strands seen by Paul and Leto II wherein humans are fleeing machines, possibly of Ixian manufacture, designed solely to seek out and destroy human life and equipped with prescient abilities that allow them to hunt down all of humanity without fail. Another theory is the return of ancient artificial intelligent machines which had been thought to be wiped-out during the [[Butlerian Jihad|Great Revolt]]. A future containing that fate would be the type of future that would compel a prescient Leto II to take humanity down his Golden Path, i.e. enforced tranquility, and accept his own fate of returning to the sand. Another possibility is that a great enemy was a superior alien race, originating in another galaxy, or even dimension. The return of machines would be reminiscent of the Butlerian Jihad, the quest to terminate thinking machines that were bent on destroying humanity. This would imply that humanity was undergoing a cycle of failures, continuously repeating history and their mistakes. Perhaps then the Golden Path was a way of breaking the cycle, by fixing humanity's mistakes by fixing the errors in humanity that lead to the mistakes.
The return of machines would be reminiscent of the Butlerian Jihad, the quest to terminate thinking machines that were bent on destroying humanity. This would imply that humanity was undergoing a cycle of failures, continuously repeating history and their mistakes. Perhaps then the Golden Path was a way of breaking the cycle, by fixing humanity's mistakes by fixing the errors in humanity leading to the mistakes.
 
   
Some might say, however, that the enforced tranquility of the Tyrant's rule was building up pressure for the Golden Path, which was implemented by the Scattering. The Tyrant's rule certainly forced technological evolution, because anybody interested in escaping or ending the Tyrant's power first needed ways to nullify his prescience, which was eventually accomplished by no-globes and [[No-ship|no-ships]] in a way that paralleled the Tyrant's own breeding for humans that were biologically invisible to prescient vision.
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Some might say however that the enforced tranquility of the Tyrant's rule was building up pressure for the Golden Path which was implemented by the Scattering. The Tyrant's rule certainly forced technological evolution because anybody interested in escaping or ending the Tyrant's power first needed ways to nullify his prescience, which was eventually accomplished by no-globes and [[No-ship|no-ships]] in a way that paralleled the Tyrant's own breeding for humans that were biologically invisible to prescient vision.
   
 
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