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Originally posted by Aeons
There is certainly some directed actions about how to present mass murderers going on...
The other possible explanation is that they are attempting to create an accessible mental avatar of a mass murderer for people to identify with. Not quite so laudable.
Originally posted by Dreine
I believe we are being conditioned to think that an individual that has the same feature profile of Holmes/Brevik is more likely to commit heinous crimes against others.
Originally posted by Eidolon23
Well, you know, that is where I instantly went with it. Setting up a template for the public to resonate with. Not to induce identification with mass killers, but to become conditioned to respond uniformly to them, maybe.
Increased numbers of disaffected sorts who suddenly have a powerfully reinforced template to work with could be an unfortunate by-product.
Originally posted by The GUT
I've had a hard time making sense of the "whys," until I read that. Say it was something that came out of, oh let's just hypothetically say Tavistock for example, then being "conditioned to respond uniformly" would seem to make sense. Instant public acceptance, no questions asked.
With the Lady Jessica and Arrakis, the Bene Gesserit system of sowing implant-legends through the Missionaria Protectiva came to its full fruition. The wisdom of seeding the known universe with a prophecy pattern for the protection of B.G. personnel has long been appreciated, but never have we seen a condition-ut-extremis with more ideal mating of person and preparation. The prophetic legends had taken on Arrakis even to the extent of adopted labels (including Reverend Mother, canto and respondu, and most of the Shari-a panoplia propheticus). And it is generally accepted now that the Lady Jessica's latent abilities were grossly underestimated.
—from Analysis: The Arrakeen Crisis by the Princess Irulan [Private circulation: B.G. file number AR-81088587]
The Bene Gesserit practice "religious engineering" through a faction called the Missionaria Protectiva, which spreads "infectious superstitions on primitive worlds, thus opening those regions to exploitation by the Bene Gesserit." Collectively known as Panoplia Prophetica, these myths, prophecies, and superstitions provide the opportunity for a Bene Gesserit to later cast herself as a guide, protector, or some other figure in fulfillment of a prophecy in order to manipulate the religious subjects for protection or other purposes. These myths also exploit religion as a powerful force in human society; by controlling the particulars of religion, the Bene Gesserit have a manipulative lever on society in general. The Bene Gesserit also employ the Missionaria Protectiva to prepare the Empire for its Kwisatz Haderach.
In Dune, Jessica and Paul take refuge among the Fremen after the attack on House Atreides. With his mother's guidance, Paul is able to make use of the planted myths by claiming to be the "Mahdi", a messianic figure from legendary material planted among the Fremen by the Missionaria Protectiva. That the Mahdi legend has been planted on Dune indicates to Jessica that conditions on Dune are truly awful, since this legend is reserved for only the harshest environments where a Bene Gesserit would need the maximum advantage over surrounding influences. Paul's meteoric rise to power is greatly facilitated by his association with the Mahdi legend. Later in Heretics of Dune, the Bene Gesserit plan to use Reverend Mother Sheeana's ability to control the great sandworms to build her into a religious figure around whom they can fashion a mass devoted following, uniting many factions in the universe under the Bene Gesserit and against the forces of the Scattering.
Originally posted by Eidolon23
edit on 26-7-2012 by Eidolon23 because: off-topic