Friday Reflection – Dune Part Two

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This weekend I watched Dune Part Two at the Cinema, I used to love the book and I really loved Part 1, which had one of my favourite movie quotes hidden in its dialogue:

“The mystery of life isn’t a problem to solve, but a reality to experience.”

“The mystery of life isn’t a problem to solve, but a reality to experience.”

I find we often focus on problems and issues whereas (outside the tragic events) these things are often just circumstances, circumstances we perhaps get stuck in, but circumstances nonetheless. When you accept that you have turned a circumstance into a problem, I find that it is far easier to see not only the problem but also all the possibilities too.

In watching Dune Part Two a couple of themes jumped out at me:

Firstly, the internal battle within the lead character, played by Timothy Chalamet, about what drives him, and what’s his priority: is it revenge, is it power, is it freedom or is it love – is he acting in his own self-interest or for the greater good?

Another theme is about learning lessons from the past, one quote from the film is that “you cannot see the future without seeing the past”. Without accepting and respecting the truth of history we will simply repeat the same mistakes.

When I link these themes of what drives us and how we interpret the past to that first quote: “The mystery of life isn’t a problem to solve, but a reality to experience” it reminds me of how we experience the world around us is too often based on our baggage, our interpretation of a lifetime of lived experiences rather than the realities of the circumstances we are actually living.

In writing this reflection I took down my copy of ‘Dune’ which my wife gave me a number of years ago and read her inscription which was: “This is a silly book about sandworms”. Whilst this is not my view of the book it is a valid interpretation; however, it is clearly not the only interpretation of this modern classic. And just like most problems once you separate the interpretations from the facts the world of possibilities and future realities opens more easily to you.