When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Their movement becomes headlong – faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thought of obstacles and forget that a precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until it’s too late.
–Frank Herbert, Dune
It was a Tuesday, and I was in British Literature I. We were discussing an early text, either Beowulf or Canterbury Tales. Our professor was teaching via teleconference from a campus two hours away. As she was listening on our class discussion through the television, an off-camera student leaned in and whispered something in her ear. Her expression changed immediately.
“Thank you,” she said, as one of my classmates finished speaking. “Uh, we’re going to end a little early today.”