A word-concept from Dune

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The Freeman were supreme in that quality the ancients called ‘spannungsbogen’ – which is the self-imposed delay between desire for a thing and the act of reaching out to grasp that thing.

The concept of ‘spannungsbogen’ is useful for theology, philosophy, anthropology for reaching out to grasp is hard-wired in us.

The word ‘grasp’ has a few usages of interest: to grasp a concept; and it has negative connotations in the adjective grasping.

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