There are two words that you don’t really find together in a sentence–Star Wars and philosophy. One would argue that its friendly nemesis Star Trek would deal more on philosophy. And more than likely, it does. However, there is wisdom in the movies, both holy trilogy and prequels. I have found some that can apply to today’s mindset:
“Only a Sith deals an absolute.”
This is said from Obi-wan Kenobi right after Anakin says “If you’re not with me, then you are my enemy.” (Anyone else think this was an allusion to Dubwa Bush?) But Obi-wan was right, despite it being a bit hypocritical of the theme of Star Wars. I mean, you’ve got light side verses dark side–where is the grey rational area where such non-absolutes exist?
But I digress. I’ve always thought that black and white statements are for the small minded, and that one should be objective about their own views.
“So what I told you was true, due to a certain point of view.”
Ah! Is this Kenobi eating his words? Maybe, but again, it goes with my statement about black and white remarks. Yes, every one’s viewpoint can actually be the truth, and truth is subjective. I once read that facts can bend to fit anyone’s thesis. If you were to tell me that the sun will come up tomorrow, I might retort by saying “not in Norway during the summer!” The sun there actually never sets, and goes around horizontally 24/7, that is until winter comes.
“Luke, you’re going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.”
Again, from a movie about light and lark sides of things, this contradicts the theme. But it’s a good quote nonetheless. We know right and wrong from how we are raised–a person who grew up saving themselves until marriage may not have the same opinion of sex from someone who sleeps around. The same can be applied to those that live in the north and southern states of America, and the views of the Confederate flag. This is the essential basis of tolerance and understanding, and it may be the most relevant quote needed to sink in with many today.
“Who’s more foolish–the fool or the one that follows it?”
Pretty much self explanatory.
“May the Force be with you.”
This has always been the sentimental equivalent of “God Bless,” “peace be with you,” or even “good luck.” My Taekwondo teacher used to say this to us whenever he dismissed class.
“We seem to be made to suffer. It’s our lot in life.”
This saying is a bit more cynical coming from C-3pO who is wandering in the desert. However, we are all made to suffer at some point. What C-3Po cannot process is that we have to get through it and become stronger than we were. Ironic how one with a computer brain can’t rationalize this.
“The Force can have a strong influence on the weak-minded.”
The Force could be knowledge, religion, or even psychological influence. Either way, weak-minded individuals will suffer from those who have a certain kind of “force” put upon them. Those who control the information will be superior in today’s age. I guess money works too.
“Do… or do not. There is no try. “
You’re either gonna do it or you’re not. “Try” is sort of an excuse–a cop-out to say you’re not good enough, or the task is too much for you to handle. My classical guitar teacher would always quote this to me.
“A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away… to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. “
This goes with anything you are trying to focus on becoming. You can’t look at what’s going to happen, and you can’t go backwards. Live in the now, and enjoy the moment.
“Size matters not.”
This is a common theme even today. We have Frodo, Bilbo, Tyrion, Harry Potter, and then we have the metaphor of the underdog succeeding in life. I believe it was Varys in Game of Thrones that said “even the smallest person can cast a big shadow” or something along those lines.
“If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan’s apprentice.”
I relate this to regrets. If you do something like drugs, murder, or anything else that is a bad decision, it will haunt you the rest of your life, and you have to own that.
“If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.”
In the literal sense, Obi-wan meant getting struck down by Darth Vader’s lightsaber and becoming a ghost. However, metaphorically, one could use this mantra as means to pick yourself back up after a failure and learn from it.
“You must unlearn what you have learned.”
Another thing my guitar teacher said. I taught myself how to play guitar and then took classical lessons in college. Rock and Classical are two different things on a guitar, and I had to unlearn some “bad” habits in order to play properly.
I’m sure there are more, but these are the ones that resonated with me the most.