If you are a Star Wars fan, you may already be aware of how often in life, a line or a concept from Star Wars speaks to any given situation. I once finished a conversation with the mom of my ex-girlfriend with, “I’m sorry I couldn’t do better, but I’ve got my own problems.” True story. I’m not proud of invoking Lando in that moment–ok, I pretty much am–but it happened to be the truth. My wife and I are for real Han and Leia–she’s a princess with a big mouth who’s usually right and I’m a scruffy-looking nerf-herder who’s mouth gets him in trouble! In my faith I’ve led many a Bible study, so I’m used to taking a text and gleaning something from it that is helpful for life.
That is where the epiphany hit me. Now I’m not saying it’s a particularly good epiphany. We’re all probably pretty good about spotting the life lessons Star Wars has to teach us. But who out there is really talking about those at length and in depth? What can Star Wars’ mythology and thematic elements teach us about courage, hope, heroism, friendship, sacrifice and honor? You don’t have to believe in a deity at all to recognize the wisdom in this saying: “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” You may be familiar with James Allen’s 1903 essay, As a Man Thinketh, So is He, or maybe Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking. Star Wars has good things to teach us that we can think about, so why not explore that? Besides, Uncle George certainly enjoyed that part of his saga.
I don’t want to moralize or proselytize–that’s not what this show is for. This is a safe space for all. I’m not here to use Star Wars as a vehicle for confirmation bias, I just want to talk about the ways in which Star Wars is good. In the coming days, I’m going to feature episodes discussing these thematic elements–breaking down where they occur in all the films, Prequels included. I’m also going to explore each film from the standpoint of what makes them valuable to watch and learn from. Despite their criticism, all the films have good values intrinsic in their stories. You’ll also hear more voices that you don’t often hear from in fandom.
Together we’ll explore how Star Wars can help us survive life.