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Sunday, May 01, 2005

Star Wars, Politics and Philosphy

It's too late to post a long one, so here's a quickie.

There has been talk about how Lucas tried to tie this film into the current political situation, and how with lines like "Only Sith believe in absolutes" he was making political and or philosophical points.

Well, if that's true he did a crappy job. The Sith are complete moral relativists in the movie, and disdainfully call the Jedi "dogmatic" absolutists. Additionally, how the heck can you have a Dark Side of the force unless it is definitively evil - not relatively? How did evil sway the Republic except with a relativistic "peace by any means necessary" mantra?

I haven't read the books, but I'd wager that relativists come out on the short end of the stick in them. Yeah, those darn dogmatic Jedi knights/Republicans, being absolutely against killing children and all. "Only Sith believe in absolutes". Ho-kay.

Sam Jackson rocked. I had heard he dies before the movie came out, and was worried he was killed by a single bad guy in a fair fight. It didn't go down that way at all.

Hopefully Santa will get me the six-pack of DVDs for Star Wars. Then I'll be forced to read the least 7, 8 and 9.


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