Come to the Darkside, we have COOKIES!
It’s a little unconventional and perhaps a little silly to find any kind of religious philosophy in the Stars Wars universe. But I have found a few things of note (including in the prequels). This is something I have been thinking about since the INCIDENT that caused me having to start a new blog.
Here we have two extreme ends of the spectrum, the Light and the Dark. You can only choose one. As Yoda says, once you start down the Darkside it will forever dominate your destiny. It is easy to follow down the dark path. To corrupt who you are. And of course they offer you a delicious dessert snack as a sweetener. However, too many cookies will eventually make you horribly sick.
If we follow that food analogy to the Lightside, they offer carrots. A healthy alternative that will help you grow. The Lightside will enrich your life, but it takes more effort and strength of will to walk the path. But there is a danger too. Eating nothing but carrots can cause you to turn orange.
So which path do you follow?
My answer is a little bit of both. As humans we tend to have good and bad sides. No matter how peace loving you are, there will be those dark moments that creep in in moments of weakness. Like having to stand in line at the grocery store when you are starving and your pint of Ben and Jerry’s you bought yourself as a treat is slowly melting into soup and the old woman in front of you is paying by check and she is taking an eternity to painstakingly write it out as if she is using complicated calligraphy and suddenly all you can think about is screaming at this poor old woman to hurry the fuck up already before you take that checkbook and chuck it!
These are the times we cannot control. We might not scream in frustration but we’ll probably let out great heaving sighs of frustration and roll our eyes so hard they’ll pop out of our heads. It’s like dipping toes into the dark waters. You’ll get a little wet, but your not going to drown.
What happens when you dunk a leg in or wade in the shallow waters? Does that negate every good thing you’ve ever done? Will those moments acted out of anger and jealousy permanently change the fundamentals of who we are? Does this have mean you are no longer a Jedi on the Light path and have turned full on Sith Lord with no hope of redemption?
I don’t think so. Some people do. Sometimes we do not so good things for the misguided right reasons. After all, Anakin fell into Palpatine’s grand scheme because the Jedi tried to deny and rise above any true emotion, which sets him up to fail to begin with, and he believed becoming Sith with not only the right to feel strong feelings, but that his new powers born from that was the one and only way to save his wife and unborn children. Granted killing a school full of Younglings is a lot worse than just attempting to banish someone toxic, but I still think the analogy works. Besides, in the end he saves his son so he half got what he wanted and was redeemed.
So yes, good people can do not very good things, but that does not change them on a fundamental level. I guess what I really mean is that we are all flawed, and to try and be otherwise, or hold someone to a much higher standard that trumps the human ability will only lead to trouble, failure, and disillusionment.
Also, be sure to eat a balanced diet.