Stairwell Philosophy – Star Wars people are forgetful

Random Star Wars ponderance today…

So in New Hope Luke and the gang are chillin’ on the Falcon and Han says he doesn’t believe the Force and jedi and such exist. ‘Simple tricks and nonsense’ he says. And Han’s a pretty on the ball guy, he’s been around the galaxy a few times. But then I got to thinking, this is only like twenty years after Revenge of the Sith. Not twenty years ago pretty much everyone in the galaxy was watching jedi force-jumping and telekenesis-ing lightsaber-ing killer robots on the evening news, and easily half of them have probably seen it in person.

Mind that this is far from the strangest thing ever believed. In Star Wars there’s all manner of space monsters and technical bafflements and general Weird Stuff ™ common to most sci-fi settings such that the idea of samurai wizards with laser swords isn’t all that farfetched. I believe that a cosmic Jewish Zombie who was His own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat His flesh and telepathically tell Him you accept Him as your master, so He can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree, and all that happened way more than twenty years ago. Granted I suppose there were doubters back then too, but then again you also had to deliver news on foot and most folk didn’t believe anything unless they witnessed it personally (an ancient predecessor to Pics Or It Didn’t Happen, perhaps). There’d probably be a lot more christians right now if you could follow Jesus’ twitter and watch Him fighting vampires on youtube. Preferably with a laser sword.


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