star wars theology.
alright so if you didn't know already, i am a star wars fan. not a fanatic, but a big fan. the original trilogy is amazing. i even enjoy the newer trilogy a lot. in general, i love movies, and i love them because they can illustrate so much. since getting deeper and deeper into my faith, i love movies that analogize faith (either intentionally or unintentionally). so what follows is some "star wars theology" that i thought i'd share.
Boss Nass: Yousa no tinken yousa greater den da Gungans? Mesa like dis. Maybe wesa...bein' friends.
Yoda: Ready are you? What know you of ready? For eight hundred years have I trained Jedi. My own counsel will I keep on who is to be trained. 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. Hmm? What he was doing. Hmph. Adventure. Heh. Excitement. Heh. A Jedi craves not these things. You are reckless.
Padme: You're not all-powerful, Ani.
Anakin: Well, I should be.
Obi-Wan: But he still has much to learn, Master. His abilities have made him... well arrogant.
Yoda: Yes. Yes. A flaw more and more common among Jedi. Too sure of themselves they are. Even the older, more experienced ones.
Padme: All mentors have a way of seeing more of our faults than we would like. It's the only way we grow.
Padme: It must be difficult having sworn your life to the Jedi... not being able to visit the places you like... or do the things you like.
Darth Vader: I find your lack of faith disturbing.
Luke: I don't, I don't believe it.
Yoda: That is why you fail.
Luke: All right, I'll give it a try.
Yoda: No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try.
Yoda: So certain are you. Always with you it cannot be done. Hear you nothing that I say?
Yoda: Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is.
Qui-Gon Jinn: Remember: Your focus determines your reality.
Yoda: You must unlearn what you have learned.
Yoda: Hard to see, the dark side is.
Yoda: No, no, there is no why. Nothing more will I teach you today. Clear your mind of questions.
Obi-Wan: Luke, you're going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.
The Emperor: Only now, at the end, do you understand.
Padme: I do not like this idea of hiding.
Anakin: Sometimes we must do what is requested of us.
Yoda: Careful you must be when sensing the future Anakin. The fear of loss is a path to the dark side.
Anakin Skywalker: I won't let these visions come true, Master Yoda.
Yoda: Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed that is.
Anakin Skywalker: What must I do, Master Yoda?
Yoda: Train yourself to let go... of everything you fear to lose.
Shmi Skywalker: You can't stop change any more than you can stop the suns from setting.
Qui-Gon Jinn: Remember, concentrate on the moment. Feel, don't think. Trust your instincts.
Yoda: Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. I sense much fear in you.
Yoda: Control, control, you must learn control!
Yoda: Yes, run! Yes, a Jedi's strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. 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.
Luke: Vader... Is the dark side stronger?
Yoda: No, no, no. Quicker, easier, more seductive.
Luke: But how am I to know the good side from the bad?
Yoda: You will know... when you are calm, at peace, passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.
Obi-Wan: Be mindful of your thoughts Anakin. They'll betray you.
Padme: To be angry is to be human.
Anakin: I'm a Jedi. I can be better than this.
Supreme Chancellor: Remember back to your early teachings. "All who gain power are afraid to lose it." Even the Jedi.
Anakin Skywalker: The Jedi use their power for good.
Supreme Chancellor: Good is a point of view, Anakin. The Sith and the Jedi are similar in almost every way, including their quest for greater power.
Anakin Skywalker: The Sith rely on their passion for their strength. They think inward, only about themselves.
Supreme Chancellor: And the Jedi don't?
Anakin Skywalker: The Jedi are selfless... they only care about others.
Supreme Chancellor: Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis "the wise"?
Anakin Skywalker: No.
Supreme Chancellor: I thought not. It's not a story the Jedi would tell you. It's a Sith legend. Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise he could use the Force to influence the midichlorians to create life... He had such a knowledge of the dark side that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying.
Anakin Skywalker: He could actually save people from death?
Supreme Chancellor: The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural.
Anakin Skywalker: What happened to him?
Supreme Chancellor: He became so powerful... the only thing he was afraid of was losing his power, which eventually, of course, he did. Unfortunately, he taught his apprentice everything he knew, then his apprentice killed him in his sleep. It's ironic he could save others from death, but not himself.
Anakin Skywalker: Is it possible to learn this power?
Supreme Chancellor: Not from a Jedi.
ON RIGHT FOCUS…
Obi-Wan: But Master Yoda says I should be mindful of the future.
Qui-Gon Jinn: But not at the expense of the moment.
Anakin: Mom, you said that the biggest problem in the universe is no one helps each other.
Darth Vader: Luke... help me take this mask off.
Luke: But you'll die.
Darth Vader: Nothing... can stop that now. Just for once... let me... look on you with my own eyes.
Anakin: Attachment is forbidden. Possession is forbidden. Compassion, which I would define as unconditional love, is essential to a Jedi's life. So you might say, that we are encouraged to love.
Yoda: Clear your mind must be, if you are to discover the real villains behind this plot.
ON THE HOLY SPIRIT…
(yes, this is my personal interpretation)
Obi-Wan: The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.
Luke: I can't. It's too big.
Yoda: Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.