I’m reading “The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy”! I so love this series of books.
“Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” We’ve all heard Yoda say that a thousand times! We love it because it is true. The cycle repeats itself daily all over the world. But how do we stop it? Hating the hate, being angry at angry people isn’t the answer. Light and love are.
We find the fear and bring it into the light and we are no longer afraid. We love that which makes us angry for showing us there is a problem. We examine ourselves and that around us for the fear and bring it out into the light. Hate is suffering because it is in contrast to nature and cannot survive in the light. Hidden fear and anger feed hate and keep it alive.
Anakin finds that the Tusken Raiders have tortured and killed his mother. He has feared her loss and is afraid for his future without her. He does not reflect on why they may have done this. He responds in his fear and anger and does more damage to the world.
Obi-Wan fears to find what the record will show about who killed the younglings. Once he knows he could have reacted to that fear and anger toward Anakin and gone to kill him. It’s what Anakin expected. He stops to reflect on what he might have missed, where he and/or Anakin went wrong and goes to Anakin to try and save him from further damage.
We can use this example. When we see hate and anger, we can stop and reflect on how that person came to that point and do our part to bring the anger and fear out into the light and be healed with love and compassion.
This, my friends, is why the Star Wars story is still being watched and built on. I have to admit that I have my doubts as to what Disney will do with it, though.