One of the issues that most angered me about the obvious deviation from the Expanded Universe in Star Wars regarding the new movies was the betrayal of some really good science fiction written particularly about the nature of the Force as it was pressed in the gravitational anomalies within the region of space known as the Maw. It’s not perfect, but there were some high concepts concerning life and death in those novels that were what I’d consider significantly important. The Force Awakens avoided all that and went in a new direction which as presented was a much more watered down entry. Jaina Solo was in the books one of the greatest heroines of the saga, and Rey obviously wasn’t her and it just made no sense to me that she was excluded. I still think it was a huge mistake not to utilize those very good stories as canon. But, obviously Lucasfilm under Kathy Kennedy with the input of George Lucas felt the stories were getting away from the core Skywalker family lineage so they wanted to make a change in the new movies—and that didn’t seem justified—unless this recent rumor of Rey’s origin turns out to be true, which I am inclined to believe. The answer is in the link below. Click on it only if you want to know. Having the answer isn’t really necessary for what I have to say about it.
Most religions believe in some form of reincarnation around the world—where the spirit of an entity returns to the world of the living in some other form, whether it’s a dog, cat, or another human being—it is something that is heavily revered around the world. Even George Patton believed that he was an ancient warrior from days long gone and that he had been on earth before. One of the things I have always liked most about Star Wars is that they took kid’s topics and wrapped them very carefully into modern religion. The nature of the “Force” is an unusual concept that combines many world religions into an updated moral grounding that I have always thought was healthy.
Star Wars for me was the gateway to Joseph Campbell’s teachings which I discovered during my college age days. I was so affected by Joseph Campbell that traditional college lost its meaning and it sent me into a five-year deep dive from about 19 to 24 years of age reading all his books, particularly The Hero with a Thousand Faces and The Masks of God series from his work in Transformations of Myth Through Time. When I wasn’t reading Joseph Campbell I was listening to him. I had about twenty hours of lectures by Campbell on tape which I listened to at my various jobs for several years to the point where I knew the material backwards and forward. For another five years I spent reading all the supplement books which inspired Campbell—books like Finnegan’s Wake and Thus Spoke Zarathustra and studying great artists like James Joyce and Thomas Mann so that I could understand Campbell much better. I did all this essentially because Star Wars had inspired in me a desire to deep dive the material of myth and how it informed the human mind about the world we live in and the world that exists beyond four-dimensional living.
I probably could have become something of a museum curator or some world traveler doing work in this field of mythic interpretation—but instead I wanted to turn even further inward and read more and think more. I took jobs that would give me time to read and write yet still take care of my growing family. For me—for about twenty years—from age 20 to 40 years of age I was in my own version of Luke’s Dagobah—working hard, but intellectually developing myself rather intensely and I loved it. My mother told me that when I was one and two years old that I said strange things about the world around me as I was learning—as if I had always known certain things. I don’t think it had anything to do with reincarnation but instead being able to understand what pours forth from the eternal spring of life essence which is at the heart of everything—call it God, call it the “Force” it is beyond human definition. I’ve described my teenage years as being extremely fearless—because I felt I understood that the universe wanted me to live and I pushed my limits to the extreme to see how forgiving it was—and I turned out to be right—it wanted me to live. This evoked in me a strong sense about individualism because it takes such people to tap that well. So this life spent over the subsequent twenty years was designed to figure out the essence of that well the best I could—mostly through literature and artists from the previous 2000 years and a study through Joseph Campbell of comparative religions around the world. I felt that the Star Wars novels were some of the greatest explorations into the nature of life beyond life that I had come across and they were great contributions to the tapestry of mythology. The plot lines in some cases could have been better but the explorations into the “Force” were important in my view—and it was a shame to eject all that for some Disney commercial tripe.
However, in my view this revelation about Rey is something I think advances Star Wars properly—let me just say that. It’s a fairly high concept that will conceivably provoke in many young people hopefully a similar journey as I have been on over most of my life. I will say that if it turns out to be the case, that I will be impressed—which is likely why the information was leaked in the first place. I have been very down on Star Wars since The Force Awakens. Like I said, I haven’t played any video games, or even watched the television show Rebels since seeing The Force Awakens on December 17th 2015.
The mind bender which is pretty important and contrary to our lives is that a soul in whatever configuration that it entails isn’t necessarily the sex it was while it resided in a body during what we might call “life.” When first thinking about the possible direction of the next Star Wars movie, Episode 8, I thought it was a Disney attempt to appease gay rights advocates. But, it is deeper than that—and that’s important. I think it’s so important that I’d consider giving Star Wars another chance because it just might advance the human race—not into the sexual rolls that we play as human beings but into the essence of what we are all made of in the eternal aspect.
However, the roles we play as a culture is important too. Men are men, and women are women—nobody would think to walk into a Navajo tribe and start telling them to make sand paintings different or to rearrange their culture in some disrespectful way—and nobody should attack traditional American culture in a disrespectful fashion the way that progressives do. I would argue that only American culture could produce something like Star Wars in this modern age—because it requires freedom and financial resources to extrapolate from the depths of imagination and to put it in front of the masses in such a spectacular fashion where literally the Internet was buzzing around the globe at the leak about Rey’s parentage. So forcing gay subject matter down the throats of Disney fans is not what I’m talking about. But a sexless existence that is eternal is something I can get excited about. If Star Wars is knocking on the door to heavy mythic representations—then I will go in the door behind it. If not, I’ll be done with it forever. This news about Rey is encouraging to me. I could get on board with that. There may be hope for Star Wars yet.
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