Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Freedom for/from Star Wars

June 5th (415 words)
I am waiting… I have no desire to watch any future Star Wars movies in the theatre… It feels like the empire has taken over the free-world and forever ruined childhood heroes.  Story writing (even for Disney) is a dangerous thing.  This post is not just about venting my frustrations – It is that and more…

Let me first express my frustration at the way Disney is not only killing off characters – it is assassinating them.  The hero I had growing up, fighting evil – seeing good in their evil father – and acting in faith – becomes (in Disney’s version) a depressed goof who drinks the milk of ugly monsters. 

I see them first buying out the enemy – then making fun of almost each and every Star Wars hero. 
Disney… that happy-go-lucky creator of childhood dreams… has a dark side. 

A main story-theme (not just in Disney) is freedom.  You do anything for freedom – even die for it.  But in my mind, this begs the question: freedom to do what?  What are you free to do?
We are not actually free to do anything we want…
We are not actually free to govern ourselves – we pick the government that is presented in the best light (something the media outlets have already decided in advance)
We are not actually free to determine our future.  Our futures are constantly limited by our upbringing, our place in society, and our own characters.
Breaking free from one tyrant opens up space for another one to step in.

The fight for freedom is old and over-used and really has been reduced to a rebellious heart that just doesn’t want to submit to anyone, anything – especially a higher power or a righteous authority.

This theme is very different from the belief in faith and submitting oneself to the good – even at the risk of your life.

The key Star Wars climax involves Luke Skywalker refusing to fight and accepting to be killed by the Emperor while his father watches helplessly… but Vader is not so helpless.  He comes to the rescue of his son – whose faith is rewarded.

My little boycotts and reactions to injustice (not going to the theatre for Disney… trying to shop at Canadian Tire instead of Walmart, drinking Cranberry juice instead of Coke-a-cola) are small drops in a sea of corporate monsters.

Better is the life that learns submission to God, and in his good – walks by faith.

“Please God, tame this rebellious, lazy heart of mine!”

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