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I Think, Therefore Star Wars-Part 1

You cannot escape your destiny.

David Prowse as Darth Vader in The Empire Stri...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are all Anakins and it depends on the people around us what they bring out in us. They can bring out the worst in us like Sidious changed Anakin Skywalker into Darth Vader.

But is that really true? Didn’t Anakin make his own choice? But whatever choice he made it led to him killing Darth Sidious. Which means Qui Gon Jinn was right, he was the Chosen One. And no matter what he did, he was going to come to this because free will is just an illusion. This is the famous question of predestination and free will!

But let’s not forget that turning point. Dooku is an unarmed prisoner in beginning of The Revenge of the Sith but Palpatine talks Anakin into killing him. He brings out the anger and the revenge in him. The same can be seen in the Return of the Jedi when Sidious is asking Luke to kill Vader and take his place but Luke has been taught well so he refuses. These were the turning points and this where Luke becomes a Jedi (as Yoda had said he would only become a Jedi when he confronts his father) and Anakin had become a Sith exactly when he killed Dooku. So, the question is if they made their own choice or was it always destined. Could they have escaped their destiny? Even though Anakin did a lot of damage, eradicated most Jedis, he did end up fulfilling the prophecy of the Chosen One. So it really wasn’t in his control, was it?

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Luke: I don’t believe it.

Yoda: That is why you fail.

This is similar to a discussion from my Epistemology class. William James says, something like, for something to be true it is necessary for you to believe in it. James argues “It is not unreasonable to believe hypotheses that cannot be known or established to be true by scientific investigation.”

Look him up, he was an American Philosopher, best known for Pragmatism.

Note: I derived this meaning out of the quote myself, you can disagree with the connection that I have made here.

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Let’s now focus on Star Wars and the Problem of Evil. So there is the term “Force” that is pretty much synonymous to “God”. It’s definitely a pantheistic It’s everywhere, in everything but not really equally. The force is stronger with some than the others. And the most interesting part of it all is that the Force has a dark side.

Here is the Problem of Evil, the way Epicurus put it:

      1. If an all-powerful and perfectly good god exists, then evil does not.

      2. There is evil in the world.

      3. Therefore, an all-powerful and perfectly good god does not exist.

Since, the Force has a dark side, the premise no. 1 is clearly false. The Force is not perfectly good and this why evil exists in the world. I wonder if George Lucas too believed that God was not all-good.

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Ian McDiarmid as Senator Palpatine in The Phan...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Turning towards Political Philosophy, let’s focus on the democracy that changes into a tyranny. If you are not aware of Plato’s political philosophy I suggest you read it here. Plato believed that every time there is a democracy it leads to tyranny, exactly like it happens in Star Wars. The Republic changes into the Galactic Empire because of the lust of one ruler who is not happy with the power he has in a democratic system. You can also relate this to the Machiavellian philosophy of:

It’s better to be feared than to be loved.

Senator Palpatine is loved and the senate votes him for Supreme Chancellor but that’s not what he wants. He wants to be feared exactly what Machiavelli would want in a leader. But is he really successful?

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I am not fond of posts that run longer than 600 words so I am going to stop here even though there is much more to be said. While I look into a little bit of Hegel and Star Wars, enjoy this!

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2 comments on “I Think, Therefore Star Wars-Part 1

  1. nabeeljafri
    July 1, 2013

    Have you read Iqbal’s doctoral thesis? You would find it very relevant to the problem of evil!

  2. hadeelnaeem
    July 1, 2013

    I daresay I haven’t.I have read John Hick’s account of it and maybe Plantinga’s as well. They are on my blog somewhere. I never opted for the course on Iqbal’s philosophy but I do plan to look into it.

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