I just bought the Star Wars Complete Saga for Blue Ray. We are watching the series in order and finished The Phantom Menace. I was astounded (again) at the degree to which gospel themes are woven into the story line. I’ve posted on Star Wars before (Jedi mind tricks and the power of the dark side) and somehow think the next 5 movies will be insightful.
Part of what makes this story so compelling to me is the great battle between good and evil that is at it’s heart. The Force is portrayed as an all-powerful influence that exists independent of any one individual. Members of the Jedi Order use the Force to bring about peace and justice in the universe, whereas the Sith Order use the Force to gain personal power. It is apparent pretty early in the saga that there will be a cataclysmic conflict between these opposing philosophies.
The respective codes of the Jedi and the Sith are outlined below:
The Jedi Code
The Sith Code
There is no emotion, there is peace There is no ignorance, there is knowledge There is no passion, there is serenity There is no chaos, there is harmony There is no death, there is the Force
Peace is a lie, there is only passion Through passion, I gain strength Through strength, I gain power Through power, I gain victory Through victory, my chains are broken The Force shall free me
The opposition between the Light and Dark Sides of the Force is the glue that binds this story together. It seems like the opposition leitmotif in the Star Wars saga might be the same critical ingredient that is needed in the saga of our own eternal journey.
In his final words of counsel to his son Jacob, Lehi said “there must needs be opposition in all things” (2 Nephi 2:11) in order for God to bring about his eternal purposes (2 Nephi 2:15). The 29th Section of the Doctrine and Covenants speaks further to God’s great purpose. Without opposition, men could never be agents unto themselves. We would never recognize sweet without first tasting something bitter (D&C 29:39). This agency was an essential part of the test of mortality, and a critical mechanism whereby God could exalt His children (Abraham 3:25-26).
It would be very interesting to sit down with George Lucas and discuss how nicely his story line coincides with LDS understanding of how the forces of good an evil interact in man’s eternal destiny. There are certainly days in our individual lives when we are left to wonder which side will triumph. Fortunately for those with faith in God, both stories conclude with a happy ever after ending.