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Longing for Superman

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There is a certain nostalgia in remembering the superheroes of your youth. I just heard a song that triggered a moment of nostalgia at 34,000 feet somewhere between Detroit and Las Vegas.

Superman’s Song – Crash Test Dummies 1

Wasn’t a lady’s man
He’d just come along an scoop em up under his arm like that
Quick as a cat in the jungle

Clark Kent
Now there was a real gent
He would not be caught sitting around in no jungle scape
Dumb as an ape doing nothing

Superman never made any money
Saving the world from Solomon Grundy
And sometimes I despair the world will never see another man
Like him

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Jedi v. Sith: Opposition In All Things

Qui-Gon Jinn
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Darth Maul

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.

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