Interesting notes and thanks for sharing.
I do consider myself a fan of Star Wars but not in the way people generally think. I love what Star Wars was in the beginning and what it was supposed to be. I think ANH and ESB are the best movies of all of them and that Gary Kurtz dropping out and Lucas taking a more toy-selling, business-oriented approach subsequently has really hurt his work and the SWU as a whole. The prequels were …eh. They were ok but so many things have gone wrong in them. The prophecy of the chosen one, medichlorians and last but not least Jar Jar. Skewing what the force is and the Jedi are is what hurt me the most though. Because as crazy as this sounds, I believe in the Force. I do think it’s based on a real thing and that, even if it’s different in real life, it does exist.
The Chinese call it Chi, a Japanese subculture calls it Ki, it is there and it does surround every living thing, including the trees and rocks. Of course we can’t use it in any way portrayed in the movies but we can use it to some extent, intuition, feeling when someone is staring at us without us actually seeing, etc etc. ‘Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter’ is what I believe in. I believe in the spirit, in the soul and that the bodies and even identities we have are just a vessel to learn simple karmic lessons. And that knowledge is the most important thing to gain in life, knowledge of as many things as possible. In order to evolve, to advance, to even approach enlightenment, we simply cannot discard the force. Call it the Universe or nature itself or the Divine Cosmic Mind but the Force is real. And it’s up to us to choose whether we ignore it and become selfish beings on the path to the dark side or if we actually heed its calling and work towards bettering ourselves and helping others.
May The Force Be With Us All