Constantly Risking Absurdity
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Revenge of the Sith, One More Time...

I promise, no more after this! But the Star Wars universe is strangely seductive. Some links:

John J. Reilly was nice enough to link to me in a very interesting roundup of reflections on
"Manicheanism & World Order."

Mary of
View from the Corner draws different conclusions from my own on the line, "Only a Sith deals in absolutes." She links to sci-fi novelist Orson Scott Card, who takes a view closer to my own:

Good and evil are in a constant and nearly equipoised tug-of-war in the Star Wars series. But in the more recent movies, it seems that the goal of good people is not to wipe out evil, but rather for there to be a balance between the Light and Dark sides of the Force.

The new movie itself asserts a kind of equivalence. When the evil Palpatine says, “Good is a point of view--the Sith and the Jedi are almost the same,” we can dismiss this moral relativism as part of the deception of the dark side.

But in a pivotal scene, Obi-Wan says what amounts to the same thing: “Only a Sith deals in absolutes.”

Isn’t that odd? The only thing both sides agree on is that people who believe in absolute good and evil are bad!

Though I argue that Lucas can't escape his own universe, Scott Card doesn't seem to think so. In any case, I still like Star Wars.


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