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Monday, June 06, 2005

The Jedi seem like a funny sort of bunch for a generation of overeducated slackers with a distaste for "organized religion" to be cheering

Colby Cosh unmasks George Lucas' hidden agenda

We live in a period in which churches are regarded as sinister in themselves, but "faith" of all kinds receives exaggerated deference and legal protection. So has anyone noticed that, er, the Jedi are a hierarchical militarist religious order that takes great pains to impose orthodoxy on its members from childhood onward? Or that the rhetoric used by Darth Sidious to befuddle and win over Anakin Skywalker is basically liberal-relativist? "Good is a point of view?" Helloooo?

Obi-Wan Kenobi does make a remark at one point that "Only a Sith deals in absolutes"...but then he proceeds to mutilate the living bejeebers out of his heretical ex-acolyte. Which is a pretty "absolute" sort of thing to do, though nobody asked me. The Jedi, on the whole, seem like a funny sort of bunch for a generation of overeducated slackers with a distaste for "organized religion" to be cheering for. The Jedi virtues all seem to be particularly scarce in the contemporary age--obedience, humility, chastity, patience.

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