May the 4th Be With you

Last year the 9-movie Star Wars saga ended with Rise of Skywalker. (for better or worse, depending on your point of view. Not counting ‘solo’ and ‘Rogue One’) Which, with the hindsight that we now have in 2020 and the tectonic shifts the coronavirus and Covid-19 have brought about (and will continue to do so for the rest of the decade as country after country with little or no health-care resources, stable economic bases and governance, and less-than robust food security, add one more burden to their already breaking shoulders), created a certain grim symmetrical bookend to the last 43 years, that otherwise might’ve been missed.

There was (eg, The Mandalorian) and will be (eg, Taika Waititi – he, of the fabulously successful ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ – has just been tapped to co-write and direct a new Star Wars feature film) more Star Wars-ian stuff, but it is essentially the end of an era.

Just as there was a (mythically proportioned) ‘Golden Years of Hollywood’ so now the last 50 years of western cinema can claim a similar appellation. Perhaps we can call it ‘The Birth of Special Effects and CGI Era’. (a bit long and it doesn’t acronym-ise very well either – TBSECE)

The force, (or as it’s known for just one single day every year, a bit like Brigadoon  really, ‘the 4th’) as Yoda describes it, is another name for the energy that so many of us have seen come into its own of late. What ‘life on Earth’ might just be like if everyone strove for balance rather than the accumulation of ‘wealth’. Or perhaps it’s a desire to experience that balance for more than a few fleeting moments, as we realise on deeper and deeper levels just how far out of balance we truly did fall.

‘May the force be with you.’

 

‘Do, or do not. There is no try.’

Luke – ‘I don’t believe it.’ … Yoda – ‘That, is why you fail.’

26 comments on “May the 4th Be With you

  1. MAY DAY, MAY DAY, THIS IS ANOTHER GREAT POST, CHINA

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  2. Ian Hutson says:

    I often look in the mirror and wish that I were small and green, with sticky-out pointed ears.

    Obviously, I just don’t believe enough in my wish though.

    On a serious note, the human-Borg collective has no will to improve the lot of the majority, otherwise we would have done it. We’ve sent men to the moon, we’ve covered the globe in personal communications – if we had instead wanted to feed the hungry and tackle over-population (two not entirely opposing needs, not entirely) and all of the other problems we would have done so. We do not wish, collectively, to do so – and we never will. ;-(

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  3. Sandra Walsh says:

    Let’s not try, let’s do – believe it will change 😉

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  4. quiall says:

    That is a favourite quote: “Do, or do not. There is no try.” A little belief in our selves, a little attitude and we can “DO”!

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  5. acflory says:

    The classics! I love the first three. I think the Offspring and I knew knew them almost off by heart. The prequel-sequels? Meh. Thanks for reminding me why I liked the classic Star Wars so much. 🙂

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  6. A superb message

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  7. TanGental says:

    good old Yoda wisdom. If only he hadn’t been dropped in a vat of Perkins’ Old Peculiar Vinto Tinto he might have been able to master sentence structure and how to self isolate from Pokemon Go droomgrongles…

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  8. Labrys says:

    I have never been a Star Wars fan. Perhaps it’s an age thing – Star Trek already claimed me? But I do believe in a “force” – a flow, a meandering of power we all should strive to join and feel. For yes, the lack thereof is why we fail.

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  9. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Arrrgh! “I don’t believe it.”
    “That is why you fail.”
    Nooooooo! My spouse used to quote that CONSTANTLY in our early years and I still have PTSD from it!
    No, easy for YOU to say, Yoda. You live in a cave and you’re 700 years old. You’ve had time to train endlessly. Luke just walked into this whole mess almost by accident and you’re lecturing him with your “monk on a mountaintop” wise words! Nooooooooo. Shaddup! lol 🙂

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  10. Suzanne says:

    I like the way you have woven the story of the Star Wars in with the current global situation. The Force of balance would certainly help a lot of people right now.

    Like

  11. Suzanne says:

    I like the way you have woven the story of the Star Wars in with the current global situation. The Force of balance would certainly help a lot of people right now.

    Like

  12. Suzanne says:

    I like the way you have woven the story of the Star Wars in with the current global situation. The Force of balance would certainly help a lot of people right now.

    Liked by 1 person

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