I've been thinking a lot lately about how I used to be a Star Wars fan back in high school, but today I can't stand the stupid franchise. As I mentioned in another topic, the main selling point is the Jedi Knights. Every dumbass fanboy wants to be a Jedi. However, under the slightest amount of skeptical scrutiny, the whole Jedi religion falls apart. Part of this is due to the fact that, in some stories, they were written to be failures given that we already know their entire order was wiped out. However, even the parts of the philosophy that are supposed to be taken seriously turn out to be just as worthless as any other religion.
I've noticed a number of parallels between the corruption of the Jedi Knights and the current state of politics in the United States. The Republicans are definitely the Sith, but then the corporate Democrats are the Jedi Knights.
There Must Always Be A Try
I sat down with a wizard from another time and place
Who walked the endless skies as he patrolled the depths of space
He said he was a peacekeeper, a guardian of yore
As fearless as they came, and a hero from the war
The doctrine he espoused was one of darkness versus light
Since he was with the latter, he believed that he was right
He lived to strike down sinfulness wherever it may hide
For those who turn to darkness stay forever on that side
Although his ways were violent, to his conscience they made sense
Because he only used his gifts for "knowledge and defense"
The weapon that he carried was more lethal than a gun
Its blade designed for killing, it could not be used to stun
Maintaining peace and order often warrants Deadly Force,
If criminals should perish, never mourn or show remorse
Their wicked ways decide their fate, their deaths are justified
So slaying his assailants doesn't count as homicide
I asked him what his values were, his core philosophy
He fights for freedom, he replied, and for democracy
His order is a bulwark, lest the darkness rise anew
Opposing evil makes him good, he knows it to be true
He told me, take a look at how his enemies behaved
They're tyrants and oppressors, and their subjects are enslaved
They're wanton and destructive, and they kill with no regret
It's only thanks to him they haven't taken over yet
If that's the case, I said to him, then what do you propose?
It seems that you define yourself by that which you oppose
But are there any principles for which you'd take a stand?
And how would you address the problems people have on hand?
You say that evil things are bad, on that we are agreed,
I ask though, what assistance you'd provide for those in need.
Resisting what you know is wrong, but never doing more,
It doesn't make you better than the ones that you abhor
Of course, proclaimed the wizard, that's the reason why he's here
He keeps the people safe from any threats that may appear
That's why he must be vigilant, and constantly aware
As far as other issues go, he can't afford to care
Whenever evil rears its head, he'll come to save the day
Eliminate the villains, everything will be okay
For once the danger passes then he knows the day is won
He's met his obligations, let the people carry on
I shook my head and asked him if he'd really thought this through
That beating up on miscreants was all he had to do
Instead of pausing afterward to see if there is more
Considering that many people's lives are touched by war,
A battle that, right then and there, is where the wizard fought
Neglecting who would suffer from the violence he had wrought
It's all too easy, I explained, to use excessive Force
That's why his lacking morals aren't something I endorse
You don't pay much attention to the people you "protect"
Like if they have been suffering for decades from neglect
You can't expect that everyone will readily rebuild
Especially if they, or someone close to them, were killed
So what, you keep the peace, am I supposed to be impressed?
It's shameful to assume that you are better than the rest
When all that you've accomplished is to keep the status quo
You boast of your heroics, but I know it isn't so
You're rigid and dogmatic, never questioning your group
Your mind is set and narrow like a closed recursion loop
Where everything is black and white, it seems you'll never change
Because an independent thought is something you find strange
It's not enough to manage things they way they've always run
In spite of you, there's much to do-- we've only just begun
In order to make progress, there must always be a try
And that is why you'll never be as powerful as I