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Friday, May 13, 2005

George Lucas - highschool philosopher

And that may be giving him to much credit. I haven't seen the "last" Star Wars movie, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith yet but I have been checking out the reviews. I found this one, No Star Wars for Oil about the politics quite interesting but one exchange in particular stood out.

The ultimate reference comes in the climactic duel between Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi on the planet of Mustafar, which seems to have long ago failed in its struggle against global warming. "If you're not with me, you're my enemy," Anakin shouts to Obi-Wan, who responds: "Only a Sith lord deals in absolutes." Yes, and so, it would seem, do neo-cons.

"Only a Sith lord deals in absolute." How trite and stupid all at the same time.

Besides the politics, is the writer, whoever that may be, really trying to imply that there are no absolutes? Whenever someone says there are no absolutes, I ask them if they believe that absolutely. This tends to result in a blank stare as they slowly realize their seemingly clever statement barely rises to the level of a dime store bumper sticker slogan for all its meaningless banality. To put it in terms of logic, to deny absolutes you have to make an absolute statement. Such a statement is an inherent contradiction and therefore meaningless.

Unfortunately, this will not stop some from endlessly discussing the philosophical depth of the Star War series. This would be the perfect occasion for a rolling eyes smiley. But hey, I'll still go see it for the action and special effects.

H/T Libertas
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