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(Quirk Books)   Lose the Force, Luke: Six alternative religions in the Star Wars universe   (quirkbooks.com) divider line 7
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2013-08-16 01:00:22 PM  
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How the hell can "the Force" be considered a "religion" in the Star Wars universe? There is verifiable evidence that its practitioners can actually do incredible shiat while channeling the force. That word "verifiable" should immediately preclude any mention of religion.
2013-08-16 02:06:07 PM  
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Gergesa: Shouldn't the force be viewed as something like a resource and the Jedi and the Sith be considered something like competing philosophical views?


Y'know, it just so happens that I was debating this point with a couple of my nerdier friends just yesterday. The gist of it though is that, yes, that's pretty much exactly how it works.

The main difference between the Jedi and the Sith are their philosophies in regard to emotion, with Jedi seeing it as a weakness that clouds one's judgment while the Sith see it as something to be harnessed.
2013-08-16 02:05:28 PM  
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jonny_q: unlikely: The Force isn't religion. It is microorganisms in the blood.

Star Wars never said that. There was allusion that microorganisms in the blood correlate to a person's ability to use the force, but that's it.


That might have held after TPM, but as soon as they autonomously force-Impregnated Shmee to make Virgin-Birth-Vader, that's no longer correct. They are the Force, the Force is them.
2013-08-16 02:05:01 PM  
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Gergesa: Shouldn't the force be viewed as something like a resource and the Jedi and the Sith be considered something like competing philosophical views?


Competing philosophies, yes - a bit more like Zoroastrianism, though, with the light side and the dark side.

The light side says "be selfless; serve (hu)man(ity)'s needs".
The dark side says "be selfish; serve your own needs".

Just like people who believe in the same representative democracy may have vastly different ideas on how to achieve or implement it, The Force (human spirit?) has no will of its own. What people choose to do with it - how they choose to use positions of government - is purely a function of choice.

// because Star Wars didn't have enough politics in it
// well, 4-6 don't, I guess
2013-08-16 01:56:01 PM  
1 votes:
Shouldn't the force be viewed as something like a resource and the Jedi and the Sith be considered something like competing philosophical views?
2013-08-16 01:01:59 PM  
1 votes:
God that was bad, and they forgot this one.  At least it actually showed up in several video games

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Scorekeeper
2013-08-16 12:56:12 PM  
1 votes:
That reads like bad Star Wars fan fiction.

/good Star Wars fan fiction is called The Expanded Universe
 
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