Speaking Truth

February 10, 2017

I was reading something the other day about how Tom Perez and his bungling a comment about last year’s Democratic Primary.  He acknowledged that the primary process was rigged against Bernie Sanders in favor of Hillary Clinton and that the next DNC Chair Person would have to be “honest” and “transparent” to succeed.  Then he essentially retracted the statement, stating that he “misspoke”.  Or rather the party elders and establishment got wind of it and voiced their disapproval.  Cue the groaning and eye-rolling.  He was right the first time.

I’m trying to be a little less political, but this article I read kind of fits with my general train of thought on a number of matters.  Our whole political system needs an influx of new ideas.  Why do you think Bernie Sanders, the Green Party and the Libertarian Party had such a significant impact on the election last year?  However, those ideas cannot be expected to flourish if truth cannot be acknowledged.

One of the overarching themes I’ve tried to deal with in my writing this blog has been the “Idea of Ideas” and how important it is to always embrace new ideas and information.  When it comes to truth, I often quote Obi-Wan Kenobi from Return of the Jedi.  In explaining his misleading account of what happened to Luke’s father, Kenobi states that “Many of the Truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.”  I keep throwing that line out there, but it is a good line.

Ideas were a focus of mine here, but how we regard those ideas is also worth looking at.  Truth and belief can be subjective, but they can inspire ideas.  I will admit that something I’ve struggled with is knowing when to challenge people’s truths and ideas.  Where the lines are drawn.  I have disregarded a myriad of them, but sometimes that needs to happen too.  Although I would hope my writing here does occasionally inspire people to look at their beliefs, ideas and truths from a different perspective, I don’t claim absolute authority on right or wrong here.  I’m sure there a number of opinions on that.  I simply hope I challenged some truths and some new ideas came as a result of them.  Even if it is just an expanded perception, I think it would be a benefit.

Regardless of the situation, ideas and truth need to be challenged.

Star Wars Theories

June 23, 2016

I’ve been watching all kinds of Star Wars theories on Youtube.  Rey’s parents… What happens to the cast of Rebels… Rogue One… Darth Maul… Ahsoka Tano…  Darth Jar Jar… Snoke… Going to break down a few of them, going in chronological order from earliest to latest.

The Darth Jar Jar theory was an interesting one.  Basically it was that Jar Jar was the secret Sith mastermind behind everything.  Or at least intended to be until Episode I came out.  George Lucas fed this theory a bit when he talked about introducing Yoda, where if he had gone a whole movie without any indication of Yoda’s true nature, the character would never have been taken seriously.  And so Jar Jar became an annoying joke.  An interesting idea anyway.  If that had been the original plan, I do think his early antics would have negated the effectiveness of that plot.

At the end of season two of Star Wars: Rebels, Ahsoka is battling Vader when the Sith temple on Malachor collapses around them and Vader is seen walking away, while the ghostly silhouette of Ahsoka is seen fading in the doorway.  My gut response was to assume she was a force ghost, either killed in the collapse of the temple or by Vader himself.  Whether or not she continues to guide Kanaan and Ezra remains to be seen, but my inclination is to think she will not be seen living.

As for the rest of the Rebels, I have heard their primary antagonist for the third–final?–season will be Darth Maul.  Given that Maul has been a prominent part of both the Clone Wars and the Rebels television series, I suspect he will be a driving force as the series builds up to the events of Rogue One, though there is no indication whether he will appear in Rogue One.  He has not appeared in the new Star Wars comics being printed by Marvel as of yet–beyond a force vision Leia has on Naboo–so I suspect his story will come to a close soon.

The Rebels… it is very telling that Kanaan and/or Ezra have not been indicated to have had contact with Luke Skywalker after he joins the Rebellion–I’m thinking of the comics, where Luke has spent a considerable amount of time looking for information about Jedi teachings.  There are any number of possible explanations for that, but I do think if there was someone within the Alliance that could have trained Luke, they would have connected before Obi-Wan guided him to Yoda.  So what happens?  I would say Maul or Vader, but I read the recent issue of the Star Wars comic and the last page featured a lightsaber wielding Stormtrooper.  I suspect that could be Ezra–or Snoke, more on that later–but there isn’t necessarily enough to go on there.  See where Rebels and Rogue One goes.  Maybe that’s the next story for the comics, tying into the new season of Rebels?

Rogue One sets up so much.  This could be a lot more than just setting up Episode IV.  I’ve heard speculation that the team in this movie could be the Knights of Ren, although I’m a bit skeptical because I don’t think there’s any indication that they are force sensitive yet–I think the Inquisitors from Rebels would have dealt with them anyway.  Also, given the theory I saw about Rey’s heritage, wouldn’t it be possible that Jyn Erso is a descendent of Palpatine?  Given hints about his powers and capabilities–specifically the Darth Plagueis story–it is possible there is a whole family of his we don’t know about.  I remember seeing the trailer with her in the Imperial Uniform and I have to wonder if that is a hint at her heritage, where she was drawn to the Imperials first based on her family.

Snoke is one of the mysteries from The Force Awakens.  Never actually seen beyond a projection and all we know is that he’s a force user who has control of the First Order.  I have suspected that Snoke will turn out to be Ezra, aged and scarred after the events of Rebels.  Or the lightsaber wielding stormtrooper?  Or Vader’s agent on the Smuggler’s moon?

Rey’s parents… Skywalker, Kenobi, Palpatine, Doctor Aphra, Jyn Erso… Those are the big ones.  The Skywalker connection was given a lot of time to set up, is too obvious–though I have noted a number of similarities in the theme music between “Rey’s Theme” and “Binary Sunset” on the respective soundtracks, so I might still buy it.  “Binary Sunset” was Luke’s theme in a way.  I suspect she might be a combination.  Like Palpatine’s daughter married a relative of Obi-Wan’s or something like that.  Remember we still have decades where characters were in hiding or their activities were not accounted for, so there are numerous events that could have unfolded.  Also, one of the key components of the Prequels was the Prophesy where Anakin was supposed to be the chosen one and bring balance to the force.  What if that meant a descendent of light and dark families?  The granddaughter of Palpatine and Kenobi?  Or a Skywalker and a Palpatine?  There’s a lot of time for things to happen that hasn’t been accounted for yet.

Of course this is all guess work.  For all we know, Rey could be Yoda’s great, great, great, great, granddaughter.  Her ears did look a bit pointy.

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