December 28, 2019

Star Wars: the Rise of Skywalker an Unfulfilling Paganism

The wife  and I spent a couple of days at a very nice hotel, a mini vacation. Went to the midday screening of Star Wars: the Rise of Skywalker in Imax yesterday.

I know the critics have all hated it but I liked it. You have to remember it's just a feel-good science fiction/fantasy flick, not some cosmic revelation or serious treatise on philosophy and society. I fear too many of the critics expect it to solve all the world's problems.

I know in Britain a majority of people say when polled about their religion that they are "Jedi". Well, I think if you are using a science fiction move as the basis of your belief system you are probably going to be very disappointed - both in life and in the sequels. I just took this for what it was and was very satisfied.

I just don't get this seriousness toward a move where puppets are some of the main characters.

Actually I do; the West has rejected God and the Judeo-Christian beliefs upon which it was based. In desperation we seek another religion, another god. Nature abhors a vacuum, and so it is being filled with nonsense, with Scientism, with Islam, with neo-paganism (Environmentalism is actually a little of all three, for instance.)  These are all false gods. And the story creating a narrative of warring religious orders and divided loyalties in the distant past is made to order for the modern apostate.

So naturally nothing  would have been acceptable to end the saga (which Rise was intended to do). How do you end a belief system?  That is essentially what J.J. Abrams was trying to do with Rise.

He is like the prophets of Baal who contended with Elijah; in the end simple Elijah exposed them as impotent. Sadly, Abrams has exposed the post-modern West as impotent and pagan.

As I said, I enjoyed the movie because I watched it as a movie, a work of fiction, and nothing more. If you believe in something more you don't have to make a make believe world your god.

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