Thinking of this moment in the film makes me want to watch Star Wars again.
And in a way, I have been. Studying it, actually.
I am teaching a mythology course right now, and in last night's subject matter, we were focused on heroes and the hero cycle, connecting to the excellent mythological analysis of Joseph Campbell and the great book The Hero with a Thousand Faces. These two subjects are linked. Star Wars makes for a great example of the great mythological hero saga.
I first discovered The Hero with a Thousand Faces in one my first college courses, a religion class, at Kalamazoo College. This is where I was introduced to the ideology of Carl Jung. I learned about archetypes, like the shadow, and animus and anima. I learned about the process of individuation. But most of all, I learned about the Collective Unconscious.
I did not make the connection at the time between Jung's Collective Unconscious and the Force from Star Wars. I am not sure when this came together for me. But now the documentation can be found on You Tube. Lucas clearly was attuned to the same material. If Jung were alive today, he would see the direct parallels between the Force and his idea of the Collective Unconscious.
We're all connected. Everything is connected.
It's important for me to remember the Force today, to remember that we're all connected, because I am still not feeling very well. There's your newsy journal update for the day. But no details. They're unpleasant.
Instead enjoy this great song (if you like ambient, floaty, electronic), and remember: "we are all connected, everything, every energy, every being is all connected."
- chris tower - 1305.10 - 18:32