Thursday, May 26, 2005

Order 66

Warning: Spoilers for Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of The Sith ahead.

Betray:
a. To give aid or information to an enemy of; commit treason against: betray one's country.
b. To deliver into the hands of an enemy in violation of a trust or allegiance: betrayed Christ to the Romans. (source: Dictionary.com)

Betrayal. One of the most terrible things man could commit. Betrayal, no matter how 'noble' one's intention or justification was, is always wrong. No matter what the magnitude of the betrayal is, whether it leads to the annihilation of the Jedi or is just a lie, an act of betrayal is an act of betrayal is an act of betrayal.

What makes betrayal so vile? It is because it is trust broken- deliberately, voluntarily, consciously.

Trapped in a dreadful situation, Anakin was forced to make a difficult decision. Where should his allegiance go? Which is more important- the greater good of mankind, or him not losing his wife to death but ultimately betraying the Light?

Padme: "Oh Anakin, what are you going to do?"

You'd think it'd be a no-brainer. Yes, very difficult situation, I know. It is never easy to give up something one loves dearly. A great sacrifice, it is. But this is where a person is tested, to see what he/she is made of.

Self vs being Selfless- a constant struggle within all men.

Anakin was weak. And it didn't help that he was effectively being brainwashed by Darth Sidious. But I do not despise Anakin for turning evil per se. I despise his character because he ALLOWED himself to be corrupted. He chose to walk into the Dark Side for his own selfish purpose despite the terrible price. The last straw was when he wanted to kill Obi-Wan, his sifu. That was just too much.

This is Star Wars. In real life, evil does not make itself as obvious and hideous as Darth Sidious. It works in a much subtler manner. Our inner demons whisper suggestions into our ears. Their names? Pride. Arrogance. Jealousy. Fear. Their voices could never be hushed. But there is always a choice- whether to listen and heed their cowardly input, or to just ignore them and remain strong and true.

I pray that should I find myself to be in a difficult situation in the future, God would grant me the strength and wisdom to do the right thing, no matter difficult or unpopular the decision may be. So that difficult situation may never involve the greater good of the planet or galaxy... but you know what I mean. ;P

Darth Vader- what a lame-ass sap.

May the Force be with you.

P/S- As you can tell, I'm totally into the movie. That's why I got a bit emo and carried away, hehe. :P

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At 2:55 PM, Blogger Rajinder said...

Obi-Wan was more than his sifu, he was his best friend. The one whose life he saved numerous times. If Palpatine was like a father to him, then Obi-Wan was more of an older brother and best friend. Still, Anakin did what he did out of love, and fear, which are paths to the Dark Side.

 
At 11:55 PM, Blogger Rajinder said...

He chose to turn his back on the Council and the Republic because he wanted to save his loved one. However, it was because of the same love, this time the love for his son, that he killed the Emperor and turned his back on the Empire that he helped to build, and sacrificed himself.
:D

 
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also wanna mention what he described as a 'perfect' society in contrast to padme's comment about democracy (in episode II). Padme said that Anakin's ideal sounded like a dictatorship. after all, a dictator is just a corrupted version of a good leader. and the good is what Anakin saw

 
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