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The Jedi faith gains ground in England and Wales

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Laugh if you will, but I've often been struck by the melding of religion, spirituality, and philosophy that Lucas stirred into the Star Wars mythos.

There's a great line by Yoda in Empire where he says "Luminous beings are we -- not this crude matter." I was really struck by this almost 30 years ago, and found it very profound. Much to my surprise, as I started reading about Buddhism a few months ago, I realized there's a ton of Buddhist ideas snuck into Star Wars -- the Yoda line "do or do not... there is no try" -- is one I found particularly apt. (I got to work with George for 8 weeks a few years ago, but I never had the chance to tell him how much that dialog meant to me. But it was written by Larry Kasdan, anyway.)

Granted, it's five-cent philosophy, but it's about as deep as it gets for a mass-market action film series that's made about $10 billion. Not a religion per se, but certainly some thought-provoking ideas.

At least it's better than the sand-headed crap that permeats Matrix. Good god, I'd like to smack the Wachowski brothers over the head with a large sack filled with manure...

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I think I'd rather be identified as a Jedi than most of the other religious sects that are out there...

How does one join, one wonders? Don a full length brown cowled robe while holding a naked upright saber before you while chanting "When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good you will not!" and whirling widdershins?



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Yoda the Cop?

Put away the booze or arrest you I will, he-he.


Yoda: This is the holding cell of enlightenment.

Thug: I'm not afraid.

Yoda: You will be, you will be... when I throw Big Bubba the molester in there with you dirtbag.


Powerful you have become, the dark side I sense in you therefore I'm going to kick your punk ass!

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