Right now, this very moment, I want you to think about the things that are going on and consider what it is we’re all up to…
The destruction of statues, the destruction of heroes, Dr. Who, Luke Skywalker, Spock, Picard, everybody, everything. The idea of retconning Star Wars. Changing the past. Time travel. Building a “Garden of Heroes” and rebuilding things. We’re going through something here. It’s obvious.
There are those tearing things down, and those who might wish to build. There are those trying to erase the past, and those trying to restore our link to it. We have many ideas about time travel, veils of the Force, portals and rifts and so on and so forth. It’s all there in our minds, and it’s there out there in the real world too.
What are we doing with all this? Going forward is of the utmost importance, but we cannot go forward by ignoring the past, neither the slavery NOR the heroes who brought us out of it. There were good works. There were redemptions. There were people who did bad things, that later did good things, and there were good people who went bad.
I think the only agenda most of us have is to go forward and create something new, and something good. It could be that this is the way forward. Otherwise, we can’t get anywhere, but we have to respect the past. This is what seems to be what we’re all grappling with, but I assure you, looking for the next thing to cancel isn’t going to take us anywhere.
“If you strike me down, I will become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.”
This line has much importance to it, with ramifications throughout the whole saga of Star Wars. It resonates on so many levels within the whole work (minus the sequel trilogy) that it appears to be the most important line in the whole thing. It means something to us now, and we better pay attention.
For every statue that is ripped down, every superhero retconned or gender-swapped, these are nothing but feeble attempts to destroy something that hasn’t left us. They haven’t been destroyed. They haven’t been annihilated. The idea is still out there floating around like an immortal soul. As V said, you can’t destroy an idea with a bullet. There are those out there trying to wipe out ‘ideals’ as though you can kill them. Well, you can’t. The more you try, the more powerful they become. You can cancel a human being, de-person them, but as Ian Malcolm said, life finds a way.
Something has happened in the last few years. It seems there was an attempt to destroy civilization and all that we’ve done and been up to, especially those things which were good. Picard wasn’t a bad man, nor a bad character, nor was he a racist or asshole. Why convince us now that he was? Something has gone awry, we’re figuring it out, and perhaps we will win on this after all.
What other choice do we have?