Siths and absolutes

Only a Sith believes in absolutes.

So says Obi Wan Kenobi to Anakin Skywalker in the new(er) Star Wars film. The line apparently was intended to make a political point against the current presidential administration, and it has all the feel of a late insertion. After 30 years and 5 1/2 films watching rebels fight the Dark Side to the death, we learn that absolutist thinking is for Siths.

What a cheat. And so late in the game. The line invites revisionist thinking. Perhaps we shouldn’t have been rooting for young Luke, and maybe we should reevaluate the Death Star… or at least see its positives.

It’s hard to imagine Sir Alec Guinness saying something so inane. Many of us wouldn’t have made it past A New Hope if he had.

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