First Day of first grade. #TinyTot
Life has gotten the best of me lately and I have been struggling through some things (depression, a mild existential crisis, etc…). I know I have been absent from a lot of people’s lives, people that miss me and care, and for that I apologize. This time alone has helped me grow, a lot, and has been quite needed. I know most people can’t understand the reasons for my quietness and seclusion but I can assure you everything is fine. I just need some time to think, grow, and learn.
I know I have been sending out occasional messages, signal flares as I have been calling them, to certain friends and family as an explanation as to why I am so distant. If you did not receive one and/or have been worried about me, I can assure you there is nothing to fear. I am in good health (physically) and everything is fine at home.
I just need time.
I gave #TinyTot my ticket for #dwworldtour in NYC since I had to work today. #bestdadever? #DoctorWho
That ever so rare moment when #TinyTot decides to text me with his mother’s phone. #thingsthatmakeyourday
I am watching a wonderful documentary called The People vs. George Lucas and they bring up a bunch of wonderful points and concerns about our beloved stories and the franchise.
One of their gripes is midichlorians and how the force was explained in The Phantom Menace. Before we delve into this argument, one must note that George Lucas was quoted as saying ‘the movies are made for kids’ as to why he added Jar Jar and a lot of the poor attempts at humor in the Prequels. If we look at this strictly as a standpoint of a child only watching The Phantom Menace as their first foray into our lovely world, yes tragedy I know - stay on topic, George Lucas is actually a genius. You have to remember, while a lot of fans were excited about The Phantom Menace because it was the expansion of a franchise they knew and loved, The Phantom Menace was created to bring in new fans, so how do you explain ‘the force’ to those children?
He takes the force and the Jedi way, something that Han himself scoffs at calling it a ‘hokey religion’ and turns it into a ‘fact’; he explains it with science. Here is a generation of people who are rapidly being turned off to religion, my generation, and he takes a religious concept and backs it with science. Something that a lot of the former church goers are moving toward; something that a lot of parents are teaching their children about. Religion itself is on the decline, it has been for years. People are rapidly learning that there are scientific reasons for things not just because a mystical being said it so. How do you explain something like ‘the force’ to that generation? You incorporate it into your movie, which he did.
From a Fan standpoint, if you begin to question everything, you must then think of the context. Obi-Wan was living on a remote, outer rim planet. You would liken Tatooine to the deep woods; so how do you explain something like that to someone from the back woods? It’s simple, you brake it into a reasoning that a non-educated person would understand; Religion (no I am not bashing religion here, I am going by fact; there are more religious oriented people in places that are less educated). Qui-Gon lived on Coruscant, a bustling planet that was one big metropolis. In the city you find more scholarly people; people who believe in science. Qui-Gon, a product of that learned society, tells Anakin about the force in the best way he can; with science. Obi-Wan had been on Tatooine for 19 years at the point where he explains it in A New Hope, he knew how to talk to the people; where as Qui-Gon was a visitor and did not.