James Lovelock is an English scientist and he came up with the Gaia hypothesis – that the Earth herself is homeostatic, akin to a living organism.
Joseph Campbell spoke of the monomyth – the essential trials of the individual on his or her heroic journey through life.
“In narratology and comparative mythology, the hero’s journey, or the monomyth, is the common template of stories that involve a hero who goes on an adventure, is victorious in a decisive crisis, and comes out of his ordeals changed or transformed.”
If you die in Merseyside, England, and you have made no will, your property goes to Prince Charles and the Crown estates. Same story in India. It goes to the government coffers. It takes a lot to clarify the eddies that sublimate those very entrenched powers. Sometimes they act for the good. But not always. The nature of the maturation of the synapses that modern man’s technological know how fields is significant.
He is the keystone species to watch in the evolution of the ecology of Gaia. And how we watch ourselves is crucial (see the double split experiment in Quantum physics).
In that sense, focused aptitude and right attitude matter and Joseph Campbell supports in that vein.
These meditations by Campbell help one look at the ‘worldly impersonal’ and the deeper meaning incumbent on being human:
“What is it we are questing for? It is the fulfillment of that which is potential in each of us. Questing for it is not an ego trip; it is an adventure to bring into fulfillment your gift to the world, which is yourself. There is nothing you can do that’s more important than being fulfilled. You become a sign, you become a signal, transparent to transcendence; in this way you will find, live, become a realization of your own personal myth.”
“You can get a lot of work done if you stay with it and are excited and its play instead of work.”
“I’ve heard youngsters use some of George Lucas’ terms––”the Force and “the dark side.” So it must be hitting somewhere. It’s a good sound teaching, I would say.
The fact that the evil power is not identified with any specific nation on this earth means you’ve got an abstract power, which represents a principle, not a specific historical situation. The story has to do with an operation of principles, not of this nation against that. The monster masks that are put on people in Star Wars represent the real monster force in the modern world. When the mask of Darth Vader is removed, you see an unformed man, one who has not developed as a human individual. What you see is a strange and pitiful sort of undifferentiated face.
Darth Vader has not developed his humanity. He’s a robot. He’s a bureaucrat, living not in terms of himself but of an imposed system. This is the threat to our lives that we all face today. Is the system going to flatten you out and deny you your humanity, or are you going to be able to make use of the system to the attainment of human purposes? How do you relate to the system so that you are not compulsively serving it? . . . The thing to do is to learn to live in your period of history as a human being …[b]y holding to your own ideals for yourself and, like Luke Skywalker, rejecting the system’s impersonal claims upon you.
Well, you see, that movie communicates. It is in a language that talks to young people, and that’s what counts. It asks, Are you going to be a person of heart and humanity––because that’s where the life is, from the heart––or are you going to do whatever seems to be required of you by what might be called “intentional power”? When Ben Knobi says, “May the Force be with you,” he’s speaking of the power and energy of life, not of programmed political intentions.
… [O]f course the Force moves from within. But the Force of the Empire is based on an intention to overcome and master. Star Wars is not a simple morality play. It has to do with the powers of life as they are either fulfilled or broken and suppressed through the action of man.”
Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth
George Lucas pinched the name “Skywalker” for his fictional Luke, farm boy turned hero fighter pilot for the resistance to the mad empire, and Jedi Knight, from the name of Abaris the Skywalker, a Mongolian man who walked 5000 miles to Southern Italy to meet Pythagoras in 450 BC. Pythagoras, together with Parmenides, Empedocles and Herodotus, well, they went on to found Western Civilization.
It’s no accident, I sense, that Lucas chose Abaris as his inspiration. When asked who he based the evil empire on he said: “Nixon in Vietnam.”
Leaving the wasteland of the world, made by man’s misperception, for the voyage to the same world, equally made by man, but by his cognizance of a deeper knowledge, fully vitalized and aligned, is the focus of conscious evolution.
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