Star Wars: The Last Jedi from a Chinese Philosophical View

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"In Chinese mythology Yin and Yang were born from chaos when the universe was first created" (Mark Cartwright, 28.11.2012; https://www.ancient.eu/Yin_and_Yang/)

With much unbridled and uncensored anticipation, excitement, joy, as well as enthusiasm I entered the Gold Class cinema opening night to watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Episode VIII. I settled in with the intent to be immersed in "a Galaxy far, far away...."; reconnecting with old friends (e.g., Master Jedi Luke Skywalker, C3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca and Princess Leia) and with the aim of developing depth to the relationships with new characters, such as Rey, Finn, BB-8, Kylo Ren, Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma (eek....first female StormTrooper!). At the conclusion of the movie I felt varied and mixed emotions. I wanted to feel elated; I wanted to feel compelled to share with everyone I knew how fantastic the movie was and that they must urgently watch Episode VIII, if they had not done so already. Instead, I paused and hesitated when asked what I thought of the movie; I delayed in communicating my thoughts and feelings, a rarity when I communicate generally about Star Wars.

The theme that proliferated the dialogue and story arc, from my perspective, was that of balance; the balance of opposing forces. I appreciate that the balance of opposing forces is a consistent philosophical underpinning of the Star Wars movies: Empire/Rebels; Dark side/Light side (the whole of the two halves is The Force); Negative emotions ("Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering" - Yoda to Anakin Skywalker; The Phantom Menace)/Positive emotions; Male/Female (Leia and Luke Skywalker; Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala). The balance of opposing forces prompted reflection upon Chinese Philosophy, Yin Yang, Taoism (favouring Yin), and Confucianism (favouring Yang), with Yin Yang - the concept of duality forming a whole with recognition that the separation of the two creates destabilisation and disharmony. From a Taoist perspective "both halves are chasing each as they seek a new balance with each other" (https://personaltao.com/questions/what-is-yin-yang/). Yin Yang is a system of recognising how to see patterns that are occurring, while also finding acceptance with the overall whole. Acceptance requires a willingness to be mindfully present, observing and psychologically flexible. Within Star Wars: The Last Jedi there was a a chasing of two halves, Kylo Ren and Rey, as they sought balance with each other, as well as balance of light and dark within themselves. One aspect of the story arc that I desired was the shipping, defined as the "act of wanting/supporting two individuals involved in a romantic relationship" (Urban Dictionary https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Shipping), of Kylo Ren and Rey.


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So where do I feel unbalanced? I have lowered attachment to and connection with the protagonist and antagonist of Star Wars VII and VIII. I have a tendency to love the Rogue/Scoundrel/"Bad" boy. I loved Hans Solo. I felt compassion and sadness for Anakin Skywalker. I felt the pain, uncertainty and conflict of Luke Skywalker. I query whether Poe Dameron is being established within the role of Rogue/Scoundrel. I feared the Sith; the Sith in Episodes I to VI were fierce, powerful and intimating.....The Empire was a force to be reckoned with, until Episode VIII in which I experienced neutrality. The reflection I had was that the current Episode is establishing the factors historical and contemporary that transitions and solidifies Kylo Ren's connection to the Dark Side of the Force, leading to superhuman power, arcane knowledge along with the erosion of empathy, kindness and love. The question remains, can Kylo Ren find within himself the balance of two opposing forces and is Rey destined to bring balance to the Force unifying the relationship between her and Kylo Ren? SPOILER ALERT: From my perspective, Episode VIII provided the opportunity for a reset and reboot; the best analogy is that of Fire Ecology, in which fire is considered a 'natural disturbance' that contributes to the evolution of species and controls the characteristics of ecosystems (The ecology of natural disturbance and patch dynamics. Pickett, Steward T., 1950-, White, P. S. Orlando, Fla.: Academic Press. 1985). I had the sense that a natural Fire Ecology was occurring from which an evolution within the Empire, the Sith and the Dark Side will occur, akin to the rising of the Phoenix. So what will rise? Will there be balance and harmony within the Force and what would this look like?

From a less philosophical perspective, the reasons I experienced mixed and varied feelings included my perception that the role of the Droids was superficial, almost minimalistic. I love C3PO, R2-D2, and BB-8. I welcome the interactions between the Droids that provides humour and comedic relief; the balance of fear by C3PO and the courage of R2-D2. Yes, BB-8 is cute and yes, the introduction of BB-9E has sparked my curiousity. I wanted more from the Droids; maybe my expectations were unrealistic. I reluctantly admit that I...ummm....liked Jar Jar Binks from The Phantom Menace ("Ex-squeeze me", yes I did and still do!)....and so the Porg Invasion did highly amuse me, as well as the relationship that formed between the Porg and Chewbacca. SPOILER ALERT: Yoda is a beloved character of mine, as shared within the introducemyself post. Yoda made an appearance within Episode VIII and I question the value of his contribution to the story arc.

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In summary, I encourage the viewing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi Episode VIII. Philosophically, theologically, psychologically and ecologically there is much offered within Episode VIII, as was present in Episodes I to VII. The story arc successfully brought Kylo Ren and the Empire to a low point (the same could be reflected for Rey and the Rebels), removing the structures that were depended upon, consequently directing the characters to find internal and external strength, as well as resources without those structures . The movie was successful in creating a reflective and contemplative questioning of: Will there be balance and how will balance be achieved? I avidly await the final instalment of the triology to see the concluding evolution of Kylo Ren and Rey's growth and change, simultaneously the growth and emergence of the Empire along with the Rebels. And ok....I admit that I am curious about whether there be a shipping of Kylo Ren and Rey (LOL - KyRey or ReyKy or ReyRen); have some fun and let me know how you ship and if you ship Kylo Ren and Rey 😀. I'd also welcome reflections, thoughts, feelings and comments about the content of this post.

I sign off wishing you balance, harmony, equilibrium, peace and always....MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!
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Wow this is one of the better Star Wars movie reviews (any episode) that I have read, and I have read a lot of Star Wars movie reviews. Really terrific job tying this in to philosophical and even ecological concepts, as great job articulating your ambivalences. Welcome aboard the platform! This post deserves more eyes on it. This is a really, really quality post.

Much love - Carl

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@carlgnash - please imagine much happy dancing by me in response to your comment. I genuinely appreciate you taking the time to read the post and providing such supportive, positive and encouraging comments. I have often perceived that my mind functions differently to others and to have you say such encouraging words about the perspective I shared on Star Wars Episode VIII has encouraged me to ensure that I remain genuine and authentic in my sharing within this space. I am still learning about how Steemit works - please know that I am now following you and will endeavour to support the posts that you make. Love, gratitude and warmth, Dee

Hi @d-bumblebee really happy to see this post get the big upvote it deserves! I have a word of advice for you - the way most people search for posts here is to search by tag (either searching new posts in a tag or trending posts in a tag). The built in search functionality is pretty pathetic other than that. My point in bringing this up is to note that the tags you used are generally not particularly popular tags. You cannot edit the first tag of a post after you publish but you can edit other tags - I would recommend at the very least swapping out "yinyang" and "shipping" for "review" and "movie". With a payout this large you will be on the front trending page of those tags and they both get a lot of eyes every day :)

you can use this URL format to check if a tag is popular or not:

https://steemit.com/created/TAGNAME

(replace "tagname" with your tag of course)
that will bring up the most recent posts published with that tag, from most recent first;
for the popular tags you will see lots of posts published within last few minutes.
If you are only seeing a few posts posted under a tag in the last day, or less - avoid using that tag. It won't get any more eyes on your piece...
or maybe use it, but only if you have already exhausted the logical popular tags that are relevant - there may only be 3 or 4 relevant popular tags, in which case it is fine to throw tags like "yinyang" or "shipping" in the mix

Cheers - Carl "Totally Not A Bot" Gnash




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The information you have provided is exceptionally helpful and invaluable. I will amend the two tags of "yinyang" and "shipping" to "movie" and "review". I will make note of the link provided to check the popularity of tags before using with posts and will ensure that the tags are relevant to the content. So much gratitude for the guidance you have shared in this post - unable to express in words - thank you. I am very pleased to be an original and creative content contributor to the Steemit Community and with all that you have shared in this post, please know from my perspective that....You are Awesome!!

Hey buddy, I stumble upon your post when I am writing mine, also about The Last Jedi. I did enjoy Rey and Ren tho.

If you have the time, how about drop by my post and we can discuss a bit?

I super like your analogy of yin yang! GOOD WORK!

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Hey @jun04035. I appreciate you letting me know that you enjoyed the interaction between Rey and Ren. I am curious to see how the relationship between the two of them plays out in the final installment.

I will take a look at your post and am willing to engage in an active discussion. I have many thoughts that I have not included within the review that I wrote.

Thanks so much for the positive feedback about the use of Yin Yang - much gratitude. I look forward to reading your post :-)

I love to read original reviews and content. Thanks for the efforts. Appreciated. Great post!

Following you.

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@timesedge - I am now following you. Thank you for letting me know that you are new on Steemit; seems like we have some similar personality qualities (i.e., enthusiasm and optimism) and interests (i.e., gaming). I will read the introduceyourself post that you wrote. With such positive feedback, I will continue to provide authentic and creative posts. I am exceptionally grateful to people like you who are taking the time to read the content that I share!!

Very interesting post. I am new to Steeemit and also left a short review of the film. Mine is more from the dark side but that's what makes all this so much fun. Check mine out and keep a sense of humor. I will follow you for your well written content.

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Welcome to Steemit - great to receive a comment from another newbie! I am curious to read your post from the perspective of the dark side. I will take a look and will maintain a sense of humour as I read. Thanks so much for following me. I will also return the favour.

@d-bumblebee, WOW this is a great review of the Star Wars saga and taking a Chinese Philosophical View of it was a great touch, it adds a new point of view originality to the writing, well done.

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The Star Wars Saga is such a great storyline of good versus evil, the Republic vs the Empire, that it has attracted followers from many generations, young and old. With a Si-Fi twist, it’s a storyline we can all relate to and has appeal from all cultures around the world. The battle of good versus evil is the bases of most stories, movies and novels, now we can start telling the same Star Wars storyline with a Crypto/BlockChain vs. Central Bank/Gov't twist