How do you identify yourself? When you meet someone new, what facets of your life do you mention first as an introduction? For some, it is relationships, children, employment, favorite Star Wars movie, hat size. Whatever. One thing we are always shy to ask about is someone’s religious background and preference. I think this is a newer phenomenon, actually. Nevertheless, in the new millennium, crazy answers to all of these questions are offered. Quite often, we get stories about people listing Jedi as the religion of choice on some form or another.
“For over a thousand generations, the Jedi knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic….” – Obi-Wan Kenobi
There are a great many quotes throughout the entire Star Wars saga that refer to the role that the Jedi played in the galaxy. Many have discussed the failings of the Jedi Order, but, with the exception of the hardcore Sith among us, most people agree that the Jedi had the best intentions. Though it was a long time ago, and that galaxy is far, far away indeed, we can learn much from the Jedi and apply the best aspects of their Order to our daily modern lives.
I tend to be a Star Wars film purist. Although I have loved the few Expanded Universe novels I’ve read, my knowledge of what exists beyond the films is limited and doesn’t reach far beyond my reading. I saw Star Wars: The Clone Wars when it was released in 2008 and anticipated The Clone Wars series with gusto. But the series didn’t hold my attention, and I reverted to watching the films over and over when I needed a Star Wars fix.