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It was a chance encounter in a crowded nightclub.

A young looking alien, down on his luck, spotted the man sitting at the bar and approached him.  Maybe the man looked a little tense and needed something to help him relax.  Or perhaps the alien was just desperate to make a sale.  Regardless, he approached the man and made clear his intentions.

“Would you like to buy some deathsticks?”

“No,” said the man, with a wave of his hand, “You don’t want to sell me deathsticks.”

A funny feeling came over the alien.  “I don’t want to sell you deathsticks,” he replied.

“You want to go home and re-think your life.”

“I want to go home and re-think my life.”

Then as calmly as he had approached the man, Elan Sel’Sabagno–“Sleazebaggano” to those that bothered to risk any association with him–left the nightclub and went home to consider the destination his life was headed.

Sleazebaggano

So what happened to him?

According to Wookieepedia, not much.  Elan tried to kick his drug dealing ways for a moment, failed miserably, and ended up doing back on the streets peddling a drug with the worst, yet most appropriate, name in the history of narcotics.  Eventually he kicked the habit and spent his time educating others on the dangers of drug abuse.

I don’t buy it.

I like to think that Elan went home that night and thought long and hard about the mire his life had sunk into.  Then I like to believe that he decided to make a positive impact on the world.  Maybe it started with helping others get over their addictions and that blossomed into him becoming an outstanding role model for the community.  Perhaps he ran for a political position and became a mayor or city councilman.  My mind then imagines him using his power to fight the injustices of a newly formed Empire and then, in his old age, he joins the rebellion and is part of a highly esteemed council that makes decisions that will determine the course of the entire galaxy.

All because some random stranger told him to re-think his life.

Concerning that stranger.  What are the ethical implications of Obi-Wan’s actions that day?  When Sleazebaggano came to him, Kenobi set his entire life onto a new track with a flick of the hand and little to no concern for the consequences that might have.  He didn’t care about what happened later; he just wanted to get rid of a pest as quick as possible.

Obi-Wan stripped the alien of his own free will.  Even if it could have had a positive influence, is it morally justifiable to use a Jedi mind trick to change a person’s character?  I say no.  Everyone is entitled to set their own course, for good or for evil.  The moment that any person, or group of persons, decide what others can or cannot do, liberty is lost.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this, so please leave them in the comment space below.  I am also looking for future blog ideas, so if you have a topic that you would like my opinions on, send me an email at

jamesh@coffeewithkenobi.com.

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11 Comments

  1. Jeff M
    March 12, 2014 at 23:15 Reply

    Obi-Wan always played fast and loose with the rules when it suited his needs, so this scene never surprises me, and it echoes the scene with the sandtroopers on tatooine in Star Wars. On the surface, no big deal, the guy needs to clean up his act, so no problem. BUT I do see your point about it being a troubling use of power, and where does the slippery slope leave us. I think we can all agree that the Jedi order was at possibly its lowest point by this time, so compromised by dogma and complacency and blinded by Sidious that they had lost sight of a great many things they claim to hold dear.

    I doubt Lucas had much of this in mind when he wrote it, but who knows, maybe it was all a part of his grand design to illustrate how far the Jedi had fallen. Either way, I think it proves the belief that someone won’t stop their self-destructive behavior until they decide FOR THEMSELVES that they want to stop.

    And now, it’s 11:14 PM and I have cartoons to watch.

  2. Jay
    March 13, 2014 at 10:51 Reply

    Inteersting.
    I honestly never thought about how that simple little gesture could change Elan’s life. My first reaction then, as I watched the movie for the first time was “wow – he might have just saved that guy from a life of crime, or even death!”
    Now, as I “rethink” 😉 … it really does beg the question of how much should Jedi – or anyone for that matter – interfere with the path a person’s life will take? There is so much to this question.
    I like to think that it’s because we (or in this case Obi-Wan) CARE about the person-in-question, and we have the best of intentions at heart. We were put on this Earth to help others – at least that’s how I feel (well…that depends on what kind of day you catch me…!) I believe in a “pay-it forward” kind of attitude. I may not always know the benefit to my actions, but if I see a piece of trash, I pick it up. I smile at the person who serves me or who waits on me at restaurants. I wave back to little kids when they wave at me through their car window. I’d like to think those actions have a positive snowball effect…
    I think Obi-Wan did have the purest of intentions at heart. Flippant? Yes, but perhaps those few seconds really could have changed Elan’s life for the better.

    1. Melinda
      March 31, 2014 at 12:03 Reply

      Very well said! 🙂

  3. Jay
    March 13, 2014 at 10:55 Reply

    Wow – I meant that first word to say “interesting.” You can tell I got up at 4:30 this morning to see my son off on his school trip to Washington, DC!!! LOL!!

  4. Lisa
    March 23, 2014 at 22:39 Reply

    I’m here – Finally!

    First off – the title made me hungry for lemon meringue pie. Just sayin’.

    Second, Obi-Wan has his own ‘point of view’ at times. You’re right – Obi-Wan dismissed Elan as if he were a gnat that needed to be swatted away. He may have ultimately done him a huge favor by setting his life on a new (hopefully) crime free path, but free will is a gift we all enjoy – even if many of us abuse it. It should never be stolen away, especially by someone as dismissive as Obi-Wan was in that instance.

    1. Melinda
      March 31, 2014 at 12:06 Reply

      But was Obi-Wan being dismissive? I don’t think so. He was a man on a mission, and dealt with a situation quickly … hopefully helping Elan chart a better course for his life. 🙂

      1. YHOP
        April 11, 2014 at 01:24 Reply

        From a certain point of view o_O

  5. Troy Metzler
    March 25, 2014 at 22:28 Reply

    Sleazebaggano or whatever should have recognized Jedi garb. He basically tried to sell to a cop. Maybe it was a cry for help just like any troubled teen dirtbag wanting a way out. He wanted the hand swipe, he wanted direction, he wanted to rethink his life.

    1. YHOP
      April 11, 2014 at 01:33 Reply

      That’s possible. I once had a player come to my Blackjack table and harass the shitake mushrooms out of me. Eventually security was called on him, and he kept screaming at them, “Ban me then! Ban me!” I think this was his cry for help. Unfortunately, he was intoxicated at the time so they weren’t legally allowed to impose a ban on him, which sucks because this guy was a total sphincter.

  6. Melinda
    March 31, 2014 at 12:09 Reply

    Would you try to save a drowning man?

    Would you sit back while someone you care about self-destructs?

    I’m curious to hear what you have to say. 🙂

    MTFBWY

    1. YHOP
      April 11, 2014 at 01:29 Reply

      You can rescue a man drowning and you can try to assist a self destructive loved one, but there is a point where everyone is entitled to live their lives out as they choose, even if their choices are the always the wrong ones.

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A wannabe author with big goals and little talent, James spends most of his waking hours dealing Blackjack, crushing gamblers' dreams and robbing them of their mortgage payments.

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