Friday, June 3, 2011
Nerd's Eye View: Episode IV
Pride. In one way or another, everyone has struggled with it. In the words of President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Every mortal has at least a casual if not intimate relationship with the sin of pride. No one has avoided it; few overcome it... When our hearts are filled with pride, we commit a grave sin, for we violate the two great commandments. Instead of worshipping God and loving our neighbor, we reveal the real object of our worship and love—the image we see in the mirror."
Now, of all the characters in Star Wars, one of my favorites is Han Solo. When we first meet him in a grungy cantina on Tatooine, we find that he's quick to boast and quicker to draw his blaster. He pilots the Millenium Falcon, a ship that "made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs," which is quite a feat. He's skilled, for sure, and he knows it.
No doubt Han had relied on himself his whole life, save his trusty companion Chewbacca. He remarks to Luke and Obi Wan, “Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no substitute for a good blaster at your side." There are many, like Han, who share that sentiment. "Who needs religion and old books in these days? Just live every day to the fullest!" We all have skills, talents, and abilities. We all have survived our own personal trials, failures, and bounty hunters, and still came out on top! We don't need anyone but ourselves to find happiness and success in life.
Sounds pretty good, right?
If you've ever felt that way, you were going through life Solo.
On the other hand, we see Luke. Young, inexperienced, though modestly talented at being a pilot back home, his pure heart and humility instantly wins us over. Although he can be a bit headstrong and whiney, he steadily learns to rely on more than just himself, but to trust more in the force.
Through their adventures together, these two men learn from each other and foster a friendship. Through Luke's humble example, we see a change come over the heart of Han Solo.
As Luke prepares to leave with the rebels in a desperate run to destroy the Death Star, Han prepares to leave with his reward money. Luke remarks angrily as he is leaving, "Take care of yourself Han. I guess that's what you're best at isn't it?" As Luke storms off, Han replies, "Hey, Luke. May the Force be with you."
Han later saves Luke's life, and assists him in destroying the Death Star. Han learns the necessity of helping others, and of being helped by others.
May we all learn to rely on the Spirit. May we think a little less about ourselves, and do a little bit more for others. To quote President Uchtdorf one more time,
The Lord is eager to help us and guide us, and there are many who can help, and be helped, by us. There is no need to go through life solo!
May the Spirit be with you!