Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned From… ‘Star Wars’

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa, and Harrison Ford as Han Solo in STAR WARS (Image Credit: Lucasfilm)
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa, and Harrison Ford as Han Solo in STAR WARS (Image Credit: Lucasfilm)

The impact that the Star Wars franchise has had since the late 1970’s has been monumental. From setting the bar on plot twists to bringing out our inner geekdom, Star Wars has remained an absolute legacy. Not only is the movie franchise jam-packed with symbolism, but with vital information on life as well. So without further adieu, here are 5 of the most important life lessons I have learned from Star Wars.

If you can keep secrets, you can do anything (good or evil).

Spoiler alert: Darth Vader is Luke’s father, and very good at keeping it under wraps. And by “very good” I mean he kept this secret for 20+ years from not only his son and daughter, but from every important existential official in the galaxy. Also you’ve gotta give him props for dramatic reveal of the biggest secret. Then again, he had a long time to work on it.

Your biggest flaws may not be the end of you.

So the entire time The Executor is going around wreaking havoc, there is a very destructive hole in plain sight of the star destroyer that no enemy ever seemed to take advantage of. Perhaps the most crucial building mistake manufactured by the Fondor Shipyard, any possible attack towards The Executor’s biggest flaw could have been detrimental. The 19,000 meter-long warship
Don’t judge a book by its cover. Now, this one applies to almost every character Luke encounters, including members of his own family. Along the way, Luke meets aliens, robots and royalty, and each and every one of them exceeds his expectations.

Learn from your mistakes.

Sure they rebuilt the Death Star with the same model as the one before, which was destroyed by the Rebel Alliance. What could go wrong? One of the most prominent lessons I’ve learned from Star Wars is that history repeats itself if you don’t change your ways.

You can always redeem yourself.

Even the most evil force in the galaxy was able to prove himself worthy of Force Heaven with an attitude adjustment. Darth V may have been responsible for millions of lives lost, but even he found out that a good deed can go a long way.

Star Wars teaches us as lot about love and loss, but mostly how to be a better person. Throughout the original trilogy, we see one lost boy’s journey to overcome obstacles and defeat the evil in the world. Maybe if we all took more time following the lesson plan Star Wars provides, we can all defeat the evil in the world as well.

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