Star Wars is now returning with on demand streaming at Amazon.
I have grown tired of this film, yea, many times, and often return to watch it again. It has a tedious quality in repetition but the adolescent who never went away always reconsiders it. I think the reason is that despite the infantile character of the films, it got one thing right (i dunno if it’s true): there is cosmic life and we are beginning to find it. I suspect it may have found us. I think they bypassed homo and checked out the realm of whales on wet earth, entering their souls for expeditions around the planet spying on homo sapiens, carefully readying the coming apocalypse. The view in Last and First Men Preface was that alien life is different from the realm of ‘demiurgic powers’ in the sense of Bennett. Alien life could resemble the history of colonialism. Westerners were honest Christians (or so I am told) and promised to treat men after the dignities preached by Jesus, but when the crunch came the profit motive won out, eh? You checked video tape, right?
So with the aliens: as Gurdjieff hinted, calling himself a stinking devil, man is a very profitable hominid when put into the ‘work’, factory treadmills invisible to apes, and reaping the rich extractions of Hydrogen 24. The rarity of planetary buddhas makes one suspicious those ‘dratted ET’s’ have already invisibly colonized homo sapiens to extract the riches of ‘conscious energy’ the way we milk a cow.
The demiurgic powers in some versions are sentient beings graduating to a cosmic life beyond planets, and it may be from that source that liberation springs. But don’t take my word for it, the beings in the cosmos come in many shapes and are watched over by demiurgic shepards, beings like us yet no longer low bodies, beyond planetary limits. I will write out the movie script for this, any day now.
Meanwhile, Moby Dick was a story of alien abduction by cosmic communists who used the beast as anti-colonist rebellion against capitalism on the high seas.
Meanwhile the proliferation of cosmic life is no laughing matter. What I suspect is that Stars got it right, the cosmic horror of samsaric life draws out its liberators.
But how do you reckon with a path to redemption or enlightenment for Jabba the Hut? The great sin of ‘creating life’ will come to man soon in capitalist technologies. Let us after the fashion of Moby Dick have our sheriff’s badge pinned front, sheriff’s of the ‘recreated commons’. But perhaps Jabba the Hut, who already looks like a a laughing buddhas may be a case for redemption. But will man produce the great abortion of created life forms we see in Star Wars? Not too hopeful a prospect.
The jump into hyperspeed requires a study of the Kantian categories, all that rocket ship stuff is kiddie candy sold by Hollywood. Rockets are too slow to reach…