“You can stand to see the imperial flag…reign across the galaxy?”
“It's not a problem if you don't look up.”
Saw Gerrara to Jyn Erso. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, 2016
This movie was, and is, fantastic. I understand the criticism regarding some slight canonical inconsistencies and the extreme similarities to the Originals, but for the first in “A Star Wars Story” spin, it was solid. I was a bit put off by the Tie-Fighter bridge chase marketing ploy in the trailers, but that's water under the bridge because honestly… that ending blew my mind.
Anyways, this piece is not a movie review; it is an effort to capture, in words, an ounce of inspiration I experienced during a recent re-viewing of Rogue One.
I am currently working on a project – more or less a short book – in which I attempt to define courage from the Christian philosophical perspective. To uphold my beliefs not in spite of secular philosophy and ethics, but rather in recognition of it – in an amatuer revision of them. Understanding that to grasp the metaphysical existence of this life, one must not only look inwards and out, but also up (God).
While I delve into courage as a concept greater than that of post-modernism’s “hero,” I gained a respect that without this recent viewing of Rogue One, I may have waited years for – if ever. I have come to the understanding that one must be able to see the wholeness of perspective, but they must have their own convictions of belief also. For example, when speaking about the Eastern and Western societies, you cannot reasonably direct students to understanding one or the other without a set viewpoint yourself.
I believe that this is why the Cultural Marxism of today is gaining speed, as they have their own set of "reason" – however relative it may be. This determination has become a crude masculine means of spreading poorly defined feminine ideologies; in which its followers can give tithes, defend, identify with and work towards upholding and cleansing the world through. In a sense, it has become a religion, but it is in this foundation that we find a factor of necessity in order for ideas to truly spread.
While I, and many others, do not agree with how modern day feminism and various social justice movements are going about, there can be a respect in their cause. Not based on race or idea, but on heart – though not merit, as objectively they are inconsistent and wrong. Even amidst the wrongness, they keep to their belief systems and on those grounds, they view the world. It has come to my attention that this is where people gravitate to – masculinity and determination – and where Christianity has lost this in many regards.
Christianity failing to uphold these values has compromised the movement, and naturally has been replaced in doing so. What Christianity does in secularly dominated practices, though, such as philosophy and science, is choose to look up. To admit the ultimate defeat of a sin nature, accept the corrections needed through Jesus, and demonstrate how to hold this position. How to, through this position of newness, bring enlightenment to the world as a single unit around them, too, be it through actions or words.
In essence, Christian philosophy is a piece of the picture, not the whole picture. Similar to Jyn Erso accepting defeat softly by “not looking up,” attempting to ignore it, I feel this is happening in philosophy and modern secular ethics. Perhaps God has ingrained us with a faculty to desire worship for a higher being, though allowing for the freedom to choose Him in it. I do not claim to know the answers, but I do intend to begin my journey in seeking the truths and answers. I hope that you will too, and join me on this journey here on this platform.