THE FORCE: Part I
One of the things I liked most about the Star Wars movies was the notion of the Force. That’s what I want to talk about this time out.
I know that there is a lot to the subject. I don’t expect to do a complete job in just a couple of paragraphs talking about it, not in a single article; but as a basis for ongoing discussion I think this is a good place to start.
For starters, What is the Force?
Obi-Wan Kenobi described it as an ‘energy field’ which ‘surrounds us and binds us’. Yoda described it as ‘a powerful ally’ and says further that ‘life creates it, makes it grow’, then goes on to say that ‘luminous being are we’.
That brings up a couple of interesting questions. If life creates the Force, is there no Force where there is no life? If a place (say, the known universe) started out with no life, then the Force could not exist, yet its presence -again quoting Obi Wan- ‘binds the galaxy together’, but if there is is no life then there is no Force, and if there is no Force then how does its lack affect a galaxy?
By the way, I’m not going to broach the subject of midiclorians. I’m not even going to mention them, excepting this paragraph. I am instead going to pretend that they don’t exist, and while I realize that I’m flying in the face of canon by doing so I hope that you will understand why. Call it a sectarian thing, if you like. I won’t mind, but the notion that the Force is moderated by microscopic organisms is to me a debasement of the Force and what it can do. Side note, however; if you’re deficient in midiclorians, and you go on a probiotic diet that promotes their growth, can you become a Jedi knight? If that’s true, is it possible that you can skip the training and learn to access the Force by diet alone? Is that maybe where the dark side of the Force comes from?
But I digress…
What is the Nature of the Force?
I’ve talked about where it comes from, and I’ve mentioned how it cannot exist -apparently- if there is no life to create it. Is the Force then a property of life? It would seem so, but that begs another question. What is life? At what point does matter, which we may presume is necessary to make life as we know it, become alive?
Matter and energy are the two basic components of existence. Is the Force present in dilute quantities in both, or either? Is the Force perhaps something that’s really a property of matter, which no one notices until matter is organized into living things? Questions, a lot of them. That’s what you can expect, talking about the Force. Expect to hear more from me, in this regard.
In the meantime, feel free to join in the debate.
Written by Stuart Lee Abrams