Monday, May 4, 2015
Liberal Lucas Channels Conservative Icon C.S. Lewis
Updated May 4, 2016
It's Star Wars Day. May the Fourth be with you.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a smash hit. There is no movie from the 1970's that has had greater impact on the culture than Star Wars. It has made George Lucas, "The Creator," a billionaire. In 2014 journalist Chris Taylor wrote a very entertaining and informative history of George Lucas and the Star Wars phenomenon. The name of his book is How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise.
George Lucas, to no one's surprise, comes across as a big liberal in Taylor's book. It was disturbing to learn that Lucas based the first Star Wars movie on the Vietnam War with the rebels representing the Vietcong and the Galactic Empire representing America. He's a regular supporter of liberal causes and a critic of George Bush and the Iraq War.
However, with age, it seems that even a liberal icon can dispense conservative advice you would associate more with C. S. Lewis than Louis C.K.
As reported in Taylor's book, in a 2012 speech to the Academy of Achievement in Washington D.C., Lucas said:
Here's something I learned along the way. Happiness is pleasure and happiness is joy. It could be either one. Pleasure is short lived. It lasts an hour, a minute a month, and it peaks very high. It's like drugs, like anything -- whether you're shopping, engaged in any pleasure, it all has the same quality to it. Joy doesn't go as high as pleasure, but it stays with you. It's something you can recall. Pleasure you can't. So the joy will last a lot longer. People who get the pleasure say, "Oh, if I can just get richer, I can get more cars . . . ." You will never relive the moment you get your first car. That's the highest peak.
Pleasure's fun, but just accept the fact that it's here and gone. Joy lasts forever. Pleasure's purely self-centered. It's all abut your pleasure. It's about you. A selfish, self-centered emotion created by a selfish moment for you.
Joy is compassion. Joy is giving yourself to something else, or somebody else. It is much more powerful than pleasure. If you get hung up on pleasure, you're doomed. If you pursue joy, you will find everlasting happiness.
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