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Our Wars and Star Wars

by Clyde Lewis

"Always two there are –– a master and an apprentice." —Yoda from Star Wars

Recently I had an opportunity to once again review the prequels to the original Star Wars trilogy. As I watched the episode called The Phantom Menace, I was really surprised at how much the film annoyed me. I remember that the first time I saw it, I wasn’t that impressed, but I was impressed enough to rationalize that it was a new Star Wars film and that I really shouldn’t complain about how it didn’t feel the same.

I decided that these episodes were not meant for me. They were meant for a new generation. I have not yet found a youngster who has complained at all about the adventures that happen every three years or so in a galaxy far, far away.

As the final chapter in the Star Wars Saga is about to be seen, I can’t help but think that it is going to be a metaphor for what is to come in our reality.

It is incredible to think that by some accident, the Star Wars movies that I saw when I was a kid were about the fight against the evil forces that had a galaxy in their grip. The movies, of course, borrowed not only from archetypes that we can identify with, but from the hopes and fears that everyone had in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

The first Star Wars films were released as the Cold War was nearing its end. While watching them, current events proved that soon the shadow that we considered evil, the threats that we considered very real would all be put to rest with the tearing down of the Berlin Wall and the fall of Soviet Communism.

The movie gave us a promise that the good guys win. Perseverance pays off when you are a young boy trying to find harmony in a chaotic world, or a rogue pirate hoping to find love with someone who is completely out of his league.

The Star Wars movies are rich in mythology and stories that never go away. There is esoteric knowledge that can be found in these films. When I was a kid, a world with a furry Wookiee and a chirping droid was all magical and there was no hidden meaning to decipher.

Now that I am older and more knowledgeable of mythology and religion, I have opened my eyes to the idea that George Lucas, the creator of the Star Wars saga, had delved into the deepest and most sacred ideas.

These ideas go unnoticed because many people do not have the fascination that I have with the paranormal and the occult.

In the past I have pointed out that mythology and most fairy tales have hidden meanings. Some have been political in nature, and others were written to teach a lesson. There have been fairy tales and verse written about the dark side of human nature as well. Stories like Snow White and Cinderella deal with necrophilia and death fetishism.

Little songs like "Ring around the Rosy" are suspected of being about the plagues, indicating that childlike verse and manufactured stories are used to make sense of our world, to bring some sort of coherent order, but only according to the values and needs of a specific culture over time.

This is why, as stories are told and re–told for generations, the names and faces change but the archetypes remain intact. They act as an ongoing cultural dialogue, and we may have to pause for a moment and listen to what these stories are trying to tell us.

There was a little known film that was released in theaters for a short time called "Reign of Fire." The critics may not have liked the film, but I found it enjoyable. It was an apocalyptic movie where the planet is devastated by fire–breathing dragons in the year 2020.

The children who live in the ravaged country side of England have to go into hiding with the women, and while the men are guarding the compound from the dragons, they take time to entertain the children by acting out a scene from Star Wars.

As they fight a mock battle using broom handles for swords, it is unclear at first what the men are doing. It appears as though the dark knight is fighting the "hero." It is not until we hear the words "Luke, I am your father" that we realize that while movie theaters are nonexistent in the apocalyptic world of 2020 England, the story of the young boy fighting a great evil is a constant theme that runs through our stories.

The idea of one man, "The One" to bring about change, is a staple not only in our mythologies but in our religions as well.

In his book, The Power of Myth, Joseph Campbell calls this "the commonality of themes in world myths, pointing to a constant requirement in the human psyche for a centering in terms of deep principles.

We have seen these heroes before and they have many faces.

However, what we saw in the movie "Reign of Fire" was an idealistic view of what would be acted out for children left behind in the apocalypse. What the Star Wars movies bring us is a universal message that we all can relate to.

Star Wars can be looked at as a modern version of Greek spics like Homer’s Iliad or Odyssey.

I once interviewed Mark Hamill, the actor who portrayed Luke Skywalker, and I asked him how he dealt with the idea of being "immortal."

He paused because he didn’t understand what I meant. I told him that I felt that Star Wars will probably remain as a myth told over and over again in coming eras, and if they were to describe Luke Skywalker, they would have to describe him as looking exactly like Hamill.

The thought had not even crossed his mind that the image of Luke Skywalker would remain inextricably linked with his likeness.

He told me that though he’d never really thought about it, now he had to. It was mind–boggling to me that he had never contemplated his immortality, suspended forever in time as a young moisture farm worker on a desert planet yearning to take a journey that would lead him to his place as the archetypical hero.

It would play over and over again not only on the screen but in the minds of those willing to tell the story far into the future. The story has a somewhat religious familiarity to it and it could very well evolve into a legend that does not need the screen in order to be appreciated.

The story spun in Star Wars is an old one, one that gets told over and over again, with symbolism and metaphor recognized and registered in the subconscious.

George Lucas, the man who created Star Wars, borrowed from number of concepts that not only reflect the works of Joseph Campbell but also grasp the fundamental aspects of the Messianic King from Jesus Christ to King Arthur.

The concepts have also been argued to be deeper and in some cases taken from the very rituals and concepts seen in secret societies and Gnostic orders. Some of the secrets of these societies include the belief that a group of divinely born and ascended masters are in tune with God or the life force, and only they are able to guide and direct the earth’s affairs. They are to be of divine birth, and through this divine birth the blood carries the life force or the divine force through these ascended masters.

The masters of this force impart divine wisdom to others of their kind, so that they too can become masters.

The themes run the same in a lot of science fiction and fantasy films.

Take a look at the dialogue between Qui–Gon Jinn, a Jedi master from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, and Anakin Skywalker. As Qui–Gon takes a blood sample from the young Anakin the boy asks why it is being done. Qui–Gon explains that he is looking for midichlorians. Anakin asks:

ANAKIN : Master, sir...I’ve been wondering...what are midichlorians?

QUI–GON JINN : Midichlorians are microscopic life forms that reside within all living cells and communicates with the Force.

QUI–GON JINN : In your cells. We are symbionts with the midichlorians.

ANAKIN : Symbionts?

QUI–GON JINN : Life forms living together for mutual advantage. Without the midichlorians, life could not exist, and we would have no knowledge of the Force. They continually speak to you, telling you the will of the Force.

ANAKIN : They do??

QUI–GON JINN : When you learn to quiet your mind, you will hear them speaking to you.

ANAKIN : I don’t understand.

QUI–GON JINN : With time and training, Annie...you will.

Now compare this dialogue with what you may know of the Merovingian bloodlines. It is believed that descendants of the Merovingians claim to have the blood of both Christ and Satan in their veins. This means that those in power must live with this duality; once again, the message of the serpent is evident that in order to be Godlike you must have both the bloodlines of Lucifer and the bloodlines of God flowing through you.

"The arms of Jesus are the Cross of Lorraine,
Both the blood in the artery and the blood in the vein,
Both the source of grace and the clear fountaine;
The arms of Satan are the Cross of Lorraine,
And the same artery and the same vein,
And the same blood and the troubled fountaine."–– Charles Peguy

This poem is about the Merovingian thought that a dark or satanic genealogy is fused with a lighter genealogy, that of King David, to create a Messianic leader who comes wounded (unworthy) only to be healed by an ascended master and given the keys to be Rex Mundi.

I always have thought that the name Anakin in The Phantom Menace is very strange when you research biblical names and find the word Anakim. According to rabbinical tradition, the Anakim are of the same Titanic race as the Rephaim, Nefilim, Gibborim, Zamzummim, and Emim spoken of in the Old Testament writings.

It is from these writings that we draw the traditional stories of the vampires and the mixing of the human blood and the blood of the serpent. The Rephaim, Nefilim, Gibborim, Zamzummim, Emim, and the Anakim were the offspring of alien or godlike beings.

They were created when the beings, or the "old ones", came from the sky and mated with human women, introducing their seed in order to somehow thwart the plan of God. Their plan was to destroy that which was on the earth and convince those who lived on the planet that their lives meant nothing and that they should desire their own destruction.

In the movie The Phantom Menace we learn that Anakin was not conceived naturally

QUI–GON JINN: The Force is unusually strong with him, that much is clear. Who was his father?

SHMI : There was no father, that I know of. I carried him, I gave him birth. I can’t explain what happened.

Like the Anakim in the bible, Anakin Skywalker was supernaturally conceived, as many "saviors" and messianic supermen are said to be; their lineage is always a mystery and their bloodlines seem to be shared with those who came before, and with heroes and divine messengers.

Just like the young Jesus Christ in the temple, Anakin stands before the Jedi Council and the words they say are eerily similar to the biblical account:

"Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?"

He is the chosen one; however, he is destined to become Darth Vader. Darth Vader is the evil figure who will become a dark, not a light, savior. While in his mechanized shell he must struggle with his duality of being either the Devil or Dark Lord and a Father or God.

Dark Lord Father...or Darth Vader for short.

Do you see how it all becomes far more symbolic and how the esoteric knowledge is hidden in the films?

The new Star Wars films give us the story of the Messianic King and how he deals with the duality of both good and evil coursing through his veins. This is the archetype of the wounded messiah and his triumph over the animalistic and base human instincts.

It also is a lesson in the Gnostic idea that inside our human shell we must struggle with our own such duality in order to become enlightened super–beings.

As you can see, science fiction has become less Science and less Fiction and more symbolic than anything else. It is almost becoming religious and could evolve into something far more deeper than just a popcorn flick.

While I am fully aware that symbolism has always been in science fiction, I am noticing that there is a template that seems to go unchanged, and it appears that no new future is being predicted, but only a darker, short term future.

We are in a time of pessimism and the art is certainly imitating our lives. The movie screen is becoming a looking glass into this dark future. When we see science fiction stories played out, we are actually seeing archetypes of ourselves casting shadows of what is to come.

There is a Latin term for this it is called Per Speculum In Aenigmate or "through the glass darkly" where everything is seen in reverse and all things go backwards until they collapse. The image eventually becomes reality if we allow it to consume us. We have been battling monsters both real and imagined for so long we forget that the monster inside of us could be consuming us until we become monsters ourselves.

"Whoever battles monsters should take care not to become a monster too, for if you stare long enough into the Abyss, the Abyss stares also into you." - Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

We now see the darker image, or the mirror image of what we all thought would be brighter and more secure. We are losing the balance of the good world that strives to keep evil away, to an evil world that decides that good no longer triumphs and that in order to save ourselves we must prepare for our own destruction.

We all have a few small–scale, true beliefs that characterize the human condition, and we can all agree that we share some commonality in this regard. However, we have been constantly encouraged to be divided, and we receive all sorts of confused signals.

We are beginning to wonder if it is time to give up and allow the final curtain to be dropped on a world that seems to be out of control.

The media has contributed to this. Hollywood has also been feeding us information that they hope will play on those true beliefs that bind us together. There are people strategically placed in these Hollywood and media circles who bring forth manipulative material that can cause those of us with unstable minds to crack.

We become like the characters in Plato’s cave that are chained to our chairs viewing a version of the world brought to us by puppeteers that only give us shadows.

"Imagine human beings living in an underground, cavelike dwelling, with an entrance a long way up, which is both open to the light and as wide as the cave itself. They’ve been there since childhood, fixed in the same place, with their necks and legs fettered, able to see only in front of them, because their bonds prevent them from turning their heads around. Light is provided by a fire burning far above and behind them.

Also behind them, but on higher ground, there is a path stretching between them and the fire. Imagine that along this path a low wall has been built, like the screen in front of puppeteers above which they show their puppets. . . Then also imagine that there are people along the wall, carrying all kinds of artifacts that project above it-statues of people and other animals, made out of stone, wood, and every material. And, as you’d expect, some of the carriers are talking, and some are silent."—Plato’s Republic

While thinking about such metaphor, it helps to understand that there are two worlds within one in this existence: the world you think you know, and the world that is. The world you think you know is being engineered by puppeteers. You are unaware that you are chained to this reality created by them. We have maintained that which appears to be a group of assorted true beliefs of the "what" of things but we stop short of determining the "why" of things.

In the 21st century it seems that we have lost our hold on why things happen and why they are and their relationships to each other. Connecting the dots is not an attractive endeavor, but eventually we realize that all things and all events have relationships to each other, and that they all have hidden meanings that begin to show themselves if we just pay attention.

Those who are chained in the so–called cave need to see the real meaning behind the shadows. It is difficult to do in a world that dismisses the idea that it is losing its grasp on the ability to reason.

In earlier science fiction we would see the scares of a future world, mixed with the dreams of a brighter world. After the chaos, whether it was caused by an alien presence or an earthly one, the characters in a film or a television show would bounce back and rebuild that which was destroyed.

Now the characters are in peril with no solution. They remain in the nightmare without the power to awaken.

Take for example the Star Trek Enterprise episode called "In a Mirror, Darkly." This two–part episode was one of the final five of the series. In this episode, the opening segment begins with a scene from the 1996 film Star Trek: First Contact.

The scene begins with Zefram Cochran’s meeting with the Vulcans.

In the Star Trek historical timeline Zefram Cochran piloted the first warp drive spacecraft, called the Phoenix, and initiated Earth’s first contact with beings from another world. In the film we see the Vulcans land their ship in Montana and step out to be greeted by the drunken and disheveled Cochran.

In the film, the arrival signified hope for a better world.

In this Enterprise episode a darker mirror world exists and it has all changed.

The Vulcans land their ship in Montana and step out to be greeted by Cochran as before. This time, however, Cochran holds his had out in greeting, and then pulls out a shotgun and shoots the Vulcans dead. The mob surrounding him plunders the Vulcan ship for technology, and eventually this technology is used to create a war machine. Soon the earth falls under the direction of the Terran Empire, a fascist regime that conquers planets and ruthlessly tortures those who oppose their tyranny.

The episode is a blatant shock to the system when you consider that Star Trek has always been a series based on hope for the future. "In a Mirror, Darkly" is a treatment that demonstrates the dark side of a fictitious world that casts an eerie reflection on the attitudes and feelings of our real world.

The unfortunate thing is there are many who will look at it as mere "comic book" fun with characters that eat the scenery, as they become opposites of their peaceful and philanthropic selves.

They all know what they are seeing but they fail to ask why they are seeing it. Why have the producers or the "puppeteers" chosen to create a darker universe? Is there a relationship between their choice and the state we find ourselves in, this world that has been engineered by other players?

Is the darker reflection more appealing than the lighter one? Or is it a warning that waves of unstable emotions are taking hold and we are about see a great upheaval that may change us again?

The dark side of all things can and will appear in times of crisis. The sense of the foreboding gloom is now permeating science fiction. It is inescapable and we learn, as we did anciently, that our reflection can produce a darker self–image that we may not notice at first.

"For now we see in a mirror, darkly, but then we will see face to face." —The Bible

We have come face to face with our duality. We are now realizing that we have our human side and our more reptilian alien side. We look in the mirror darkly and see that the alien behavior is carnal and temporary. There isn’t really anything lasting with this behavior. It is self–destructive and if we lean too much on that part of our human makeup we will begin to notice a nightmarish change.

It is akin to the idea of shape shifting. On the surface there are many among us who appear to be average Joes going about their day to day lives. However there are those who hide behind the mask of political influence, religious affiliation, masks of financial power, even prominence and popularity that are predatory and dangerous.

They are masters of conniving and duplicity and are quite capable of manipulating those who believe that they are strong enough to withstand such divisive tactics. They know that it is not possible to take things by force and so their methods are silent and patient. They know the benefit of waiting for the kill.

Like a thief they have found their "mark."

Once trust is established the deception can begin. The grooming process becomes an easy task as weaknesses are exploited, and soon the victim sees himself falling for the darker cause and realizes full well that he has reached a point where he can no longer return.

The master has now taken the strings of power and the puppet will dance as dictated. The "mark" feels he has no choice. He looks into the mirror and sees a reborn slave. The brightness of what was once human is now assimilated into the controls of the beast.

Many are already beginning to notice that their reflection is not as bright. Their lives are becoming meaningless and they have become slaves to their materialistic wants. Many people are experiencing emotional hemophilia in which nothing of emotional or spiritual value seems to take hold.

Their relationships with others become intense and unstable because they are always looking for that missing piece that they think makes them a whole person. They become impulsive and animalistic, looking for instant gratification with drugs, food, alcohol or sex.

They choose to follow what appeals to their egos, and listen only to those who tell them what they want to hear, to those who encourage their acquiescence or acceptance of that which they truly fear. We are beginning to see mood shifts in the population where anger and fighting continues over hot button issues that in the big picture don’t really matter.

We see suicidal behaviors and senseless acts of murder that are peculiar and ritualistic. There seems to be more stories in the news about parents killing their children. This seems like a mirror image of a mother cat killing her young when it senses danger. When she is unable to protect her kittens against a perceived threat, she kills them in a futile attempt at protecting them. Instinct tells her that it is better to kill the offspring herself and make good her own escape than to attempt to defend them against insurmountable odds and possibly endanger herself in the process.

Perhaps parents sense the end of the world and instinctively listen to their animalistic instincts. They feel empty and helpless. While trapped in a mental prison the emptiness gnaws away at rational thinking and attacks the clotting mechanism needed to stimulate active passion or love.

Many people today are emotionally bleeding to death. Emotional hemophilia may become the next plague as we see the population’s overwhelming desire to willingly kill and sabotage itself.

In 1906 the disjointed writings of the great German classics scholar and philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche were compiled and published in a work known as "Will to Power."

In the book’s introduction, Nietzsche explains that the world is falling slowly into what is called nihilism: a condition where life is meaningless and where the intellectual world denies any proof that there is a transcendent reality.

When the darker and destructive self emerges, it becomes a powerful force within and the wave of the darkness spreads out and influences that which is vulnerable. Eventually the critical mass is convinced that all hope is lost, God is dead, love is worthless, and that in order to rid ourselves of pain we must empty the world of meaning, purpose, comprehensible truth, or essential value.

When it can be programmed into the human mind that life is hopeless, destruction becomes desirable.

Suicide and Mass murder becomes a common occurrence and images of death become images of peace.

All life becomes meaningless

"Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more; it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing."— Macbeth Act V, Scene V

Nietzsche seems to be a prophet for our times. He seems to be the underlying ghost in our popular science fiction as well.

We began to see the trend of nihilistic philosophy peppered throughout the Matrix movie series.

This movie was a breakthrough not only for the Gnostic philosophy but for those who are aware of what Nietzsche attempted to explain with the idea of the "lastman", the "Ubermench", or the "One", who will overcome his lowly self and bring about balance and the next stage of human evolution.

At first we see this character as lowly, egotistical, herd oriented, and animalistic, concerned only with immediate, physical gratification. He is groomed and taught that there are things that can be learned by just giving up that which has meaning in his life.

The way to do this is to acquaint the initiate with his dark and his light sides.

In Matrix parlance, the red pill or the blue pill.

A programmer or a master teaches him, and as the initiate grows in knowledge he becomes an adept twin of the master. Eventually the servant or serf must prove his worthiness by striking down or trying to conquer the one who teaches him or leads him.

This was demonstrated in the Matrix when Neo duels with his teacher Morpheus and eventually conquers his darker id, Agent Smith. We saw the same in Star Wars when Darth Vader fights Obi–Wan Kenobi. After the challenge, the master can become a more powerful guardian, or in the darker sense, a more powerful enemy.

The darkness never leaves. It always comes back and sometimes it comes back with reinforcements.

This is also a metaphor as the initiate must somehow absorb one side and kill off the other, and become reborn. The choice is to serve the side that feeds the initiate best and kill off the side that hinders his growth.

"No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. You aren’t able to serve God and mammon." –Found Biblically in Mathew and Luke

We are at war with our own duality. Some struggle with it more than others do. Some have already given up.

One hopes that the dark side is overcome. However, we are seeing that the darker more reptilian side is embraced by a critical mass of people and encouraged through the media and, of course, in current science fiction stories.

The secret societal stronghold of death fetishism, mind control, and conditioning has now been exposed. The triumvirate of government, religion, and commerce has developed a system of programming in which information can be inserted into the public consciousness and taken away or dismissed at will, in order to get a reaction from those who don’t even bother to question the intent of the information.

"A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives." – James Madison

The mysteries of the secret institutions hold a duality as well. Those in power who are members of these groups appear to be looking out for our best interests, but in secret they bear different names and have different responsibilities to carry out an even bigger agenda.

It is something that we can only speculate about.

Looking at the Star Wars mythology we can also see that duality plays a big role in the stories of the main characters. It is interesting to see how the ruling class in the story tends to be focused on duality, bloodlines and an unknown force that drives them.

The focus is primarily on the duality, bloodline and force of Anakin Skywalker. The extremes are the underlying tone set for the entire journey. Anakin represents the extreme good and innocence that is killed off for the advent of extreme evil.

All criminals, murderers and dictators were once innocent children. Somewhere they experience loss and the fear that they may have to go to extremes in order to save that which they love or destroy that which they feel threatens them.

Anakin meets others in powerful positions that also have a duality that they have to deal with. Queen Padme Amidala appears as a painted monarch (Amidala) and eventually shows herself as a more adventurous and rebellious girl (Padme). This duality is different than Anakin’s because it is more of emotions and protocols rather than good and evil.

Being the Padme persona makes her feel safer than in her queenly vestiges. We begin to see her evolution as the movies progress. Eventually she sees the value of being true to her personal convictions.

This means that she must choose between policy and protocol and her intuition that she has kept to herself. She learns that listening to that inner voice is far more valuable. She eventually sees it as a far better choice to become more comfortable with being honest to those around her.

The most frightening duality is that of Senator Palpatine. On the outside he is respected figure of the republic. He uses his outside persona as way to gain confidence with those around him. Underneath this false mask is Darth Sidious, a Dark Lord of the Sith.

This is his real self.

He is a predator who uses divisive methods to deceive those around him. The danger is that in his powerful position he can use whatever means necessary to create the idea that he is being persecuted and that there is conspiracy to destroy him.

There have already been many political writers that have speculated that George Lucas has been writing about the situation that we are in today and has hidden them in his Star Wars scripts.

However, it must be realized that what Lucas has done is to retell a story that continues to repeat in our history. From the Roman Empire to Nazi Germany, we have all learned about these events, and if we are projecting them on to our realities then we must take a look at what this means.

I see it as a metaphor to hint that we must look into ourselves and wonder if we are on the right side or the wrong side. Are we looking at the mirror and seeing what we want to see, or what is the true image of what is happening?

There is more to what is going on than what meets the eye.

The dialogue used in the Star Wars movies also demonstrates that all things are not always what you think they are.

The situation here is not what it seems. There is something else behind all this..." &mdashQui–Gon Jinn, The Phantom Menace

It was Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli that said that there are dark actors behind the scenes holding the keys of true power.

"The World is governed by different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes."–Benjamin Disraeli

Paul Burrell, Princess Diana’s butler, claimed that the Queen warned him that there were dark forces at work in Britain that could threaten him.

"Be careful Paul, there are dark forces in this country which we know not of." –Queen Elizabeth II to Paul Burrell – October 1997

In the Star Wars movies, the Phantom Menace was Senator Palpatine. He was orchestrating the fall of all that was good and he used all of the tools he could to deceive everyone, including the confused and troubled Anakin Skywalker.

Anakin represents innocence. Palpatine represents abuse of power to rob innocence of its virtue.

The mirroring of Anakin and the Republic and the dark forces hidden behind evil men and women in the powerful elite are beginning to take shape. If you see it in our reality and understand its metaphoric implications, you may be able to avoid the dark force that looms over us on a day to day basis.

Many people won’t see it, and, needless to say, the media will not point out how the Star Wars movies are a lesson in how fascism rises in times of crisis.

Using the media as a tool to engineer society, the powerful and shadowy elite give us bits and pieces of the vision. They expose us to abstract shadows. We are compelled to watch and we wait in long lines to be stimulated by the tricks of the flickering image, being told that it is only a movie when it is so much more.

We all see the same abstract picture, but everyone has a different opinion about what he or she is seeing or experiencing. This breeds speculation and eventually see begin to see popular spiritualism and the "church of the media."

Star Wars and science fiction only gives us a piece of the puzzle and there is always the possibility that there might be some dysfunctional views being served up and swallowed by the viewer.

The philosophy presented is not run by spiritual individuals but by those who wield immense power and unlimited financial resources. The paranoid view is that they can very well be injecting into the popular culture dangerous attitudes and destructive thought forms meant to discourage you or groom you into a belief system that all is lost.

Have you ever stopped and wondered how so much money rides on a film or a television show when education in the public schools is dwindling?

I speculate that it is more difficult to inject into the public schools popular religion or popular spiritualism. Teachers have varying techniques and different philosophies to contend with and parents have some control over what can be taught.

Movies and TV are beamed in daily and their messages have to be used to control just what is consensus reality. Once again, all that you see is permitted to be seen and we give consent every time we turn it on or pay for a ticket.

Science fiction has been and always will be a tool used by powerful controllers as a way to send a message that can be considered occult in nature.

The final chapter of Star Wars is about to be introduced into the pop culture and with it we will see the obvious lessons in duality. We will also learn that within all of us there is an evil twin. That we all have a dark side and that dealing in death and destruction is always the nature of the beast.

The Original Star Wars movies dealt with good and triumph over that which is evil and destructive. The Star Wars movies today are not the same and many people who love these films have been saying all along that they lack something. I believe that what they lack is hope.

"The Phantom Menace", "The Attack of the Clones" and "The Revenge of the Sith" stand accused of loading the American zeitgeist with the mythos–programming for war and the idea that a dark force is rising to control and manipulate with an iron fist, making power and destruction desirable over love, liberty and life.

It is important to realize the synchronicity of the message considering world events and the loss of faith in democracy.

We need to wonder if the popular culture is being prepared for our own representation of Darth Vader. We need to ask ourselves if we are being forced to face our duality and realize that perhaps our darker side has been embraced for the purposes of power and prestige.

Is love dwindling? Is darkness preferable to light?

Has the "phantom menace" of terrorism turned us into an army of clones willing to go against everything we stand for, including destroying a republic that we fear is lost anyway?

As we divide ourselves into red and blue states, left wing or right wing, male and female, do we forget that using our "twin" selves as a force could somehow change the course of this darkness?

"Star within a star, circle within a circle, Mind within a mind, body within a body, Soul within a soul." Bone to Bone, flesh to flesh, Spirit to Spirit, Forever together – never apart."–Alleged twinning ritual chant used in Secret Societies

Science fiction is now begging us to look into ourselves and realize that we are more complex and that we indeed have two sides that are fighting against each other. We have a choice to be chaotic and unstable or orderly and wise.

There is that expanding middle that needs to be explored, in which we can see things both good and bad balancing to create a productive life.

We have to understand our psyche in order to face a New World that has lost contact with its history and its connection to what could be its bright and promising future.

As I stand at the brink of losing my faith, I wonder: is love enough to save us all?

If it is, then is it possible to give it a chance?

A New World must always bring with it "A New Hope."