We have let the most downtrodden among us struggle on alone in the cold and dark, drowning in gutters, homeless and addicted. We have collectively failed to reckon with the bloody underbelly of a civilization built by the hands of black slaves on the bones of conquered indigenous peoples worldwide. We’ve been perfectly comfortable with using disabled and queer and transgender people as inspiration porn, giving hollow congratulations for their “bravery” while they struggle to survive because we won’t reach down to pull them up.
We have given up our voice in government, in the workplace, and on the streets because we have been complacent. We have been lazy. We have let the smallest fraction of a percentile of social Darwinists divide and conquer us. We have stopped speaking out because we’ve let them convince us that we won’t be heard. We have been cowed and are being led to slaughter.
WE ARE OUT OF TIME.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve lost faith in government. Democracy is our JOB. We need to vote in every election we can. Our hands-off approach has led us here. It doesn’t matter if you find nonviolent protests inconvenient or uncomfortable. We need them. We need everyone to see the violence being done to people of color and the poor firsthand. We need the complacent to see the police beating and shooting and gassing those of us who have been pushed so far that there is nowhere left to go. It doesn’t matter if you’re a pacifist. When someone openly advocates for genocide, when white men strip us of healthcare (and make no mistake, more than 40,000 a year will die from that action alone), they forfeit their right to discourse. When a human being proudly proclaims their wish that other human beings JUST DIE to make their own life more comfortable, they are beyond reason. If we don’t have the stomach to clash with Nazis, we had damned sure be willing to quietly step out of the way without making false equivalencies.
There is no neutrality. The entire world is in peril. We must use EVERY resource we have to fight, and even then it may still be too late. Those of us with the most resources, the most privilege, MUST step up and shoulder the burden that the most downtrodden have borne for centuries.
We cannot stand by and let others do the work. Our survival depends on ALL of us pulling together.
Do these things in any way that you can. In every way that you can.
This is a battle to save the world, and YOU are Earth’s champion.
Anakin…exists relative to the state of the galaxy. He is not Luke, he is not the youth of western literature on a journey; that is Luke’s role. Anakin’s role is that of the demi-god of Greek and Roman origin. When Anakin rises, the galaxy rises with him, when Anakin is in turmoil, the galaxy is in turmoil, when Anakin falls, so falls the galaxy. Anakin is intrinsic to the galaxy because Anakin, like so many other mythological demi-gods, is an avatar for the gods or, in the case of Star Wars, the Force. Regardless of any one person’s views on the Force (which are extremely disparate and widely varied, so we won’t broach that subject here), this fact is indisputable. Anakin, as the Chosen One who will “bring balance to the Force”, is its avatar. When Anakin is claimed by the Dark, the Jedi Order’s zenith is reached, the Balance is tipped, and the Order descends into darkness with Anakin, just as his return also signals theirs.
The title ‘Return of the Jedi’ doesn’t just reference Luke becoming a Jedi, but Anakin’s return to the Light, and with it, the ability for the Jedi Order to once more flourish. In this he is much like Beowulf, when the Geatish hero sacrifices himself to defeat the dragon at the end of the epic poem. Failure would spell ultimate destruction for Beowulf’s people and country, just as, had Anakin failed to destroy the Emperor, the Jedi and the galaxy would truly have been wiped out. Anakin himself has to die, however, because he is what tips the scales. Once he dies and becomes one with the Force, only then is balance restored.
This right here is absolutely fundamental to understanding the entire purpose of the Skywalker saga, as Lucas so painstakingly told it. The destruction of the old Jedi Order that had ‘lost its way’ and forgotten its true role in the galaxy, and the founding of the New, heralded by Anakin’s return to the Light, and Luke’s essential role in reminding him—and us all—of what it means to be a True Jedi.
It’s been three years since “Rise of the Guardians”, six years since “The Princess and the Frog”, five years since “Toy Story 3”, thirteen years since both “Treasure Planet” and “Lilo & Stitch”, seventeen years since “Mulan”, and eighteen years since “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”. Yet nobody says to stop talking about them; only that people need to shut up about “Frozen” because it’s been TWO years. Incidentally, by that same logic everyone has one more year to sing the praises of “Big Hero 6”.
thank you for the 1,000 follows! this is a redo of my old Big Four (now Big 8 lol) art back in 2012, idk if anyone remembers it or not though. but you can find the rebloggable version here, or you can view it under the cut for comparison. :))