luke choice

tobefearfulofthenight  asked:

One of my biggest issues with the "No attachments" rule is how often the history of the Jedi shows that none of them are able to keep to it! Half the Jedi's problems seem like they could be solved if it was an environment open to going "Hey, I think my parent/sibling/partner is in trouble, it cool if I go check on things? Great, I'll keep in touch, call me in a couple of days if I don't."

Yes, these are both on my list.

  • They never question their stance against attachment/relationships even though it’s an oft broken rule
  • They forbid attachment

The Jedi condemn attachment because they prioritize the whole over the individual and any attachment to an individual would compromise one’s commitment to to that priority. They would say their point is proven when Anakin prioritizes Padmé above literally everyone else in the galaxy. He makes a terrible, wrong decision, no question. But the choice itself is unhealthy and Anakin should never have had to make it. 

Attachment is about trust. The Jedi trust the Force, even in the face of death, corruption, slavery, war, failure. The Council makes it clear that they don’t trust Anakin but ask him to trust they know best. He can’t trust anyone with his secrets. The rules force him to hide his marriage, his family, his feelings, his fears. Anakin’s attachment to Padmé is unhealthy because it is hidden. Because of the tension between “trust what you are told” and “trust your heart”. Because he feels ashamed of it while simultaneously believing it is the best part of him. 

If the Jedi were separated from society and spent all their time communing with the Force, fine, they can ignore individuals and relationships. But they interact with committees and governments, armies and refugees, communities and peers – all of which are made up of individuals and relationships. It’s normal and healthy to form attachments to people we interact with, people with whom we share a common goal. 

Luke becomes attached to his father and chooses to prioritize Anakin, and what he believes Anakin/the Jedi stood for, above himself. He doesn’t have to prioritize Anakin above literally everyone else in the galaxy because he trusts his friends. He believes Han will get the shield down, Lando will blow up the Death Star with the Emperor on it, and the galaxy will be saved. He believes that even if they fail in that, Leia will take up his cause and probably be a better Jedi than he ever was. Luke’s attachments are healthy and both he and the galaxy are better for it. 

NOT SURE IF LUKE EVANS WAS BORN TO PLAY AS GASTON OR GASTON WAS MADE FOR LUKE EVANS. I MEAN, HE WAS PERFECT FOR THE ROLE! DISNEY MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE

Originally posted by good-gay-sherlock

46 “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? 47 I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. 48 It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. 49 But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house right on the ground, without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.”

Says the LORD Jesus in Luke 6 (NLT)

Can we PLEASE kill the idea that Luke Skywalker was “just” a “whiny teenager?”

Like douse it with gasoline, light a match, watch it burn?

Let’s review, okay?  So Luke doesn’t want to do his chores, he had a plan for his day - he wanted to get off the farm and go to Toshii Station for “power converters.”

Translation:  He wanted to run off, goof around and have fun with his friends.  Like any typical teenager would.  OF COURSE HE WOULD WHINE.

I DARE ANY OF YOU TO LOOK BACK AT YOUR TEENAGE YEARS AND WERE ASKED TO DO YOUR CHORES WHEN YOU ALREADY HAD A FUN DAY AT THE MALL/ARCADE/BEACH/WHEREVER PLANNED WITH YOUR FRIENDS.  I DARE ANY OF YOU TO TELL ME THAT YOU NEVER EVER EVER WHINED WHEN YOUR PARENTAL FIGURES DENIED YOU YOUR DAY OF FUN.

Also, Luke was raised on backwater moisture farm, unlike Leia, who was raised with pomp and royalty and a lot of privilege.  Leia made the most of what she had to do some good in the galaxy and she does GREAT.  And that’s awesome. 

Luke’s main concern was to get off Tatooine.  He KNEW he could make a better life for himself.  He KNEW if he went to the Imperial Academy - which, apparently, was the equivalent of leaving your small town and going off to college - he could achieve his dreams of being a pilot.  Luke wasn’t raised with money and position and privilege.  What he had to prioritize was to make a better life for himself.  And that’s understandable.  And that’s perfectly okay too.

When Obi-Wan tried to call him to “adventure” by telling him the “truth” about his heroic Jedi Knight father, Luke originally says no to this.   To him, becoming a Jedi is beyond his ken.  He just wants to be a pilot.  He wants to FLY.   It’s a simple, achievable dream.

And then he comes home to find that the Empire has killed his aunt and uncle.  The only family he’s ever known. 

At that point, Luke had two choices.  He could whine.  He could cry.  He could accept - as many others in the galaxy had accepted - that the Empire was vast, evil and uncaring and that there was nothing that he could do about it.  He was still just one, ordinary TEENAGE farmboy.  What else could he do?

And there was another choice.  The choice that crazy Ben Kenobi was offering.  To learn the ways of this mysterious Force.  To become a Jedi Knight like his father before him.  To pin his hopes and his faith that he can somehow acquire the knowledge, the skills and the power to fight back.  To avenge.  To have justice.  To make the Empire accountable for what it had just done. 

And you know what?  Luke Skywalker, scared, confused teenage boy doesn’t whine.  He makes the risky, dangerous choice.  He takes a stand. 

He fights. 

And he actually wins.

—  Please Stop Picking on My Cinnamon Roll Son Luke Skywalker, a Blanket Fort Manifesto by Darth Stitch
Encounter (The First of Many)

An “Imperial Problem Child” story
(takes place not long after Bespin, further describing the incident mentioned in one of @shimmer712 ’s additions)

All things considered, they probably could have avoided going to Adras if they had really tried. The fuel tanks for most of the squadron were worryingly low, and they had a few techs filling in for injured pilots who were less experienced in the field, but if they’d made a conscious effort of it they might’ve been able to make one more jump. As it stood now, of course, it was a little too late to worry about might-have-beens.

Wedge cast a swift glance around the fuel depot and feigned scratching his nose so that he could whisper to Luke, “We’re catching a lot of eyes, boss.”

Luke winced. “I know. They’re suspicious of us.”

“Gee, I wonder why?” Wedge hissed sarcastically, “It’s just an entire squadron of X-wings landing in their backyard, nothing weird about that!”

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