LukeyoutheU Essay 4
I've seen Rogue One: A Star Wars Story twelve times now. It is, in my opinion, one of the best in the Star Wars series. Right up there with the original and The Empire Strikes Back.
Why do I think Rogue is so good? (SPOILER ALERT) Because it begins, and ends, and along the way nurtures hope.
Hope is not a thing that exists without us but something we cultivate within us. It's something that humans create, foster, and need. Hope brings opportunities for better life for us as individuals and for us as a species.
Hope is a mighty path. I'm speaking here about hope not only in thought but also in action. The psychological states of happiness, joy, and love are desired by most (probably including you). None can be reached without first hope. Hope is the base. Hope that whatever a given situation is, or looks like, that the situation can be made better. A better which may require great cost but is worth the expense even if we ourselves don't see the end results.
I've had bouts of little hope during these past months of political turmoil. There have been months of not writing much at all, and times when my physical and/ or psychological lives have been at risk. Life as I know it, my life, the life of the nation and its continued goodness, are not assured. But there is hope.
Let me expand on that. Human life, my human life and your human life, their continued participation in the goodness, are not assured. Life itself, well, life is assured. It will continue, in some form, with or without us. With or without the human species. Life is winning; it has won.
The question we have a role in answering is how long we humans will participate in life and at what level of quality. The question for each of us, including you, dear reader, is how long and in what quality you will participate in life in general, and in your life, in particular.
I ask you to have, hold, and create hope. Hope lived out in thought and action both.