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Yes, Katie, There is a Darth Vader

The story of Katie, the little girl who was told by classmates that Star Wars was for boys, a few days ago has gone more than viral. BoingBoing mentioned it recently, and one of the comments on the article is so splendid that I want to highlight it here. From BoingBoing commenter kmoser:

Katie, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the Dark Side. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Katie, whether they be men’s or Stormtroopers’, are weak. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the Force about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Katie, there is a Darth Vader. He exists as certainly as hate and selfishness and faith exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how wonderful would be the world if there were no Darth Vader! It would be as wonderful as if there were no Empire. There would be no blind subservience then, no malaise, no obedience to make tolerable this existence. We should have no hatred, except in sense and sight. The eternal darkness with which the Dark Side fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Darth Vader! You might as well not believe in womp rats. You might get your commander to hire henchmen to watch all the escape pods on Christmas eve to catch Darth Vader, but even if you did not see Darth Vader flying down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Darth Vader, but that is no sign that there is no Darth Vader. The most real things in the world are those that neither Jedi nor droids can see. Did you ever see Yoda levitating? Of course not, but that’s no proof that he can’t do it. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the universe.

You tear apart the Millennium Falcon and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest Wookiee, nor even the united strength of all the strongest Wookiees that ever lived could tear apart. Only skepticism, prose, hatred, science, can push aside his mask and view and picture the supernal ugliness and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Katie, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Darth Vader! Thank God! he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Katie, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to strike fear into the heart of childhood.

Bravo to you, sir or madam, for truly understanding the Magic of Star Wars.

Posted in Movies & TV December 13th, 2010 by Chip
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