Lessons from a Galaxy Far Far Away | Satya Morar | TEDxYouth@Dayton
Lessons from a Galaxy Far Far Away | Satya Morar | [email protected]

Translator: Robert Deliman
Reviewer: Denise RQ The Universe is a big place, filled to the brim with planets,
starts, galaxies, and more. We exist in just one corner
of this Universe, one start system, one planet. But what if I told you
that some of the easiest lessons to learn aren’t found in our Solar System
or even in our own galaxy? In order to find those lessons,
you have to go to a place only found a long time ago
in a galaxy far, far away. (“Star Wars” soundtrack) So who here has seen “Star Wars”
or knows the “Star Wars”? All right, that’s what I expected. Actually, most of you have
probably been fans of “Star Wars” a lot longer than I have. I only got interested about
two or three years ago, when I started watching a TV series
called “Star Wars: the Clone Wars.” After I watched just a little bit
of that, I was hooked. The ideas formulated
in the “Star Wars” universe, just amazed me. And once I started, I just couldn’t stop. After I had watched
all six seasons of the “Clone Wars,” and had watched them again, I needed something more, something else that would take me
to that galaxy far, far away, so I decided to watch the movies. The movies were nothing
like what I expected. They were nothing like the “Clone Wars,” but they were all I had left,
and I still loved them. I watched the movies
so many times, in fact, that “Star Wars” was starting
to consume a large part of my life. At this point, I had watched the TV show, seen the movies, and even started
reading some of the books so my parents were starting to wonder what was it about “Star Wars”
that interested me so much. To tell you the truth,
I couldn’t really tell them; there was just something
about it that fascinated me. so, I improvised. I said, “It’s educational.” Unfortunately, with my lack of evidence, my claim was taken more as a joke
than as a real answer, but as time went on, I realized that there were some legitimate lessons
to be found in “Star Wars” and even other pop culture media
to support my claim. Let’s take kids shows as an example. We know they teach our kids lessons,
or we wouldn’t let them watch them, so, who’s to say that TV shows and movies
meant for older kids and even adults can’t do the exact same? The whole plot behind “Star Wars” is a breeding ground
for life lessons anyways from the first movie to the last. One of my favorite lessons
that I learned from “Star Wars” is one you probably know. It’s found in the quote by Yoda,
“Do or do not; there is no try.” This taught me the lesson of being
committed to the task at hand, keeping the mind here, and now,
where’s most likely needed the most. Another lesson
that I learned in “Star Wars” is one that you may
or may not have heard of. It is the lesson of letting go
of your attachments. In the movie, Padmé Amidala
asked Jedi in training, Anakin Skywalker if Jedi are allowed to love. Anakin states that compassion,
which he defines as unconditional love, is central to a Jedi’s life. Even though we only see this
briefly in the films, we see that is the reason
for his fall to the dark side. It is attachment and love
that brought about his downfall. George Lucas, the creator
of the “Star Wars” himself, has said that Anakin fell to the dark side
because he got too attached to things: he couldn’t let go of his wife, who died, and couldn’t let go of his mother,
who also died. It made him very, very greedy, and you are greedy, you fear
you are going to lose the things you love, and that you’re just not going
to have enough power to keep them. Yoda is even seen in the movies warning Anakin to let go
of his attachments for these reasons. So, how does this idea of letting go
of your attachments help us? We’re all going to die one day, right? It’s only inevitable, and it’s natural. The thought of yourself dying
can scare a lot of people; what will happen to your friends,
your family, your house, all they all do without you? This this fear of losing
everything is only natural, but we must train ourselves
to let go of our attachments. We can’t just let fear control our lives. Another example of how this idea
of letting go of your attachments can help us, which is maybe a little more relevant
to people of my age, is this fear of going to college; leaving your high school life behind,
leaving without your parents, being more responsible for yourself,
even leaving your home town. It can be scary for a lot of people, but leaving your home town
is just another natural part of life. It is hard to avoid attachments,
but if we get attached, we just let fear take over, then we limit ourselves
and our opportunities. These are just a few of the lessons
that I found in “Star Wars” out of the many, many
that could be out there. Just as like any lesson, it is really
left up to personal interpretation: what the lesson means to you? George Lucas has said
on multiple occasions that “Star Wars” draws a lot
of its teachings from Eastern religion, and religion, or even philosophy, can be followed as strictly
or as loosely as wanted. It can mean something different
to each individual person. One person can identify with one religion
and practice it regularly, and another person can identify
with the exact same religion and become a monk
and meditate for his whole life. It’s really up to you. No matter how you interpret them,
I hope you take the time to go through not only “Star Wars”
but other pop culture media, and find the lessons it holds
and what they mean to you. And if there’s still any question, I just gave anyone watching
a legitimate reason to watch TV. Thank you. (Applause)

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