"Wars Not Make One Great": Redeeming the Star Wars Mythos from Redemptive Violence Without Amusing Ourselves to Death (Essay)
- Author: Journal of Religion and Popular Culture
- Release Date : 2010-03-22
- Genre: Religion & Spirituality
- File Size: 329784 Bytes
"You May Fire When Ready" [Grand Moff Tarkin, ANH]: A Violent Mythos  All human artefacts are culturally and contextually produced. Mythologies, for instance, express, through their judicious symbolic depiction of "archetypal" forms of living, the cultural (Latin, cultura) conditions that mark their location or setting. However, they also possess a certain transcendental quality which enables them to recultivate or transfigure, either subtly or radically, perspectives of their cultural instantiation by offering imaginative alternatives which themselves can become effective through their ritualistic telling and retelling. What these claims do is argue that mythological stories can provide powerful unconscious forces for the motivation and justif...