A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…things used to be simpler.  The good guys wore the white hats and the bad guys wore the black.  There were no shades of gray.

There is a paradox in that people…a single person…can be fascinated by both.  There are those that believe in angels that guard them, and yet are fascinated by vampire lore.  Some will watch the end of some happy mother from Alabama winning “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”, then flip the channel to “Criminal Minds”.  Without the men in black hats, the Lone Ranger would be completely useless.

In theory one cannot have the light without the dark as there would be no depth.  Of course, without light, no one would see in the dark.

There has been an interesting twist in pop culture fiction as of the last few years.  George Lucas’ Star Wars films are a perfect example where the “good guys” no longer wear white…or black.  In fact, the bad guys where both white and black…the good guys wear all the shades of gray in between.  Just to confuse matters, even some of the bad guys wear grays as well.

Also, the stories have become ones of evolution where characters have both light and dark within them.  The set of films is, in essence, the life story of Anakin Skywalker.  He starts as an innocent little boy before he is corrupted to the dark side and becomes the illustrious Darth Vader.  In the end, of course, he returns to the light in order to save his own son….hopefully this is not coming as a spoiler for anyone.  It comes down to the fact that the good guys are now the rogues…the bad guys are the single minded fundamentalists.

Perhaps Star Wars was not the first to use this concept…but it is certainly one of the easiest to see it in.

Think about it.  The two biggest antagonists, Darth Vader and the Emperor, are simply decked in black.  The sheep who blindly follow the antagonists, the Stormtroopers, all wear white.  As mentioned, some of the other “bad guys” are also shades in between…Jabba the Hut, Bobo Fett and Jango Fett.

The good guys all wear browns, khakis, off-whites, grays or whatever.  In fact, some of the creatures are very brown in nature…Wookies and Ewoks…or green…Yoda.

To take a quick step back, part of the reason why Boba Fett and Jango Fett are so dangerous is that they could hide amongst the good guys without fear of being noticed.  Sounds simplistic, but when current terrorist tactics (yes, real life tactics) to walk amongst civilians are used…these “soldiers” (whether freedom fighter or terrorist will be decided in history books) can walk in public and do their duty for the gods or countries of their choosing without being noticed until it is too late.

Everyone claims to be a good person.  Many claim that they like certain places because there are good people there.

But who decided what is good?  Without the bad, how would anyone know?

Much as everyone claims to be seekers of the light…without the dark, humanity would die of boredom.

One comment

  1. The human mind is too complex to be either good OR bad, there are aspects of both, even in a sociopath. They can seem normal until a situation arises where they have no empathy or compassion or conscious about what they do. In Star Wars, once you see the final movie, you understand that Anakin was never all bad, he was tricked into becoming Darth, and then his hate carried him through until he saw the Emperor trying to kill Luke. It doesn’t make sense in the third movie, you have to see all six for that.

    Jen

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