In demand of a new hope

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Welcome 2016

There it is – another year. It will provide us with new experiences, unknown adventures and challenges to meet. But it also comes along with many old habits, sustaining hopes and fears. For years I have been trying to avoid to make any new year’s resolutions. Not because I raised a white flag to my own weaknesses, but because I think as soon as I discover things that need to be changed in my life, I shall tackle them on right away. I believe in sustainable progress in my life as long as I don’t lack the strenght, willpower and hope to do so. Never despair, never give up – life is what you make it. In the same way, I see the fate and destiny of mankind. We are neither heading for doom nor inevitable paradise. But my conviction has been shaken – by a movie.

A movie to end all hope?

My worldview is constituted by both my head and my heart. Shaped by experiences I made, people I met and stories I was told. Now the power of one of the latter was shaken. The other day over the christmas season, I went to the cinema to see the latest Star Wars movie “The Force Awakens”. Though I’ve been a huge fan of the Star Wars universe since I encountered it first as a little boy, it was my first time to experience it on the big screen. I had hardly any specific expectations towards the sequel and managed to step aside of any spoilers in advance. So I just tried to enjoy it, curious of how the great saga may continue. Generally, it was good entertainment with all its state-of-the-art visual fancywork and hence quite worth the while. However, the movie left me deeply saddened and my idealism devastated, which spurred a lot of thinking on my mind in the aftermath.

This is not meant to be a movie critic at all. Even though there are many strong points to make about this retro-copy thing of a movie, which for sure turns out as the weakest on in the series. At least as far as the plot is concerned. Moreover, what Disney and J.J. Abrams did was just to kill something really powerful. In a time, which proves day by day how horrible life and the human species can often be, the movie left my hope for overcoming hatred and evil in the world shattered. The struggle against the very empire had been long and painful. It was the ultimate fight of good vs. evil with the good beating the odds for more than one time.

All is lost

Only short after the “final” victory, nothing seems to be left of that. Evil is back and stronger than ever. The fight has to start – time and again. And the good ones are on the downside once again. Nothing’s changed, nothing’s improved. Heroes just got old – if not worse. Will they be victorious again after the ninth movie? Most probably, but for how long? All that reminded me of what has happened in our world. The first three Star Wars movies (IV-VI) had been produced towards the end of a century, which proved more than any era before that there is an abyss within the human soul. The horrors of the 20th century demanded a new hope. Until 9/11, many of us might have thought or at least wished that overcoming evil for good could become reality. After the ending of the Cold War, there was so much hope to finally establish a peaceful regime in this world that would reach every single spot and every man. An end to all wars, the overcoming of hunger and poverty and the liberation of thought. No matter how foolish that may seem today. The end of history seemed within reach. But the bubble burst.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Ph: Film Frame © 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Right Reserved..

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Ph: Film Frame
© 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Right Reserved.

 

Unfortunately, this thinking proved wrong as all the wars, terror and injustice of the past decades have made crystal clear. And now even the Star Wars saga, this very example of hope, deceased to be nothing more than just a movie anymore. The new episode creates a cynical feeling of despair. No matter how hard you fight, evil will return to you and next time, it gets even harder to fight. Ultimately, history repeats itself and progress is nothing more than an illusion. No lessons learned, no improvements made. Sooner or later, we are all just doomed.

Stubbornly hopeful

Maybe that is what Hollywood has made out of it. But after chewing it over for a while, I came to the conclusion not to care for this Disney dystopia. If I did, I would make the same mistakes and give way for despair. But even though Obama did not turn out to become the new messiah to save the world, wars and hatred rage across the globe, I believe that change is possible. But it demands on thing more than anything else in the first place. Hope and will in each one of us. The more of us keep the faith and the confidence, the more likely will it come true. I don’t willing to give in and no movie will change that.

Have a great 2016 everybody!

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