The Power of Innocence in Star Wars


"Truly wonderful the mind of a child is" - Yoda

The quote you see to the left is my favorite from Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones. I also happen to think this quote is more important than when it was first uttered back in 2002.  This is mostly because Star Wars is for the children. But I do not mean that in any bad way; it is for children to have, attach themselves to, keep in their memory, and use as they go on the journey of their own life.

Star Wars has obviously has worked in that regard, because we're currently dealing with three "Star Wars" generations: Those who were kids/young teens for the original trilogy, those who were kids/young teens for the prequels, and then those who were children for The Clone Wars series. In 2015, we will get a new, fourth generation with the sequels and standalone films. This is why I think we should take this time to remember what it was like to be a young fan, and perhaps act more like them.

Children who saw Return of the Jedi probably never saw the Ewoks as "dumb bears;" they saw them as silly creatures that were similar, but also foreign enough to intrigue the mind of a young one. It was the children that looked past the costumes and saw the true meaning behind the Ewoks: that, against all odds, the little guy can prevail if they have passion and motivation driving them. A little outlandish?

Maybe. But that willingness to hope against all hope is what makes children so special. Jar Jar was the same for children of the prequel era; he was silly, yes. But his role was that of the jester -- where we had a Queen with her high and mighty Jedi friends, we also had Jar Jar Binks to bring it back down to our level. It was a way, though not entirely executed well at all times, to recapture what R2-D2 and C-3P0 brought to the Original Trilogy. For the most part, children of the prequel era saw Jar Jar as such.

The way children see things is unique because they are not just open minded and innocent. Children have the tendency to also be  openly critical, especially about things adults would often overlook. They will tell you the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth -- be it good, bad, or ugly. Children can be as harsh as a sword, while also being as light as a feather. So, while they are open to a lot, they will not hesitate to say when something feels amiss to them. That kind of thinking is what I feel we should be doing as we learn more and experience the next part of the Star Wars saga. There are lessons to be learned in innocence and being open-minded; Star Wars fans should remember that Luke Skywalker only turned in to a Jedi Knight and hero of the galaxy because he was willing to leave the farm.