First, let’s unleash a little Star Wars geek fun. Take a moment to enjoy the winner of the 2011 George Lucas selects Star Wars Fan Movie award: Star Wars: Unlimited Power
Next, let’s enjoy the trailer for Cowboys and Aliens (starring my beloved Harrison Ford):
Wanna love it. Haven’t seen it yet. Maybe it’s wonderful? Please, someone tell me if it’s worth seeing.
Lastly, what does all this have to do with my blog?
Well, I’m not sure. I guess I’m just looking for something to look forward to. Looking for inspiration…or, at the very least, a little pleasant distraction.
I sense a presence like a disturbance in the Force. It has nothing to do with Hollywood. Or the recession. Or even Washington D.C. politics. (I have been avoiding the doomsday countdown clocks and commentary for weeks, but did hear we have finally reached a compromise.) Even if you are not a Star Wars geek, take a moment. Don’t you feel it? Something just feels off.
I wish I could tie everything I’m trying to say together neatly in a bow. I can’t. And yet, there is a deep and meaningful connection between what was happening in the early 1970’s (pre-Star Wars) and what is happening right now.
Instead of trying to do the analysis, let me introduce the first part of Empire of Dreams:
When describing America in the early 70’s, to commentary says, “Americans felt deeply mired in the present.” That is a terrible and oddly beautiful statement.
Do you feel deeply mired in the present?