Few movie franchises have had the success that Star Wars has enjoyed over the years. Millions of people all over the world are super fans of this incredible sci-fi movie. But what many people do not know is that Star Wars is more than just a sci-fi movie.
There are lots of hidden gems we can pick from the various characters and use them in our daily lives to live better lives.
In this quick guide, we explore six valuable life lessons we can all learn from Star Wars. Want more of these and other similar guides? Be sure to check out The Force Universe, a best-in-class web resource for everything Star Wars!
Let’s dive straight in!
It’s never too last to change and do the right thing
In episode 6, Return of The Jedi, we see the bad guy Darth Vader, who also happens to be the father of Luke Skywalker, get into a bit of trouble. In previous episodes, we see him commit heinous acts and as viewers believe he can do no good.
However, at the end of the episode we see Vader witness the Emperor, who also happens to be both being extremely cruel to his son.
Vader is torn between being evil or saving the son from his father’s cruelty. Much to the surprise of most viewers, he chooses to save the son. He holds down the emperor which leads to his death and the saving of the son.
Indeed, it’s never too late to do the right thing.
Each one of us has both good and bad side
Buddhists believe that everyone has good and bad seeds within them. Throughout Star Wars, we see good characters being tempted by evil. We also see evil characters being tempted by good.
Towards the end of Return of the Jedi, we see Skywalker being tempted by the Emperor. Fortunately, he is able to choose good over evil.
It’s up to each one of us to water the good seeds and suppress the bad ones in life. We will constantly be tempted by evil and we should try our best to resist the temptation.
Fear is a lethal motivator
Vader was a young and promising knight known as Alakin Skywalker before joining the dark side. He was a moral man who wanted the best for the universe before he became evil.
The biggest cause of Vader’s shift from good to evil we fear. He feared losing Padme, the love of his life. He was so desperate to save her that he joined forces with anyone who promised to help save her.
We cannot lead our lives in fear. If we do, we will not never enjoy life to the fullest. Life is for the living, let’s take one day at a time.
A mentor is crucial in life
It would have been impossible for Luke to answer his call to adventure without the help of Obi Wan. We see Obi mentor Luke even after he left his physical body.
During the climactic death star battle, we hear Obi Wan’s iconic line ‘Use the force Luke’. Throughout Star Wars, we see Obi Wan’s guidance playing a crucial role in Luke’s success.
As we go through life, we all need mentors to push and support us towards success.
We are part of something bigger
In the words of Yoda, luminous beings we are not this crude matter. The force is omniscient and penetrates all matter and bides us all together.
What this shows is that we are all part of something bigger and stronger. Something that sides us all together.
Trauma leads to pain and suffering
If Anakan Skywalker had received some form of therapy, he would not have succumbed to the forces of evil. Skywalker suffered from being taken away from his mother from a young age and her untimely death made the situation worse. The circumstances made him vulnerable to Palpatine’s evil motives.
Unresolved trauma can lead us to making bad decisions. As such, it’s necessary that we unpack our traumas and seek help.
The fact that there are so many life lessons one can pick from Star Wars makes the movie even more special and magical. We hope that you’ll apply these lessons in your life and lead a better life.
Have you picked any life lessons from Star Wars yet? Let us know in the comments below.