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chaos_by_design
May. 14th, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
Oh, I saw that a few weeks ago. It's awesome.
masqthephlsphr
May. 14th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
Awesome, but ironic, given that the spirituality of movies like Star Wars is meant to negate the Existentialist outlook.
chaos_by_design
May. 14th, 2011 12:52 pm (UTC)
Really? How do you determine that? 'Splain!

masqthephlsphr
May. 14th, 2011 01:05 pm (UTC)
I was thinking mainly of the force, which, while an impersonal energy,

""The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together."

is also two-sided, thereby given meaning to concepts of good and evil, the "dark side" and "light side."

It is seen as transcendent above the more mundane aspects of life, "The ways of the Living Force are beyond our understanding… But fear not. You are in the hands of something much greater and much better than you can imagine."

And in embracing its guiding power as a lifestyle, a Jedi therefore finds meaning to his or her existence, in upholding the balance of the universe, in using the light side to counter the dark side.

It is in that embracing of meaning that this point of view turns its back on Existentialism.
chaos_by_design
May. 14th, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC)
Very interesting!

I've always gravitated towards an existentialist viewpoint and away from a spiritual one, guess this explains why.
masqthephlsphr
May. 14th, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)
Existentialism veers too close to nihilism for my taste. I prefer to withhold judgment either way. I think the evidence (or lack thereof) merits that stance more.
lakrids404
May. 15th, 2011 08:22 am (UTC)
you might be right, but I don't really care.
masqthephlsphr
May. 15th, 2011 01:07 pm (UTC)
LOLOLOL
cactuswatcher
May. 14th, 2011 03:23 am (UTC)
I see tonight that NBC declined to pick up the new Wonder Woman. Test audiences didn't like the pilot or the new costume. I wonder if an existential version in French with subtitles might have done better.
masqthephlsphr
May. 14th, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
Who are these "test audiences", and why don't they ever ask me stuff?
cactuswatcher
May. 14th, 2011 03:56 am (UTC)
There was a company that did test screening for TV commercials in a store front in a mall near me in St. Louis. They invited in whoever was walking by. I did it a couple times, then like most people I avoided that area of the mall. ;o)
masqthephlsphr
May. 14th, 2011 04:07 am (UTC)
That's biased towards people who go to malls. And we all know what sort they are.
cactuswatcher
May. 14th, 2011 04:19 am (UTC)
And as I said above, most people who got roped in weren't thrilled after they'd done it once or twice. The commercials were, of course, 15 seconds. Then they wanted 20 minutes of written survey. So the people who were doing it after awhile were the ones who enjoyed the process and they were a minority.
lakrids404
May. 15th, 2011 08:21 am (UTC)
I heart this review of the pilot, and it did sound pretty awful
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