The Tao of Star Warsby John M. Porter
The Tao Te Ching, after the Bible, is the most translated book in the world. Its reputed author, Lao Tzu, lived about 2600 years ago. Faced with a corrupt, competitive, egocentric society, which had lost its way (sound familiar), he left society riding upon an ox. He felt that society had lost the Tao and that was the cause of the decline of the civilization. Humans have always had an insatiable hunger for spiritual guidance and recently westerners have had a rekindled interest in the Tao. Perhaps it is because we see the same problems today that Lao Tzu saw in his day.
The "Star Wars" series contains, for some, a philosophical basis. "The Tao of Star Wars" uses the motifs from the "Star Wars" series to explain the basic tenets of Taoism. Although some of these concepts are relatively familiar, such as acceptance, patience and simplicity, their nuances as they apply to Taoism are invigorated utilizing the "Star Wars" motifs. Other tenets, such as wu wei, yin-yang and p'u, may be completely foreign to the western mind and deep philosophical explanations are not practical for application to daily living. Since following the Tao is walking a living path in harmony with the way the world is sensible definitions are needed. These Taoist concepts have life breathed into them by the "Star Wars" themes. This will allow the reader to apply these concepts to one's life as the essence of the Tao is to experience life in the present moment.
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Anyone who has ever 'pondered', will definitely find a nugget of treasure here. It's not simply for Star Wars fans and philosophers. While a very short text in itself, the Tao can sometimes seem like tricky-wisdom. But Porter takes you on an illuminating and illustrative journey. Our eyes and minds can flow open as we explore how this 'ancient' wealth of words play out through the brilliant archetypes of The Light and Dark Sides (especially in our own perception of them...), that are the very fabric of the Star Wars masterpieces! The Taoist philosophy and the Star Wars films are ingeniuously applicable outside the boundaries of past and future. Sometimes the essence of pure Simplicity can be missed between the dogma and the drama. The only very minor issue w/ this book is the busy cover but the symboliism is not lost. A fascinating union of film and philosophy, an interesting opportunity for self-evaluation,and a great introduction or review of the primary tenets of the Tao.
Maybe from a Dao perspective this book means something, but I doubt it. I am a starwars fan and let me tell you, I hope george lucas got royalties from this piece of dung. All John did was copy, verbatim, lines from the starwars script and trivially explain how they related to a Dao concept. The whole book was read in 20 minutes (because of how much depth it lacked) and for 16 bucks, what a waste. It also looks like all the pages were photocopied on a really cheap machine. If you want a book with more insight and depth, read 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' or a CareBear book. The words in the book are larger than any of those in a childrens book (I guess he used large print for lack of anything to say). This book is a prime example of yet another person with the need to publish a book and the lack of anything to contribute to society. If you are looking for a lighthearted read full of stuff you already know about starwars (literally, not beyond the words in the original script) then waste your money.
This book is without a doubt, the most useful and helpful translation of The Tao I ever read. Dr. Porter's wisdom and knowledge transform this book into a Taoist workbook, something a reader will find themselves continually going back to for guidance on their path through life. This is a must read!
Clear, concise explanation of the basic tenets of taoism using the familiar characters from Star Wars