The Dark Side

Throughout my life I have heard some speculate that indeed the Dark Side is the lesser evil in the battle between good and evil. The reasons they suppose this are because of the ultimate goal that the Dark Side has. These are made evident during Darth Vader’s dialogue when he tries to convince Luke to join him. He says,

“…With our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict and bring order to the galaxy… Join me, and we can rule the galaxy as father and son. Come with me. It’s the only way.”

Darth Vader reveals that the reason they want to rule is to bring peace and order to the galaxy. From the opposite end of the spectrum, people also show that the rebels are “needlessly destructive.” For example, when they destroyed the second Death Star, how many people did they kill who were not part of the Empire, but who were just innocent workers doing a job? Mind you that the Death Star was under construction at the time.

These points look kind of valid at first, however it is still my opinion that the Dark Side is the evil choice when it comes to philosophy. Although their end goal seems respectable, I do not believe that the ends justify the means. They wish to in effect force people to be peaceful. Frankly, I don’t think any dictatorship where people lose the right to make choices and forced to have peace is justified. We as humans have our unalienable right to choose. I have to say that this path of least resistance to peace is not noble nor in any way a good thing. Peace can only really come from within a society due to a certain respect of other people, not from the top down because we have guns to our heads. However, are the rebels justified in their destruction of so many lives in order to keep freedom a possibility throughout the galaxy? I think so. Had they not done anything, the Empire would have won. Had they waited till the second Death Star was completed, it would have been too powerful to stage an attack. So, I do think they did the right thing.

Then again, it is just a movie… Thanks for listening.

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