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Why Do Many Americans Want To Be On The Dark Side?

I found The Force Awakens – the new Star Wars movie – to be formulaic and unimaginative. The merchandise for the movie, however, strikes me as formula defying.

Ordinarily, merchandise would focus on the heroes of the story. In this case, however, merchandise is dominated by a villain – and one who doesn’t even appear in The Force Awakens. Darth Vader is everywhere, as on this Cornell University tshirt.

Darth vader cornell

It’s particularly striking that an overpriced school where parents send their offspring to earn good grades and learn professional skills would advertise itself in conjunction with the image of one of the most profoundly failed students in science fiction: Darth Vader.

Of course, Darth Vader stands for much more than just dropping out of school. This is a character who conduct terrorism against entire planets. Wearing a Darth Vader tshirt is like wearing an Adolf Hitler tshirt. Showing one piece of mercy before death doesn’t begin to make up for the murder of billions of sentient beings… except in the Star Wars universe, in which Darth Vader becomes a friendly ghost in the end.

The fact that our country simultaneously loves Darth Vader swag and exaggerates the power of real life terrorists on our planet is no coincidence. American culture craves powerful villains. Americans are terrified of the idea that peace is all around them, depriving their lives of a sense of meaning.

4 thoughts on “Why Do Many Americans Want To Be On The Dark Side?”

  1. Quinton Underwood says:

    Absolute Hogwash, this printing is not credible in any area.

    “I make a living by what I get, I make a life by what I give”.

  2. J Clifford says:

    So, Quinton, you support the Vader agenda?

  3. Korky Day says:

    I don’t watch war movie trash.
    I wish we did have peace all around us. The USA has been fighting wars illegally and almost constantly all my life (over 60 years).

  4. ella says:

    Darth Vader, the emotionally damaged child. The pitiful son who grieved the violent loss of his mother. The child with prospect of being a power for good, who let greed and negative emotions lead him. The man who rejected love and family – to the point of murdering (attempting to) the mother of his child and the child. The man who lost his bid for power and became Darth Vader to serve the epitome of darkness. The man who discovered his children survived, both of them and then just wanted to use them or kill them. Only the faith and strength of his son saved his life long enough for Darth Vader to say a few dying words that implied he was sorry. Hummm, Seems like the son is the hero in this scenario. But if the father moved on to eternal good, that’s good too. Not enough to celebrate overly much though. Is it a disturbance in the Force?

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