Monday, September 3, 2012

Existential Star Wars

I'm in am amazing philosophy group, and, yesterday, our group organizer showed us the funniest thing I have seen in a log time: "Existential Star Wars."  The dialogue is in French (appropriately, since it is attributed to George Lucas an Jean-Paul Sartre) with English subtitles. Most of the quotes are taken directly from Sartre.  Anyone who is familiar with existentialism or the philosophy of Sartre in particular will get a kick out of this.

A few of my favorite lines are between R2D2 and C3PO when they are stranded on Tatooine:

C3PO:  "We are alone ... abandoned in the midst of infinite possibilities."

R2D2:  "No finite point has meaning without an infinite reference point."

C3PO:  "All actions are equivalent and are on principle doomed to failure.  It is certain that we cannot escape anguish, for we ARE anguish."

R2D2:  "Life beings on the other side of despair."

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