Okay, is this headline cheesy? Yes. Funny and clever? Also yes, but I love it. Full disclosure: I “borrowed” the phrase from a friend’s current Facebook status.
What I planned to blog about today isn’t going to happen. Why? It’s sunny out for the first time in days, and, while I want to blog about serious issues pertaining to children’s mental health as per yesterday’s post, I also want to address this topic in an off-beat and fun way, too. Tomorrow I’ll share experts’ opinions on “the most discussed” topics in kids’ mental health.
So, in honour of today being May 4th, and the fact that so many (mostly males) in my life love the Star Wars saga, I thought I’d explore how Star Wars philosophy applies to our feeling s and emotions.
And, wow, when I was searching for quotes on a variety of pages including About.com’s Movie Quotes page, I see that there are some relevant, meaningful connections between Luke, R2D2, Yoda and the rest of us; a very philosophical bunch. Here are some examples:
You’re asking me to be rational. That is something I know I cannot do. Believe me, I wish I could just wish away my feelings, but I can’t.
I sense great fear in you, Skywalker. You have hate… you have anger… but you don’t use them.
Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.
Mom, you said that the biggest problem in the universe is no one helps each other.
Star Wars plot lines often focus on “the dark side.” Obviously, while one should not equate hate and fear with the onset of mental illness, there is a connection between depression and the dark side. There’s also a link between hope, love, compassion and empathy here as well as trying to balance the yin and yang in emotional and mental health.
What’s your favourite Star Wars quote? Has the saga made a difference in your life or your children’s lives? And, will you be saying, “May the 4th be with you” for the rest of the day?