There is an obsession with Star Wars at my house right now.
Toots has entered the Star Wars age and his brothers have reverted along with him to their former obsession.
Toots seems to believe that Star Wars actually exists in some other realm that he can someday visit.
He says things like-
When I go to the place where the Jedi live, I can use my real light saber and I will only join the dark side for a little bit so I can get stronger powers and then I will come back to the Jedi side.
To which I reply-
NO son! You can never join the dark side. You see, the Chancellor is a liar and he lies to Anakin. Anakin never gets more power from the dark side. He only loses Padme and his best friend Obi Wan.
Don't you see, when he joins the dark side, he loses everyone he loves!
But mom, they won't let him be a master. They should have let him be a master.
He was too young for that kind of power.
I lose him here. He is only five. He loves Anakin and then Anakin becomes the bad guy. Anakin becomes Darth Vader.
He is not like me. He did not grow up fearing the loud- breathing, dark- suited figure of evil that was Darth Vader. Rather, he got to know him as a boy and and young Jedi before he turned into that dark figure that frightened me in my childhood.
He loves Anakin and tries to justify why he turns to the dark side.
Do you remember why he turns? Or maybe you don't have a boy dominated house like mine and so you perhaps have never seen the films.
Well, it is actually quite fascinating.
It is fear.
Fear of loss.
Fear of losing his wife Padme in childbirth. He has a vision that he will lose her and believes it.
He thinks that if he turns to the dark side, he will have more power and will be able to save her from death.
So his love causes fear which motivates his lust for power which leads him down a path to darkness.
When he is wrestling with the vision he had of Padme dying, Yoda tells him-
The fear of loss is a path to the dark side.
Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.
That last one is a doozie!
How do you do that?
How do you "let go?"
Or do you?
May the force be with you, young Jedi's!