Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Star Wars: Surprising Message of Hope

Pic of circular Christmas wreath made of oranges, limes and cinnamon sticks

All thoughts are with Berlin. I had intended to make a wreath like the ones I saw in the Christmas market in Leicester Square. The events of yesterday have dulled that enthusiasm. The oranges and limes are still sitting in the fruit bowl.

Wooden fruit bowl with oranges and limes
I bought the fruit bowl at the May Day market in London’s Little Venice. The photos of the house boats festooned with decorations remain largely unused. Using those pictures didn’t seem right after the murder of British MP Jo Cox by a right-wing extremist. She was murdered on my younger son's birthday.

19th December 2016 was not a good day. It was my birthday. No real celebration at my age. My younger son and I simply went to see the new Star Wars film, Rogue One, at the cinema. The Rebel Alliance were fighting the Evil Empire again. Artificial Intelligence rated the probability of succeeding as basically nil. Yet, humans still clung on to hope and fought. It was a shock to hear of the Christmas market events in Berlin afterwards.

As we offer our condolences to the bereaved and injured today, we should still hold on to our values and religious tolerance. London’s answer to terrorism has always been to carry on with daily life and cherish what is important. We hold on to a HOPE that transcends any religion that good will ultimately triumph over evil.

Star Wars cinema poster high above roof and lights of Christmas Market
Star Wars Rogue One poster above Christmas Market, Leicester Square

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