How “The Empire Strikes Back” Changed my Way of Thinking

Generally regarded as the best of the series, The Empire Strikes Back teaches us a number of important lessons that have greatly influenced my own personal philosophy.


– Size matters not. We are luminous beings, not the crude matter of our flesh.

– Don’t try. Do, or do not. There is no try.

– Sometimes we must unlearn what we “know” in order to gain understanding.

(On a side note, perhaps the finest portrayal in the film is that of a rubber robotic puppet with a man’s hand up its rear. Frank Oz delivers a truly remarkable performance, possibly the finest of all time in the art of puppeteering)


– When we finally encounter our worst enemies, ATTACK!


– It’s okay to kiss your sister… just don’t KISS your sister.


– Sometimes the things we assume are impossible end up being absolutely true. Search your feelings. You probably already know it to be so.


– Sometimes the only things in the cave of our darkest fears are those which we take with us. And when we finally conquer our fears, we often find that our worst enemy was ourselves.

Don’t let the Sci-fi context fool you. This is high drama, the second act of a hero’s tale worthy of the classics. It packs a spoiler to rival any in modern cinema, and it’s one hell of a cliff-hanger, too. I grew up on Star Wars, and it was always a part of my life. The movies spoke to me in a way that other films didn’t, but I didn’t know I was watching a true masterwork of cinema. I just liked it. But as I got older, I came to understand it for the philosophically significant piece that it truly is. When viewed from this perspective, it’s an remarkably influential film, and by far my favorite of all time.

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Rick Allen

Rick Allen

Rick is a Film Buff, Tolkien Nerd, Cigar Aficionado and Whiskey Fiend.

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