Arts A Hell of a Question
posted by July 24 at 14:44 PMon
Responding to my post about how Star Wars broke my belief in a Christian God (I now believe in a Spinozistic God), Brad Steinbacher, a man who knows his galactic stuff, posed this tough question:
“If Star Wars is great because it lacks God, then how come in the Empire Strikes Back, which everyone on the planet agrees is the best SW film, Han Solo tells a lowly rebel member: ‘Then I’ll see you in hell!,’ when he sets out in search of Luke Skywalker on Hoth? The existence of Hell — or the idea of Hell — means there is an existence of Heaven… Star Wars films only achieved true greatness when God was brought into the fold?’”
This is a very important point. Why does Han Solo have a concept of hell? The solution: We must never forget that his is a concept (idea) of hell, and not specifically a Christian hell. As we have seen on Earth, hell as an idea is transcultural and transhistorical. Hell has existed, in one form or another, in different cultures, and has changed over the years in these separate cultures. Because hell as a concept can be imaged in different and unrelated cultural environments, we can image that, as a concept (an idea), it can exist in galaxies that are far, far away and in times that are long, long ago.
What is important is not God or Satan but their forms as The Good and The Bad. You must see not persons or living beings but forces, isomorphisms, universal structures, trans-galactic moral systems.