May the Fourth and Revenge of the Fifth

“For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes.”

Why do we celebrate May the Fourth Be With You and Revenge of the Fifth?

219330_10151151313099752_775712415_oStar Wars is a unifying force, small “f.” The fans range in ages, creeds, nationalities, personalities and so much more. A variety of species all finding their way to a galaxy far, far away.

Despite any differences, when fans get together we can celebrate our common love in Star Wars. The story itself speaks to so many different elements of life: The transition of youth to adulthood, friendship, the value of looking beyond appearances, family, faith, redemption, heroes, sacrifice and so much more.

Star Wars provides not only an escape from the possibly mundane and depressing moments of our lives but it also can inspire fans to greatness. Very few film makers can make the claim of not being affected by Star Wars in some way. Visual effects, sound editing, storytelling, costume design, and make up all made leaps and bounds with this saga. But these past two days are about the fan base as a whole, not just some of its more illustrious members.

Star Wars is a force for good. Look at the fans. The 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, Astromech Builders, Mandalorian Mercs and so many more use Star Wars as a global force for good.

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They use their fandom to give back to the community and very often do not seek praise or adulation for their efforts. Sure they are often photographed in the newspaper but you often do not know the names of individual troopers. Because in the grand scheme of things, it’s not about us. It’s about sharing our love for Star Wars to help and inspire other.

http://www.501st.com/

http://www.rebellegion.com/

http://mercs.firespray.net/forum/index.php

http://astromech.net/

They,  we and you, reading this right now, are one with The Force.

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