Thursday, December 25, 2008

Luke Skywalker has a Shoes-Off Rule!

I could not resist writing this post!

Not the white-clad farm boy that you see in Star Wars: A New Hope, but the fifty-year old married Jedi master that he turns into over the course of over two dozen novels that continue the adventures of the Star Wars characters.

Since I was 13, I have enjoyed reading these novels that continue the story after Return of the Jedi. This week, I decided to return to them and picked up The Joiner King, the first part of the Dark Nest trilogy.

I was thrilled to discover that Luke and his wife Mara Jade have a no-shoes rule in their home, on the planet Ossus (where removing shoes is apparently the custom). In this novel, Mara is reminded by their ten-year old son to remove her shoes.

It was a great novel, one of the best Star Wars novels I have read. My only complaint is an incident in the story where Luke Skywalker authorises the use of torture. This smacks too much of the way the USA has sailed close to the dark side. I was glad the John McCain, Republican candidate in the recent US election took a strong stand against torture.

11 comments:

Bob said...

Matthew, first of all a belated Merry Christmas to you. Congradulations on your new apartment. I hope that your new job is all that you want it to be. Say what you will about George Bush but after 9/11 there were no further attacks on US soil, so he did keep us safe. I hope that the new president can say the same!
Our Chruch has embarked on building a new and larger Chruch which has necessitated razing the old one. During the construction period we are holding services in the gym. As a prelude to this, the pastor has asked the congration to wear rubber soled shoes to chruch and for the ladies not to wear heels to avoid damage to the gym floor.
Bob

Celestial Fundie said...

Thanks. I have not started my job yet. Hopefully I will do soon. cos I need the money!

"Say what you will about George Bush but after 9/11 there were no further attacks on US soil, so he did keep us safe. I hope that the new president can say the same!"

On the whole I am positive in my view of George Bush. However, I do think the last US administration has been somewhat ambivalent on the question of the use of torture and Dick Cheny has made some rather unhelpful statements on that point.

"During the construction period we are holding services in the gym. As a prelude to this, the pastor has asked the congration to wear rubber soled shoes to chruch and for the ladies not to wear heels to avoid damage to the gym floor."

A very sensible request.

God Bless

Matthew

Palm boy said...

I wasn't fond of that set of books at all... but I didn't notice the shoes thing either. :D

J. Wendell said...

Greetings and happy New Year Matthew,

Have you started your job yet?

I am getting closer to your shoes off policy, though that is not a rule for adults in my house it is very practical for children and pets. BTW I always respect the house rules of others, so here I am in my own slippers.

May the force be with you in abundance,
John

BTW as much as I miss your past avatar, I do like your present avatar.

OgreVI said...

I have nothing to say about the Star Wars books, not having read them (though I love the movies). But I was reading through my old posts, came across a discussion we had three years ago, and thought to check up on you. Glad that you're still posting!

Celestial Fundie said...

PB, I liked the Dark nest trilogy.

I was enjoying the 'Legacy of the Force' series until I got to the end of the second book. It was just too dark. I don't know if I shall read the next one.

I think only I would have noticed that incident with Mara's shoes!

Celestial Fundie said...

John, thanks for visiting this blog.

You know, adults have dirty shoes too.

I suppose my 'avatar' is a bit faceless.

Celestial Fundie said...

OgreVI, haven't seen you for ages. Thanks for dropping in.

Elain Smith said...

I just read this post and found the church reference quite interesting,in the church I attended it was a requirement for the females to remove their shoes before entering the chapel,I did visit different churches and did not find that was the norm but I always removed mine as that was what I always had done no one seemed to mind

Matthew Celestis said...

I assume that was because it had a wooden floor that could be damaged by ladies' heels?

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