If one was to ask someone if they had heard of ‘star wars’, there is a strong chance that they will say yes. Now, this could be because they watch a lot of films, but at the same time, this might not be the case.
What this comes down to is how popular this franchise is and as a result of this, it is not going to matter how old someone is either. These films bring people together and this can then allow them to put their differences to one side for a short time.
The Test of Time
There are some films that are soon forgotten about as time passes, but the same can’t be said when it comes to these films. In fact, it could be said that they have become more popular as the years have gone by.
What has played a part in this is that the original films were re-released in the late nineties and soon after, a further three films were released. This then meant that there were six films for people to watch and by the end of 2019; they will be able to watch all nine films.
It might be inaccurate to say that star wars is as big as it is due to the films alone though and this is because there has also been another element. This element is provided by all the things that one can buy and although this was limited to things like actions figures when the first films came out, this is no longer the case.
Nowadays, it is no longer necessary for one to buy toys in order to feel connected; there are so many other things they can buy instead. On one hand, they could buy something for their computer and on the other hand, they could even buy chop sticks.
When most films come out, there are going to be people who are interested in going to the cinema or waiting until they can watch it at home. However, although they are interested, it is unlikely to consume their whole life.
So part of their attention will be directed towards the film, but the rest of it will be on other areas of their life. Yet when it comes to a star wars film, their attention can end up being completely consumed by their need to watch it.
Not only can this take place once the film has been released, it can take place a long time before. While there may be people who will be prepared to wait until it can be watched in the comfort of their own home, the majority of people will want to see it at the cinema.
It is then not as if they are just going to see another film; they are going to watch something that adds so much more to their life. Therefore, once they have left the cinema, they are unlikely to simply carry on with the rest of their life.
One way of looking at this would be to say the whole experience is similar to the experience two people can have when they are having a baby together. Even before the baby is born, their attention is going to be consumed by their baby.
And once the baby is born, they are not going to carry on with the rest of their life; their attention will continue to be consumed by their baby. What this comes down to is that their child is a part of their life and not simply a phase of their life.
The Complete Experience
One way of looking at this would be to say that star wars provides one with an experience that they can immerse themselves in. Metaphorically speaking, it is then not as if their hands are in water; their whole body is in water.
Ultimately, it is going to have a positive effect on their well-being and this can be seen as a good thing. This could be one of the few things in their life that makes them feel this way and this means they are going to be only too happy to get caught up in the star wars experience.
Through one being able to immerse themselves in this experience, it can allow them to put their own life to one side. They can then forget about what is taking place in their life for a short time and experience life differently.
As a result of this, their life will take on a whole new meaning and it is likely to provide them with a sense of relief. They could be going through a challenging time in their life or they might have a lot going on at work, for instance.
In this sense, star wars is going to take away some of the pressure they are experiencing and this could make it easier for them to handle their life. Yet at the same time, it could also be a way for them to avoid facing what they need to face.
What can define the effect it has on them is how caught up one allows themselves to become and when they allow this to happen. The need to escape is not negative per se, as this is something that is necessary from time to time.
Harder To See
One thing that can make it harder for one to realise that they are avoiding their own life is because of how popular star wars is. There are likely to plenty of other people who are in the same position and this can then mean that this is something that will go unnoticed.
Clearly this is not the only thing that can have this effect, as there are plenty of others things that will have the same impact. One example is when a member of the royal family gets married or has a baby.
It could be said that what this demonstrates is the importance of self-awareness and through being aware, one will be able to know when they need to step back from something. As a result, they can then place their focus on the area of their life that needs their attention.
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Oliver JR Cooper
Oliver JR Cooper
Author of 25 books, Transformational Writer, Teacher & Consultant.
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That which is contained within these articles is based on my own empirical understanding and is true for me at the time they were written. However, as I continue to grow, what I perceive as the truth will inevitably change and as a result of this - parts of these articles may not reflect my current outlook.