This past weekend, I watched the entire Star Wars saga (including THX-1138) having taken what some might call a "heroic dose." During the hour-long build up to the TPM podrace, I thought that I should watch the movies this time with the intent to come up with some sort of advice for the prequel-bashers. I recieved not only the advice that the haters need, but myself and anybody and everybody. "YOU NEED TO FIND YOUR HAPPY SPACE." - a voice in my head Yeah, I did. "IT'S WORKING! IT'S WORKING!" - Anakin Yeah, it was. As I was stretching my body and aligning my spine, contemplating the nature of symmetry, I imagined the two trilogies as a lopsided pair of breasts. You know, (LARGE BOOB)(small boob). And it was SO BEAUTIFUL. Not perfect mind you, but beautiful. "Not necessarily stoned, but beautiful." *cue backwards guitar solo* At some point in Attack of the Clones during one of the scenes on Naboo, I beheld in my minds eye quite literally a "jewel in a lotus" and I could feel myself controlling just how happy I could be, so of course I chose to make myself more and more and more and more happy (with no end conceivable). The way I did this was by simply enjoying the movie. Enjoying "Across the Stars", I even heard a piece of it in the fireplace scene that I had never even noticed before. And it was SO BEAUTIFUL. And I used to think that music was corny. The truth is, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and happiness is infinite. Nothing is perfect. The trick is to love everything with great intensity. Everyone and everything is beautiful and deserves to love and be loved. Period. Now, since that experience, I've been able to find even more nuance in Star Wars and THX than ever before, and there will be many threads to come exploring this if need be. There needs to be a thread about FOOD in the saga forums, as it directly relates *hint*hint* to the heart of the story, and there also should be an entire thread about a/symmetry in the saga. Color needs to be looked at too. Padme being dressed in all-red telling her would-be attackers to "BEWARE" is blatantly borrowed from nature. But back to the topic at hand which is beauty. In Revenge of the Sith the following exchange takes place. (And you thought this dialogue was stupid, didn't you?) Anakin Skywalker: You are so... beautiful. PadmÃ©: It's only because I'm so in love. Anakin Skywalker: No, it's because I'm so in love with you. PadmÃ©: So love has blinded you? Anakin Skywalker: [laughs] Well, that's not exactly what I meant. PadmÃ©: But it's probably true. So I ask you, has love blinded me, or have my eyes been opened? What do you think? EDIT: Oh yeah speaking of eyes, asymmetry, and undying, unconditional love. Padme says of a naked, one-eyed Threepio "He's perfect." I never knew just how beautiful that line was.