“The Force of the Tao will be with you. Always.” As Obi-Wan Kenobi says, The Tao of Star Wars provides a spiritual force that will remain with you. This book uses “Star Wars” motifs to explain the basic tenets of Taoism. Dr. John Porter’s adaptation of the Tao Te Ching takes philosophical views from the movie dynasty and applies them to Taoism. “Star Wars” and The Tao share many familiar concepts such as acceptance, patience, and simplicity.
“I’m just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe.” Similar to Jango Fett, humans have always had an insatiable hunger for spiritual guidance. While some “Star Wars” nuances apply to Taoism, others like wu wei, yin-yang, and p’u may be unknown. Dr. Porter, in The Tao of Star Wars, invigorates in-depth explanations to fans or individuals new to Taoist philosophies.
The Tao of Star Wars explains Taoism with sensible definitions. The way of the Tao can be described as walking life’s path in harmony. Dr. Porter uses “Star Wars” themes and breathes life into Taoist tenets as he shows the world the way. Any “Star Wars” fan can apply the concepts Dr. Porter lays out to their life. The essence of the Tao parallels experiencing life in the present. As Yoda says, “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
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