Like it or not, for many of us today the world of Science Fiction holds great meaning and true messages for navigating the challenges of tomorrow. This wisdom may come from the Star Wars saga, the Star Trek series, or even the classic Frankenstein, considered by some to be the beginning of the Science Fiction genre. As they say in Star Trek in many ways “Space is the final frontier.” It is the unknown a universe of potential filled with utoptic fantasies and dystopic nightmares.
Fans of the Star Wars series of films are very familiar with the “force.” It is everywhere, it is everything. It can be used for good, it can be used for ill. If we cultivate it, we can do anything. This is a beautiful concept, and one that the films recognize over and over again. Today I even saw a Star Wars/ Dr. Seuss fusion meme saying the “force is the force, of course, of course. “ This is true and everyone knows it, from Yoda to our newest face of the force Rey. When I was young we were all enthralled with the movies, and frequently told each other in the voice of Obi Wan Kenobi to “use the force” daily. It makes me smile to know that the 5 year olds I know today, still say the same. The truth is there is a deep spiritual concept behind these words. In Afro-Caribbean traditions we refer to this invisible force as Ashe. Ashe is a universal life current that runs through all things. Devotees can align themselves with the forces and
work to achieve success. For some this may seem a oversimplification, but at the core the similarities are there.
Star Wars is not the only Science Fiction realm that taps into this concept. In the Star Trek franchise we have the delightfully wonderful character of “Q,” from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek:Voyager. Played brilliantly by John de Lancie, “Q” is everything, all powerful and all knowing. He functions in episode after episode as the great equalizer, who is able to confront people with the magnitude of the unknown.