The Lesson of Luke Skywalker

Luke Skywalker.

You hear that name, and what comes to mind? I would imagine, if you are a lifelong Star Wars fan like me, you picture a classically pure-of-heart hero who represents the best of what we can be, when we reject our inner darkness and embrace the light. A perfect example of righteous good. An immaculate symbol in the same company as Superman, or Jesus, or Optimus Prime, or Aslan.

The Last Jedi is, among many things, about showing that the “real” Luke Skywalker was never the flawless paragon that his fans, in-universe and out, propped him up…