Sunday, 3 April 2011

Lesson Three - Why genealogy is important or "My dad was a good guy right?"

The scene - You are Luke Skywalker. The little R2 unit you bought off those Jawas has run away. You tracked him down but had a nasty run in with some Tusken raiders until old Ben shows up. Turns out he knows about your dad...

This clip has nothing to do with that scene but it's a nice follow up on the whole stolen droid thing from last time.

Ben. An old, mysterious man who lives alone in the middle of nowhere. That's not the least bit suspicious is it? Of course he seems nice enough and he did save Luke's life.

Turns out good old Ben has a past and Luke's dad was part of that. Really? Where are the records to prove this?

Seriously!  Perhaps the most important information there is relates to identity. This information defines who we are and what we have done and can do. It establishes our character and place in the community for better or worse. For our descendants, this information will be an invaluable resource, just as the material about our ancestors helps us understand where we came from and how we got to this point.

Should you really rely on a hermit for reliable genealogical data? Turned out the answer was no... I suppose Telling Luke his father was killed by Darth Vader is easier than saying "Luke, your dad is a seven foot tall homicidal maniac that is more machine than man and who sucks up to the Emperor big time".

If there is a moral here it might be to never falsely embellish your LinkedIn profile. It will catch up with you in the end...

Next time - That old Jedi magic has you in it's spell.


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