If there is any one character in the entire Star Wars universe more disappointing to me it’s Master Yoda everyone’s beloved little Lannik. Yoda is brought across as the epitome of everything good yet as a leader he was nothing more than a fat coward who got extremely comfortable in his position as grandmaster.
Men should try NOT to be like Master Yoda as opposed to emulating him for many reasons. Sure he gave great anecdotes, had inherently good intentions, but when it came time to act he chose instead to run even after his order was wiped out.
A Captain always goes down with the ship, a God King rides at the forefront of the cavalry, and Samurai Lords fall on their swords rather than be disgracefully taken captive by their rivals. Even in old kung fu movies the master Abbots of the Shaolin would put aside peace, kill the venomous bad guys and then pray for forgiveness once the deed is done.
What does Yoda do when Order 66 is issued? He didn’t rally the remaining troops, he didn’t pool his resources to rebuild, no he did what a coward does when the threat seems too great… he runs to another star system to hide.
The Ways in which Obi Wan was greater than Yoda
If there was a man to look up to in the entire saga of Star Wars it would be Jedi Master Obi Wan Kenobi. The reason I picked him over so many others was due to the cleverness that Obi Wan used to win his battles and his unwavering ability to be a soldier when it counted.
Seeing his master die in battle to a superior warrior did not make Obi Wan run like Yoda would have; no it made him channel a bit of the dark side (through anger) and cut the bastard in half. When his own student turned rogue and wiped out his peers Obi Wan took him out and then walked off leaving him to burn to his death.
When it came to compassion the complicated Kenobi doled out enough to be considered a good guy but when it came time to dance he was Fred Astaire with a lightsaber.
What’s the point in all of this?
Star Wars leadership principles can be applied to your everyday life as a fan. I think it is a flawed notion to fear something so much that you completely turn a blind eye on it until it’s able to surface strong and declare an Order 66 on you.
Many of us have our strong beliefs but refuse to study why our beliefs are in place, why the other side is wrong, and why our belief structure came about in the first place. We excuse our fear of scholarship by using words like “blind faith”, and choose to parrot logic from smarter men rather than figuring out things on our own.
If you operate in a state of fear for corruption, being persuaded otherwise, or learning too much then you are very much a coward like Master Yoda. The best defenders of any religion, stance, or creed are those who are well versed in their own logic as well as that of the people who are against you.
We should all be more like Master Kenobi… Now remember all of this the next time someone tells you to be wise and patient like the almighty coward Yoda.See some words or phrases that you don't understand? Check out The Dragon's Lexicon.