Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Clock is Ticking!

There are only three days left to vote on my hotly contested poll to help decide if people would rather be a Jedi knight or be able to travel through space and time. During the last seventeen days the votes have remained in a fierce deadlock between those who would rather be a Jedi knight and the proponants of travelling through space and time.

The bitter contest has probably already shattered the once friendly relationships enjoyed by the two people who have voted for each option. For example, the moment I find out who voted against me, they can expect nothing but coldness and contempt from me for the rest of their lives. The one person who has stood by me in my determination to be a Jedi knight, however, will enjoy kind words and good deeds from me.

But four people cannot resolve an issue of this gravity. No, that would take five people, or seven people. Have you voted yet? Do you feel comfortable letting some total dummies who know nothing about anything make this decision for you?! Don't miss this opportunity to forever tip the scales in the favor of your favorite super power. And feel free, after voting, to explain your decision by posting. The poll can be found in the right column.

But before you make a terrible decision you can't take back, consider THIS:



18 comments:

keviN said...

traveling through time and space seems overrated - either, we'll have the technology to do so eventually, or it's already happened, and all major cataclysmic events of apocalyptic proportions have either been remedied, or everyone in the future is dead, from misuse of said technologies.

however, you can't just EXPECT that people will in time become jedi knights - that's like saying eventually one day, EVERYONE will be cool. that's RIDICULOUS, far fetched, and an outrageous and unhealthy claim.

basically, i think it comes down to if you vote for time/space travel, you're content with mediocrity and submitting yourself to its flavorless and uninterestingly average will. OR you can vote jedi knight, and rise above to a plain of reality where your ability to perceive all dimensions of true life are enhanced by at least one hundred fold, or more - depending on your midi-chlorian count... heh.

my vote = jedi knight

Craig Barlow B. said...

Kevin, thank you. That is a super good argument I hadn't even considered yet.

When I first encountered this question, I chose traveling through space and time. However, a really wise fellow changed my mind. I was operating on the idea that if I chose Jedi Knight, that would mean I was pitted in a duel to the death with a person who could travel through space and time. In which case, that person could just freeze time, and kill me.

What my wise friend helped me understand, was that if I was to become a Jedi Knight, it is in a world where I am unique. There are no space and time travellers. Just by choosing Jedi Knight doesn't mean you are suddenly entered into a battle. In which case, the benefits of being a Jedi Knight are way better. You can run fast, you can have a lightsaber, you can use the force to bring you things and change peoples minds. Quite a bit more practical.

my vote = Jedi Knight

jaime said...

Jedi Knights aren't supposed to love or be with someone of the opposite sex...a life of being alone with no sex?!?! No thank you! I'll take space/time travel even though your friend Kevin thinks it means I'm mediocre. You may get cool powers,but I get sex! So really who's the winner here?!?

keviN said...

Jaime, Jaime, Jaime... first off - no matter ANY jedi knight code, you still have the choice and ability to break them. let's not forget about Annakin 'FREAKING' Skywalker - he clearly had the ability to procreate, and did - or else Episode IV, V, and VI would have never been. he was still technically a jedi after said procreation took place, and even after submitting himself to the dark side (which took place AFTER the fact) he still had a lightsaber.

the question was: would you rather be a jedi knight, or be able to travel through space and time - choosing either option does not dictate what you choose to do once becoming a jedi knight, or enabled to travel through space and time.

further more, only a sith deals in absolutes - so i find your idea of a "winner" very troubling. being a jedi is not only having "cool powers," but it is being at one with, and having a greater sense of real life.

may the force be with you.

jaime said...

Duh!! I know about Annikin going to the dark side and having babies (I've been to the movies before). I for one don't want to be evil like him though so I threw that option out all together. So it kinda is an absolute with what type of life you envision after picking said course. You either time travel and get to have a love life or your a monk jedi.

Craig Barlow B. said...

I think I still choose the Jedi Knight option, but a very fancy, renegadesque, reasonably promiscuous, yet friendly, Jedi Knight. Are these things possible? I think so.

keviN said...

haha. yes!

i believe the very fancy, renegadesque, reasonably promiscuous, yet friendly, Jedi Knight option can definitely work.

and Jaime - i'm just bringing facts to the table of this hotly debated and critically acclaimed poll. i wouldn't dare insult your outings to the local cinema.

i'm just saying. it's not that Anakin went to the dark side and had babies - it's that he first had babies, and later on, after being fed many lies by the sith lord himself, helping kill mace windu, swearing complete loyalty to the sith lord and opposing all that is good, rationalizing his lust for power - then, goes to the dark side. for a while there, he technically had a love life AS a jedi.

it is an absolute to not allow option or choice after picking one's course.

jaime said...

Craig I think you're already slipping to the dark side!! :-)

jaime said...

Kevin I think I'm out of my league in Star Wars knowledge here with you. I guess this means I'm not meant to be a Jedi....but given my new skilz of traveling back in time I will kill you as a baby if I ever find out that you have turned to the dark side...

May the force be with YOU :-)

keviN said...

haha. i hope i never end up on the dark side myself - in the event that i do, and in the event that you murder me as a defenseless child rather than come back and help me make better choices at some crucial point of my life, and in the event that you don't suffer from any extreme guilt or intense cases of space/time traveling diseases, and in the event that there are no space/time police enforcers or space/time bounty hunters to make you pay dearly for any time continuum crimes, and in the event that you miraculously manage to reach your own time without altering it horrendously into a post-apocalyptic smoldering heap of ashen filth - may the force be with you as well, even in the event that any of the above mentioned events do occur ;)

jaime said...

Haha! Touche! Lets hope for all our sakes that none of us go to the dark side and our world doesn't turn to smoldering ash heap by people changing events with their time travel escapades. It's looks like with both options that "great power, comes great responsibility".

Bridger W. said...

If you choose Jedi Knight, George Lucas wins. And that's something not even traveling through space and time could make better.

keviN said...

au contraire, my good sir - what/how would George win? further more, with even a little traveling through space and time , Adolf HITLER could possibly "win."

and perhaps traveling through space and time COULD make things better - just get someone much cooler/skilled at directing and screen play full rights to episodes I, II, and III and make sure they do it.

Craig Barlow B. said...

Bridger's is the most persuasive argument against Jedi Knight. George Lucas has really done it this time. But still, I'm sticking with Jedi Knight.

Melissa said...

I've weighed the relative advantages carefully, and I choose time and space. Sure, I would, of course love to have a Jedi's heightened physical prowess and the ability to move large objects with my mind (though, frankly, I wouldn't much miss the beating people up or mind-manipulation). But after I've lifted a few hundred X-wings out of a few hundred swamps, I know I would start asking myself: Is this really better than traveling instantaneously to any part of the world or any part of human history? I mean I could have gone to Barbados and back in the time it took to read this post. And I'd have seen the faces of Cleopatra and Alexander the Great. Sorry, I just can't give that up.

keviN said...

and i'm sorry you're willing to give up having the chance to have the dimensions through which you perceive life and reality forever changed in a much more real sense then we are capable.

Melissa said...

I appreciate the effort, keviN, but I'd give that up in a heartbeat. Since I'm incapable of imagining the change, I don't think I'll miss it much.

Don't worry, I'll think of you while I'm picking up some Thai food in Bangkok to take to the front row seats I scored for the parting of the red sea.

keviN said...

heh heh.. "Since I'm incapable of imagining the change, I don't think I'll miss it much."

sorta reminds me of a quote that goes a little something like, "I reject your reality and substitute it with my own."

my hat goes off to your ability to eat and watch events take place.

hat tipping of course with all potential renderings of earth into a post-apocalyptic smoldering heap of ashen filth due to alternate presences in the time continuum aside. ;)