Don't Be Afraid: The Stoic Advice In The Mandalorian And Book Of Luke

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SPOILER ALERT-- Season two of Disney's The Mandalorian concludes with a tear-jerking exchange between Mando and The Child, Grogu.

Luke Skywalker arrived on the scene after receiving Grogu's Force/ S.O.S. call. Luke saves the day by destroying a battalion of nearly invincible evil robots with a flurry of Jedi awesomeness.

Beyond that, it's clear that Luke will train Grogu as a Jedi. And with that, Mando's quest is complete. All is right in the galaxy.

Except it's sad! Because Mando has to say goodbye to The Child.

Mando takes off his helmet, defying the Mandalorian code. They look each other in the eyes. And then Mando tells Grogu, "Don't be afraid."

The Mandalorian image by Disney

He might as well have been telling us all that. Because "don't be afraid" is actually ancient wisdom shared by many traditions on Earth (and Mandalore.)

This article looks at why "Don't Be Afraid" might just be the mantra we've been looking for as we march into 2021.

The Star Wars Christmas Connection

You could argue Star Wars has had a connection to the Holdiay season ever since the infamous 1978 Star Wars Christmas special.

All three sequel trilogy movies (The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker), plus Rogue One were released right around the Holidays. In addition, the first two seasons of the Mandalorian concluded right before Christmas.

And let's not forget the new Lego Star Wars Christmas Special streaming on Disney+.

That being said, there's a deeper connection between Star Wars and the Christmas pageant than perhaps we realize.

The Book Of Luke

The Christmas pageant (aka story of baby Jesus) is found in the book of Luke. As the story goes, the night that Jesus was born, Angels appeared to the shepards outside of Bethlehem. The shepards were terrified of the Angels (which actually makes sense if you think about it).

Sensing this, one Angel told the shepards, "Don't be afraid! For I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people!"

This message, is the essence of the Christmas. It also aligns with the ancient pagan traditions surrounding the winter solstice and the symbolic rebirth of the world from darkness.

It's also worth noting that the Star Wars Universe actually includes angels. We learn this from young Anakin the first time he meets Padme in Phantom Menace and asks her, "Are you an angel?" (Great pick up line, young Annie!) The angels he references are in fact the Diathim species, and they appear again in the animated Clone Wars series.

That said, beyond the Christmas pageant, it's important to note that the Bible includes the message "fear not" or "don't be afraid" no less than 365 times! That sounds like something worth hearing every day.

"Don't Be Afraid" Also A Corner Stone of Stoic Philosophy

Ryan Holiday is an expert on Stoicism and he pens a newsletter titled "The Daily Stoic." To summarize, Stoicism can be described the following way:

"a philosophy of personal ethics informed by its system of logic and its views on the natural world. According to its teachings, as social beings, the path to happiness, or blessedness, is found in accepting the moment as it presents itself, by not allowing oneself to be controlled by the desire for pleasure or by the fear of pain, by using one's mind to understand the world and to do one's part in nature's plan, and by working together and treating others fairly and justly."

Holiday's daily message on Christmas day included the observation that the famous Stoic Seneca was also born the same year as Jesus. He pointed out the similarities of some of their teachings. Can you guess what Holiday's key idea for Christmas day 2020 was?

Don't be afraid

It's pretty obvious how Mando and Grogu feel about each other. They essentially, have the best father-son relationship in the Galaxy. Talk about relationship goals, right?! May we all have a Grogu to feel that way about!

In conclusion, regardless of whether you believe the Christmas angel, the Stoics, or the Mandalorian-- the message is the same.

Don't be afraid!

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