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‘Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed that is. Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.’ – Yoda[1]

Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader partly because of attachment to his wife, Padmé.[2] He was afraid that she was going to die so he completely gave himself to the dark side, thinking that would save her. The irony is that she died of a broken heart because of his turn to the dark side. He killed her out of a desire to save her. If he had let go of his fear, she would not have died.

Do not be attached to a relationship. You can become an angry, bitter, and selfish person. Don’t be afraid to lose someone. You do not own that person. ‘But until I let you go, I didn’t know you were never mine at all.’[3]

Do not be attached to the past. Don’t be like grandpa: ‘Well back in my day….’ The past is gone, never to return. The only thing you have is right now. You can’t be attached to the memories of yesteryear. You can’t believe the lie that all your best moments are in the past. You still have this moment. The past is not an excuse to ignore the present. ‘All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.’[4]

Do not be attached to comfort. Change is good. Free the fear to find the faith.

Do not be attached to money. All money is Monopoly money. It is the root of all evil and has destroyed humanity.[5] It will not buy you happiness.

Do not be attached to the world. ‘We live in but a shadow of the real.’[6] Everything you see in this place is temporary. It will not last. Look beyond to permanence.

Do not be attached to yourself. You are not special. You are not different. We are all the same. We all have beating hearts. Love one another.

What else are you attached to? You must let go of these attachments to move forward. We must all let go. If we don’t, like Anakin, we will destroy the very thing we sought to save. We will not have light in our lives but only darkness.

We must not have attachments to anything.

In conclusion, here are the words of someone who is even wiser than Yoda. He also teaches against attachments: ‘Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves a son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.’[7]


[1] Yoda says this to Anakin in ‘Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.’ He should have listened!

[2] ‘He turns into Darth Vader because he gets attached to things. He can’t let go of his mother; he can’t let go of his girlfriend. He can’t let go of things. It makes you greedy. And when you’re greedy, you are on the path to the dark side, because you fear you’re going to lose things, that you’re not going to have the power you need.’ – George Lucas (TIME Magazine interview, 2002)

[3] Lyric from the song ‘My Exit, Unfair’ by mewithoutYou

[4] The words of Gandalf the Grey in ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’

[5] 1 Timothy 6:9-10

[6] Lyric from the song ‘Of Dust And Nations’ by Thrice. Referencing C.S. Lewis.

[7] Matthew 10:37-39

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“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

-Dumbledore

“Books! And cleverness! There are more important things – friendship and bravery.”

-Hermione

“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”

-Dumbledore

“The Stone was really not such a wonderful thing. As much money and life as you could want! The two things most human beings would choose above all – the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.”

-Dumbledore

“Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”

-Dumbledore

“The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”

-Dumbledore

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

-Dumbledore

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I can’t talk to God. How could I possibly do such a thing? I am this sick and twisted human being who has no attention of being good. Therefore the thought of talking to the very incarnation of good makes me tremble with fear. I shake uncontrollably before his presence. I have no right to talk to him. None of my words are worthy. I hardly ever pray because I don’t know what to say to this being who is vastly above me. But my hope is that my lack of prayer is actually an abundance of prayer. Maybe this God hears silence as prayer. After all he is silent. He doesn’t say a word. Everyone talks but him. And this is why I love him. I love him because he is silent. I don’t want a God who talks. I want a God who just is. He has no use for words. He is the Word. I hear him in different ways, thus, I hope he can hear me in different ways. In the quiet there are screams! I cry out to God from my inability to talk to him. True prayer is humility. I must recognize that I am wretched and he is divine. I can’t bow down and produce words for this God. My language is deceptive and not nearly enough for his brilliance. I try to pray but my tongue is tied. I sit in silence and hope he hears me. Maybe I can’t talk to God because I’m not praying the right prayer. The only prayer that I should pray using words is the one taught by God himself: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” This language is not deceptive. This prayer is holy. How pitiful I must be if God must teach me how to pray to him! I am silent again.

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