Been meaning to share this one. Had a string of Orland Park editorials delving into some political issues over a month’s time. I’m proud of them, but it kept delaying this positive thing I wanted to get out there. Ended up serving as a good end to 2017/start to 2018. (Click here to read. Subscription)
“There is a scene near the end of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” One character is on a suicide mission to destroy the super-weapon of a foe when he is miraculously knocked off course by his companion.
“In the sequence, the two technically fail. The super-weapon sends a blast toward the hiding place of their friends, and only through another twist do the people for whom the duo was fighting escape alive.
“Bewildered, the character who was about to see the light asks the other why she did that. She calls him a dummy.
“That’s how we’re going to win. Not fighting what we hate; saving what we love.”
“It is a line that resonated with me far beyond the confines of the film’s story.
“By many accounts, 2017 was not the greatest. On a local level, political turmoil took center stage, and, as you will see here, there were plenty of unpleasant stories. …”