Still in the opening sequences of A New Hope, Obi-Wan has rescued Luke and the two droids and brought them back to his abode. The polite conversation turns personal quickly.
“No my father didn’t fight in the wars.” Luke states flatly. “He was a navigator on a spice freighter.”
“That’s what your uncle told you.” Obi-Wan counters. “He didn’t hold with your father’s ideals. Thought he should’ve stayed here and not gotten involved.” The last few words are stretched for emphasis. Luke doesn’t catch the reference.
“You fought in the Clone Wars?” Luke’s curiosity is foremost.
“Yes,” Obi-Wan chortles, “I was once a Jedi knight, same as your father.” Luke pauses to think. He looks down at the ground.
“I wish I’d known him.” Expressing a little spoken truth.
“He was the best star pilot in the galaxy, and a cunning warrior.” Ben muses.
Obi-Wan sure glosses over the whole back story of Luke’s father. Luke will live this 3 line history of his father for quite some time. Eventually he will learn the truth at perhaps a very inopportune time. At that time, there will be no back story or explanation – just one line that will burn with bitterness. He will find out he is the legacy of something very dark and evil.
Ah, the truth. Ah, the back story of a lifetime. Ah, how they weave together in what becomes our life experience. It would have done no good for Luke to know the truth from the beginning. Was there a better time? No. Some might argue that knowing the truth immediately is the best practice but perhaps we all fall fate to the omissions and transposition of “truth.” You will never know the complete truth. The interplay of events and intentions is unpredictable and subject to interpretation. Instead use what happens over what could have happened,truly that’s all there is.
Don’t wish for things to have been different. Live what is today. You could change the backstory to be what ever you want but living what is in front of you is so much richer.