Deep in the plot of A New Hope, Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin have been discussing whether Obi-Wan Kenobi could possibly be still alive, let alone stalk the hallways of their Death Star. Grand Moff Tarkin insists the Jedi as a religion are all extinct, but Darth Vader uses the Force to sense the true danger of a Jedi so close by.
An alert notifies them that Princess Leia has escaped.
“The Princess?” Grand Moff Tarkin questions but then acts quickly, “Put all sections on alert.”
“Obi-Wan is here.” Darth Vader confirms. “The Forces is with him.”
“If you’re right, he must not be allowed to escape.” Grand Moff Tarkin asserts.
“Escape is not his plan.” Darth turns to leave. “I must face him alone.”
How would Darth Vader already understand the machinations of Obi-Wan’s plan? Certainly Luke and the crew do not. Obi-Wan had no knowledge of Princess Leia’s imprisonment on the ship . . . Or did he? Did he know Luke would risk everything to save her? Unlikely? But he did know Luke’s disposition to act first without thinking things through. He probably counted on Han’s hesitance to do anything to risk his neck to balance out any crazy schemes.
Hard to know who knows what. It’s harder still to know what thoughts and intentions others are throwing around. Those influencers have the more impact as well. We spend a great deal of mental energy consciously and subconsciously trying to interpret what others’ actions and words mean because they often aren’t that straightforward. We also do a vast amount of judging – someone’s accent, the clothes they wear, their posture, their possessions. These cues all weave a story about a person whether they take great care to “present” their personality or vice versa, care very little how they look.
Personnas tell a lot about a person, but they don’t say everything. Look beyond the quick judgments you make about people. Always look for their Light.