Early in A New Hope after the drama at dinner over Luke being delayed a year to going to the academy, Luke returns to the droids for an evening of working to make them farm worthy. Of course, he only finds C3PO because R2D2 has run off. After scanning the horizon with no luck, Luke explains to C3PO they will have to wait until morning to search. It’s too dangerous at night.
“You know, that little droid’s going to cost me a lot of trouble.”
“Oh, he excels at that, sir.”
Isn’t R2D2 the little instigator! As for C3PO, he stuck his neck out for Rtoo so the Skywalkers would purchase him. Now he is throwing Rtoo under the bus. The two droids are quite the fussy odd couple.
As droid, R2D2 should be following the instructions of his master, and most definitely not running away. Even if he wasn’t specifically programmed to obey, it would still be the “right” and “honorable” thing to do. In purchasing the two droids, Uncle Owen saved them from possible disassembly for parts. R2D2 doesn’t seem to appreciate that favor. Instead he breaks the rules and outright defies his new owners. Is he now a criminal droid . .. To be destroyed for failed circuitry and danger to the public?
Of course not! Why? Because he doesn’t do these things to serve a personal motive or gain something for himself. He breaks the rules to save a Princess, to fulfill a mission and maybe even save the galaxy from terrorist rule.
Have you done your share of “criminal” mischief? Do you like to break the rules for your convenience? There’s a solid argument for civil disobedience. Often that’s what it takes to make the societal upheavals that are worthy. The difference though between Light and Dark choices though lies with the intent. When you’re bending the rules or disobeying authority, make sure you do it for the betterment of others and not your personal comfort. These decisions often exact a price of the highest order. The Light is not personal safety, but a difficult path to serve. Choose wisely.