From the perspective of MMT, we can either face death with fear or with hope, and we can either be concerned with death or with life. The choice is entirely ours. We need to ask what matters most? What is worth living and dying for? Life is too short and too valuable to waste on things that don’t really matter.
However, we can never be completely free from death anxiety. As we grow older, we brace ourselves for the bad news with every annual physical checkup. With aging parents, we are always prepared for their death and burial. Somehow, the specter of death is always hovering over us, reminding us of our mortality. No matter how we rationalize or think about death, our instinctive reaction is rarely one of unalloyed joy.
Like many of the designs featured in Star Wars: Episode VII, this Death Star-like object takes a cue from the original Star Wars conceptual art by Ralph McQuarrie. From landmarks seen on the new desert planet of Jakku and Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) costume and speeder to the designs of BB-8 and the latest X-Wings, director J.J. Abrams is making a point of pulling in as much as he can from McQuarrie’s original work. Here’s McQuarrie’s take on the original Death Star: