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A public service by Marjorie E. Steakley

A terrible tragedy about collateral damage

Lent, 2009

(sidebars

and notes

Easter, 2009)


Second Thoughts



Citizen Kane

is the
second

best film ever
made...



Sexual assault is the
second

worst thing that
can happen t
o a person that one can survive…



The Empire Strikes Back
, the
second

installment in the
Star Wars

cycle, is the
greatest

film ever made…



…because its greatest tragedy is not the fate
of Han Solo…



…nor is its most shocking revelation the
relationship betwee
n Luke Skywalker and
Darth Vader…



…nor is it coming of age amid family abuse in
mid 20
th

century America as I had thought for
over 25 years…

While I have utmost respect and admiration for
Citizen Kane
, I have profound gender objections to
Blade Runner
, whi
ch eclipse its groundbreaking soundtrack and prognostication of present
-
day New York (
not
LA).

The Deepest Lent Possible



Rather, the greatest and most inconvenient truth of
The Empire Strikes Back

is…



…that, like
Citizen Kane
, it is actually based on a tru
e story!



…that its subtext is about the
worst

thing that can possibly happen to a human being
that one can survive…



…it wasn’t the major car wreck in California in the

early

‘60s…



…it wasn’t the emergency trauma surgery…



…rather, its greatest tragedy and m
ost shocking revelation is that its creator
was…




This title should be registered in the state of
Tennessee as a deadly weapon.

Reaction
s to this revelation:

“That’s what artists do
;

they exorcize their
demons. Some people kick the dog and some
people make a movie”

Zero Ohms

“That’s so traumatic! You should write him a
letter.”

My mother (and an anesthetized
patient) [Actually, I fin
ally did write him one!]

“The music is so beautifully timed; it’s perfectly
coordinated with the crescendos. A
masterwork…it’s the autobiography of us all.”

An anesthetized patient

“It explains a lot of things…This is so important
and affects so many mi
llions of people…If I
ever need anything done again, I’m definitely
going to get a nerve block.”

Another
anesthetized patient

“It’s a work of art.”

An unanesthetized person

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FORCIBLY ANESTHETIZED AGAINST HIS WILL!


“SEARCH YOUR FEELINGS; YOU KNOW IT TO BE TRUE!”


This message is all over the subtext; that’s how I know it’s true! Critics have consistently
praised the reali
ty behind the fantasy of
The Empire Strikes Back
, and that quality was a
huge part of my coming of age in 1980. Although I didn’t suffer a nervous breakdown in the
summer of 1980 as my brother had, the experience was nonetheless significantly traumatic.
Now I fully understand what that reality is.

Such things still go down in this century: in 2006, I had a colicky gallbladder, and was
coerced into an upper GI endoscopy, which I should’ve canceled, because it would’ve
revealed nothing about my GB. I had
negotiated a verbal agreement to try it first with
nothing before any sedation, but they

reneged because of my anxiety
f
rom

being separated
from my friend and of the prospect of being sedated. I was also treated like an animal and
was sedated against my w
ill. Granted, I wasn’t anesthetized, but I was within arm’s reach of
that hellhole, and, consequently, nearly had a nervous breakdown. But because I resisted it,
I can describe it in detail: I could perceive light normally through my eyelids, and could
hear muffled voices, but couldn’t understand a thing of what they were saying, which was
devastating, because I rely so much on listening. I could perceive the passage of time, and
could eventually feel the endoscope lightly in my throat. I refused to pa
y, and was about to
send my cat’s stool and my own horrid excrement instead of payment, but billing gave up
before that point was reached.


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I Can Now Hear the Silent Scream of an Anesthetized Patient Named George Lucas!

LISTEN WITH FEAR, TREMBLING, REVER
ENCE, AND AWE!


“Revelations, like ourselves, are always brought forth in pain.”

J. Michael Straczynski

Straczynski is the creator of
Babylon 5

and obviously a big fan of
The Empire Strikes Back
.


The Autobiography of an
Anesthetized Patient

In the first 2 installments of the
Star Wars

cycle (1977 and 1980),
the character of
Darth Vader
is

the anesthetic

personified
. This is why he is forever masked
(representing amnesia), clad in black, and on life support, with which al
l anesthetized
patients have been sustained since it got
absolutely

out of control during the postwar era.
This is why, in the 1977 opus, neither Luke nor Han ever came in contact with Vader, and
Obi
-
wan Kenobi’s encounter with him proved to be fatal. In

The Empire Strikes Back
, both
characters, representing different aspects of Lucas’ psyche, have the [expletive deleted]
kicked out of them. The masked Boba Fett represents injectable intramuscular “pre
-
anesthetics,” which “impair memory of perioperative
events.” This is why the funereal
“anesthetic dirge” heard in the soundtrack underscoring Luke’s arrival in the corridors of
Bespin is the consummation of the Imperial March.

Understanding Vader as the personification of the anesthetic proved to be the Ro
setta stone
for unlocking the film’s entire meaning. After that discovery, everything else just fell into
place. The characters’ having the [expletive deleted] kicked out of them is exactly how I had
put it in 1980.

I composed almost all of this from mem
ory, having not seen the film in years because I only
had a VHS tape of it but haven’t had a working VHS player in years, and local outlets never
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having DVDs of
Empire

in stock for
sale

whenever I dropped in. Only in late March was I
finally able to secur
e a DVD, after which I added a few details.

The Anesthetic Widow

The character of Leia not only represents Lucas’ older sister, but also Elizabeth
Wales Wells (Mrs. Horace Wells), who was widowed by her husband’s addicted self
-
experimentation with his inve
ntion. Just as he was the world’s first anesthetist, she
screams out of the depths of women’s history as the world’s first anti
-
anesthetist,
characterizing his discovery as “an unspeakable evil.” Ultimately, Dr. Wells attacked
prostitutes with sulfuric a
cid in New York City just after emerging from a day spent under
anesthesia, and was arrested. When he remembered who he was and realized his
predicament, he committed suicide using his razor and a bottle of anesthetic he had
smuggled into jail. Mrs. Well
s’ bereavement is depicted in the original 1977 opus as
Vader’s mostly off
-
screen torture of Leia aboard the Death Star. She even sported Mrs.
Wells’ hairstyle!


The invention of surgical narcosis inaugurated the modern age of addiction. Norman Kerr,
a 1
9
th

century pioneer in the study of drug abuse, established that ether and chloroform were
the 2 most addictive substances known, far worse than cocaine or opium.

Reenacting the Great Schism in the OR

The medical profession originated not from Hippocrates,

but in the Scholasticism
movement of the Roman Catholic Church under the reign of Pope Innocent III, the same
misogynist antichrist who inaugurated the Inquisition and the Witch Hunts. Arguably, the
Inquisition never ended; the Inquisitors merely started

anesthetizing their victims on the
pretense of “being civilized.” In 1979, the late Robert S. Mendelsohn,
M.D.,
though a Jew,
was struck by the uncanny resemblance between the medical profession and the Roman
Catholic Church, although he was unaware of t
heir common origins. With a Greek surname
and dark locks, Lucas had certainly been brought up Greek Orthodox, and the significance
of his being a victim of the modern
-
day Inquisition is obvious. The Orthodox Church was
the original Church, and its existe
nce proves that the Roman Catholic and Evangelical
radical rights are heretical frauds more interested in hating women and Blacks than in
loving God. The millennium
-
old ruling
-
class plot to destroy the Orthodox Church is the
meaning of Vader’s obsessive m
anhunt for Luke and Han.


“Alternative medicine” is what is really descended from Hippocrates.

Bram Stoker may have written
Dracula

with Vlad the Impaler in mind, but the
real

“undead”
is Innocent III, who has reached from beyond the grave to destroy or ru
in at least a billion
lives over the past 700 years. We must strive to drive a wooden stake through
his heart for
once and for all.



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The End Does
Not

Justify the Means!

They treated him like an animal. This is the meaning of the camel
-
like Tauntauns,
th
e Wampa Ice Creature, the Dagobah swamp monster, the tentacled Mynocks, the
spacecraft
-
eating space slug, and the Empire’s animal
-
shaped war machines: its spidery
probes and elephantine tanks.

It is bitterly ironic that this forced anesthetization went do
wn at the height of the Cold War,
when the Right had been bitching “the end does NOT justify the means” for decades. Then
they have the unmitigated gall to about
-
face and hide behind “we saved your life” with
callous disregard for the iatrogenic collatera
l damage they had inflicted, leaving him barely
able to speak. The
only

reason they saved his life is because his father’s insurance would
pay mor
e if he lived than if he died!

What if the
Good

Samaritan had only helped the
mugging victim under the condi
tion of carnal knowledge?

Since the peoples of the Mediterranean, Mideast, and South Asia are the world’s most
hirsute, a certain example of his being treated like an animal was being shaved while
anesthetized rather than

conscious
. Because he had resiste
d the anesthetic so vigorously,
he certainly heard the sound of the shaver, accompanied by that of the surgical ventilator,
and felt insulted, humiliated, and degraded.

“I Don’t Want to Count Backwards”

The 3 phases of anesthesia are induction, maintenance
, and recovery. Because he
was legally underage and parental permission had already been obtained, Lucas was
forcibly induced against his will. This is the meaning of the Wampa Ice Creature’s inflicting
a concussion on Luke at the very beginning of the f
ilm, and is also the fundamental meaning
of the entire endeavor.


Perhaps I wasn’t that far off the mark after all in my originally thinking that the film was
about child abuse. It was actually child abuse
outside

the home as opposed to inside the
home.
A loving family was literally the thin blue line between Lucas and the shock machine.

Just as there are a lot of so
-
called mental patients whose problem fundamentally is family
abuse, war, sexual assault, disaster, or sexual slavery, there are certainly a
lot whose
problem is really anesthetization. I am a staunch, passionate, and outspoken proponent of
the position that so
-
called “mental illness” has no biologic causes other than iatrogenesis,
substance abuse, chronic noncaloric malnutrition, and
environm
ental

poisoning. Genetic
theories are fraudulent and a cardinal manifestation of
fascism
.

“i’m so cold!”

An anesthetized patient loses all ability to maintain body temperature and literally
becomes cold
-
blooded. This is how Juliet faked her death by crud
ely anesthetizing herself.
The patient’s plight is badly exacerbated by the personnel protective equipment, especially
the masks, of the OR personnel being unbearably hot. The surgeons control the thermostat
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and turn the OR into a meat locker. The patie
nt has a water
-
circulating heat pad (electric
ones are unsafe on unconscious persons), but it is never enough. This is the meaning of the
ice planet Hoth, with its brutal cold and howling blizzards. The eviscerated carcass of the
newly dead Tauntaun repr
esents his heat pad.

This was by far the hardest shoot in the entire cycle.

More recent models of surgical ventilators heat the gas mixture, and IVs are now warmed,
but chilling is still a major problem.

“It Gives the Desire and Takes Away the Ability”

S
hakespeare’s famous quote about alcohol applies to all other central nervous
system depressants. This is partly why anesthetization is a sexual fetish. This is the
meaning of the unconsummated romance between Han and Leia, with their kisses
invariably in
terrupted.


The other reason why anesthetization is a sexual fetish is because doctors derive sexual
pleasure from doing that to people. Consequently, any anesthetization that is unnecessary,
either because the surgery itself is unnecessary, or can be per
formed with a nerve block,
constitutes
sexual abuse
, even if penetration or fondling never occurred or was ever
considered. In and of itself, anesthetization represents a baroque act of sexual domination,
second only to electroshock and psychosurgery in i
ts deviance.

Establishing an Airway

Induction is immediately and invariably followed by intubation, the insertion of a
foot
-
long endotracheal tube from the mouth to the trachea (windpipe). This is the meaning
of the breathing tube Luke has while immersed
in a warm solution following his rescue.
The solution itself represents his heat pad.

I don’t relish this, either, because I am such a horrible gagger that I have a coated tongue
from being unable to brush it. Unless I use a compact brush, I gag while br
ushing my
molars.

Most people’s notions of the appearance of an anesthetized patient are outdated by over 50
years, and the disease cartel is intentionally keeping it that way. Masks are for induction
only, after which they are replaced with endotracheal
tubes, which are about the diameter of
the patient’s finger. The tube can be either positioned in the center of the mouth and throat,
or rotated to either corner of the mouth, depending on whether there are any particularly
sensitive areas in the patient’
s throat to be avoided. Either way, it is held in place by 2 long
strips of paper tape across the mouth and wrapped around the cheeks.
Occasionally,
intubation is accomplished

through a nostril instead.

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The Odds
against

an Anesthetized Patient

Because o
f assured brain damage, the chances of an anesthetized patient going on to
do something extraordinarily creative, imaginative, or groundbreaking are very remote.
Bland mediocrity is the typical outcome. For the first 2 installments of the
Star Wars

cycle
,
as well as
American Graffiti
, Lucas beat the odds, thanks to good Byzantine genes, good
education, an iron will, and the autobiographical nature of the 3 endeavors. He had offset
his brain damage from anesthetization by assiduously eschewing the drug mi
sadventure, a
common cause of brain damage in the ‘60s and ‘70s. This is the meaning of the androids’
constant citing of hopeless odds. The long odds also referred to his chances of survival.

He also beat
impossible

odds by making these films despite bei
ng so severely traumatized
that he could barely speak!

After decades of denial, the accumulation of evidence and the failure of all of the pathetic
excuses offered by the disease cartel, such as nonexistent “microemboli” and “pump head,”
are slowly but
ine
scapably

forcing this inconvenient truth out in the open.

I didn’t want anything to do with the drug misadventure, either, because of my involuntary
exposure to the diametrically opposite class of drug at age 5.

Scaring the Helpless Patient

Although they
present a monolithic front to the public, doctors do not agree with
each other on even the most fundamental concepts of science, and often have heated
arguments in front of anesthetized patients. This is the meaning of the internal bickering
among the Imp
erials.

For example, a significant number of doctors are conservatives who deny evolution, climate
change, and the very validity of environmental science

and social science
.

This decisively
disproves their fraudulent claim that alternative medicine and an
tipsychiatry are anti
-
science.

“i’m so alone!”

Nothing can possibly be more isolated than an anesthetized patient. To add insult to
injury, family and friends are banished to the infernal waiting room amid an impenetrable
fog of secrecy. This is the mean
ing of Luke and Han being separated from each other for
nearly the entire film.


Isolation is the abuser’s oldest trick in the book.

“i lost a war”

He valued his consciousness and did not want to be anesthetized. So he fought it
like hell. Natural select
ion has designed the brain to resist poisoning whenever the animal
gets into something it shouldn’t have. But fighting the anesthetic is a no
-
win situation: one
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either succumbs, wakes up in agony, or some of each. Making matters even worse is the
postwa
r “innovation” of totally paralyzing the patient with strong muscle relaxants, which
is the
real

“resistance is futile.” This is the meaning of the Rebel Alliance’s devastating
defeat at Hoth. The Imperial destruction of the Rebel power generators repres
ents Lucas’
crossing the line of demarcation called “reflex” between stages 4 and 5, at which all reflexes
are abolished.

While I had generalized the film’s meaning to family abuse, Kershner had generalized its
meaning to militarism. Evidently, he had com
e from a military background. It’s about
militarism all right, except it’s about
medical

militarism as opposed to the more familiar
geopolitical militarism. Both the geopolitical militarism of the Battle of Hoth and the
family abuse of the lightsaber due
l at Bespin are metaphors for being anesthetized.
Kershner had interpreted the former literally, while I had interpreted the latter literally.

“i was raped”

Contrary to Paul’s idiotic blathering in First Corinthians, a human being’s crowning
glory is one’
s consciousness and memory. If my vagina is a village as Eve Ensler says, then
my consciousness is a major city and my memory a metropolis with a population of
millions. Human consciousness and memory are literally “heaven and earth in little space,”
and

intentional deprivation of these is the most brutal form of rape ever devised. This is
the meaning of the chronically inoperable hyperdrive, the former crowning glory of the
Millennium Falcon
.

This was my immediate reaction to “My Vagina, My Village” in

The Vagina Chronicles
.

Frankly, I’d rather be sexually assaulted than anesthetized.


they played god on me”

They made many decisions profoundly impacting his life without his knowledge or
consent. If the frequent failures of medicine pointed out by the
legions of health dissidents
are any indication, at least some of these decisions were not in his best interest. This is the
meaning of the videoconference between Darth Vader and the Emperor (Pope Innocent III),
in which they plotted behind Luke’s back.

The historical original sin is the sinner becoming a ruler by putting oneself in the
place of God.

School Days

He saw his whole life go before him, which at that time was mostly his schooling.
This is the meaning of Luke’s educational retreat at Dagobah,
which even included PE.
Yoda is an amalgam of several teachers he had. The perennial fog, mist, and overcast, as
well as his vision of Kenobi amid the Hothian blizzard, indicate that this is a flashback.

I have good genes, and several health care personn
el have taken notice. I was supposed to
have been a profound genius, but was robbed of my birthright by an early closed head injury
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that left me with a speech impediment, a manual dexterity impairment, and trouble with
algebra. Had this not occurred, I w
ould’ve been a college student near graduation seeing
this movie at barely 17, instead of a high school student with a year to go. At the carbon
-
freezing scene, I would’ve blithely asked, “Why don’t they just anesthetize him? It’d be
easier, it’d be less

expensive, it’d be more predictable, and it’d be safer. Why not? Well,
maybe they did. Maybe that’s the whole point.
Maybe

that’s the [expletive deleted] point of
this whole [expletive deleted] movie!”

Tethered to Machines

All anesthetized patients ar
e placed on advanced life support, consisting of the
endotracheal tube connected to a surgical ventilator, the heat pad, the EKG and blood
pressure monitor, and the drugs injected by the anesthesiologist and the nurse
-
anesthetist
to regulate heart rate and

BP. This is the meaning of Han’s, Leia’s, and Chewbacca’s using
life support when venturing out into the asteroid cave. This is the only time in the entire 6
-
film cycle when characters other than Vader ever use life support.

All of these machines are de
ceptive, because nerve blocks are by far more technologically
advanced. The more advanced the technology, the smaller the environmental footprint.

“i blame myself”

He blamed his being anesthetized on himself and his own reckless driving,
represented by Ha
n’s flight through the asteroids. This is the meaning of Yoda’s frequent
complaints that Luke is reckless, and of Luke’s startling vision in the tree cave, in which he
discovered his own face underneath Darth Vader’s mask.

Blaming oneself may be very huma
n, but it also lets the militarists off the hook.

The Anesthetic Counterpart of Renewable Energy

Incomprehensibly, people undergo dental work and C
-
sections with nerve blocks,
the true conquest of pain, all the time, but either refuse or are denied them fo
r other
surgery. This double standard is the meaning of Yoda’s outburst, “No! No different! Only
different in your mind! You must unlearn what you have learned!”

Green technologies are invariably much more technologically advanced than rusty, brown
one
s.
Any thug from t
he Middle Ages can anesthetize a person, but administering a nerve
block requires extensive knowledge, expertise, and hand skills.

Senior Year Truncated

The car wreck and its tragic, fateful consequences struck as he was nearing high
sch
ool graduation. He missed commencement and took 4 months to convalesce. This is the
meaning of Luke’s cutting short his educational retreat over Yoda’s objections to confront
Vader (the anesthetic) at Bespin.

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Lent is the only season in the liturgical cal
endar that is
suitable

for an anesthetized patient.

“why?”


Because they had refused to communicate with him, he thought that they were
cutting him up indiscriminately. This is the meaning of C
-
3PO’s being blown to p
ieces by
Imperial stormtroopers

shortly

after arriving at Bespin.

They certainly just pinned him to the operating table and pressed the induction mask onto
his face with no explanation of what needed to be repaired, how, or why.


For They Do Not Plan for Peace but Invent Schemes
against

the Qui
et in the Land”

Ps. 35:20

As fellow descendants of the Nordic barbarians who had deposed and succeeded the
Roman Empire, non
-
disease businessmen co
-
conspire with the medical profession to
maintain an uninterrupted flow of victims to the anesthetic
subjugat
or
. This is the meaning
of gangster
-
turned
-
businessman Lando Calrissian’s deal with Vader and his betrayal of
Han. However, non
-
disease industries invariably get shortchanged via bone
-
crushing
health insurance costs, not to mention executives and manager
s falling prey to the
anesthetic
captor

themselves! This is the meaning of Vader’s constant reneging on his
agreement with Calrissian.

Lucas’ way of better understanding colonial racism was by giving the African American
character an Armenian surname. Th
is way, he was likening the
predicament

on the
plantation and during Jim Crow to the Ottoman Holocaust against Armenia during the
First World War, and to the Soviet oppression of Armenia going on at the time.

No Conquest of Pain at All!

Despite all the me
dical propaganda to the contrary, anesthetization in and of itself is
a form of torture, in which surgical pain is exchanged for the humiliation and degradation
of being deprived of the very essence of what makes one human. Being impoverished is
lacking f
ood, clothing, and shelter, but being destitute is being cut off from people and from
God, i.e. being anesthetized. This is the meaning of Han’s ordeal on Vader’s torture rack.

William Morton and Charles Jackson, who publicly introduced surgical narcosis,

both
eventually died from bizarre neurological disorders from self
-
experimentation. Jackson had
been demented for 7 years prior to his death. Ralph Waldo Emerson is the brother
-
in
-
law of
Jackson

and the first well
-
documented person to have died from Alz
heimer. Most likely, he
had been experimented upon, too.

I Almost Turned Away in 1980

Because he had resisted the anesthetic so heroically, he certainly had at least one,
and probably more than one episode of partial consciousness. But instead of being a
n
opportunity to convey his needs, feelings, and wishes, as would’ve been the case in the 19
th

century, the brutal paralyzing muscle relaxant kept him imprisoned in his own body,
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making him feel like he was buried alive. This absolute helplessness is the
meaning of
Han’s being frozen. The carbon
-
freezing also reinforces the overall theme of
anesthetization by force, as well as the half
-
frozen, cold
-
blooded plight of the anesthetized
patient.

In the 19
th

century, anesthetized patients could talk, and if so
mething was not going right,
or if they had questions or concerns, they’d say so!

The Greatest Single Moment of Adolescent Maturation

At 9:38 pm Central Daylight Time on Tuesday, May 20, 1980, a struggling junior at
Richardson High School, barely 17, was
attending the Dallas premiere of
The Empire Strikes
Back

with her older brother at the erstwhile Northpark I Cinema, when, upon seeing the
frozen Han Solo being transported by uniformed personnel through the
immaculate

white
corridors of Bespin’s cloud cit
y as though he was on a gurney, realized that someone else
shared her lifelong conviction that being anesthetized is not a good idea. Little did she
know,

that affirmation had come from someone who literally had come of age forcibly
anesthetized against h
is will.

This scene is underscored by the anesthetic dirge.

This was the only premiere I’ve ever attended in my entire life. I don’t believe in
predestination, but I’m convinced that the Holy Spirit made [expletive deleted] sure that I
saw that movie! Pi
ty that it took me so long to fully
appreciate

it!

Sadly, the Northpark I and II Cinema was torn down at the turn of the millennium.

“it’s a trap!”

Every checkup and “well child visit” is a trap leading hapless and often perfectly
healthy victims to costl
y and
dangerous

drugs, tests, and surgery. Even the bone marrow
donor program is nothing but a pathetic excuse to anesthetize people, even though marrow
transplants do save the lives of victims of radiation poisoning. At the end of the 20
th

century, I of
fered them marrow under the condition that I be given a nerve block. I never
heard from them again. This is the meaning of Leia’s shouting, “Luke! Luke, no! It’s a trap!
It’s a trap!”

If they were
genuine

about wanting the marrow, they would’ve cheerf
ully handed me the
nerve block on a silver platter.

“they crucified my consciousness”

Like the Battle of Hoth, the lightsaber duel at Bespin also represents how valiantly
he had fought the anesthetic. At first, he seemed to succeed, but it ultimately over
whelmed
him. Luke’s being thrown through the control room window by Vader reinforces Lucas’
passing below reflex. His plunge into deep coma is the meaning of Luke’s precipitous fall
from the gantry in Cloud City’s core. Luke’s falling out the hatch on C
loud City’s underside
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represents Lucas’ arrival at the intended plane of
surgical anesthesia. I do not have access to the
information as to which stage (5
-
12) that was.
Because vehicular accidents tend to shatter bones, I
fear the stage had 2 digits.

Eve
n with hypoxia from hypoperfusion as a major
issue, a supplementary nerve block could’ve easily
spared him a double
-
digit stage.

I believe in anamnesis more on Good Friday than on
Maundy Thursday. Whenever abuse of any kind
occurs, linear time momentaril
y dissolves, and the
victim is there at Calvary, and Christ is on the cross,
likewise there with the victim, suffering along with
him/her.

There’s Still a Person in There

They treated him lik
e an inanimate object and
saw

him as a thing rather than a human
being. Not
even once did they ever talk to him, firmly in his ear
using child
-
directed speech, which would’ve helped.
This is the meaning of poor, frozen Han’s being
loaded into the cargo hold of Boba Fett’s ship instead
of the passenger compartment.

Got

Brain Damage?


There is no way anyone can be anesthetized,
especially since the 1950s, without causing brain
damage, any more than one can throw an egg at a brick wall without breaking it. Every
illiterate peasant knows this. To Paul’s credit, this is a

cardinal manifestation of the
‘wisdom’ of the learned being foolishness to God, and God’s using the witness of the poor to
put the educated to shame. Brain damage from this tragedy is why Lucas has had some
wretched

failures, such as
Howard the Duck

and
Radioland Murders
. This is the meaning of
Vader’s amputating Luke’s right hand in battle.

Had there been no brain damage,
Howard the Duck

would’ve been as cute as a button.

Even
so, I’d rather see either of those than exploitation films like
Mr. and Mrs
. Smith
,
Star Trek:
First Contact
,
Hustle and Flow
, or
Black Snake Moan
.

Memphis can do better than the
latter two!

Quite a few native Memphians have vociferously complained about this,
particularly about the
disastrous

effect of
H&F

on area youth of co
lor.

Why don’t they
make a sequel called
White Snake Moan
, in which a white man has an Oriental woman
Anesthetized patients can and do have
feelings, so usage of child
-
directed spe
ech is
needed to dissuade them from
destructive
,
violent sexual impulses. Lucas clearly had
such impulses, which he can’t consciously
remember, but nonetheless, they surfaced in
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
.
Fortunately, he also had uninhibited n
onsexual
thoughts while he was unconscious,
significantly enriching
Empire

with social
criticisms.

The star destroyers of the Imperial fleet each
represent a different capitalist industry, such as
the military
-
industrial complex, the media, the
beverage in
dustry, the prison
-
industrial
complex, the fossil fuel industry, the tobacco
industry, etc. Vader’s ship, the
massive

Executor
, represents the medical
-
industrial
complex, and is bigger than all the others
combined. The Death Star of the original 1977
opu
s had represented nuclear weapons, and its
destruction had represented the advent of
détente and prognosticated the eventual
demise of the Soviet Union. Aboard all of the
star destroyers, the crew literally worked at the
commanders’ feet.

During the first

2 acts, Han was very patriarchal
towards Leia, but in the scene where they
discussed where to seek refuge, his attitude
changes, and he starts to treat her like a
human being. This is the turning point of the
whole movie, and it is for this ‘sin’ that he

is
frozen.

The argument between Leia and Lando in the
corridor represents the wedge driven between
white women and peoples of color by the
Nordic ruling class. The time wasted on that
arg
ument cost Han an early rescue.

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chained, with the slogan “everything’s hotter in Southern California”?

And

why don’t they
make a sequel called

Second

Contact

in which an African Americ
an “Borg king” seduces all
the white women on the ship?

The Temptation to Just Blow It All Off

Some anesthetized patients die because they just said, “To hell with it!” This is the
meaning of Vader’s inviting Luke to join him.

If it ever occurs to me that

I’m anesthetized, I’d almost certainly assert myself by escaping
to the hereafter, unless someone gives me a really compelling reason to stick around.

“my father signed my life away”

Because he was legally underage at the time of his accident, his father
had signed
the release to have him anesthetized. This is the meaning of the revelation of the
relationship between Luke and Vader (the anesthetic).

I bet a lot of victims of family abuse misinterpreted this revelation for obvious reasons.

Just Barely Aliv
e

All anesthetized patients, by definition, are in critical condition, which means
just
barely alive. Even injured athletes otherwise in prime condition are invariably and
inescapably

reduced to this state. This is the meaning of Luke’s desperately cling
ing to a
weathervane on the underside of Cloud City after his fall from the gantry, with certain
death looming perilously below. The weathervane represents his life support. Ironically,
the same surgical ventilator that was keeping him alive was also kee
ping him helplessly
locked in unconsciousness. This is the meaning of the hatch closing and latching above the
weathervane when Luke reached for it. But because he

resisted the anesthetic so gallantly
,
he could intermittently hear the obnoxious wheezing
of the ventilator, the beeping of the
EKG, and muffled voices, because natural selection has endowed the auditory channel with
unparalleled

resilience. It is always the last thing to go and the first thing to return.

He could understand very little, if an
ything, of what they were saying.


For millions of years, there has been intense selection pressure for

animals to awaken from type IV
sleep (the deepest) at the sound of approaching predators or severe weather.

Throughout our
existence, human beings have

also had
intense selection pressure to
awaken from type IV
sleep at the sound of intruders or invasions.

Women must also be able to awaken from type
IV sleep when children cry.


This is why every anesthetized patient should be given music over
earphones,

ideally patient
-
chosen music.

The only acceptable excuse for not

doing so is
profound deafness.



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The Patron Saint of Anesthetized Patients

Since Mrs. Wells spends her days in Heaven praying for anesthetized
patients

and
since Lucas was brought up believ
ing in and praying to saints, it is entirely possible that he
had a vision of her praying for him while he was anesthetized. This is the meaning of
Luke’s summoning Leia from the weathervane and her coming to his rescue, since Lucas’
sister had been barre
d from the OR like everyone else. This is also the meaning of Leia’s
comforting Han in the detention cell. A bold theory, but Leia’s sporting Mrs. Wells’
hairstyle in the original 1977 opus is just too unlikely to have merely been a coincidence.

“why did
n’t they tell me?”

The conspiratorial secrecy of the Inquisition and the Witch Hunts has remained
unchanged since the reign of Innocent III. Although millions of children and cancer
patients have been kept in the dark about their prognosis, in the latter
case out of fear that
they might defect to alternative medicine, anesthetized patients have borne the brunt of
official silence. They are told nothing, from whether they coded (went into cardiac arrest)
to what the surgeons talked about and what music the
y listened to. If it became known just
how often anesthetized patients code, hemorrhage, are disrespected or even sexually
abused by doctors, have acid reflux, are subjected to employees being abused in front of
them, or other adverse events, then nobody
would submit to it anymore. This is the
meaning of Kenobi’s and Yoda’s failure to disclose the relationship between Luke and
Vader.

Any therapist worth one’s salt abhors secrets as the most destructive force of all. Any Jew
or Christian worth one’s salt
should recognize such secrecy as a flagrant violation of the 9
th

Commandment. The
hollow

Nordic ruling and managerial classes mentioned in an earlier
slide only nominally converted to Christianity because it had been the official state religion
of the lat
e Roman Empire, as they sought to legitimize themselves as its successors by
adopting its last religion. That’s it. For all their bitching about biblical literalism, they
never

believed the Gospel, and they never will!

Clawing Towards the Light

Once he
was taken from the OR to the ICU, he entered the recovery phase, in which
he struggled and clawed his way towards consciousness, while the residual anesthetic
continued to tempt him with the peace of the grave. This is the meaning of the reunion of
Luke w
ith the
others;

Leia’s settling him in an ad hoc ICU, the continued temptation from
Vader, and the struggle to escape from Bespin.

Between 1992 and 2003, I had anesthetized thousands of rodents. Those that went directly
from induction to recovery and neve
r experienced maintenance were completely unfazed by
the experience, resuming their play as though nothing had happened! This is what
anesthetization was in the 19
th

century, because maintenance wasn’t invented until the turn
of the 20
th

century. However
, every single solitary rodent that experienced maintenance was
devastated and was never the same, even though the duration was only 5 minutes at no
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deeper than stage 4! Thus, the notion that if one survives, one will be perfectly fine is
outdated by over

100 years.

Conscious at Last

Finally, he regained consciousness in the ICU. This is the meaning of the
Millennium
Falcon

finally successfully jumping to hyperspace. In the following scene aboard the
Medical Frigate, there is a new clarity not found els
ewhere in the film, which represents his
regained consciousness.

He certainly felt like he’d be on life support for the rest of his life.

It wasn’t until a lawsuit for false imprisonment in the ‘80s that visitors were consistently
allowed in the ICU. I do

not know whether or not they made any exception for his
immediate family. Who is allowed to visit is still contentious, particularly for sexual
minorities.

“I Wanted a Nerve Block”

It is neither accident nor coincidence that Luke underwent implantation o
f his hand
prosthesis under a nerve block. In fact, no one is ever anesthetized in the entire 6
-
film
cycle. The surgery is performed by an android (my own vision is for it to be a genuine
artificial life form)
;

Leia is at his side to lend support

albeit
she needed to have been
scrubbed up

and Luke is on the cell phone with Lando Calrissian. Luke hopped right off
the operating table when it was finished. This is Lucas’ vision of what surgery should be,
and it is mine, too.

The nerve block embodies the wo
rldview of partnership, while anesthetization embodies
that of domination. George Lakoff describes these competing worldviews as “nurturing” and
“strict father,” respectively. The first story of creation in the Book of Genesis is told from
the partnershi
p perspective, while the second story of creation, which links anesthetization
and misogyny, is told from the domination perspective. The order of these stories indicates
that the vision of partnership had come first, and that the worldview of domination
itself is
the historical original sin.

“I Have No Resolution, I Have No Closure, I Was Just Left Dangling to Suffer in Silence Forever”

Because of all the pernicious secrecy and utter lack of transparency, it is extremely
rare for any anesthetized patient
to ever have any sense of closure. If one has a video, one
is
extremely

lucky. One typically is
practically

dumped on the street to sink or swim, left
with unanswered questions, to suffer in silence forever, and Lucas was no exception. This
is why the f
ilm has no ending, and why the audience is simply left dangling.

One other great film came out in 1980:
Brubaker
. It didn’t get the Oscar for best picture,
either. No one remembers the film that actually got it, except Lucas, Kershner, the director
of
B
rubaker
, the person who did get it, and
me
: a family drama about bereavement. This
singularly sinful capitalist society has brainwashed the insured that anesthetization is as
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inescapable as death and taxes, and has brainwashed males of color and poor whi
tes that
incarceration is as inevitable as death and taxes. The message of
Empire

and of
Brubaker
,
respectively,

is that this is a patent lie. Anesthetization and incarceration (variants of the
same thing) can and must be rare tragedies.

“A Part of Me Ne
ver Woke Up”

Luke represents the commonsense part of Lucas that woke up, while Han represents
the part of him

the more daring and adventurous part

that never did. This is
the
meaning of Han’s being still

frozen at the end of the film. Ironically, life im
itated art for
Harrison Ford in the mid
-
’80s, a tragedy which was entirely unnecessary, and he has
suffered in silence ever since, even attempting to leave his wife because of it. His self
-
produced project,
Regarding Henry
, though a reasonably good film,
is an unsuccessful
attempt to adequately convey the impact of anesthetization on his life.

Ironically, Lucas was indirectly and inadvertently responsible for Ford’s anesthetization, by
pressuring him into weight training for
Indiana Jones and the Temple of

Doom
, which
aggravated an old back injury. However, proper chiropractic care could’ve easily treated the
injury without anesthetization and yielded a much better outcome.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

During his long convalescence, Lucas sorely missed his ch
ildhood and withdrew into
a world of make
-
believe, which he would eventually commit to film. He also pondered the
forces behind his tragedy. Besides obviously driving more responsibly or giving the keys to
someone else, it occurred to him that industrial
ism and capitalism were the prime culprits,
as all this anesthetization is very lucrative and creates a lot of cushy jobs. Sadly, he
developed Luddite tendencies, even though nerve blocks are much more technologically
advanced, as are all other green tech
nologies. His wish to return to hunting
-
gathering and
for this lifestyle to prevail was shakily expressed in
Return of the Jedi
, the weak follow
-
up to
The Empire Strikes Back
. However, he is not too far from the truth: returning to the plow
or village w
orkshop, supplemented by renewable energy equipment and information
technology, is the true alternative to anesthetization

and all other forms of militarism.

This is why I am a staunch socialist. Real socialism is
monasticism

and not Russia in the
20
th

ce
ntury, which was
state
-
capitalism
.

The Only Way to Say “I Was Anesthetized” I
s Sadly

Lucas grew a full beard after the tragedy, since veiling is not considered acceptable
male behavior, partly to hide behind, and partly to protect his face, and his mouth w
here
the intubation had been, which certainly was still painfully there in the ICU. After the
record
-
setting success of the
Star Wars

cycle, he established facilities for young filmmakers
and started a K
-
12 educational foundation. However, no amount of w
ealth could ever
diminish his hidden anguish and post
-
traumatic stress, which are responsible for the
excesses of
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
, forcing the introduction of the PG
-
13
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rating. When he was doing his best work, he was still
so traumati
zed that he could barely speak! In this
contemporary nonfictional Greek tragedy, his hubris of
reckless driving had transformed him from a cocky
adolescent into an anesthetized patient. He is
ultimately an anesthetized version of both the tragic
heroes o
f his ancient ancestors and of the 19
th

century
Romantic hero of the suffering artist. Multiply this
tragedy to the tune of 35 million a year in this country
alone, and one begins to appreciate the depth and
scope to which civilization has been raped.

Thi
s is why there are so many infernal euphemisms for
being anesthetized.

Another area of
coldness and
insensitivity

is allowing
anesthetized patient
s

to
regain consciousness

still
intubated and for them to suffer that way, when a
minor surgical procedure can

bring relief. As early as
age 14, I noticed that whenever Lucas appeared in the media, I could tell that he had voice
damage. Now I know that it w
as because he had been

intubated for a long time.

He was almost nonverbal when he was making these films in

the ‘70s, but had he been
nearly nonverbal while in school, he would’ve been labeled with Asperger’s syndrome and
slapped into special ed in a New York minute. He would’ve never been admitted into film
school with a special ed diploma and an autism spect
rum label.

To get an idea of what Lucas’ life might’ve been like had he never been anesthetized, one
should look at Spielberg’s life and work
.

“The Tears I Can’t Remember”


Before the advent of feminism, most suffering in silence was because of sexual viol
ence and
family abuse, but in the wake of feminist progress on these issues, anesthetization has largely
displaced them in the industrial world. Therapists and prosecutors are now willing and equipped
to help victims of sexual and family violence, and som
e even specialize in these, but help for
anesthetized patients is elusive for not only a lack of legal protection, but also because of the
devastating amnesia endemic to this tragedy.

If I walk into a counseling office and tell the receptionist about how
my mother had treated
me, the response would be, “I can make you an appointment now. What day is good for
you?” If I walk in and say, “I’ve been sexually assaulted,” the receptionist will reply, “We’ll
work you in today.” However, if I walk in and say,
“I’ve been anesthetized,” the receptionist
will give me a puzzled look and reply, “So what?” Granted, if I had
really

been anesthetized,
Surgical narcosis is so out of con
trol that it has
become strategically significant, especially with
the Soviet Union gone and Asian and Middle
Eastern countries not needing the West’s
protection anymore. The majority of the U.S.
population has been anesthetized and is being
propped up by

a pseudoculture systematically
engineered from top to bottom to keep them
from having nervous breakdowns by avoiding
their feelings. The Chinese Communist Party is
the unwitting and undeserving beneficiary of an
unanesthetized population and is poised fo
r
world conquest. Fortunately, the CCP also has
an Achilles’ heel which can be exploited once
the West is neutralized: its utter contempt for
the environment and its total dependence on
imported fossil fuel. When the West sinks in a
sea of nervous break
downs, Middle Eastern
and tropical countries can easily bring the CCP
to its knees and make the final kill with a fossil
fuel embargo against
the People’s Republic of
China. No other health liberation issue has
strategic significance, not even nutritional
interventions for heart disease and cancer, or
the unlikelihood of AIDS actual
ly being an
infectious disease.

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I certainly wouldn’t be able to drive to a counseling office and march in the door like that!
I’d be a basket case!

A

Tale of Two Siblings

My older brother had a nervous breakdown from our having seen
The Empire
Strikes Back

at its Dallas premiere, while I had not. As a result, he wandered shopping
malls during that historically hot summer instead of working, and flunke
d his third year of
college, having to repeat it. I noticed that both his signature and footsteps changed forever
and for the worse after we had seen it. However, my misinterpretation of the film as the
story of an abused child coming of age had inspired

me to finish high school and get into
college. At the time, I had assumed that these diametrically opposite reactions were
because he had strongly identified with Han Solo, who was left frozen at the end of the film,
while I had preferred to inject mysel
f directly into the action. Granted, I did have a horrible
crush on Han and his portrayer, and his fate did make me melancholy. Now I understand
that the diametric opposite reactions were really because my brother had been
anesthetized, while I had not.

We had both read the review in
T
IME

Magazine, which briefly
mentioned the car wreck, but clearly my brother had fully understood its implications from
the very beginning, bec
ause he had personally suffer
ed them, while I had not. He
overwhelmed because he

had known all along that
The Empire Strikes Back

is ultimately
the
symbolic

autobiography of an anesthetized patient, while I didn’t discover this until age
45.

My sister
-
in
-
law and my nephew need to see thi
s.

Another Nervous Breakdown

During the 20
th

cen
tury, my mother sang for a choral conductor and nationally known
choral composer named Lloyd Pfautsch. A few years after his death at the turn of the
millennium, she told me that he had suffered a nervous breakdown upon being
anesthetized. The doctors ob
stinately denied the cause of his overwhelm, and involuntarily
committed him to a psychoprison, where he was forcibly drugged. His wife naïvely trusted
the doctors, and it was 6 months before he was finally freed. Clearly, he was a political
prisoner as
surely as Nelson Mandela had been. I am very angry at my mother for not
telling me this story while he was still alive. Pfautsch’s story dramatically illustrates the
urgency of the Lucas family’s

valiant
, successful protection of its traumatized,
overwhe
lmed son from psychiatry.
Their parish priest certainly provided counsel towards
this end.
I wish that Pfautsch and Lucas could’ve met and exchanged their stories, as it
would’ve been mutually therapeutic.

This was obviously part of a larger cover
-
up.

Ra
iders of the Lost Consciousness

Another thing that this revelation explains is why
Return of the Jedi
, originally
entitled
Revenge of the Jedi
, is so weak. I bet even money that in May of 1980, the medical
profession intimidated Lucas by threatening
him a
nd
his children with extrajudicial
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execution. Vader is strangely emasculated in the 1983 installment, and should’ve known
that Luke would’ve gone back to Tatooine to rescue Han, and would’ve intercepted him
there. It would’ve made sense for the final sho
wdown to have taken place at Luke’s

and
Vader’s

home instead of aboard a second, redundant Death Star. It would’ve been
delicious for the pale, intubated, and taped face of an anesthetized patient to have
symbolically launched a thousand spaceships, and f
or the climactic revolutionary battle to
be waged on his behalf as he lay unconscious and helpless. And Han should’ve been
allowed to suffer from frank post
-
traumatic stress upon thawing out, as his rescuers gently
but
thorough
ly

explained to him what had

transpired. A poignant touch would be for the
androids to download their own personal memories onto removable media to give to him
to replace the ones which he had been deprived. A heartbreaking dénouement would have
the traumatized Han abandoning the a
lias ‘Solo’ for his real name and finding solace, fresh
air, sunshine, and a quiet dignity in going back to the plow and having a family. The disease
cartel certainly interpreted the film’s original title as Lucas’ intention to avenge his own
consciousnes
s.

Yes, I confess to having rescue fantasies. Some people have them about Marilyn Monroe,
but I have them about anesthetized patients. Unfortunately, I’ve gotten too old to be able to
heave one across my shoulder anymore. I guess I want to rescue my pa
rents and brother,
Dr. Pfautsch, etc. Let’s be realistic: Monroe was certainly gang raped under anesthesia,
because her gallbladder had been removed 3 months before her suicide. No one

man,
woman, child, demented, profoundly retarded, profoundly autisti
c, totally blind,
quadriplegic, straight, gay, lesbian, queer, bi, trans, eunuch, castrato, or dead

could’ve
possibly resisted committing
indecency

against the anesthetized Marilyn Monroe.
Anyone
who claims otherwise is being dishonest with oneself and w
ith God.

This is one
significant reason why I enthusiastically endorse the development of entities of artificial
intelligence, as they’d be completely asexual.

Another World is Possible

Lucas’ wish

and mine

is no different from that of any other instituti
onal pacifist.
With extant knowledge and technology, the majority of surgeries can be abolished right
now with significant improvement of length and quality of life, and the majority of
remaining, actually
useful

surgery can be performed with nerve blocks
. Anesthetization
would become a rare tragedy, and the money, time, and natural resources saved would not
only cover the uninsured and help the environment, but provide all remaining anesthetized
patients with much more
compassionate
, individualized treat
ment, and special care and
guidance for the rest of their lives. The emerging Second World Depression can be a
blessing in disguise to disabuse us from many attitudes (including the appallingly self
-
abusive “I don’t want to see or hear anything”) and prac
tices diametrically opposed to our
best interest.

Except for the Revolutionary War, the War Between the States, and WWII, freedoms were
not bought by soldiers, but by the blood and suffering of
radical activists
. By the same
token, except for serious inju
ries, burns, deformities, and defects, anesthetized patients are
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not there for health, but
to advance careers
. Children are anesthetized to advance their
parents’ careers. Youth and middle
-
aged are anesthetized to advance their own careers and
their spou
ses’ careers. Elderly are anesthetized to advance their adult children’s and
adult
grandchildren’s careers.
That’s it.

The foreign wars will
never

stop until something is done about surgical narcosis. The peace
and justice movement
has dropped the ball
on alternative medicine. In turn, alternative
medicine, in its well
-
intentioned zeal to abolish unnecessary surgeries,
has dropped the
ball
on anesthesia reform. People won’t speak out because they don’t want to lose their
jobs. No job is worth being an
esthetized. This is why poor people don’t vote.

Lessons from
The Empire Strikes Back

Total abolition is still a long way off, but much can be done in cases where nerve
blocks are inadequate, or where hypoxia and anoxia are threats. In such cases,
supplem
entary nerve blocks can still be used as an anesthetic
-
sparing technique, meaning
less brain damage. Injectable pre
-
anesthetics should be abolished because they do not
mitigate pain, only impair memory (read fry the hippocampus). The lesson from the
carb
on
-
freezing chamber is that paralyzing the patient with muscle relaxants should also
be abolished. The lesson from Hoth is to warm the patient with heat lamps as well as heat
pads, and for surgeons to cool themselves with personal fans. The lesson from t
he cargo
hold of the
Slave I

is that the patient needs to feel included, and to talk to the patient firmly
in the ear using simple, explicit language. Using a microphone and earphones can save
one’s back from bending down to the patient’s ear. The patien
t can also be given suitable
music over the earphones, which will vary widely according to individual tastes, loud
enough to hear easily but not so loud as to risk ear damage. The lesson from the
videoconference and the Medical Frigate is for a loved one
to be there as a temporary
guardian, to speak to and speak on the patient’s behalf. Another lesson from the
videoconference is for everyone to have an anesthetic advance directive. The lesson from
the weathervane is for the patient to form a relationship

with the life support, modeled
after having had an umbilical cord and a placenta for 9 months. The patient should see the
equipment before induction, and should touch the airway with one’s tongue and lips upon
intubation. The lesson from the nonexistent

ending is that the patient needs to understand
what happened, and that anything less than absolute transparency and full disclosure is
unacceptable. And the lesson from the amputation is that the patient needs an
individualized rehabilitation plan, inclu
ding memory and cognitive rehab, teetotaling,
counseling, hypnotherapy to liberate state
-
specific memories, music and art therapy, do
-
it
-
yourself projects, guidance, and family counseling. All of these lessons imply
regulation
.

Paralyzing muscle relaxants

are also a significant issue in the movement against capital
punishment.

A personal listening system with a personalized playlist is an anesthetic
-
sparing technique.
Most likely, having a loved one as a temporary guardian will also prove to be an anesthe
tic
-
sparing technique.

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Touching the airway with one’s lips and tongue is possible because, when free from muscle
relaxants, anesthetized patients can respond to simple verbal commands.

All of the lessons have 2 things in common: regulation and a worldview

of partnership.

I have additional reforms in mind besides those suggested by
Empire
: intravenous
noncaloric nutritional support (from Derrick Lonsdale), aspiration of stomach acid to
prevent reflux, EEG monitoring, repositioning every 2 hours, and massag
e to assist venous
circulat
ion and improve cardiac output.

For victims of traumatic injuries or defects to the heart, the awful heart
-
lung machines should be
replaced by Jarvik
-
type

hearts, which provide superior perfusion, sparing the victims from stage 1
2.

Such
hearts can also ride piggyback over traumatized hearts for a while, assisting them and
giving them a chance to recuperate.

“Being Anesthetized I
s Hell”

God and Heaven forbid, if I ever realize my lifelong wor
st fear, the shatter
ing finale
of

Tchai
kovsky’s 6
th

Symphony, the
Pathétique
,

would best capture how it would make me
feel.
This is the only music I have ever heard in my en
tire life that adequately conv
e
y
s the
victimology of the anesthetized patient. 9 days after the symphony’s premiere,
Tch
aikovsky committed suicide because he couldn’t overcome his being gay. The liner
notes of one recording correctly conclude that he had written his own requiem.
Like Lucas,
I would certainly
forcefully

resist and lose as he had. I would have a massive ne
rvous
breakdown and suffer from catastrophic post
-
traumatic stress, needing extensive therapy
for the rest of my life, including writing my own autobiography of an anesthetized patient.
Not even sexual assault or war would be in the same league as anesthe
tization. The only
way to mitigate this disastrous outcome is for someone to take pictures to help me
understand what happened, to talk to me and to play classical and ambient music for me
over earphones, as

described above
, as I am profoundly hearing gif
ted. Interestingly, the
triumphant scherzo from this same symphony, immediately preceding the tragic finale and
invariab
ly drawing applause, best d
e
pict
s my elation at having

a nerve block. T
he
heartbreaking

story of the
young
, anesthetized George Lucas
and the movie it inspired
deserve an opera by a major composer by century’s end to ensure its preservation for
posterity. Critics note that
The Empire Strikes Back

transcends the
Star Wars

brand and the
entire science fiction and fantasy genre. It also t
ranscends the entire cinematic medium,
and deserves a place in the West’s greatest contribution to civilization: classical music.
And classical music deserves to have the autobiography of an anesthetized patient in its
standard repertoire.

Tchaikovsky’s
suicidal despair is an excellent stand
-
in for the
predicament

of the
anesthetized patient.

Because I am the only one in my entire immediate family who has never been anesthetized,
and that I am so different from any of them, this aspect of my medical histo
ry is a large part
of my personal identity. Because

much of my mother’s abuse

was psychosexual, I
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resolutely eschew human sexuality to the point of advocating its abolition. This is why I’d
be astoundingly resilient in the face of sexual assault, but ut
terly crushed by
anesthetization, because the former would leave my identity untouched, while the latter
would destroy it. My gift of hearing is another major component of my identity, which is
why trying to salvage the auditory channel might be a way to
save my sanity.

A lot of
bourgeois people don’t like me because I tend to be brutally honest. I just can’t live a lie.
This includes being
honest

enough to have a nervous breakdown upon being anesthetized!

I’ve wanted to see
The Empire Strikes Back

beco
me an opera or an electronic musical for 20
years, but now that I fully
recognize

its significance, I want a
bel canto

opera all the more
desperately. At this time, Arvo Pårt would be my first choice of a composer to transform
the greatest film of the 20
t
h

century into the greatest opera of the 21
st

century.

The Autobiography of an Anesthetized Patient

I used to be embarrassed that my all
-
time favorite movie was a popular action
-
packed fantasy and not a high
-
end endeavor like
Citizen Kane
. Granted, part o
f my life
-
changing coming of age that drizzly Tuesday night in 1980 was recognizing
The Empire
Strikes Back

as an art film disguised as science fiction, and loving art films ever since. Yet
all along I had sensed something about it that was outrageously t
ragic. Action, adventure,
and fantasy are merely its heavy outerwear, mythology and theology its winter apparel,
and the theories of Joseph Campbell its thermal underwear. But its pale, freezing, barely
alive, and utterly helpless tragic hero is an anest
hetized patient who needs love,
compassion, and a voice. Nothing has more gravity than his true story, which must never
be forgotten. This poor soul is unconscious and can only tell his heartbreaking story in
symbols and metaphors.

The Empire Strikes Ba
ck

is the story of
all

anesthetized patients, to
whom we must respond with our deepest sympathy and compassion. Tragically, most
Americans are in this demographic, so, chances are, an anesthetized patient starving for

affection
, c
ompassion, and help to co
mmunicate
will be oneself.

After nearly 30 years, I finally got it. I finally let it in.


I have wept
bitter tears

working
on this.

Part of my vision of world peace is a federal government with its capitol in Jerusalem, with
hundreds of provincial capitols scattered around the world, and where corporations are
abolished forever. Such a gove
rnment should bring George Lucas to Jerusalem to present
him with a plaque thanking him on behalf of the entire human species for his gift to
humanity of
The Empire Strikes Back
, a lone cry in the wilderness for anesthesia reform.
They’d certainly want hi
m to testify before a world tribunal on this subject.




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“No One Will Ever Do That to You Again”



The original 1977
Star Wars
, now called
A New Hope
, had ensured that
The Empire Strikes
Back

got made.

The Phantom Menace
,
A
ttack of the Clones
, and
Revenge of the Sith

ensure
that
Empire

can never be suppressed.