For those of us who grew up in a world where cinematic technology brought science fiction to life there have been many great lessons from the universe of fantasy and science fiction. These lessons were usually passed down from a teacher to a hero, or if you were an evil child from Sith Lord to apprentice.
Because we at Daft Gadgets prefer to walk the path of the Jedi, we have not included Darth Plagueis, (the teacher of Darth Sidious) in our list of great teachers from the world of Science Fiction and instead are beginning our list with…..
Yoda trained only the most loyal and committed students in the Jedi Ways of the force. Before joining the Jedi council his lived life aboard the Jedi training ship known as “Chunthor” not to be confused with “Gunther” from the show friends
The focus of Yoda’s teaching was based upon the understanding that as you become closer to nature you become closer to the force, becoming most powerful in death when you become one with the force entirely.
“Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed, that is.” Yoda would say, So in some ways he can be viewed as a crazy religious suicide cult leader.
However to his students, he was much more than that.
As nice and peaceful as Yoda was, he was not easy on his students. he exposed them to tests of endurance, strength and skill and well as potentially traumatizing psychological battles. He was known for sending his students into evil trees that would create a dark side based version of victims who entered. This taught students that they were their own greatest enemies and that potentially all fear is fear of oneself.
When Yoda was asked what was in the tree he would respond “Only what you take with you.”
Words of Wisdom from Yoda:
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.”
“Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed, that is.”
“Careful you must be when sensing the future, Anakin. The fear of loss is a path to the dark side.”
“Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.”
“No! No different! Only different in your mind. You must unlearn what you have learned.”
Luke: “I don’t believe it…”
Yoda: “That is why you fail.”
―Yoda to Luke[src]
“When all choices seem wrong, choose restraint.
“If no mistake have you made, yet losing you are … a different game you should play.”
“On many long journeys have I gone. And waited, too, for others to return from journeys of their own. Some return; some are broken; some come back so different only their names remain.”
“When you fall, apprentice, catch you I will.”
―Yoda to Dooku
“Honor life by living, Padawan. Killing honors only death: only the dark side.”
“To be Jedi is to face the truth, and choose. Give off light, or darkness, Padawan. Be a candle, or the night, Padawan: but choose!”
“When you look at the dark side, careful you must be … for the dark side looks back.”
The Next Great Teacher from the Sci Fi Universe to break the list is…
Now we know what you are thinking, how Smart can someone be whose family is from the house of “L” and has a giant “S” as their family logo? Well, it turns out pretty damn smart!
Jor-El was a brilliant scientist who served on Krypton’s ruling council loyally for many years. He later married a girl named Lara (not be be confused with “Lara Croft” who later gave birth to the boy who would become superman (partially due to Jor-Els teaching and training)
Jor-El is also known for being a bit of a cold hearted bastard, but in his defense, he purposely withheld his emotions from the crystals he transferred his brainwaves to so that he would not be too easy on his son. This way Superman would learn to survive on earth without becoming an evil threat to humanity.
Some of Jor-El’s best teaching quotes are:
The evil is you, Kal-El. The greatest threat Earth will face is coming. It preys on wavering souls like yours. Once this darkness consumes you, you will be Earth’s greatest enemy.
“Each time you let your emotions guide you, the fate of the entire planet is at risk. That is your weakness, Kal-El.”
“The tide of fate is impossible to stop. Even if you are able to alter one course of events, the universe will find others.”
“Your determination is strong, Son, but just as your passion will be your greatest strength, so, too, will it be your greatest obstacle.”
“You cannot be a beacon of hope when you have darkness in your heart.”
“You are mistaken to think that we are so different from humans. Our sacred book of Rao teaches that wherever there is light, there is darknes”
Albus Percival Wulfic Brian Dumbledore is known for both his prowess as a wizard and profoundly wise teacher to some and probably mistaken for Santa Clause by others. However, unlike Santa Clause, Dumbledore is merely fictional.
According to his creator Dumbledore is the “Epitome of goodness.” He has a deep understanding of the magic of love which allows him extraordinary powers like turning invisible without an invisibility cloak.
As a teacher, Dumbledore gives off an aura of serenity and composure even though he is extremely eccentric and slightly effeminate. The use of humor puts his students at ease making him very well liked by his students, but his best quality of teaching is probably his overwhelming faith in his students.
Some quotes from the Legendary teacher of Hogwarts are:
I will only truly have left this school when none here are loyal to me. Help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.
“After all to the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”
“Do not pity the dead Harry. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love.”
“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”
“It is a curious thing, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. “
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
“It is important to fight and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then can evil be kept at bay though never quite eradicated.”
“Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.”
“It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
“It’s the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”
With the X-men hitting movies in the 21st century, more people are becoming aware of the comic book universe and the vast collection of great teachers and lessons found within their stories. The stories are becoming so popular that characters like professor X have reached mainstream media print like Business Week. According to BusinessWeek, Charles Xavier is listed as one of the top ten most intelligent fictional characters in American comics. Now we’re not sure why BusinessWeek would stoop down to list writing with the like of us, but we welcome the company.
Professor Xavier (Professor X) is known for teaching minorities (mutants) to live in peace with members of the majority (humans) He teaches his students to act responsible with their abilities so that there is no need for others to fear their power and create war. However, living in a fictional universe allows him many teaching abilities that other may not have. For example, Professor X can read one persons mind, learn the material, and then transfer that material to another persons mind.
This power would also be a good way to create and rule a totalitarian society if Professor X was evil, but superheroes like him rarely use their powers for personal gain. Like other great teachers on this list, Professor X is all about peace, unity, teamwork, freedom and love, and according to his creators, was clearly inspired by the civil rights rhetoric of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Some quotations of Professor Xavier’s wisdom are:
“Oppression is no excuse for vengeance”
“True focus lies somewhere between rage and serenity”
The Oracle is known as “The Mother” of the Matrix. She possesses an emotional intelligence that opposes the misguided logic of the Architect of the matrix and she uses this power to guide the organic beings who are living oppressed in a world dominated by machines.
She possesses the power of foresight, which allows her to not only mess with the heads of her students but also order them around like puppets if she chooses. However, she also chooses to use her powers for good and doesn’t use her powers of foresight to play the lottery or make money in the stock market.
The Oracle is unlike any other teacher in that she has almost a Socratic way of asking her students questions that they already know the answersto, while providing them with faith in her predictions on their path to find faith within themselves.
Some words of wisdom from the Oracle are:
It means know thy self. I wanna tell you a little secret, being the one is just like being in love. No one needs to tell you you are in love, you just know it, through and through.
Everything that has a beginning has an end
Cookies need love like everything does.
Life’s too short. That’s not a prediction.
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