Whether or not you like Star Wars, most people will agree that the ‘Lightsaber’ is one of the coolest SciFi inventions of all time! I mean, who wouldn’t want a laser blade capable of cutting through pretty much anything, right? Well, many many years ago, I remember taking a sick day from work, at home in bed, with nothing to do. In my boredom, I decided to search the web in hopes of finding evidence of a real life Lightsaber! I know, what a geek, right?! Surprisingly, however, I found quite a bit of information on the subject, most importantly, that I was not alone in my wish to see this amazing weapon in real life!
As I read through forums and websites where genius geeks claiming to have degrees from some of the top schools in the country (like M.I.T. & UC Berkley) talked about their theory’s and even experimentation, I almost started to believe that one day, it might actually be possible for me to own my very own Lightsaber! The word awesome comes to mind.
Like all good things, my fun-filled day of Lightsaber research soon came to an end, but ever since that wasted day, I’ve pondered the reality of what a lightsaber would truly mean.
First off, we have to talk about training, because lets face it, some people struggle to use a butter knife without inflicting injuries upon themselves, so to say that some kind of training or licensing would be necessary is probably an understatement.
But then of course we have that other little, itty bitty detail ‘The Force’, “…a binding, metaphysical and ubiquitous power…” as defined by Wikipedia. You see, in the Star Wars Universe, pretty much everyone who handles a Lightsaber has ‘The Force’, and as we know, this power gave them a distinct ability to do impressive things with Lightsabers like block laser gun blasts with eyes closed as an example. So I think it’s safe to say that this fictional power is a critical component in ones ability to safely control a lightsaber.
Long story short, it didn’t take me long to officially decide that since I don’t have ‘The Force’ (nor do all the geniuses that actually have any shot at all in building such a device), a Lightsaber would be a very bad idea…that is unless you’re in favor of a bunch of stupid Star Wars fans losing limbs! At least they’d be cauterizing their own wounds, right?!