Some interesting new information has come to light regarding Obi-Wan Kenobi’s little white lie to Luke Skywalker regarding his father. Obi-Wan flat out told Luke that Darth Vader killed his father, then when Luke found out the truth that his dad was Vader, he confronted force ghost Kenobi and was like, “What the hell!?”
Do you remember Kenobi’s response? He told him that everything he said was true, “from a certain point of view.” Well, any lie can be looked at as truth from a certain point of view! It doesn’t make it right, Kenobi! Or does it?
Turns out, the new Star Wars novel Aftermath: Empire’s End provides a Jedi religious basis for why Kenobi lied to Luke about Vader’s true identity. This is officially canon now as it was approved by the Lucasfilm story group.
Empire’s End reveals a passage from the Journal of the Whills, which is a book in the Star Wars universe that helps explain the light and the dark sides of the force. This is pretty much like Jedi scripture. The Whills were originally supposed to be the immortal beings who were narrating the Star Wars saga, but George Lucas ended up ditching that idea.
The Whills were referenced in some deleted scenes from the prequel trilogy, and even Donnie Yen’s character Chirrut Imwe from Rogue One was part of a religious order called the Guardians of the Whills.
Anyway, there’s a passage in Empire’s End from the Journal of Whills that focuses on what truth really is and even includes the saying “from a certain point of view”.
“The truth in our soul
Is that nothing is true.
The question of life
Is what then do we do?
The burden is ours
To penance, we hew.
The Force binds us all
From a certain point of view.”
So, as you can see, Kenobi was just quoting scripture when he was lying to Luke. I just couldn’t help but laugh at the fact that they actually made Kenobi’s whole lame excuse behind the big lie a part of Jedi religious doctrine!