19 Apr

Conan vs. Darth Vader

conan_vs_darth

It’s not as easy a question as you might think.  I personally know about several pretty serious beings that Conan has brought low–some that are arguably more powerful that Vader.  It not just about a steel sword up against a light saber.  One has to consider the entire package here.

I won’t delve into the un-answerable, but here is some food for thought:

  • Conan is adept at discovering an opponent’s weakness and capitalizing upon it in unexpected ways.
  • Conan is a team builder–often the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
  • Conan has no time for subtlety–sometimes brute force wins over finer distinctions.
  • Conan knows what’s best in life.

I would often start a class off with this simple question written on the whiteboard.  It was simply amazing how heated discussions would continue for weeks afterward.

It is, I believe, greatly indicative of one’s personality.  Each individual confronted with the question would immediately come down hard on one side or the other and resist adamantly any efforts of persuasion to the contrary.  Face it, gentle reader, you have already taken a side.  The majority tend toward Vader.  I accept that, but I have always represented for my man, Conan.