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George Lucas created the concept of the Force to address character and plot developments in Star Wars (1977). He also wanted to “awaken a certain kind of spirituality” in young audiences, suggesting a belief in God without endorsing any specific religion. He developed the Force as a nondenominational religious concept, “distill[ed from] the essence of all religions”, premised on the existence of God and distinct ideas of good and evil. Lucas said that there is a conscious choice between good and bad, and “the world works better if you’re on the good side”. In 1970s San Francisco, where Lucas lived when he wrote the drafts that became Star Wars, New Age ideas that incorporated the concept of qi and other notions of a mystical life-force were “in the air” and widely embraced.