Now I have a bit more time…
I think the new films kind of pick this up really well. Sure, there’s no denying that there has to be an element of “change the world/galaxy for the better” when you do these things, but it doesn’t actually mean that your primary focus is on the future generations. At the end of the day you’re trying to stop an injustice now, you’re trying to destroy tyranny now. You’re kind of doing that for future generations, sure… but you’re also doing it for yourself, because you believe that the current status quo is wrong and that it’s so wrong you need to change it.
But not everyone cares. Plenty of people are happy to extricate themselves from the real effects of this struggle through privilege, power or wealth. And when the change has been achieved the question is what is being done to ensure that the past is not repeated. Clearly the generation of the Skywalker twins failed in the most important task of all which is not only to change the way the Galaxy works, but ensure that it keeps working for everyone enough that no-one gets sucked in to old ways.
To directly compare that to our current day reality we have actual fascists going around in Western Europe being given the time of day to build their platform, and they do this off of the back of the consequences of multiple wars since World War 1 and multiple governments not making the changes needed to stop the causes of fascism from being stoked.
In this film they talk repeatedly about Hope, they talk about how you don’t need to see the sun to know it’s there, you just need to know it’s there when it’s not in view. The same goes on the flip-reverse for “evil”, you don’t need to directly witness it for it to exist, and for our modern society to go around pretending that because we don’t experience things, that they aren’t real issues… it’s the bedrock of creating the sparks that ignite fascism and division. And so in the film we see the same, the First Order rising from the ashes of a seemingly defeated empire, for whatever reason believing that the Empire was in the right and that there is a reason for them to exist.
They didn’t do this because the Republic clearly didn’t ensure that the subsequent 30-40 years were spent making sure that those that were previously supported by the empire were taken in and supported by the republic, or that this newly refound democratic way of running the galaxy stopped slavery or poverty. We don’t see enough of the republic to understand what the way of the galaxy is, but we see in The Last Jedi parallels with our own world, and that the lives of the wealthy and the downtrodden are largely unchanged by the destruction of the “metropolitan” republic government’s planet (or the changing of regime in our real life).
Adam Driver gave an interview before the film screened where he said the thing that’s most inline with how The Last Jedi feels…and that’s that he doesn’t see Kylo Ren as an evil character, he doesn’t see him as a character that is just trying to be bad. He sees Kylo Ren as someone who thinks he’s right, and that his “right” is different from Rey or Leia’s “right”. This First Order is doing to some extend what the rebels did in episodes 4-6, they are coming in and correcting what they perceive to be wrong. While Snoke may be perhaps truly evil, Kylo Ren is more akin to a younger Anakin that believes that there is a way to make everything better for everyone but not in a way that our western society would generally agree is fair, humane or acceptable.
And so the realities of this universe, as with our world, is that a whole generation… two technically… have done what they thought is right, what they thought will protect the future, but they haven’t gone far enough while at the same time enjoying the fruits of their labour for themselves. They’ve left the new generation to solve the problems that their own generations decided not to, and left it too late for this new generation to be able to do so in any way that isn’t going to cause great conflict and hurt, all while the older generations are still ultimately in power and making the big decisions.