Tuesday, April 25, 2017
A Quickie: The Flaws of the Jedi (Star Wars)
I am not sure where the origins of the Jedi Order are in the new canon and I don't want to accidentally give out some now defunct canon information. It's been awhile since I've kept up with the Expanded Universe (EU) as all the information overwhelmed me. Need to catch up but with my never ending 'to read list'...might be awhile.
So if anything new has been revealed in the EU and I don't mention it, that's why.
Potential Jedi are brought into the Order as children. They do ask the parents beforehand as they aren't monsters. This also isn't done because of cruelty. It's done so that the potential Jedi won't fall prey to the dark side easily. At least that's the hope.
Count Dooku shows that this process isn't one hundred percent effective. Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, and other various Jedi do show that the process does work. The reason Yoda was hesitant to train both Anakin and Luke Skywalker was because they were too old so the Dark Side might easily corrupt them.
Until The Last Jedi comes out I won't say anything for certain about Luke.
Let's take a look to the real world at sheltered children. When kids are brought up thinking that only one way is right and everything else is wrong, it is hard for them to think differently from what they're used to. It won't occur to them to think of another way without prompting.
So if children are taken away at an extremely young age and indoctrinated into the Jedi Order, it will be extremely hard for them to think of disagreeing with the Order. Now Dooku did break free and proves that this doesn't always work. However, in the Jedi Apprentice book series (that I'm not sure if they're still canon or not) Obi-Wan leaves the Jedi Order for a short time. The thing is Qui-Gon's apprentice eventually comes back to the only family he has ever known.
Jedi are not allowed to form any romantic relationships. They're sort of like space priests in that sense. The Jedi Order is the center of their lives and there is nothing that should interfere with that. Imagine having to decide between your significant other and the greater good.
There is a chance that you will do what is best for your love rather than what is required to serve the Force. The Jedi are protecting an order that has existed through countless generations.
And as for turning to the dark side...there have been Jedi in the past who have fallen in love and continued to serve the light side of the Force.
The EU was complicated in terms of what was canon. So I just said the short version of it.
I mention that so you'll know that what I'm about to say is non-canon. Anyways, a now non-canon book (possibly Rogue Planet by Greg Bear) has mention of a Jedi Knight or Master having a husband. If not a husband a lover. It's been awhile since I read it so I can't clearly remember what the love interest was to her. And this love interest was not secret or hidden.
So one of the writers thought the whole 'Jedi shall not love/marry/ect' wasn't needed.
The Jedi are extremely powerful and a great force of good in the galaxy. Through their training they're able to learn how to manipulate the Force as well as having a good set of morals. They're able to see what needs to be done and act for the greater good.
But their view of the Force is extremely limited as they only focus on the light side. This is understandable as the dark side is deadly and leads to suffering.
How can a Jedi hope to remain good if he wanders too close to the dark?
The prophecy that Anakin Skywalker fulfilled was about bringing balance to the Force. It wasn't about destroying darkness as that wouldn't bring balance. He destroyed the Jedi and Sith, the two paragons of the light and dark sides of the force, which brought balance. Now neither side had control as they once did.start here
If one achieves balance of the two there is great power to be had. There is also the knowledge you gain by seeing that the true color of everything is grey.