I would like you all to know that I’m not a huge Star Wars nerd; I have always been at the edge of its fandom. In the past I played quite a bit of Star Wars Galaxies as various Imperial characters, and have read quite a few of the Sith oriented books that are tied into the Star Wars universe. With that being said I am by no means an expert in Star Wars lore, but I am also not a total novice. I just don’t want any hardcore Star Wars fans to read this and think that I am attempting to be some sort of guru. This is an opinion piece and nothing more. Now we can move on!
Since I can remember I have always been attracted to the darker characters in the Star Wars universe. For me the darker characters have represented something that I could not personally attain, but could often dream about. For instance, I could never learn how to use my anger to control my actions in such a way as to defeat somebody in a light saber duel, but I can watch in awe as Darth Maul obtains that goal. The Jedi, on the hand, think that emotions should be under control at all times and that to be emotional is to be weak. To be emotional is to be human, so I find this line of thought to be very restricting and quite frankly dull. Both the Sith and the Jedi have moral codes that they obey, let’s take a look at them.
THE SITH CODE
Peace is a lie, there is only passion.
Through passion, I gain strength.
Through strength, I gain power.
Through power, I gain victory.
Through victory, my chains are broken.
The Force shall free me.
What I really like about the Sith Code is that it’s realistic and not based on some nearly unobtainable perfection that you are supposed to achieve. Yes, as a Sith you have to train to attain a certain level, which can take a long time. However, emotions are something that everybody has and that everybody has lost control of at one time or another. What the Sith have to do is to use those emotions in such a way as to affect their actions. When you think about it we do that every single day; controlling our actions by our emotions rather than trying to think of a ‘logical’ way to solve a problem. Of course, what makes a decision logical? Can’t a logical decision be one that is directed by the emotions?
Passion and lust are emotions that the Sith admire and routinely bring into practice. Those two emotions can be brought forth to attain different things. An individual Sith can have a passion for an object, a person, power, or for a goal that they want to achieve and all of that is acceptable and admired. If they want something they will find a away to get it without worrying about others that stand in their way. This shouldn’t be seen as a purely evil construct, just a different way of thinking. The Sith think of their well-being first, rather than of those around them. Others may see this as self centered, greedy and corrupt, but I see it as looking out for yourself first. In the setting of the Star Wars universe it seems more logical, at least to me, to set yourself above others and to make sure no others stand in your way of doing so.
Could I ever attain such goals? Of course not, I’m not in a character in a film. However, I am drawn towards the mythos of the Sith and can admire their use of emotions to gain whatever it is they want.
THE JEDI CODE
There is no emotion, there is peace.
There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.
There is no passion, there is serenity.
There is no chaos, there is harmony
There is no death, there is the Force.
The one thing major that I really don’t understand about the Jedi is their rejection of emotions. They feel that by rejecting them that they can find some inner peace, which in turn makes them want to do good and create peace. I can’t imagine living my life without showing any emotion and not being guided by them at all. In fact I find such a system of conduct to be very illogical. Not only that, I find such a goal to be unattainable. I equate it to modern religious sects who are in monastic institutions so that they can’t be tempted by the sins of the outside world. Even if you isolate yourself you are still going to have emotions and be subject to them.
Jedi are not supposed to marry or have sex. Yes, you heard that right. Since having emotions and expressing them is considered a bad thing love and sex are out of the question. Oh, I’m sure that they have ‘friendly’ feelings for their colleagues and friends, but it can’t go any deeper than that or it might interfere with their inner peace. Remember, inner peace is something that they really want to achieve and perfect. They are pretty much wannabe hippies. I mean they don’t even qualify as full fledged hippies because they aren’t into sex. I would maybe have more respect for them if they actually realized that having emotions is not a ‘bad thing’ and doesn’t necessarily lead to being a bad person. Remember, evil is all subjective and in the eye of the beholder.
I actually feel quite sorry for the Jedi, because I can’t imagine finding inner peace by suppressing all emotions.
Now, I realize that there are those who might feel the complete opposite of how I do, and that’s fine. Also, I know that the Star Wars universe doesn’t exist. If for some odd reason we all find ourselves suddenly placed in a Star Wars cluster of planets, such as the Coruscant System, I would join the Sith and train to be one of them. There, I said it. For the record I think I would make an awesome Sith assassin.