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I could not find a topic for Midweek Trivia. So since I’ve had this Star Wars topic in mind and haven’t done an article, I decided to take a break from triovia this week and present what i’ve dubbed MIdweek Quandary.

The idea is that if i can’t find a trivia topic, i’ll present a question to the Decker community for discussion. Sort of like my Talk It Outs but for O-Deck only...and maybe White Noise If i remember to share. So without further ado, let’s dig into our first quandary.


I just finished the three episode arc of The Clones Wars that took place on Mortis with the Force-Weidlers, the Father, the Son and the Daughter. There was a lot of talk of The Chosen One prophecy and how Anakin would bring balance to the force. The cartoon really never brought that up at all to this point but it was a major focus in this three episode arc. It got me thinking about the prequels and the prophecy that Anakin was supposed to fulfill.


That got me thinking. The Jedi, we are told, are an organization that values peace over war, serenity over passion. Lets look at the Jedi Code.

Emotion, yet peace.Ignorance, yet knowledge.Passion, yet serenity.Chaos, yet harmony.Death, yet the Force.
That is the original code. Here is a variation from 32 BBYJedi are the guardians of peace in the galaxy.Jedi use their powers to defend and protect, never to attack others.Jedi respect all life, in any form.Jedi serve others, rather than rule over them, for the good of the galaxy.Jedi seek to improve themselves through knowledge and training.[1][2]Here is yet another variation that Grand Master Luke Skywalker used for his newly established Jedi Order.Jedi are the guardians of peace in the galaxy.Jedi use their powers to defend and to protect.Jedi respect all life, in any form.Jedi serve others rather than ruling over them, for the good of the galaxy.Jedi seek to improve themselves through knowledge and training.



We see a lot of similarities in tone and theme here. Jedi are supposed to be champions of light, defenders of the weak and guardians of peace. Remember what Obi-Wan said to Luke in ANH...

For over a thousand generations the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times. Before the Empire.”―Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]Now, what i wondering is this. Why would an organization like this want balance? Why would they want the existance of darkness at all? If this were the real world, one might make the argument thjat some dark things need to exist to move things forward. War for example. War is terrible but sometimes it is neccessary and great benefits can be the outcome of it. The world took a great leap forward technological because of WW2 and all the research done in things like rockets that could be used for civilians. Star Wars is not the real world. It is a fantasy world set in a galaxy far far away.



What if we compared to another work of fiction wherre balance is a theme, like say the Avatar animated series. The Avatar is supposed to bring balance to the four elements and the nations that focus on each one. However, when you look into it further it dosen’t work. In the world of Avatar each element can be destructive in its own way. If water rules than the world drowns, if earth rules then it is crushed and there are earthquakes, air will blow everything down in a great gust. It could have been anyone of the nations that went to war, it just happened to be fire. The same story could be told if it was The Last Firebender whose tribe had been wiped out by The Air Nation.Star Wars dosen’t have that. To much light is not going to cause harm to the Galaxy. In fact we’ve seen time and time again when dark is brought into the picture it causes pain and suffering, while light being alone does not.

I did some research into this and found a very interesting thread at the SciFi Stack Exchange.


I want to close out by quoting a couple choice pieces and giving my thoughts.

Reid wrote...

“Yes. Always in motion, the future is.” Yoda lifted his head and his eyes narrowed to thoughtful slits. “And the prophecy, misread it could have been.”

Mace looked even grimmer than usual. “Since the fall of Darth Bane more than a millennium ago, there have been hundreds of thousands of Jedi — hundreds of thousands of Jedi feeding the light with each work of their hands, with each breath, with every beat of their hearts, bringing justice, building civil society, radiating peace, acting out of selfless love for all living things — and in all these thousand years, there have been only two Sith at any time. Only two. Jedi create light, but the Sith do not create darkness. They use the darkness that is always there. That has always been there. Greed and jealousy, aggression and lust and fear — these are all natural to sentient beings. The legacy of the jungle. Our inheritance from the dark.”

“I’m sorry, Master Windu, but I’m not sure I follow you. Are you saying — to follow your metaphor — that the Jedi have cast too much light? From what I have seen these past years, the galaxy has not become all that bright a place.” [My note: Obi-Wan speaking here.]

“All I’m saying is that we don’t know. We don’t even truly understand what it means tobring balance to the Force. We have no way of anticipating what this may involve.”


So the Jedi seem to think that a balance must be cast but are unsure how to do it or even if it’s necessary?


Another comment from DavRobo 60

It’s because what the Jedi Order call “balance” is not the middle point between dark and light side, i’ts the absence of Dark Side use :

Traditional Jedi were keen to keep the Force “in balance”. They attempted to achieve this by destroying the Sith and denying the dark side—essentially “keeping balance” by restoring the Force to its natural state, as they viewed the dark side as “corruption”.
- Wookipedia article about “The force” section “The Jedi Order” paragraph 2

Also, about the Chosen One prophecy :

The idea of balance of the Force, a central tenet of the Jedi Order, refers to the ideal state in which the Force exists in nature, i.e. as the light side. The presence of the dark side corrupts and destroys this natural balance, and the Jedi viewed it as their duty to restore it.
- Wookipedia article about the “Chosen One”

Finally as from Georges Lucas’s intention :

Many fans incorrectly assume that balance refers to an equal mix of both light and dark side users. However, as George Lucas explains in the introductory documentary for the VHS version A New Hope, Special Edition, this is not the case:

”[...] Which brings us up to the films 4, 5, and 6, in which Anakin’s offspring redeem him and allow him to fulfill the prophecy where he brings balance to the Force by doing away with the Sith and getting rid of evil in the universe...

In an interview, Lucas compared the difference between the light and dark sides as being like the difference between a symbiotic relationship and a cancer. A symbiotic relationship is one which benefits both parties and in which neither is harmed, whereas a cancer takes without giving back, eventually causing the death of both parties
- Wookipedia article about the “Chosen One”, Section “Behind the scenes”


So is it as simple as that? Does it simply mean the eradication of the Dark Side? That sounds like an offensive policy and goes against what the Force is supposed to be used for, knowledge and defense. One thing to consider is that a lot of the stuff posted is now filed as Legends and sources on Wookiepedia are not always as thorough as on Wikipedia. So it’s hard to say for sure how canon any of this is, or was in the case of Legends material.

So what do you guys think? Is it as simple as DavRobo puts it or is there more to this? Does the cloud of the dark side that blinds the Jedi Order during the time of the prequels come into play here?

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