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Could you live by the Jedi Code?

Discussion in 'General Movie Discussion' started by SethW, Mar 29, 2018.

  1. SethW

    SethW Rebelscum

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    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.

    I realized that there is a significant amount of people in the real-world who follow "Jediism", a philosophy that is a generalized version of the jedi code. That got me thinking; would I be able to follow the in-universe tenets of the jedi code?

    In media and literature, it seems like it is difficult to break the tenets. Obi-wan states in Ep2 that it is a commitment "not easily broken." That being said, Anakin's fall to the dark side seems then to be a long and difficult journey. Yet, when you break down the main messages of the order, I doubt many people in the world today could keep to the code.

    If you read up about the jedi code on Wookieepedia, especially the Legends section regarding miscellaneous core values, that's where I realize where one would start to hedge. Specifically, not using the Force for random stuff, like Force pulling a TV remote to your hand. Conquering materialism would be difficult, but I guess if you are a jedi all you need is food, water, shelter, and a lightsaber. I guess that's why jedi are indoctrinated as children; children have less of a realization of unnecessary desires.

    What I personally would have trouble with is knowing when to interfere in a situation. Jedi are supposed to respect all life, protect the weak, and provide support, but some circumstances arise that ride the fine line between a jedi and a gray jedi or dark jedi.

    I guess it's all about point of view. Especially during the prequels and clone wars, whereas a lot of jedi were looking for adventure, acting recklessly, and throwing their emotions all over the place. Albeit at that time the jedi were very, very lenient with their enforcement of the code. In conclusion, I feel like today people would be able to follow a loose interpretation of the code, but a strict following would only contain a select amount.
     
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  2. cawatrooper

    cawatrooper Jedi General

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    Honestly, parts of the code sound like a campaign for Miss America. "Protect the galaxy", "respect all life", "serve others" all sound well and good, but they're almost too broad to be anything but empty sentiments.

    And I think that's Kreia's point in KOTOR2- when applied, the Jedi Code is a far more complex and contradictory beast. Can you truly respect all life, while simultaneously using your powers to defend and protect? What if someone is making death threats against another? Is violence still completely out of the question? (The prequel Jedi clearly don't think so!)

    Anyway, I don't think I'd be able to live by the code. As you mention, I'd be really bad about abusing my power of the force. Not in malicious ways (probably) but just out of sheer laziness.
     
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  3. LadyMusashi

    LadyMusashi Archwizard Woo-Woo-in-Chief
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    This. Plus, there's no way I would not pull a prank or two on insufferable people. :D

    And, like Luke, I am fond of my attachments. I'd never obsess like Anakin, but there's no way I'm leaving my family and friends behind.

    So, I'd could be lazy Jedi at best, but most likely Light Side user with occasional darker (grayish?) streak.

    Being a true Jedi is special exactly because it's hard. Not anyone can live by the Code.
     
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    Nope.
    Not meybe even a little.
    Well ... meybe just a little. But it wouldn't be enough.
     
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    Not really, it's too complicated to live by.
     
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    Master_Rebado Force Sensitive

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    Definitely no way.
     
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    I would totally be up for trying but no chance I would succeed. Would probably turn Sith pretty quick :):D
     
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