Sith versus Jedi

Yes, this is somewhat comical as it ties mostly to Star Wars but I have had this debate with a number of people.  It relates to the operating codes of the Sith and Jedi.  First, 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

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Jedi_Code

A code created for a group of warrior monks who I found rather terrifying in Episode 2.  Someone recently referred to them as the religious police of Saudi Arabia with superpowers.

Now, 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.

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Code_of_the_Sith

Now, yes I realize these are from works of fiction but that particular fiction (started by a student of Campbell) has tremendous influence on our culture and that view of anger and rage as always negative has bothered me since I started this path.  Things cannot just be simply binary. (Besides, I have referenced geek culture before: https://facingthefireswithin.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/rage-and-marvels-agents-of-shield-the-well/)

I prefer the Sith code as more practical but temper it with Heathen ethics, stories and Stoicism.  Our brains are wired for passion.  It is emotion and passion that tie to our filing systems and we cannot function without them.  I can honor Reason AND Passion and treat with both.  There is no need for super powered monastics who have lost the connection with their humanity and lead to their own downfall.

We need to acknowledge anger and passion as positives rather than a sort of serene detachment that does not always work.

Here are some older posts that somewhat relate:

https://facingthefireswithin.wordpress.com/2012/09/17/reason-has-left-the-building/

https://facingthefireswithin.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/9-11-rage-fear-strength-and-reason/

https://facingthefireswithin.wordpress.com/2012/10/24/community-brotherhood-and-courage/

https://facingthefireswithin.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/style-of-dealing-with-angerrage/

 

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3 responses to “Sith versus Jedi”

  1. aeddubh says :

    I’m pretty much with you, here. The whole denial of strong emotion thing is poisonous. I think some of this stems from Western selective appropriation of Eastern philosophical concepts without holistic understanding.

    Also, I note that the Jedi code is all negation. The Sith code is almost entirely a developmental sequence…

    I never saw Episodes II and II, and Episode I thankfully occupies little space in my memory…. but one thing to note from the original trilogy: Obi-Wan lies to Luka all the time. Yoda lies to him, too- and spouts noxious BS like the whole “there is no try” speech. Vader never lies to Luke… My headcanon is that he saves Luke out of honor, love and kinship (values that seem to have no place in the Jedi code, but could be added in to the Sith one easily), not through a “return to the light side of the Force”.

    • facingthefireswithin says :

      You learn, even in #1, that they are some sort of warrior monks not allowed to love and given great power. I found them terrifying. And, yes, there are strong kin and love bonds in Anakin/Vader but they are manipulated by the Emperor. The truth is that you need a place between the two. You can neither be all Shadow or all Vorlon.

      • aeddubh says :

        Definitely with you on the need for balance. If you posit the Force as being akin to chi, then both yin/Light and yang/Dark are necessary and balancing them dynamically is important.

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