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A Jedi FAQ thread

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    basenji529

    [1]Apr 26, 2009
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    This is for all Jedi-, Sith-, and Force-related questions. Ignore the fact that future answers are going to be at the bottom; I'm going to organize them to the top post. Hopefully the mod will pin this, to explain things like "Why is Ahsoka so flirty when the Jedi can't marry?"
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    basenji529

    [2]May 8, 2009
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    (Note: I'm using "he" only because it's grammatically correct to use "he" for animate nouns of indeterminate gender. Plus, "he or she" just gets crazy, and we have no term for Verpines, Hutts, Khommites, etc.)

    1 The Jedi Code

    1.1 What is 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."

    1.2 Okay, fine, but what does it mean?

    Good question, my friend. These are not denials of the existence of emotion, ignorance, passion, chaos, and death per se. (Well, they are denials of chaos and death, but I'll get to that in just a second.)

    1.2.1 "There is no emotion, there is peace."

    Emotions are a natural part of living. Even Jedi Masters are capable of great sorrow, pity, and even anger, such as Master Kenobi felt upon seeing what Anakin had become. Rather, the Jedi are supposed to think rationally, rather than with their emotions. Emotions must be understood first, and a young Jedi is free to explore them. Unless a Jedi can resolve his feelings, he will never truly be at peace. The tenet should be read to mean "Emotion should not erase peace."

    1.2.2 "There is no ignorance, there is knowledge."

    A Jedi must be circumspect and try to understand the world around him. That ignorance does not exist, of course, is a flat-out lie; no one is omniscient, not even someone as wise as Master Yoda or as in tune with the Force as the Skywalkers. Simply ignoring facts that don't fit into one's worldview is equally fallacious. To start with, the Jedi have the most exhaustive library in the galaxy, but this tenet is also to remind the Jedi that knowledge can come from the most unlikely places. Think of Yoda's childish pranks. You would not believe he was a Jedi Master who was nearly 900 years old.

    1.2.3 "There is no passion, there is serenity."

    This tenet is more than a repetition of the first. It means that there are stressful situations during which a Jedi must remain calm. That a Jedi may draw his weapon only in defense is an expression of this tenet. While emotions and intention must be understood and utilized in daily life, one must be careful, lest they lead to the dark side. Often, rash actions will result in the very events the Jedi intended to prevent.

    1.2.4 "There is no chaos, there is harmony."

    This statement reflects the cosmology of the Jedi Order. While the uninitiated may see the universe as a series of random events, a Jedi realizes all things are connected and, more importantly, interdependent. Without this cosmology, the Jedi Code would be meaningless. Minor inconveniences such as failure and disagreement are also inevitable and should be endured. Jedi do not deny that terrible things happen; they simply believe that they are another part of life. As Master Qui-Gon Jinn said, "Even the stars must die." Which brings us to...

    1.2.5 "There is no death, there is the Force."

    A Jedi must always be ready for death, and not obsess over it. It is quite possible to kill a Jedi, and those particularly strong in the Force can feel the death around them. The strongest Jedi can actually become physically ill due to sensing a disturbance in the Force caused by death. Death, however, is not a tragedy itself; in fact, it is simply another part of life. Without death, life could not exist. The Force within us still lives on after we die, joined with the rest of the Force. A Jedi is to celebrate those who have become one with the Living Force. While sources disagree, it should be noted that this does not support vegetarianism or inedia among the Jedi; in fact, it supports whatever a life form does to survive. The tenet is often quoted upon a Jedi's death.

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