An Analysis of the Sith Code by a Jedi Master
A Review of Jedi Realists
In an interesting turn of events, even a Jedi Master has to look at the obvious and take stock of what is around him. Jedi Realists, as I have mentioned in earlier papers, are those who have embraced the ideal of being like the Jedi of the Star Wars franchise. Of course, we cannot levitate objects with our minds (yet), read minds and communicate with others through the Force and, unfortunately, lightsabers do not exist as of yet. Jedi Realists follow the Light-side of the Force and look to be the best people they can be in order to support and aid people and the world around them. They are keepers of the peace whose minds are serene of harsh emotion and conflict, choosing the most peaceful path to resolution that they can.
Sith of Fiction and Non-Fiction
However, for every light there must be a dark. This is where the Sith come in. These are people who have embraced the Dark-side of the Force. In fiction, they are the antithesis of the Jedi, stemming from expelled members of the Jedi Order 6900 BBY (Before the Battle of Yavin). These former Jedi were unhappy and displeased with how the Order conducted themselves and attempted rebellion. This attempt failing, they were exiled from the Core systems. Going away from fiction, though, the Sith Realists of today are quite different. They are not always angry, seeking vengeance on the Jedi or hatching plots to take over the world or just cause chaos. In a way, the Sith are no different from the Jedi in that they want a better world, but in the opinion of this Jedi, it seems as though that Sith are willing to use any means possible to achieve the desired ends, whereas Jedi seek the most peaceful and amicable way to the desired ends. I see Sith as more direct and confrontational, seeking a quick end to a scenario or situation. Acting first and thinking later. Of course, this is just my opinion on Sith…I have yet to have long conversations with the followers of this belief system.
The Sith Code
Like the Jedi, the Sith also have a code of conduct that serves as the backbone philosophy of their way of belief. For your consideration, I present the Sith Code and it’s analysis by a Jedi:
Peace is a lie, there is only passion.
Where the Jedi say that ‘there is no emotion, there is peace’, they are speaking of the idea that one should not let their emotions rule them in their daily lives. Sith, on the other hand, believe that the Jedi are wrong. There is no real way to take emotion out of decision making. Humans are beings made of emotions. Our passions are what drive us forward to be the best of whatever we pursue in life.
Through passion, I gain strength.
In passion, we find ourselves wanting to do better…to be the best at what we can be. In this passion, we grow stronger. This is strength of ability and of character. It is how we define who we are…our passions are us.
Through strength, I gain power.
This passion that we have garnered towards our pursuits gives us strength. But gaining strength is simply not enough, it must be shone to the people at large. What good is strength if you cannot use it or demonstrate it? In the showing of strength in dominating others in the same field, power is gained. True power is the respect, and possibly fear, that is derived from others around you.
Through power, I gain victory.
Sith dogma taught that unless the victory was achieved by demonstrating that one's power was superior it was not true victory. This is from Wikipedia, but it is a truth. A victory is not a victory unless those around you see how powerful you are. But victory is temporary and so is power. One must continually fight to maintain their power and only in victory is that power solidified.
Through victory, my chains are broken.
As one gains power and demonstrates that power through victories over others, a different type of power is achieved. The power to do what you want to do. Chains are put on us every day in our lives. Bills, expectations, wants and desires of not only ourselves, but of other people. All of these and more are chains that hold us down and hold us back from what we want. However, you can also see the chains as a way of making us stronger. They are something to rebel against and aid us in growing stronger and more powerful. The more power one gains in the pursuit of their passions, the more chains break off and fall to the ground as they strive forward.
The Force Shall Free Me.