Last week we started to explore the balance of the Force through the lens of color. Now we into how factions, faith, and beliefs affect the Force, and in turn the people touched by it.
The question that must be asked is whether the humanity that the Jedi tried to push down was inherently evil, or if the truest sense of wielding the Force comes in accepting the full self, good and evil, light, and dark, nature and nurture?
In the words Avatar Aang : “When we hit our lowest point, we are open to the greatest change.”
We can only evolve and achieve wisdom through experience and struggle. This is the lesson of the Skywalkers. Denying what we are and what we feel, deprives us of understanding, of growing, and of ever seeing the ‘great change’ in both ourselves and the world around us (re: Anakin).
We cannot speak of what caused the inhabitants of the ‘galaxy far, far away’ to impose divisions such as light and dark upon the Force, but when can firmly say that they are nothing more but perspectives turned into ideals. If anything, my personal opinion, as a Taoist believer and learner (Padawan if you will), the Force should be thought of as, frankly, exactly what it is presented as : an energy field surrounding and binding everything together, nurturer of life, and harbinger of death, in a closed perpetuity.
“Well, the Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.” (Obi-Wan Kenobi to Luke Skywalker)
“For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us.”-Yoda
Such as things stand, my firm belief is that the Force itself does not have an affinity, it cannot be light nor dark as it is, by definition, both and neither at the same time. The Mortis Arc is full of symbolism, as the Son and Daughter were depicted as siblings for the sole reason that they are a family, they are one, never separated, united under the Father, the balance just as well as the container, the one merging good and evil, a metaphor for the Force itself. It’s no wonder that until the moment our heroes arrive on that planet, the imbalance never occurs; the siblings are united, the Force is a whole until man intrudes and forces upon it its perspectives, ripping it apart and savagely having the halves destroy each other when they should be kept together.
“He cannot destroy Light any more than I cannot destroy Darkness; one cannot exist without the other.”-Daughter
It’s what people use the Force for that births the notions of light and dark, because in using it people inherently force their will upon it. But by having considered separate various aspects of an energy, and each side (Jedi and Sith) forcing its will and harnessing whatever part of the Force they want instead of taking the whole, the energy which originally follows its own natural path and flow, becomes twisted. When people tamper with a force, an energy, and change its flow, whether for good or for evil, the energy is pulled from its natural trajectory. This creates conflict and imbalance in the Force itself, as each of its halves struggle to break free from man’s hold and come back again in the embrace of the whole.
“There is energy all around us; the energy is both Yin and Yang, positive energy and negative energy. Only a select few firebenders can separate those energies. This creates an imbalance; the energy wants to restore balance, and in the moment the positive and negative energy come crashing back together, you provide release and guidance, creating lightning. Remember, once you separate the energy, you do not command it, you are simply its humble guide.”-Unlce Iroh (Avatar: The Last Airbender [notably another Dave Filoni produced production]).
In an effort to reclaim that balance, the Force bred life, in the form of Anakin Skywalker, ‘the Vergence’, the fruit and sacrifice of the force. Anakin is to Star Wars’ what Lightning is to ‘Avatar’. That is also why Anakin shouldn’t have been a Jedi, nor a Sith, that is why he was Balance. He was not to be commanded and enslaved by doctrines which did not define him (for he was Balance, he was Whole, he was Force), he was simply to be guided, allowed to experience and gain wisdom. But Anakin is a different beast and deserves a whole analysis of his own.
One aspect of the Force’s glorification, and thus the existence of the Jedi and the Sith, is the very different manner in which they proceed. God, as man defines it, outright denies the animal, whilst the devil himself doesn’t deny the feelings. God is trying to impose, because he recognizes “negative” feelings as part of man. Such is the role of the Christ figure, to give an aim for man, but also to show his shortcomings. Satan is said to embrace his spectrum as well as God’s, he accepts a whole range of feelings, thus preaching to man to embrace ‘himself’. ‘Satan’ is more inclined towards acceptance of all aspects of the self (whereas ‘God’ preaches denial of the ‘raw self’), and is even as humble as to accept indulgence as long as it doesn’t intervene with other people’s freedom.
The weakness of the Jedi, then, is in limiting the dark. The weakness of the Sith, then, is limiting the light. It is through the spectrum of color that we become the rainbow, enveloping all of the Force and its will.
Come back next Tuesday, when Irina jumps into the path to balance….