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In Star Wars, Gray Jedi were a group who split from the Jedi order. Their belief in using the light and dark side of the force is mostly misguided.
The Force is one of the central tenets of Star Wars mythology, as are those who wield it; in the Light stand the noble Jedi, in the Dark dwell the devious Sith. Between them, however, lie the Gray Jedi, those who study both the Light and Dark while exercising powers of both.
However, proving that sometimes the answer does not always lie in the center, the code followed by the Gray Jedi is riddled with problematic interpretations of The Force. Let us take a look at how this creed fails to measure up.
It states “The Force” isn’t divided. “There is no Dark Side, nor a Light Side. There is only The Force,” proclaims the opening passage of the Gray Jedi code. This statement embodies the Gray Jedi view of the Force, for they embrace a holistic study of its nature and power. However, to claim that no-division between Light and Dark exists in The Force is patently incorrect; aside from statements otherwise by practically every Jedi and Sith in Star Wars canon, the ethereal realm of Mortis was inhabited by three beings (pictured) who represented aspects of the Force, with the Daughter (left) embodying the Light and the Son (right) personifying the Dark.
The Jedi already seek to balance “The Force”. In Legends, the term “Gray Jedi” emerged from Jedi Knights who disagreed with the authority of the Jedi Council and their interpretations of Jedi tradition. However, their disagreements evidently did not diverge enough, as overriding virtue professed in the Gray Jedi code is Balance, something the Jedi themselves already seek; the ultimate goal of the order is to bring balance to the Force. This exposes how the Gray Jedi misconstrue what balance truly means, something which brings us to our next point…
It misunderstands what “Balance” in “The Force” means. A theme of the Gray Jedi code is describing “balance” as something wherein the Light and Dark exist in equilibrium. An understandable mistake, but a mistake, nonetheless. However, George Lucas has clarified that “balance” refers to the removal of the Darkness in the Force altogether, for the Dark Side is like a cancer that must be removed for the greater good of the universe. After all, Anakin Skywalker only fulfilled his destiny to bring balance to the Force when he killed Darth Sidious and destroyed the Sith in Return of The Jedi.
It equivocates The Jedi and The Sith. The Gray Jedi code positions its followers as “protectors of balance,” implying that they are the true guardians of The Force’s power, while those on both the Light and Dark would lead the cosmic power astray.
While the Jedi and their teachings are not flawless, to compare their oft-misguided attempts at preserving peace and justice to the ways of the Sith is simply wrong. The Sith are an order whose very existence is built off hate and greed. They desire only the pain of and power over others, which cannot be seen as anything but a lapse in judgement.
It leaves the door to corruption open. By permitting its followers to indulge in the Dark Side, the Gray Jedi code creates the potential for them to be consumed by it. To paraphrase Master Yoda, the Dark Side is not more powerful in-and-of-itself, but it is easier and quicker to gain power by embracing the Dark. This, mixed with the inherent, if fleeting, catharsis of succumbing to one’s passions, means the Dark Side is addictive. The longer one toes the line, the more likely they are to fall towards the Dark. The reason for the overly restrictive codes of behavior enforced by the Jedi was because often the temptation of the Dark Side is too great for even the strongest to resist.
The presence of Light and Dark does not bring inner peace. “The balance is what keeps me together” declares the Gray Jedi code, for apparently allowing both the Light and Dark to exist within you is the true path to inner peace. However, what we have seen onscreen in Star Wars proves this just is not true.
Look to Kylo Ren’s arc in The Force Awakens, where he feels himself being “torn apart” due to the Light still existing within him despite his devotion to the Darkness. Furthermore, when he finally does choose the Dark by killing his father, the act brings him no peace, but unbalances him more since he fails to defeat a girl who has never held a Lightsaber. Any flirtation with the Darkness will ultimately bring pain, for the only true path to peace is the Light.
“Serenity, Yet Emotion”. The Gray Jedi code preaches “Serenity, yet emotion” implying embracing both is the true way of The Force. Whilst such states of mind can of course exist in the same person, to believe they can simultaneously be off base. To achieve serenity, one must clear their mind and let go of passions, while giving into visceral emotions will rob one of serenity. If one tries to find both at the same time, they will achieve neither.
“Chaos, Yet Order”. The Gray Jedi further believe in “Chaos, yet Order” another attempt to bridge the Jedi and Sith codes that only show the philosophies as incompatible opposites.
The Jedi’s spiritual focus on inner peace and mission to maintain such peace throughout the galaxy provides a path to order, while the Sith’s quest for power above all else leaves the galaxy, and The Force, in chaos. To attempt middle ground between contradictory goals will, once again, bring you neither.
The Grey Code presumes The Jedi own The Light. Since the Gray Jedi arose out of the Jedi Order, naturally much of their philosophy reflects their disagreements with the Order. However, as a result, the Code comes off more as a rejection of the Jedi way than the Light Side itself. As Luke Skywalker himself puts it, “That Force does not belong to the Jedi. To say that if the Jedi die the Light dies, is vanity.” One does not need be a Jedi to stand in The Light, and disagreements with the Jedi certainly is not license to indulge in the Dark.
What It Gets Right: The Dark must not spread. “There is no good without evil, but evil must not be allowed to flourish;” at first glance this may read as typical Gray Jedi equivocation, but it is the only part of the code that firmly rejects The Dark Side, recognizing that its evil is a greater threat than the Light could ever be. The former part of the passage rings just as true, for it is only by rejecting evil that the side of good has any weight; the reason Luke declaring himself “a Jedi, like father before him,” remains such a powerful moment is that with that statement, he is rejected Palpatine’s temptations and thus the easy path to power in favor of moral goodness.
The Jedi Code:
The Sith Code:
The Grey Code:
ailithnight: A properly raised and socialized Dad will be perfectly comfortable cohabiting with Lesbians. Its not really “encroaching on another’s territory”. You wouldn’t say that about foxes in a forest that also homes bobcats, would you? No. It’s just two different species that have both evolved to live in similar/the same environment. As long as they recognize each other as equals, Dads and Lesbians are more than capable of cohabitation.
Now, if you were to release a pack of Lumberjacks into a Lowes or Home Depot, that’s where chaos will reign. Being adapted to a far harsher and more demanding environment, the Lumberjacks would simply push Dads and Lesbians both out and also consume far more than a sustainable amount of resources. It would be like releasing bears at a country club.
chequerootlurks: As a former timber-harvester… I feel this is potentially accurate in theory. But highly improbable in actuality.
Lumberjacks, like most megafauna species generally require more space than the average hardware store, even a big box store could provide. The misconception is that Lumberjacks are a social species because of how they often work and live together.
This is a matter of necessity, not preference, and a survival technique for thriving under the LogBoss.
A “pack” of Lumberjacks, if not under the environmental pressure of a LogBoss will naturally disperse until they each have a wide territory.
Lumberjacks rarely fight for territory.
One on one, a Lumberjack could drive out a Dad or Lesbian, however the latter tend to travel in social packs.
Lumberjacks will passively retreat on the presence of large numbers of people. Kind of like Sasquatch.
Getting a “pack” of Lumberjacks assembled would be hard enough unless they were forced into a Hardware Store by a LogBoss. In that case, they would already be in a heightened and potentially agitated state far above their natural behavior. This artificial scenario can be likened to a circus animal running amok. If it had been in the wild, the incident would not have occurred.
Free-roaming Lumberjacks are the cryptids of the Hardware ecosystem. They are surprisingly quiet and unobtrusive.
Please stop labeling Lumberjacks as dangerous roving social predators. They are intermediate level omnivores and remarkably peaceful unless threatened.
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I stare at the file and realize I have no options, over the last 2 years every monster assigned to Charlotte Dower has quit, every last one. Her first monster; a giant goldfish-faced humanoid named Bubba, had been with her for four years, and then she wasn’t scared of him anymore. After that it was a string of different common, uncommon, and rare monsters… I even assigned a sentient sock monster to her. He came back crying!
I look on my tablet, only one assignable monster left; myself. Field work has never been my cup of tea, but desperate times call for desperate measures. So at 8:03 pm, after Mrs. Gideon tucks in Charlotte and her little brother Daniel; I slither into the space beneath Charlotte’s bed.
Across the room underneath Daniel’s crib is a rookie, Chico, a standard Creep kind of monster.
I turn my attention to the bed above me, Charlotte is still awake but barely, I reach up over the bed and run an ice cold finger over her cheek, silence, so I do it again.
“I’m not afraid of you monster!” She whispers, but her voice is shaking. I can see a small clock on the wall 8:14, a door somewhere in the house slams and there is an audible hitch of breath from above me. A few minutes go by I can hear Francis Gideon yelling at his wife. There are heavy footsteps on the stairs, and loud panting breaths, Charlotte scrambles off the bed and…
She. CRAWLS. Under. The. Bed. With. Me.
“Move. Over!” Charlotte hisses at me. I do.
The door to the bedroom slams open and I smell the stench of human intoxicants before the man even steps inside. I know why Charlotte isn’t afraid of any of my monsters; she’s afraid of her own. Francis reaches a hand under the bed and I thrust my wrist into it, he starts to pull, I slither out.
“What the…” I cut Francis’s next words off by unfolding to my full 12 foot height. Looming over the drunken man I caress my cold fingers down his face.
“If you ever touch, scare, or harm my child again, I will find you, and I will do the same to you, for all eternity.” I promise to him.
As Francis runs from the room he soils himself.
I pull Charlotte from under the bed, tuck her back under her covers and kiss her forehead goodnight. “I’ll be back tomorrow night, sleep well darling.”
Charlotte Dower is my child, I am the monster under her bed.
— The Story, Illustrated —
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“Into the darkness I go, to loose my mind, and find myself again.”
A Digital Bill of Rights would be important, but this is not the way to do it. There is a lot of loose language here and that’s room to wiggle. Room to wiggle for a lawmaker is a means to introduce legislation that isn’t so good. Especially when it comes to an elected official that has a history of only voting his party. Shows that he’s not interested in voting what his constituents want, but is more interested in touting the party line and nothing else.
Source: Republican Congress Representative Darrell Issa, , (Original Source (here) does not work any more).
“The loneliest people are the kindest. The saddest people smile the brightest. The most damaged people are the wisest. All because they do not wish to see anyone else suffer the way they do.” — Anonymous
“…to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee. “
—Moby Dick, Chapter 135. “The Chase.—Third Day”
“We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.” — George Orwell
These are from “If Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules: Ten Rules for Being Human as Introduced in Chicken Soup for the Soul” by Cherie Carter-Scott. Amazon.