False Prophet wrote:I guess I shouldn't have expected more of the Jedi after Episode 1, considering they had no problem allowing slavery, rape, and all forms of douchebaggery throughout the universe. Exactly what was their point? To ultimately defend the status quo, no matter how morally ineptitude it might be?
At this point I feel like I'm beating a dead horse with the bashing, but the prequels kinda opened the door by trying to go from point A to point C by going through the number 8. One day I'm going to read the novels and find out what really makes sense.
The point is that the Jedi are flawed. Whatever other fuck-ups Lucas made with the series, there's one thing he made clear about the fall of the Old Republic for years: it was bloated and corrupt. it was flawed and complacent. The Jedi were part of that complacency. The chaff has to be cleared away.
Now, if you look at KotOR, set several thousand years before the movies, there's a devastating war with the mandalorians, see? The republic obviously gets involved and wants the Jedi as their allies. But the Jedi shine them on and say, "Nah, this is your problem, bro."
But the mandies are unquestionably bad. They are raping entire planets in the bootyhole. So why don't the Jedi intervene?
Just like I pointed out before.
War means killing. Mercy very often means defeat, so the warrior must be decisive and ruthless with his enemy. I mean, look at Vietnam, with the idea of "we had to burn the village to save the village." Even in Afganistan and Iraq, the military operated with the idea of denying the insurgents access to civilian resources.
Then, look at "collateral damage." It's unavoidable in most instances. Even as far back as Okinawa, US forces started bombing civilians because the japanese were using them as human shields. The Brits firebombed Dresden to shatter enemy morale. The Soviets raped a shit ton of german women when they took berlin.
Because war is pretty much hell, the warfighter always runs the risk of becoming a monster. This is even easier when you think of your enemy as a monster. you have to become monstrous to defeat a monster.
For any soldier, it is a challenge to contain their hatred for the enemy. And many fail. Even some of the nicest guys you might know in civilian life can become consumed by hatred in war, if a friend dies. Or if they see the enemy stabbing babies or raping women.
For a Jedi, succumbing to hatred is an even greater danger, because most regular soldiers can't choke a bitch just by thinking hard in that direction. This is the greatest danger a jedi can face. At least, according to their dogma.
So, the jedi stayed out of the mandalorian war because of fear of succumbing to hatred. And maybe they were right, because Revan and a bunch of rogue Jedi did join the fight, and the Dark Side made sweet love to them. There were some other key factors involved in that, but still. War made them vulnerable to hatred. And hatred took root.
So, since then, the Jedi had grown more and more hands-off. Freeing the slaves would cause static with the Hutt Syndicates. And since most of those fuckers are criminal scum, that would turn into a bloodbath. So, they don't free the slaves, because of fear. They sit in their temple negotiating trade agreements with corrupt business conglomerates instead of putting boot to ass because of fear.
They are afraid to confront that fear, and instead, shove it aside and try to ignore it. They try to resist it without ever realizing they must embrace it in order to conquer it...because fear is fucking natural!
The jedi are kinda like the Vulcans in that respect. The Vulcans had a terrible history in which they succumbed to their darkest emotions. Now, they repress those emotions. But what happens? Their control is always cracking. Spock flips out and starts laughing and throwing soup at Chapel. T'Pol starts rubbing her ass against Trip in Decon.
it's the same with the Jedi. repression of fear makes them even more vulnerable to it, because unlike someone who willfully confronts and understands his fear, the jedi have no way to fight it. And they don't even realize this shit.
So, they are outmoded. They need to be selected for extinction, just like the Sith, who take the opposite extreme. It's all gotta fall down before it can be properly rebuilt.