The Jedi Are Terrible!

The Jedi are terrible. Yeah, I said it! Watching The Phantom Menace the other day, I watched the scene where Anakin Skywalker has to say goodbye to his mother, Shmi, and I found myself appalled by Qui-Gon’s actions.

The Jedi are so oblivious, guided by their “dogmatic” views which turned them into hypocritical monsters. Their fear of love and attachment led to Anakin’s eventual fall to the dark side.

Just think about what the Jedi did to him! The Jedi forced him to leave his mother, still a slave, behind to fend for herself. Qui-Gon didn’t at all think to use his powers or his status as a Jedi to free Shmi. He allowed her to remain a slave and eventually she, staying on Tatooine, would become a victim of the harshness of the planet.

Would Anakin have turned to the dark side if Qui-Gon hadn’t taken him from his mother? And how many other Jedi have succumbed to the darkness because of the harsh rules of the Jedi? It’s preposterous! It’s horrible. And the Jedi are to blame for so much.

I’m hoping Rey doesn’t follow the same path and creates a new Jedi Order with lighter rules. In fact, I hope she creates a new path, one that consists of the grey Jedi.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.

2 thoughts on “The Jedi Are Terrible!”

  1. I think I even posted a rant on this in one of your other entries: I’m not even a little bit sure that the Jedi are heroes in the prequels, and yeah, it’s not even a little bit hard to see why Anakin goes dark. Their rejection of what any normal human being would consider “love” is amoral, their completely indifference to the only family that their most powerful member knows is practically inviting trouble, and at some point it’s hard not to basically look at every criticism Palpatine levels at them and say, “you know… dude has a point.” They’re so self centered in their dogma that it doesn’t even seem to occur to them that a prophecy predicting “balance in the Force” might not be something that an order that outnumbers its main rivals by a count of hundreds to two would want. “Oh, that totally means we’ll just get rid of the last two! There’s no other possible interpretation!”

    It’s one of the many disappointments I have for the sequels. I would have been completely okay if Luke had genuinely been the last Jedi. Rey shouldn’t have even aspired to restore it. I wanted her to find her own way, and prescribe a new path to understanding of the Force that allows for more recognition that its users are human, but which doesn’t take that to the path of selfish hatred that the Sith follow.

    At some point, I would posit that the Jedi’s lack of humility has flat out led them to completely misunderstand the nature of the Force from top to bottom. They don’t accept anything but a full monastic, inhuman purge of emotion and family as an overreaction to the Sith. Their overreaction leads them to believe that there can be no coming back from the Dark Side, which only reinforces their dogma that any allowance for self is fatal. And, in the end, their blindness to the value of familial ties leads them to be consistently wrong at every stage of Vader’s life about his relationship to the Dark Side – they failed to help him with either his mother or Padme at every phase, their failure led him to the Dark Side in the first place, and then they also completely failed to anticipate his renouncing of the Emperor on behalf of his son in the end. If they’d simply understood the value of human connection, the whole thing could’ve been avoided, and everything they told both Skywalkers to believe about such things was wrong.

    So this was a large part of my disappointment that Rey simply declared herself a Jedi in the end. It’s too simple, and the Jedi didn’t actually represent anything that was worth saving. Sure, they had ideals… but their rigid adherence to them led to their downfall, and blinded them to the way back to the Light. I would’ve much preferred if Rey had simply accepted, however reluctantly, Luke’s declaration that it was time for the Jedi to end, learned from their failure, and forged her own path afterwards. Repudiating them was better deserved than “nah, I’ll do it better than them.”

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