Star-Wars-The-Force-Awakens-posterSo, Alayna and I went to see Star Wars this morning. She’s not really a fan of the franchise, but I’ve been giddy like a little kid waiting for the movie to come out, and she was kind enough to come see it with me. I think she actually wound up enjoying it, though I doubt it would make her top ten list. In honor of the new movie, I have a special philosophical challenge for you. I want you to consider the philosophy and psychology behind the Jedi/Sith division. The Jedi represent the ‘light side’ of the force and are known for their compassion, kindness, and focus on justice. The Sith represent the ‘dark side’ of the force and are known for their strength, passion, and desire for perfect order. However, in the movie Revenge of the Sith then Senator and future Emperor Palpatine brings up a good point: the Jedi seem to desire power as much as the Sith do. They have different means of attaining it, but the Jedi and the Sith seem to have the same goal: control over themselves and their environment. Given this, are they really all that different? Do the Jedi really represent everything that is good and just in the universe? Do the Sith really represent everything that is evil and depraved?

As always, write a story of 1000 words that presents and defends your answer to the question.

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