To me the Force was this mystical cosmic energy that the galaxy has always had and needs to survive. Those who work with it for ‘good’ are rewarded with the inner peace of the light side. Those who aspire to control and abuse it, are ultimately controlled by their emotions and careen towards their demise. But we know that isn’t true.
Recently I started recording interactions the player has throughout the game and editing them into monologue form. I’ve always found the writing to be of exceptional quality. Kreia’s words have always been particularly intriguing, but only with my recently rediscovered love of Star Wars, did I truly started listening. Kreia was right when she said: “Like most Jedi, you hear, but you do not listen.” I wasn’t listening, and now that I am, my views on the force have changed drastically.
The Jedi themselves teach that practitioners of the dark side are not only controlled by their emotions, but by the dark side itself. It isn’t too much of a stretch to think that the light side does or can do the same. In fact, we know this to be true in canon. In the Force Awakens, Rey gives in to the light side of the Force to defeat Kylo Ren in Lightsaber combat.
My new truth is this: The Force is a sentient life form of pure energy that uses light and dark aspects of itself in order to control living beings and events throughout the galaxy. It does this in order to bring about its own idea of balance within the galaxy “as countless lives are lost” as Kreia once says. But for all we know, that may not even be its ultimate goal. What we do know is war. War that is constantly being waged between light and dark.
Kreia would always mention the act of “centering oneself” and only recently did I understand what she meant and why it is important. When Kreia centers herself, she is of course centering herself within the dichotomy of the force. Whether it be light or dark, they are both unacceptable. In legends this was a practice of the ancient Je’daii Order. I believe Kreia did this specifically to avoid the Force swaying her actions through either the light or the dark. Kreia’s goal was to rid the galaxy of the Force entirely and the Force knew it.
Revan also seemed to discover this truth, and strived to remain centered. This actually made him more powerful as well. But it was the Exile, Meetra Surik, who Kreia viewed as her best hope against the Force. After the events of Malachor V, Meetra Surik became a wound in the force; an emptiness where the force cannot reach and thus cannot influence. The Jedi saw this and instead of attempting to understand it, they exiled her. Like the fools that they are, they cast her out because they were afraid. Afraid of losing the force and thus afraid of losing the precious power that daddy Force had bestowed upon them.
Meetra Surik showed everyone that you can live and even thrive without the Force. She showed them that in many ways, life can be better for everyone without it. But the Jedi, in their infinite arrogance, believing that all they do is right, just, and for the good of the galaxy, either failed to see the bigger picture or didn’t care and simply wanted to hold on to their power.
Luke Skywalker is right and wrong. It is time for the Jedi to end, but in reality the time for the Jedi to come to an end is long overdue. The moment order 66 happened, the Jedi Order should have vanished forever. But I’ll take it a step further; if Luke is sincere about helping the Galaxy, then it’s time for the Force itself to come to its end.
May the 4th be with you! But don’t be controlled. Those videos I mentioned? You can find those here if you’re interested. Don’t forget to look up great deals on Star Wars Games happening right now on Steam and GOG. I am the winner of the 2016 SpookTAYcular Scary Story Contest, and is apparently still using twitter.