In the image above, what do you see? Do you see the Jedi masters dying? Do you see the Jedi masters being killed? What if it’s neither? You see I’ve had this inkling for a while now. When I read into some of Kreia’s words, it leads me to believe that perhaps Kreia wasn’t exactly trying to ‘kill’ the Jedi masters. But simply knew that the most likely outcome would be death.
In the clip above, Kreia poses the question: “What is a Jedi without the force?” A question that Kreia used to pose to her students, back when she was a Jedi. Is a Jedi still a Jedi without force powers? If you ask me, the answer is Yes. The Jedi is religious organisation, with beliefs and rules about how to worship and use the force.
However, The Jedi don’t seem to see it that way, and tend to limit their official members to force using warrior monks who also train in lightsaber combat. Technically, anyone can hold these beliefs and train in becoming proficient with weapons. A Jedi can be force sensitive but for whatever reason, never use the force. He would still be a Jedi. But remember what I said, the Jedi don’t seem to see it that way.
In the video above, Kreia speaks of Darth Nihilus and the ability he uses to feed his force addiction. What stands out here is that she says that he severs connections between life and the force. He then feeds upon the death that it causes. In general that does seem to be the most common outcome. But we know that it isn’t universal. So far we know of several methods of how someone can be disconnected from the force.
Nihilus’ method is a rather violent one, and its entire intention is to cause death.
The Jedi method? Not violent.
The Sith method? Very violent.
The exile at Malachor V? Brought on by violence, but different. Nobody took the force from her, she renounced it. Rejected it. Was forced to make a choice between life or the force.
The video above shows the entire scene in question. Before the deed is done, at 11:46 Kreia tells the Jedi masters, three individuals who have always perceived existence through the force, to: “See it through the eyes of the exile.” In other words, perceive the world with your senses unfiltered through the force.
I think Kreia was giving the Jedi masters a choice. A choice between life and the force. This “attack”, if you really want to call it that, wasn’t meant to drain life, but to drain the force. It was used to replicate the conditions that the Exile was faced with on Malachor V. The Jedi saw what the Exile represented. That life without the force isn’t only possible, but ideal.
So Kreia placed them in a situation where they could either accept this truth and renounce the force themselves, or die holding on to it. The confrontation between the council and the exile was the see if the Jedi had learned anything.
At 2:08 of the video, Kreia says: “And now perhaps, they shall see what you have become. But I think that even if they did, Kreia was determined to go through with it and really put them to the test. Once the likeliest answer was swung towards: No, they learned nothing. And was going to punish the exile for bringing them this truth. She came in guns blazing.
I am reminded of my childhood; growing up in a place where the population consists of 73% roman catholic. This scene is like that of a curious child in such an environment who’s always asking questions. I remember adults getting very upset, not due to the question itself, but because you were asking questions at all.
For the Jedi, it was worse. They weren’t presented with a question. They were presented with an answer. Don’t imagine a priest who is given irrefutable proof that god doesn’t exist. Imagine the Pope, who because of this religion, has great power. Imagine him being handed this proof. Would he accept it and give up this power or does absolute power corrupt absolutely and he buries it?
Kreia wasn’t going to stand for them burying this truth and instead forced them to face it. Live without power, or kill yourself holding on to it. They chose power. Because what is a Jedi without the force? In their minds the Jedi weren’t respected because of their wisdom, because they never give up, because they always try to do what’s right, because they have integrity. No, it was about them winning the lottery of life and being born with an innate ability to use the force.
“There is no death, there is the force.” Not this time. In a universe where death always came with an element of the force attached, the Exile examines the Jedi Master’ bodies and they feel like they’ve never been alive at all. This was complete, unadulterated, death.
What is a politician without an office? Someone who has an ideology and continues to argue for and fight for what they believe in and what they believe is right for their country any way they can? Or someone who isn’t elected to office and thus gives up on themselves and their party. Or worse, lashes out when they’re proven wrong about something and can’t win the argument.
I once knew someone who couldn’t stand to be wrong and because of that I couldn’t stand them. There is no shame in being wrong. But there is wisdom in admitting when you’re wrong and learning from it. It’s better to be wrong now and be right later. You might think that what I’ve written here is complete and utter nonsense. I don’t know, maybe it is, but I obviously don’t think so. You’ll have to convince me, and that’s what the comment section is for.