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Code of the Old Republic Order---After New Sith Wars--The Jedi Purge

There is no emotion, there is peace.

There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.

There is no passion, there is serenity.

There is no death, there is the Force.

Code of Grandmaster Luke Skywalker after the Order grew into flux once more:

Jedi are the guardians of peace in the galaxy.

Jedi use their powers to defend and to protect.

Jedi respect all life, in any form.

Jedi serve others rather than ruling over them, for the good of the galaxy.

Jedi seek to improve themselves through knowledge and training.

The Old Jedi Code

I have studied these mantra many times. Compared them to the Sith Code, old codes of the Order, and the guidelines of other force sensitive orders. To put it bluntly, both codes have virtues and their faults.

The code of the old Jedi Order preaches complete devotion to the force. It leaves little room for self-improvement and, at its base form, forces a Jedi Knight to give up the most base pleasures of life. While some would argue this is the way our Order should be--to disconnect from mortal needs and forge a pure symbiotic relationship with the Ashla, I disagree.

While the prospect of joining with the force in such a way is intoxicating in itself, losing our humanity--or whatever serves for a rule of normalcy for a species-- we will lose our compassion. Our sympathy for those we protect will be lost, and we will find ourselves questioning why we waste our time on strangers. At that point, we would cease to be the Jedi Order and become something far more sinister. We must maintain our sense of self in order to serve the masses as is our calling.

Peace is the ultimate goal. A lack of chaos and death, replaced by tranquility and life. A Jedi must learn to be at peace. A Jedi must know that even in the greatest time of chaos, allowing themselves to be at peace opens the door for the force to guide them. That is all we are, arms of the force, vassals for it to use as it needs. To attain that connection, a Jedi must have peace.

A lack of knowledge is not a terrible thing. At times, ignorance can be bliss. Remaining in such a state, however, leads to stagnation. Stagnation makes us lazy, and allows our enemies time to grow in strength and power. A Jedi must always seek knowledge to better him--or herself, and to helps those around him in need. That is not to say knowledge is not dangerous, a Padawan should never be allowed to see Darth Krayt's philosophy after all. One must know when to refrain from seeking knowledge, and as such, this part of the code can prove dangerous.

Serenity over the use of passion is something that all Jedi must learn. Passion leads to rash decisions, rash decisions lead to consequences, and consequences have driven more than a few self-conscious Padawans from the Order's protective embrace. Serenity is in line with peace, a way to establish a pure connection to the force. The problem with this section of the code is the complete denial of passion. This is not true. Jedi feel things just as any other being; the difference being that we must learn to deny these feelings. A Jedi Knight has to gain full control of his emotions, confront them, and reject them when it is needed. Denying the existence of passion within the Jedi Order only opens the door for it to creep in.

The latter portion of the code holds no flaws. There is no death, there is the force. There has never been a greater truth.

The New Jedi Order Mantra:
Skywalker's Jedi Order was largely successful for a time. These Jedi were much less strict in their following of the force, and--in my opinion-- used it as a tool rather than something to find comfort in. While serving the needs of others is our top priority, I find faults in his code.

Guardians of Peace:
I, and my fellows, fully agree with this. Jedi Knight are the guiding hand of the force, and should always act to restore peace whenever possible. If this leads us to conflict and bloodshed, so be it, so long as we stick to our virtues during the violence.

Defend Others:

Once more, Skywalker was spot on in his assessment. A Jedi must put the lives of others before themselves--even their greatest enemies. Our lives are service, and that service should be held above any fear of death. A fear of death opens the door for the Dark Side, and as such, we must conquer our fears before we begin to serve the galaxy.

Respect all life:

A Jedi should know that the galaxy is not the way he or she perceives it. Every being has a different point of view on how things are, why they are that way, and what should happen. All beings are entitled to this freedom. Telling them that their view is wrong, or trying to sway them from their way, is the same as a Sith tempting a Padawan with power. We must respect all those we protect, otherwise we are not worthy of holding the Jedi title.

Jedi shall not Rule:

I disagree entirely. In the past, the Jedi Lords protected entire systems without the help of any backing government. They were bastions of light in a sea of darkness, the last line of defense against the Sith onslaught. While they ruled these planets, they served their people better than many kings or queens had in the past. While it is true some Jedi are incapable of ruling, just as any man or woman might be, it is undeniable that the Jedi Lords were entirely successful in their prime.

Jedi must improve themselves through training and Knowledge:

A Jedi must always be looking for improvement. Improvement in combat, philosophy, or connection to the force. A Jedi should not seek to improve themselves in service of self. A Jedi must strive for improvement for others. To protect others. To teach their fellows. To better serve the galaxy as a whole.

In short, both codes have pros an cons. I will be revising the code along with other members of the Grand Council to suit this day and age soon enough. I do hope my insights provide some form of guidance for any Padawan in need of it.