Does Sith = Psychopath!?

I love a good slaughter like the next person, and I love Darth Vader as pictured in his slaughter at the end of Rogue One (that was amazing). However, this article is to examine the question of what makes a Sith a Sith. Does it mean you must be ruthless, a psychopathic killer, someone who slaughters indiscriminately? I say no, it does not. We do not have many examples of “fair” minded Sith Lords, but I can think of a few: Darth Marr; Darth Bane; Darth Caedus (in chronological order). I’m writing this in defense of the last one.

I have read articles on the failings of Darth Caedus and why he was a horrible sith. I disagree. I think he was one of the best we saw. However, I think he suffered from bad writers that fell into the old George Lucas trap of sith = evil = tragic = must be converted or must die. In fact, they felt this so much, they gave out force powers like candy just so he could be defeated instead of developing him and letting him become the great ruler he could have been.

Jacen surpassed the Jedi’s knowledge of the force in The New Jedi Order – The Unifying Force when he became one with the force and melted Onimi. He surpassed light and dark sides. Then they make him choose the dark side, which is all fine and good, however they make him back peddle so that by the end of LotF his powers are so diminished and he becomes almost a bumbling idiot. While he has logical uncertainties of his path, he remains steadfast in his decision. The Jedi also fall to old ways of we must murder him, he is Sith. I mean come on, have you all learned nothing…? How about let’s have a real conversation. Maybe he had good reason, maybe he is right, and after all he is our nephew, twin brother, son. But no, they get all murdery and decide his fate.

I liked most of Caedus’ decisions. I thought he made a decent ruler and would’ve been great for the galaxy. He made a conscious decision to not rule through fear. Not to just murder people who disappointed him. For me, he took after Darth Marr and Darth Bane by being pragmatic. One of the decisions that didn’t make sense, and was due to having multiple authors was Lumiya tells him Ben would make a horrible apprentice, and he relents. Then in the next book, he is steadfast in his determination to turn Ben and Lumiya says nothing. That was poor writing and one thing that led to his downfall.

People also say he was insane. I do not see that. I think his torture did not start him down any path to insanity. I think it gave him clarity and a new understanding of the force and life in general. Life is a struggle and is painful. It is only through struggle that we grow and through pain we learn. When we are comfy and happy, we tend to stagnate. I don’t know, perhaps most will disagree with me. However, for those out there that have known pain and struggle, I think they would agree with me. It is our reality as human beings to struggle to become better.

Also, if you have a good understanding of the Sith Code, I think it would point you in the same direction that I lean. Peace is a lie does not mean that there should be eternal war. In fact, it doesn’t have anything to do with war really. It’s more akin to what I was saying the previous paragraph.

Darth Caedus could’ve been so much more had his initial path been followed instead of limited by narrow minded authors stuck on the dichotomy of good & evil, light and dark and no in between. I have faith that people with experiences based in reality would agree that life is just so much more complex than that, and the old viewpoint of darkside/Sith must die is just plain ignorance and is what got the Jedi almost killed off more than once. And in 20,000 years or so, you would think those wizened, good people would learn that. It seems the only real learning and growth takes place on the darkside. Won’t you join me there?

P.S. I suppose I should answer my question, if it was not obvious… IMO, no, being a psychopath is not only not necessary/required, but will most likely be a short path to your demise. You can be ruthless and brutal when necessary, but a sith who is always this way will find a large rebel force around the corner ready to take you down. You must be many things to be a successful sith. Perhaps more on that later.

And, May The Force Serve You Always!

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Happy Birthday Hayden Christensen!!!

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Today is the birthday of one of my favorite Dark Lords, Hayden Christensen. He is 36 years old today. Born on April 19th, 1981. BTW, I was born in 1977, the year Star Wars – A New Hope came out.

I don’t care what people say about his acting in the Star Wars movies. To me, he was great. It was the dialogue that sucked. Just ask Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill as they reiterated during this year’s Star Wars 40 Years Celebration in Orlando.

No matter what Hayden does in his career, he will always be Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader to me. I just realized today, that he starred in “Takers” and “Jumper”. I watched those movies. Like, I was into them, and I didn’t even dawn on me that, “Hey, that’s Hayden Christensen!” Doh!

I found a quote by him on his IMDB page, and I really liked it.

“It’s such a struggle to protect your integrity and dignity in this industry … they really want to attack your morality and your beliefs. They need you to give up a certain part of yourself before they’ll initiate you into ‘stardom’ … I’ve always been kind of a hermit. I find my joy in the little things they want to take away from me. Prior to all this, I took pleasure from being the observer. Now I’m the observed.” — Hayden Christensen

I relate because I am pretty much a hermit myself, and I am also the observer. Luckily, unlike him, I have not become the observed.

So, Happy Birthday Hayden! You sexy motha focka!

And, May The Force Serve You Always!

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Darth Vader – Beautiful Prose

The most beautiful expression of Darth Vader I’ve ever heard/read.

So, I was trying to cue up Darth Bane – Path of Destruction audiobook to go to sleep to. Because, nothing cradles you to sleep like the awesome tales of the awesome Dark Lord of the Sith – Darth Bane, and I couldn’t find it on YouTube. It’s just gone. Suffice it to say, I found it another way. While I was waiting, I went ahead and let Lords of the Sith: Star Wars play.

Now, I’ve listened to this book before, and it moved me then as well, but tonight I was just taken up with it and I thought I’d share it with the interweb. This is transcribed from audio, and I may have misheard one word, but it’ll do. Prepare yourselves to enter the mind of Vader, our Dark Father…

Lords of the Sith: Star Wars — By: Paul S. Kemp; Narrated By Jonathon Davis

“He was home. Once he’d found the armor hateful, foreign, but now he knew better. He realized that he’d always been fated to wear it. Just as the Jedi had always been fated to betray their principles. He’d always been fated to face Obi-Wan and fail on Mustafar, and in failing … learn … the armor separated him from the galaxy. From everyone, made him singular. Freed him from the needs of the flesh, the concerns of the body that once had plagued him, and allowed him to focus solely on his relationship to the force. It terrified others, he knew. And that … pleased him. Their terror was a tool he used to accomplish his ends.

“Yoda once had told him that fear led to hate and hate to suffering, but Yoda had been wrong. Fear was a tool used by the strong to cow the weak. Hate was the font of true strength. Suffering was not the result of the rule of the strong over the weak. Order was. By it’s very existence, the force mandated the rule of the strong over the weak. The force mandated order. The Jedi had never seen that and they had misunderstood the force and been destroyed. But Vader’s Master saw it. Vader saw it. And so they were strong, and so they ruled. He rose. His breathing loud in his ears. Loud in the chamber. His image huge and dark on the reflective wall. A wave of his gauntleted hand and a mental command rendered the walls of his (ovate) meditation chamber transparent instead of reflective…”

I don’t know about you guys, but to me, that is just poetry to my soul. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. It’s even better when Jonathan Davis is reading it to you. And now, I get to go to sleep to Mr. Jonathan Davis reading Darth Bane.

Goodnight interwebs!

May The Force Serve You Always!

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Photograph by Raph Lomotan and his Deviant Art.

Star Wars – The Last Jedi

Breaking down “The Last Jedi” Teaser!

The trailer is FINALLY here! If you haven’t seen it, go watch it here!

There is much speculation as to what it all means! Many people are dissecting the video and it’s background voices. So far, the consensus is that they say “Help me Obi-Wan” when Rey says “light”. Then there’s “seduced by the darkside” when Rey says darkness. I can’t agree that it says “seduced by the darkside. I hear “smth by the darkness”. Not sure what the first word is. Then it is supposed to say “it surrounds us” somewhere. The line that got my blood pumping was “it’s so  much bigger”! And I screamed with joy when Luke says “The Jedi …. must END!”

So, what does it all mean? Is Kylo going to go to the light side? Is Rey going to turn to the dark side? Is she Luke’s kid, or maybe even old Ben’s kid? Hey, there’s even talk that maybe she is Sidious’ kid. And what’s this talk about ending the Jedi?

I honestly don’t know what’s going to happen to Kylo. He went to finish his training, but he was conflicted more than ever after killing his father, which was supposed to kill the remaining light inside him. I’m hoping for a new determined Kylo, filled with the dark side, brimming with murderous rage!!! I want to see him cut down many people with that beautiful unstable arbiter’s lightsaber #SWTOR. If Rian Johnson is as awesome as he appears to be, then he won’t disappoint in this arena. However, we’re just not sure. I think maybe Kylo will be nice and dark in this movie, and then he may go grey in the 3rd installment.

Grey? Why did I say grey. Well I agree with Star Wars Theory that Luke has changed. After Ben Skywalker, I mean Ben Solo kills all of Luke’s Jedi, and Luke goes into exile. I think Luke went soul searching. At some point he found his way to the teachings of the ancient Jedi, Jed’aii or something. There is also the Whills, which I am not going to go into. Just know it is from The Clone Wars, and is ancient teachings on the force and maybe Luke found them, and that is where his new outlook on the force comes from. The old Jedi were concerned with the balance, which we have seen other grey Jedi being concerned with. Luke saying “It’s so much bigger”, I believe he means the force is bigger than the light and the dark. There fore, Luke learns the old ways and becomes a grey Jedi and is not concerned with the war and the Republic anymore because it’s not relevant to the balance of the force. Rey is let down. Her hero isn’t what she thought he was. She may talk him into helping out, and of course he trains her. He will train her to be a grey Jedi. Grey Jedi aren’t concerned about having attachments, and maybe not even being “attached” to the governing democracy as the Old Jedi Order had and that’s where they lost their way.

So, the Jedi must end. The ways of the old Jedi must end. If they are to be what they are meant to be, they will be concerned with the balance of the force and not being one sided in the light. They would realize that everyone has light and dark within them and this must be embraced to be balanced in the force. All the imbalance has come from people picking a side and ignoring the truth of their internal struggle.

Just so I make sure I say it. Rey is NOT going to be a Skywalker. Most likely she isn’t even a Kenobi. Her lineage is unimportant. It doesn’t matter if her parents were light side or dark side. It doesn’t make a difference to what she will end up being. “That’s not how the force works!” People are sooo hung up on this shit. Can we get off of it? Let’s say it together … “Rey’s parents don’t matter.” All that matters is that she is a force user who turns out to be pretty strong in the force and she has decided to take up arms against the First Order, and fight for the Republic or what not. She will be trained by Luke Skywalker to use the force, and that’s that.

Anyway, that’s what I am hoping it to be. If that were so, Kylo may end up going grey. What then would happen to the dark side? I don’t want to see it go away because I delight in the delicious acts of murder and mayhem that they do so well…

What do you think? Leave a comment below if you have any other theories.

May The Force Serve You Always!

Oh and wouldn’t this be great?

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The way Star Wars was meant to end in RotJ!

Header image from Star Wars.