January 28, 2014

Applying the Jedi Code In Real Life

Like any self-respecting organization, the Jedi have a code. The creed guides them in decision making and influences their thoughts and actions. It's like a mission statement all members can follow and use as a framework for leading their lives. Their tenets can have decent side effects, and you can take a principle or two and apply it to your life even if you haven't been to the Temple or built a functioning lightsaber. And, you can do so without going overboard into the whole "Jedi beliefs are a religion" thing.


This is the four line version of the code based on the meditations of Odan-Urr:

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.

First of all, the code is exactly the sort of geeky mantra I like to memorize to calm myself down when I'm feeling anxious or stressed. But there are other takeaways (curse the business person who put that word in my brain!). Let's look at it line by line.

There is no emotion, there is peace.
While I don't believe all emotions should be discarded and neither should attachments, it can be beneficial to put them aside. Emotions have value, and our feelings about each other and different topics make us who we are. However, in a crisis or just when you need space to take deep breaths and be calm, having the ability to pack your emotions away in a corner and focus on peace is extremely helpful. Working within the void of peace can help you make more logical and fair decisions. Finally, I think this line is about understanding that emotions exist and learning to confront them or to recognize when they're in the way.

There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.
This is like saying, "The more you know..." The more you are willing to learn, the more relaxed you'll be. I interpret this more as being open-minded rather than studious. Sure, there are benefits to continually keeping your mind active by learning new skills and researching new topics - I can't deny that. It's also just as valuable to leave your mind open so you can absorb new experiences. Part of this is also understanding that you won't be able to know everything - no one can - and coming to terms with it.

There is no passion, there is serenity. 
Line three seems like a repeat of line one - it just has more intensity. In this instance, I read passion as runaway emotion. We witness this in Anakin's obsessive love of Padmé; it appears to be fueled more by insane passion with no balance of logic. Emotions can lead your behavior and decisions, passion - in this Jedi Code example, not forever and always - can lead to intense and crazy actions (again, see Anakin). It's about control and learning how to dial yourself back and find serenity when you're about to do something rash and stupid.

There is no death, there is the Force.
The Force as seen in the Star Wars films doesn't exist. You can find similar beliefs in religion, but as that is not my path, I can't speak to it. What I take away from this line is not to fear death.

Do you ever apply the Jedi Code to your life? How would you interpret the code differently?

9 comments:

  1. As a scientist the Jedi code really speaks to me. In both my personal and professional life, I really cling to the part about knowledge and feel that learning about the world and how things work is a protective barrier that helps us be more compassionate. Gathering knowledge drives home how much we don't know. Most of the Jedi I think of as being the best at the code seem to value a scientific approach to life.

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    1. You make a really great point about the connection between knowledge and compassion!

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  2. We are blessed to live in an age with thousands of years of human history and philosophy behind us. This means we have millennia of belief systems, mythologies, etc. to choose from in our lives. Whatever works for you as a belief system, be it belief in ancient gods or the Jedi code, is what works for you. There should be no judgment regarding how other people make themselves happy in this life. There should just be thankfulness that you and others are happy.

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    1. Your last two sentences nail it perfectly.

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  3. I love that last line you did. Honestly, this was exactly what I needed to hear today. I've had a total lack of peace lately, and its because I've been too wrapped up in my emotions.
    And as a person who almost obsessively fears death....that last line you put in. Yes. Thank you for that reminder. I love this post.

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    1. I started dealing with some anxiety issues last year and it always ends up focusing on my health and I worry myself into symptoms and everything. I need to work on letting go of my emotions, too. <3

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  4. اهم شركات كشف تسربات المياه بالدمام كذلك معرض اهم شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام والخبر والجبيل والخبر والاحساء والقطيف كذكل شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة وتنظيف بجدة ومكافحة الحشرات بالخبر وكشف تسربات المياه بالجبيل والقطيف والخبر والدمام
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام
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  5. اهم شركات نقل العفش والاثاث بالدمام والخبر والجبيل اولقطيف والاحساء والرياض وجدة ومكة المدينة المنورة والخرج والطائف وخميس مشيط وبجدة افضل شركة نقل عفش بجدة نعرضها مجموعة الفا لنقل العفش بمكة والخرج والقصيم والطائف وتبوك وخميس مشيط ونجران وجيزان وبريدة والمدينة المنورة وينبع افضل شركات نقل الاثاث بالجبيل والطائف وخميس مشيط وبريدة وعنيزو وابها ونجران المدينة وينبع تبوك والقصيم الخرج حفر الباطن والظهران
    شركة نقل عفش بالرياض
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    شركة نقل عفش بالقصيم

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