Balance of the Force

After reading some on Star Wars dot com about the nature of the force and one who would balance it, I have decided to post my own opinion, merely for my own pleasure, and because I think they are wrong (shocking, isn’t it?)

read the orginal article and the comments to it

then consider:

I believe that the Force was out of balance, but that it was the Jedi who had unbalanced it.

bal·ance n
1. a state in which two opposing forces or factors are of equal strength or importance so that they effectively cancel each other out and stability is maintained
2. a state in which various elements form a satisfying and harmonious whole and nothing is out of proportion or unduly emphasized at the expense of the rest

(Encarta® World English Dictionary © 1999 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Developed for Microsoft by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.)

Therefore, a balance demands equality. Both sides are the same and uniform.

The Force as seen in Episodes 1-3 was unbalanced. The simple reason was that there were only 2 Sith and hundreds of Jedi. Though the Dark Side, through Darth Sidious’ manipulation was growing and clouding the Jedi’s Force use, it was still only a small portion of what the Jedi could draw on. After the Sith were destroyed eons before, the only force use was in the Light Side realms, goodness and purity the focus. Eventually a Sith survived, and began using Dark Side power for anger and revenge. Through the ages, the Dark Side users stayed small, only two at any one time. The Jedi Order meanwhile, proliferated. Soon there were many Jedi.

Now, that arguement is basically about numbers, and as far as that goes, it works.

But relative power also needs to be assesed. For instance, Yoda’s power is far greater than that of one of his youngling trainees. So in that case, the Force is unbalanced between them. This is an unbalance of power and mastery. Looked at from this view point, the Jedi, as a group, had more power than the Sith, as a group. Darth Sidious, however, I believe had more power than most of the Jedi Order, singularly, and of several collectively. Why else, in Revenge of the Sith, was he able to dispatch three Jedi Masters with ease? Why else was he holding his own against Yoda? He had great mastery of the Force. Now, if fifteen Jedi had come to his office to arrest him, I think he would have lost, both in the numbers and mastery departments. In this arguement, the Force is still unbalanced, but the question is how? If we go one against one, the only balance to be found is Yoda vs Sidious, Yoda is stronger than any Jedi or Sith except for Sidious, and vice versa. I still we think we need to go collectively. Sidious could not have beaten Anakin and Windu (if Anakin had made the right decision). Therefore the balance was still in the Jedi’s favor. It took Anakin aka Vader, who was stronger singularly than most Jedi to defeat the Jedi at the temple (with the help of the 501st) and Palpatine aka Sidious took out those he was stronger than. So it was only through deceit and clone help that the Sith brought balance. Which leads to the next area of this discussion: the Chosen One.

He Who Brings Balances: Anakin Skywalker.

Centuries earlier it was prophecied that one would be born miraculously who would bring balance to the Force. The Jedi arrogantly assumed that it would be a Jedi who would eradicate the Sith. “You were The Chosen One! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them! It was you who would bring balance to the Force, not leave it in Darkness! ” – Obi-Wan. Only it would be a Sith who would destroy the Jedi and bring balance. The Jedi misunderstood the prophecy. “With all due respect, Master, is he not the Chosen One? Is he not to destroy the Sith and bring balance to the Force? ” – Obi-Wan, “So the prophecy says.” – Mace Windu, “A prophecy that misread could have been.” – Yoda

Therefore, it was Anakin’s destiny to become a Sith and destroy the Jedi and bring balance to the Force.

In Episode IV, the Force is balanced once again. Yoda and Obi-Wan are aging but growing; Sidious is growing old and complacent. Vader’s power has grown, and he will eventually take over. If the four had met, the only end would have been the death of them all.

With the onset of Luke Skywalker and his training, the Force became again unbalanced. He introduced the supremacy of the Jedi yet again. In Episode VI we have the culmination of the Battle of the Heroes and the final surge for the mastery and balance of the Force. What should have happened was for Luke to have killed the Emporer, and he and Vader been at equal odds. However, this is where destiny is proven not to be absolute. Back in Episode III, Anakin could have decided to defy his destiny and not join the Sith and destroy Palpatine. Here he decides to defy the Emporer, and is seeking to turn Luke to rule with him. That is his aim. Eventually it is his love for Padme, manifested in Luke, that drives Anakin to renounce the Dark Side and destroy the Emporer. Thus, the Force is unbalanced, and only Jedi remain. The Sith exist after Return of the Jedi only as a shadow and a possibilty.

The Children of the Prophecy are Luke and Leia, and if Anakin was to bring balance, I believe Leia would eventually turn to the Dark Side to culminate a new era of equal numbers of Jedi and Sith. I believe that there is no possibility of Luke turning to the Dark Side, after his ordeals on Cloud City and the Death Star.

But, this is only my opinion….and Star Wars is only a galaxy far, far away….