CORE ETHICS LESSON 1

“If you would just follow the Code, you would be on the Council.” – Obi-Wan to Qui-Gon Jinn

 

The above quote was said in regards to Qui-Gon’s decision to bring Anakin with him for Jedi Training. It is implied that this went against the Jedi Code. Which isn’t necessarily something that would have been reached after meditating upon the following Code:

 

 

There is no Emotion, there is Peace

There is no Ignorance, there is Knowledge

There is no passion, there is serenity.

There is no chaos, there is harmony.

There is no death, there is the Force.

(JEDI MANTRA 1987)

 

 

Or the Alternate Code that came out the same year as the Episode 1:

Jedi are the guardians of peace in the galaxy.

Jedi use their powers to defend and protect, never to attack others.

Jedi respect all life, in any form.

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

Jedi seek to improve themselves through knowledge and training.

(ALTERNATIVE JEDI CODE, 1999)

 

 

When we look at the Jedi Code Wookiepedia, we find that there were several tenets of the Code itself before Disney took over. These are listed under “Miscellaneous Tenets” and “Following the Code” in the “Legends Tab”. A good number of can be linked to the codes written above, but some of them are outside the scope. Such as “Honor the Law” and a good chunk of the Public Service tenets.

 

 

It is armed with this understanding that we come to realize the Jedi Code was more than a Mantra or a Creed, and as such should be reflected in the way that International Jedi Federation takes up the task of establishing was is our version of the Jedi Code.

 

 

If one were to read what is written within the Wookiepedia, it would become obvious that some of the things listed within it aren’t realistic to the modern world. Instead of trying to incorporate things that do not align in the real world, the Jedi Compass was stood up to determine what the majority of the Jedi Community believed was necessary to define what a Jedi should be pursuing in their life to manifest the Jedi Path. IJF takes this a step further and also includes a Code of Conduct that speaks to what we expect of Jedi within our halls.

 

 

For your first assignment, look over the Jedi Mantra and the Alternative Jedi Code. Compare and Contrast them, and explain how each one informs how the Jedi Path should be manifest in the world around you.  Your answer should be a minimum of 150 words.

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