A moral criticism of the Jedi
I'm putting this article under Protagonism even though it only exists because I raise this point in my critique of Star Wars, because it's mostly a moral critique rather than a storytelling critique.
Star Wars review
Anyway, here's why the Jedi are far from the perfect heroes they're portrayed to be, and arguably even more bad than good:
Why you should be an anarchist
- They forbid "revenge", by which of course they mean any action that punishes someone outside of *immediate* danger; they usually disapprove of killing a dangerous murderer or tyrant as long as they aren't *in the act* of attacking. This is ironic since they support a government, and all governments use violence against peaceful acts.
Myopias on violence
The enforcement fallacy
- Jedi spirituality seems to revolve around the suppression of emotion, and this is just extremely wrong and harmful. Emotions are not a force of evil; they can be a source of exhortation just as much as temptation. Anger, shame, sympathy, and any other emotion can inspire a person to stick their neck out to fight evil, seek self-improvement, or make sacrifices for the less fortunate.
- The Jedi have a chain of command; there's no basis for such a thing in a group based on a static creed.
- The Jedi forbid romance. This stems from their suspicion of emotion, and so, my same argument applies.
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