In the course of reading the book, something started gnawing at me. The Jedi use Ventress, manipulate situations and people, and it’s a sign of their decay at this time. I came to wonder what the Jedi position on redemption was.
As I was reading this latest tale involving Asajj Ventress, a prime candidate for a redemptive path if ever there was one, the Jedi seem to be “hands off” about anything of the kind. Though she’s a known Force user first trained by a Jedi who became a Sith acolyte, they express no interest in offering her a path to the Light.
If the Light Side of the Force is about love and redemption, why aren’t they out there redeeming people?
The Philosophical Flaw
In my mind, this is the flaw of their Will of the Force philosophy.
The very idea of a symbiosis between a Jedi and the Force implies that they should be acting as its agents for redemption. They should, if anything, be wandering the galaxy like Qui-Gon preferred. They should be out there offering people a chance to change and come to the Light, not guarding it in an exclusive tower.
Obi-Wan voices these thoughts clearly in A New Hope. When Luke asks if The Force controls your actions, Ben replies, “Partially, but it also obeys your commands.” They have a chance to help people see the path to the Light.
I can only conclude that, over time, they turned away from forgiveness and faith in redemptive acts.
Possibly the One That Broke Their Sympathy
While the decay of the Jedi had started well beforehand, I believe Count Dooku’s betrayal of the Order burned away their remaining belief in redemption. His complete and utter corruption to evil push the Jedi to stop considering reclamation.
It’s Luke who rediscovers the redemptive power of forgiveness – even in the face of pure evil! – and returns the Jedi way to the galaxy. By foregoing his charge to destroy Vader, he saves him. This tips the scales and destroys the Emperor.
It really is an amazing message about what a unique gift true forgiveness is, and how redeeming it can be as its own end.
I just hope Peter Cetera doesn’t think this means I forgive him for “Glory of Love.” Some crimes are a step too far.