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03.10.2012 , 11:40 AM | #14
Balance doesn't necessarily mean the balance between Light and Dark.

Balance can be viewed as the "natural order of things." Life and death, order and chaos, that sort of thing. The Dark Side is often described as the perversion of that which is natural. It's not simply "death," but death in heinous ways for horrible reasons. Nor is it life, but it can twist life into unnatural mockeries. It can be a force of chaos, but it can also be oppressive, stifling order. It is, in essence, the unnatural reflection of everything in the universe, twisting what it touches into things unnatural.

Eliminating the Dark Side would allow things to return to a "natural" balance. Order and choas are neither good nor evil in and of themselves, but both can be made to serve the Dark Side. By eliminating the Dark Side, order and chaos return to their natural states, as forces with both positive and negative qualities, with the optimum being the balance between the two. Likewise, life and death can return to a natural balance, wherein everything dies, as it is naturally meant to, but the taking of a life can still lead to dangerous consequences, as can the preservation of life beyond its cause, or the "use" of life in ways for which it was never intended. The "unnatural" influence of the Dark Side is gone, preventing the twisting and perverting of life and death that the Sith have been famous for.

Viewing "Light" and "Dark" as the ONLY kind of balance is a rather narrow perspective.

Now, that having been said, I do prefer the idea that the Dark Side lives on after Palpatine's death, because it creates more interesting stories (sadly, most EU authors have told crappy stories about it.)
Jedi vs. Sith, Page 97, column 2, paragraph 4, line 1:

Prior to the Battle of Ruusan, the Jedi used crystals from many different sources, and ignited lightsabers in every known hue, including purple, orange, and gold.