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12.23.2012 , 08:56 AM |
Laws and Governance...
Ok, really loose interpretation of "Laws and Governance", this likely more falls under the idea of social obligation and construct.
When we speak of peace, what do we mean? There are many kinds of peace: that which refers to a tranquillity and stillness, perhaps even a stagnation; that which is acceptance, whether of knowledge or a state of affairs; and that which most commonly refers us to a state of violence. So, which peace is it that we refer to, when we say that it is "a lie"? The most obvious answer is the state of violence - that it is a call to war and a right to exercise our will.
I believe a fundamental misunderstanding of this line is what leads to the perception that violence in all aspects of one's life is necessary, even just. One must take it in context with the subsequent line "there is only passion" to start to understand the passage in its entirety. This is not an external state or action, but a reflection of the internal: we accept our emotions, their existence and their necessity. Here we see the denial of peace as tranquillity or the stagnation of thought and process, set against another form of peace: acceptance. But how exactly is this exercised? As the romanticist Lord Laffert wrote in his great lovelorn poems, emotion is often the "boiling sea" beneath the "ice, shown to the world". In a way this is an emulation of the Jedi's denial of emotions, and a perpetuation of the idea that the expression of emotions is itself a weakness. For emotions are seen as a tool, one that must be honed, but forever kept in check: one must control one's emotions and never vice versa.
So does the Force free us of these shackles?
Broan rubbed his eyes and lay down his pen. It was very late in the evening - or perhaps very early in the morning - and he was tired. His heart skipped a beat as he re-read the line comparing the Sith to Jedi. That was likely not what Lord Vizloch would want to read, however interested she might be in his previous life. He would have to deal with it in the morning, or at least when he was awake.
One day I should just go through the entire code and have Broan dissect it; i.e. finish the above essay. Would be interesting.