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Are Sith really evil?

Ziggoratt's Avatar

02.06.2012 , 05:19 PM | #1
I've seen this topic come up a number of times, and it's gotten me to thinking: Are the Sith really a truly evil organization, or are they just completely misrepresented by people like Palpatine?

I'll start this off by presenting my own opinion on the matter. I personally believe the Sith to be a morally-neutral organization, one that has a select few bad seeds scattered here and there. The Sith use passion and emotion as conduits of the Force, as opposed to the Jedi, who use Inner Peace instead. The Jedi recognize that there are areas of the Force that cannot truly be understood or entirely controlled... Areas that they dare not access. Therefore, they practice restraint, dubbing this unexplored territory the "Dark Side" of the Force, and condemning any and all practitioners of its arts.

Now, this next part is what really sells me to the Sith... The Jedi detested Dark Side users do much that they hunted them to near extinction, in a manner quite similar to the Crusades. The Jedi hold themselves on a mantle above the Sith, declaring themselves "Good" and their enemies "Evil." But I now present to you the question... Are the Jedi truly good? And are the Sith, by extension, evil? Let's look at the facts.

1. The Jedi cut themselves off from all physical attachment, considering emotion and attachment dangerous and dark. But last I checked, wasn't love a good thing? The same goes for joy, attachment, and many forms of passion. Take the love and attachment of a mother and child, for instance. What could be more good and pure than a love such as this? Yet the Jedi's principles condemn such a love, seeing it as a lure for the forces that they don't understand (AKA, the Dark Side)
2. The Jedi are hypocrites to their own code. They condemn pride, yet declare themselves the single good, holy force in the galaxy, and condemn their opponents as evil. Is such a declaration not prideful?
3. As Yoda himself stated in the novel-version of Revenge of the Sith, the Jedi's downfall came about because they stayed true to their old ways, while the Sith embraced change and adapted to a growing universe, taking on new ways and adapting to be as versatile as possible.

1. The Sith embrace all emotions and physical affection, seeing passion as a powerful and wonderful thing. Yes, they wield Hatred, Anger, and Fear as blunt tools to master the Force, but they can also use positive emotions, such as Love, Joy, and Attachment, to wield the same powers and abilities.
2. Many look down on the Sith, seeing only individuals such as Palpatine or Malgus as representatives of the entire organization. Yes, some who wield the Dark Side of the force delve into the wrong areas, and become corrupted by it's unconteollable power.. But it seems that these individuals have cast a dark light over the entire Sith organization. Not all Sith are necessarily evil.
3. They have lightning.

All in all, I believe that the Sith are the true gems of the galaxy. What do you think?

Inarai's Avatar

02.06.2012 , 05:22 PM | #2
As an organization, the Sith are evil. While individuals may differ, the mainstay of the population and those who direct the Sith and the Empire at large are evil.
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02.06.2012 , 05:25 PM | #3

I'd guess evil.
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Aleeha's Avatar

02.06.2012 , 05:26 PM | #4
Ask yourself this, "do people ever post dumb questions on internet forums?"

Ituhata's Avatar

02.06.2012 , 05:28 PM | #5
I thought that first part of 300 where they examine babies and the ones deemed too weak they just tossed into a pile to rot was a good description of how growing up in a sith society might be like.

stem's Avatar

02.06.2012 , 05:28 PM | #6
Obi-Wan: Luke, you will find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.
Good or badů.. it all depends on your perspective.
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owenthorn's Avatar

02.06.2012 , 05:28 PM | #7
jedi and sith are the EXACT same, they turn their backs on suffering and whatever, if it is not in their interest to do something about it

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02.06.2012 , 05:28 PM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by Aleeha View Post
Ask yourself this, "do people ever post dumb questions on internet forums?"
I would answer, "yes" to you. Not that your own question was dumb, or snarky, or at all unfriendly or unhelpful.

ryathal's Avatar

02.06.2012 , 05:28 PM | #9
neither faction is really good, but Sith are more evil especially compared to modern societies of today. The sith would be similar in many ways to Sparta.

ExcludedYeti's Avatar

02.06.2012 , 05:29 PM | #10
Yes, the Sith are really evil.

The Empire, however, is not. Merely a collective of war-focused peoples.