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Gungan to the left

Family (PG)

By : Vanerina

Archived on: Monday, November 14, 2005

All over the galaxy, people view the Jedi in different ways. But how do the Jedi view themselves?


A single word with endless meanings and possibilities.

Some revere us as almost demi-gods, with powers beyond their comprehension.

Useful when you need to get something quickly, but in excess it gets annoying.

Some hate us, fearing what they do not know. That fear leads to anger, as if they are thinking ?How dare they come here? All high-and-mighty, acting as if they know all.?

Ironically, I can almost hear Master Yoda?s voice, repeating the age-old saying that is one of the first things we are taught. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, of the Dark Side, these things are.

The second thing we learn is not to mock or correct Yoda?s way of speaking. Let?s just say that he doesn?t need that stick to get around.

For me, Jedi has always meant family.

We are taken from our birth families when we are very little, too young to have formed strong attachments. But even as we leave our birth-family behind, we become part of a second, larger family.

There are people who claim that the Jedi steal babies, seeing it as an un-necessary cruelty. That is not true. Our parents choose to give us up, because we have a gift that will always mark us as different, and because the Jedi can teach us what they cannot.

I see it as moving to a foster house. It is not the place where we were born, but it is the place that we eventually come to identify as our home.

Perhaps it sounds like some foolish platitude, like you see on posters trying to enlist you for something, but it is true. The Temple becomes our home, and the other Jedi become our family.

The cr?che workers are like grandparents, or doting aunts and uncles, who love and care and teach you as you grow. Your cr?che-mates and fellow Younglings and Initiates are like your cousins. You don?t have to like or be close to all of them, but you form friendships that are never broken.

I am a Padawan. The term is associated with ?Student?, but in reality it is much, oh so much, more.

In an ancient dialect, I forget which, Padawan literally translated as Heart-child. Fitting, really. Your master is your mentor and teacher, but they become as your mother or father. They comfort you when you are scared or hurt, they sit by you at the healer?s, they are proud of your accomplishments and they scold your wrongdoings. They love and protect you, and you look up at them with bright eyes as they smile down at you.

To outside and unknowing eyes, you are Master and Apprentice, but in your heart, in the bond between you, you are Parent and Child.

Then there is your Master?s Master, your GrandMaster, who tells you embarrassing and funny stories about when your Master was a Padawan while said Master tries to pretend they have no idea what you are talking about, and who possesses the amazing ability to make your Master squirm like an errant child while you carefully hide your amusement, unless you wish for several extra hours meditating on exactly why One does not snicker at One?s Master behind their back.

Or at least, why One does not snicker at One?s Master behind their back and be foolish enough to get caught in the act.

There is also your Master?s ex-Padawans, and their Padawans, and the ones that your Master will train after you are Knighted. They are your brothers and sisters, to tease and be teased, to spoil and be spoiled by, to exchange ideas about how to talk your Master into something, to gossip and laugh and debate with about things like speeders and what this senator was wearing to that party, things that will cause your Master to give you an odd look then quietly laugh about ?kids these days?.

Attachment is forbidden by the Code, but attachment and love are not the same thing.

Attachment is something you cling to possessively, something that leads to jealousy and anger that anyone would dare to try and take that away from you. Like two children squabbling over a toy, both the attached and the object of the attachment tend to get damaged as a result.

Love, on the other hand, is a connection. It binds the world together, and serve to create wonderful things as a result. A farmer tills and tends the earth, and crops spring up, to feed and sustain life, or beautiful flowers emerge, bringing life and light to brighten a dwelling, or gift to another. Compassion can be defined as unconditional love, and is central to the life of the Jedi.

They are similar at first glance, but they are not the same, and the difference is greater than I think any truly grasp.

Perhaps it is not good to have relations with birth-family, but the family that is the Jedi Order is bigger than any one of us, and as long as even one Force-Sensitive remains, none of us will ever truly be gone.

Original cover by PrincessKenobi4. HTML formatting copyright 2005 TheForce.Net LLC.

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Author: Star Traveler  (signed)
Date posted: 11/15/2005 1:47:06 AM
Star Traveler's Comments:

I found this rather touching. Good to see that Obi-Wan isn't the only Jedi who admits to feeling that parental connection to his Padawan. But, is the GrandMaster any old Master, or just Yoda?

Author: Narinya
Date posted: 11/15/2005 6:37:25 PM
Narinya's Comments:

That's really nice. I laughed a bit, I nodded my head, and I understood without knowing how I understood.

A really interesting read.

Author: me_luv_darth_squishy
Date posted: 11/15/2005 6:40:18 PM
me_luv_darth_squishy's Comments:

Wonderful! A joy to read....a creative idea, I at least haven't seen that a lot...Keep up the good work!


Author: VaderLVR64
Date posted: 11/20/2005 11:04:47 AM
VaderLVR64's Comments:

This was wonderful! Beautifully written and powerful Lovely work!

Author: gives_you_focus  (signed)
Date posted: 11/28/2005 2:45:37 PM
gives_you_focus's Comments:

Amazing. I laughed, and nodded my head along, and I reallly thought about what it said: love and attachment are not the same thing. I guess thats why ANakin fell. He was attached to Padme.

Anyway, gret story.

Author: Jedi Knight Safira Felan
Date posted: 12/1/2005 10:54:08 PM
Jedi Knight Safira Felan's Comments:

Very fun story. I like the insight into the relations between the Jedi. How can you be so closely involved with people and not feel those connections? I try and explore those connections a lot in my own fanfics. Very nice work.

Author: Rylliana
Date posted: 2/3/2006 8:47:42 PM
Rylliana's Comments:

Very nice. I enjoyed it and the simplicity of the sentiment immensely. Well done.

Author: Mirryl
Date posted: 2/15/2006 10:09:27 AM
Mirryl's Comments:

Beautifully written, I like the idea of exploring the connections among the Jedi as a family unit. After all, they lived, grew up together, squabbeled, trained and performed missions together

Author: Moonprincess202
Date posted: 5/31/2006 9:31:20 AM
Moonprincess202's Comments:

This is very beautiful. I like seeing the Jedi as a family, it makes so much sense.

Author: Persephone_Kore  (signed)
Date posted: 2/4/2007 1:16:32 PM
Persephone_Kore's Comments:

Yes, yes! I like this a lot. I admit that I don't always feel sure how Lucas meant the Jedi to understand the term... but it does seem to me that the difference between love and possessiveness has been drawn any number of times before. (From "If you love someone, let them go..." to "He who saves his life shall lose it" to that fable about getting your hand stuck in a jar. Sometimes you do have to hold on, and maybe give yourself up for it, but sometimes you can't keep something by being afraid to lose it.) Anyway, I very much enjoyed this view of the Jedi and appreciated seeing it.

Author: ratna
Date posted: 3/18/2007 12:33:05 AM
ratna's Comments:

very nice

Author: Jedi_Mystic
Date posted: 4/16/2008 1:58:20 PM
Jedi_Mystic's Comments:

Impressive, MOST Impressive.


Author: Bluejedi
Date posted: 3/15/2010 7:02:20 PM
Bluejedi's Comments:

Wonderful. I agree completely. The best interpretation of Jedi family dynamics I have read since Dark Rendezvous.

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