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  • I would never have expected such a surprising Christmas gift from you, but it's a delight all the more because of the surprise. Unsurprisingly, I quite enjoyed your analysis of Anakin's failure to exercise his will, although—for better or for worse—I come down slightly differently from you on the matter of Jedi celibacy: rather than "There is Jedi celibacy, therefore Jedi should be celibate, and therefore Anakin should decide whether to be a Jedi," I kind of wish they would have had Anakin give a real rationale for why Jedi celibacy has no basis. While I agree that "you can't give one hundred percent of yourself to two different persons or ideals or causes," I do think having something, or in this case someone, to fight for could make one better at their service as a Jedi. Ultimately, even a Catholic priest is "married" to the Church in a way that the celibate Jedi has no analogue. I highly doubt Mace Windu would say he loves and cares for the Force the way a Catholic priest would for the Church. Without that distinction, there's no reason for choice. If Lucas wanted a story about a man failing to make a choice, he should have given the Jedi something else to "love." But that's just one man's thoughts. Have a very Merry Christmas!

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    • MPK

      Thanks for reading. There's a lot more that I could have put in the essay, but I got sick of expanding the thing. For instance, I had an entire several paragraphs talking about how fangirls' justifications for Anakin's misdeeds were often very similar to the justifications offered for Revan's, but I scrapped that, as it didn't really add anything new. And I've written KotOR stuff to death in these essays.

      As to your comments, I'm sure Lucas had his own ideas for what Anakin's story was really about. The essay is simply what I make of the morality of the situation, and some of the reasons that I see it the way I do.

      It's interesting that you mention Mace Windu as an example, though, because the Revenge of the Sith novel has a passage set inside his head, in which it is said that his great love is the Republic and the civilization which it makes possible. But you're somewhat correct, in that Jedi celibacy seems to be without basis (nobody offers a reason or origin for it), particularly in the movies themselves, but the movies are in many ways quite vague when it comes to what the Jedi religion is all about, and why. As a matter of fact, one could debate about whether the Jedi teachings, as they are presented in the actual films and books, can properly be called a religion, since it doesn't seem to concern itself with such things as worship, prayer, or divinity (some make a similar argument with regard to Buddhism, I am told).

      Anyway, glad you read it. Merry Christmas.

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