The Forces of Star Wars

By | 21/11/2016

droid star warsThe events that are depicted in Star Wars take place in a fictional galaxy “far, far away”, in which  many species of various alien creatures, many of whom are humanoid, are depicted. Droids are also quite popular in the flicks and are typically produced in order to serve their owners. Space travel is of the norm, and the planets within the galaxy are in turn a part of one single galactic government. In the prequel trilogy, the galactic government is represented by the Galactic Republic, at the end of the prequel trilogy and through the entire original trilogy, the galactic government is known as the Galactic Empire, and during the sequel trilogy, the government is the New Republic. However, the most notable and foundational element of Star Wars is referred to as “the Force”.

The Force is an omnipresent energy of which can only be harnessed by anyone who has the ability. In the first  film the Force is noted as “an energy field created by all living things that surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together.” (Cite this) It is additionally the Force that grants users the capability to perform various supernatural abilities; for instance telekinesis, clairvoyance, precognition, and mind control. The Force can also increase the user’s physical traits, like their speed and their reflexes. However, it should be noted that these abilities can significantly vary between from individual to individual and can be improved upon through proper training. Additionally, the Force can be used for either good (the light side) or evil (the dark side). When the dark side of the Force is pursued, it in turn instills the users with hatred, aggression, and above all, malevolence.

light vs dark forceAll seven films revolve around the Jedi (those who stand with the light side of the Force and thus serve as the peacekeepers and guardians), and the Sith (those who chose the dark side of the Force for evil). The main mission of the Sith is to ultimately destroy the Jedi Order along with the Republic and in turn rule the galaxy for themselves. In all of these films, the use of the Force is most strongly represented. One thing that should be noted is that the Force was not something that was created, it was something that has always existed.

In the Star Wars films the Force takes into account six varying principle aspects:
The Light Side: Morally good. The Light Side encompasses the power of compassion, selflessness, self-knowledge, enlightenment, healing, mercy and benevolence.
The Dark Side: Morally bad. It is powered by hatred, fear, covetousness, anger, aggression, jealousy and malevolence.
The Living Force: This is the energy of all living things.
The Unifying Force: This is the Force of both Time and Space.
The Cosmic Force: The is the Force of both Life and Death
The Physical Force: Represented by the laws of which govern how the universe functions.

Both the Jedi and the Sith orders are fully capable of understanding and manipulating the Force, albeit to various extents. To many, the Force is a heightened sense of being of which controls the aforementioned principles. To others, as its earlier name, “the Way” suggested, it is simply thought of as an ubiquitous flow of energy or feeling.

The Jedi were not chosen, in fact, there were no Jedi at all until the Force was discovered
Approximately 36,500 years BBY (Before Battle of Yavin in Episode IV). Many scholars, philosophers and explorers were assembled on a planet of Tython in order to exchange knowledge of “mystical capabilities” and this has often been noted as when the beings of the universe first became officially aware of the Force as a form of metaphysical phenomena.
star wars sith lordRoughly 10,000 years after that, some who studied the ways of the Force started to align themselves towards the Dark Side of the Force, which allowed them to begin harnessing its abilities in order to gain increased levels of power. This, however, kick-started a 10-year long conflict that was known as the Force Wars. It was during the Force Wars when there was a literal split between the followers of the Force into what we have come to know as the Jedi and the Sith. The victors of the war left the destroyed arena of battle (which was actually the planet itself) and thus travelled far away to formulate what we now know as the Jedi Order. It should also be noted that these events actually predate the development of lightsabers, as well as the establishment of the Galactic Republic as a whole.

 

That is just one story of the origins, however, if you go on to read and explore the book The Dawn of the Jedi, you will find that roughly 20,000 years before the Battle of Yavin (when the Death Star was destroyed by Luke) a group was in existence who were called Jedai’i and were the original precursors to the Jedi. They predicted that the Force would be divided into Ashla (the Light Side) and Bogan (the Dark Side). In the book Interestingly, the Jedai’i were quite open to using both sides of the Force. However, after a number of years, the great Hundred Year Darkness war broke out where the Ashla (who would be known as the Jedi) won and the Bogan were exiled. The Bogan came to Korriban and in turn enslaved a species called the Sith, which would lead all Bogan to take the title and be called Sith.

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While there are a number of tales of the history of the Origins of the Force, the roots of it remain quite common and the use of the Force always the same; always for the choice of the user to use the ways of the Force for either the Light or the Dark. The Force is something that purely just exists in a way binds the universe together, in one piece. Force users are capable of manipulating and using the Force to various extend and it typically depends on their personal experiences as well as their midichlorian account.

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