XIV. Of Uncertainty

In Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith the fictional Jedi Master Kenobi makes an interesting assumption directed at Anakin Skywalker shortly after the young Jedi is reborn as Darth Vader, but many arguments have ensued about how true Kenobi’s statement is. When Jacen Solo was becoming Darth Caedus, I began thinking a bit more on the statement that only Sith deal in absolutes.

How often can we be absolutely certain of something? I think it is possible, but only rarely, and only in a fleeting manner. There are those who seem to have an abundance of certainty, but it is, in my opinion, born of arrogance or ignorance, both of which I consider chains. Arrogance is a trait that can seep in to your personality without your knowledge, and ignorance is, in most cases, a result of lazziness. Both of these grant certainty…but there is an old saying: “Ignorance is Bliss.” The same can be said of arrogance, because both provide a feeling of all-knowing, but how stupid must you be if you believe that you know everything? No, delusion weakens you. But what, then of uncertainty? It forces us to make decisions, adapt to the consequences – be they beneficial or costly- , and learn with the mindset that there is always more to learn. If you allow yourself to be ensnared by arrogance or ignorance, you will only present yourself with more shackles, and this is counter to the Sith Ways. Should you allow yourself to be trapped by either of these two counter-productive traits, you will lose the things you’ve worked for, little by little, or all at once(i.e. discipline, self-control, material possessions, relationships, etc.). And I feel obliged to inform you, it is not a matter of if, it is a matter of when. You will have set backs on your path, you will occasionally get lost. My recommendation is that you take it as an oppurtunity to re-construct yourself and become stronger than you were.

In life, absolutes are rare, but I can certainly agree that Sith seem to have a preference towards these absolutes, though that can be a great hindrance due to the likelihood of self-delusion. I personally dislike unknown variables, but it is undeniable that through experience with these unknown variables we become adaptable and we learn what was once unknown to us. Really, it is only a fool that deals in absolutes absolutely. Uncertainty is something through which we grow, and it is not something we shun.

Published in: on January 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

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