posted on Feb, 14 2003 @ 09:20 AM
Is this "Jedi" thing for real or is everyone just trying to get a good laugh? My comments may surprise you.
What do all religions have in common?
Not exactly sure? Me either. Still confused? Me too!
Maybe that is the problem! People want to have multiple faiths at one time, but who can? If you have a religion, then you break the rules, you
apparently aren't a good member of your religion. On the other hand, what does Jedism support?
Roughly, "Jedism" combines a type of Christianity and the emaculate conception, Taoism and balance, Zen Buddhism and warrior monks, Shintoism and a
code of honor, Hinduism with a dynamic god force, and many more elements that most people cannot begin to imagine. How can you go wrong when your
life and your choices are FINALLY up to YOU!? I think the only religious restriction in Jedism is that you must continuously grow spiritually and
physically. What's wrong with that?
Good vs Evil based on the truth:
Although nearly everyone on the planet would like to believe that "Good" is the overpowering force, we all know that isn't true. I doubt anyone
could even count the number of times the "Evil/Negative" solution has played out in their lives, perhaps by their own doing. Jedism presents a
simple argument. "Good and evil need balance." It may be great to believe we are surrounded by angels, always do the right thing, and are all
going to Heaven/Nirvana, but then reality strikes. Jedism isn't pulling anything over our eyes. Evil is evil and evil counters good. The balance
or extremeism to either end of this "alignment-pole" is up to the individual. You may strive to be a Jedi (good), but your best friend might be a
Sith (evil) and you both live with that knowledge that you have made different choices are will live with your choices.
Allowing questions, not blindness:
Let's get really honest. Who wants to question their faith but is afraid of being struck by lightning? Probably a whole lot of you. Jedism
encourages questions and self-exploration and self-evolution. When was the last time you heard a Jedi say, "Shut up and know your role!" The
man/woman who asks more questions gets more answers. The better the questions, the better the answers. Your religion evolves with you. This is what
I believe Jedism is striving for. I don't know how many times I've gone to church and told just to "believe" the story as an ultimate truth.
Well I don't buy that explanation anymore.
A connection with the god force:
Some call It God, some believe It is multiple gods, while others see It as ancestors or spirits. Others find It to be kings, while some call It chi
or ki/qi or prana. What is this this "It" we are speaking of? Well, It is The Force; what else? Why would people flock to such a "special
effects" concept of Hollywood? Maybe because it is a good way to remove a name, a face, a conception, and/or a lie that we don't want to live with
anymore. Yes, Jedism claims that the force is actually a relationship between nature/the universe and mankind. Is this not true? In specific terms,
I doubt there are midichlorians that "do the will of the Force," but the fact that people want to have a mental, spiritual, and physical
relationship with their god-figures is no surprise. Does the concept of the Force not support this? Or is the truth in the fact that we all want to
be "Kung Fu Fighting" deep down inside?
Now for the negative aspects. How many geeks are going to sign up to be a Jedi just so they can feel cool? Probably a whole H*LL of a lot. How many
people are just going to say they are Jedi because it is funny? Also a lot. How many are going to be a Jedi because they didn't really have a
preference so they just went with the crowd (referring to the census)? Probably more than the other categories above, combined. The real question
that we need answered is "how many want Jedi to actually be a religion?" I'm sure that number is relatively small. Jedism is probably just a
fantasy that people want to buy in to. It is a way to break out of their bodies and become supermen/women. They can live in a fantasy and hope that
one day they will be a part of something bigger and better than where they are in life. This brings up psychological problems or just playful fantasy
So is Jedism a real religion? Probably not. Could it be? Absolutely. I would almost strive to say that it holds elements that hordes of people are
starving to have in their spiritual and physical lives. We want connection, truth, brothership, a relationship with the spirits/gods/God, and
purpose. Why not be a Jedi?
[Edited on 14-2-2003 by Protector]