swtor 30 day jedi challenge - day three
Take a two year old child. Every day, recite the code to them, and once they are old enough, with them. It should not be a surprise when, for at least some children, it sticks. Ilse Asteres would be amused to discover that there are people who assume she must be emotionally repressed, in danger of exploding with rage and lust and falling to the dark side. If she is, she certainly isn’t aware of it.
There is no emotion, there is peace.
Cool, logical, rational, Ilse acts with deliberation and patience. She is capable of making decisions quickly, knowing that, at times, to act wrongly is better to do nothing at all. After all, doing nothing is, ultimately, its own action. She has an impressive amount of trust in the Force, believing, although she has never articulated this to anyone, that there -is- a way in which all of the flawed actions and discerning that she, that everyone, does, is in some way to bring about a better galaxy. Of course, the code leaves a light-years wide swath open for interpretation. Ilse does her best to act for the greater good, with a rational judgement, although she will sometimes sacrifice a dubious gain for more people later, to save a certain number -now-. It’s a judgement call. Someone has to make it, and she was the one there.
There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.
There is always more to learn. Ilse finds studies of the force fascinating, and might be tempted to simply hole up in the jedi archives and never come out, but that would hardly be practical, and there is a certain fascination to people too. Given her own inclination towards logic, simplicity and rationality, she is constantly bemused, baffled, and intrigued by the general population on both sides (or, if you count the number of independent groups, every side) of the current war.
There is no passion, there is serenity.
Given her bluntness, Ilse might seem an odd choice for a diplomat. However, her genuine desire to bring peace and serenity to those she works with rapidly becomes apparent through her honesty in everything else, and while she does not enjoy people being irrational, she has gotten significantly better at taking into account intangibles and emotions in her analysis of social situations. She can empathize with people who have not had the benefits of the training she has, and her honesty and natural self-effacingness keep her from becoming unbearably sanctimonious.
There is no death, there is the Force.
Some might consider Ilse naive, unaware of the true lure of the dark side, or oblivious to the true horrors perpetrated by the Empire, or the corruption of the Republic. As a healer, however, she has seen plenty of all of these. Some believe healing to be one of the most light sided uses of the force imaginable, but it is, in truth, a fine line to walk. It can be easy to take pride in lives saved, and fall. It can be easy to seek to halt, or even reverse, a slow, inevitable, slide into death, and fall. It can be easy to see the pain and the suffering, and think that this is all there is, and fall. It can be easy to look at those dying due to supplies entangled in Republic bureaucracy, and grow to hate the only force in the Galaxy that may have a chance against the Empire, and fall. Ilse Asteres hasn’t fallen.