anonymous asked:

I love your writing, so contemplative but with a heartbeat. I was wondering, what is your view of the "no attachments" part of the Jedi Code? As a Catholic, I interpret it as monasticism, so celibacy, poverty, and obedience, but fanon seems to differ.

I tend to see the Jedi Order as Franciscans-turned-Knights Templar. Their tradition is steeped in poverty, chastity, and obedience, general rule of saint benedict stuff with the expectation that you will serve the will of the Force. But time has shifted them, and by the time of the Clone Wars they’re an enormous, powerful military and economic body, with rules rooted in the original calls to poverty, chastity, and obedience, but made inhumanly rigid.

(Every religious order since the dawn of time has reacted to outside threats by tightening its ranks, and adding questions to the litmus test. With the Sith War so recently in its history, I cannot imagine the Jedi order is so different.)

And part of that is the expectation that, while a Jedi is called to love all life, they are not called to love any one or two or five lives in particular. You are meant to love as God the Force is love, and the Force doesn’t have favorites, or best friends, or mothers, or husbands. (Insert very long discussion of caritas and agape here, cut for no one being interested but me.) The Force doesn’t hold any one life above the rest, that is sentient weakness, that is attachment

I maintain that the Order does have good reasons for sticking to the rule—a full-fledged Jedi is a powerful warrior, you can’t unleash them on the galaxy if they’re going to follow up on private hurts or wants. (See: Anakin’s Skywalker’s very personal fear of Padme’s death and pain over the death of his mother, which drove him to the Dark Side.) But it also ignores the fact that there’s almost nothing you can do to stop people from doing exactly that; forming bonds, building a community, these are all instinctual deeply human things, they’re not easy to get rid of. And maybe it suggests that you shouldn’t—it’s the great redemption of Anakin Skywalker, after all, his very personal love for his son.

But there’s definitely a strong Catholic understanding of caritas and “no attachment” parallel that absolutely points to mysticism.

friky-words-au  asked:

uhh hi~! I-I came to say i LOVE your drawings! OwO You 're very nice, I love you blog nun. Sorry! my english is very bad uwu.

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