Long post coming up, but I’m not putting a read-more on it because the font on my blog is terrible. Also, if you read the whole thing, I spent hours writing this please talk to me about it.
So I was thinking about the Mortis arc in the Clone Wars, in particular about the dysfunctional embodiment-of-the-Force family.
Obviously the Daughter and the Son are the personifications of the light and dark sides of the Force, but the Son, at least before he went pyscho, didn’t strike me as an evil character. Sure, he was volatile, and as a result of being the embodiment of the dark side eventually tried to manipulate Anakin, but I found that his actions were kind of justified? (Not the killing Ahsoka part, that was unacceptable, but he was trying to escape a controlling environment, like a certain trash bag Jedi. It’s just that they both went too far.)
Also, I was thinking about the Father’s insistence that Anakin had to stay behind to control the Son and Daughter because he was the Chosen One. It’s just I don’t think that he was correct about that. Not that Anakin wasn’t the Chosen One, I believe that he was, but I don’t think he was ever supposed to be the one who balanced the two Force siblings.
Although Anakin is a good person- at least until he devolves into a murdering Sith- the majority of his decisions are not driven by typical Jedi light-side values. They are driven by dark-side values, based upon Anakin’s wish to keep particular people safe, not necessarily ‘people’ in general. According to the Jedi, putting singular lives over a planet, or a concept as a whole, is defined as ‘attachment’. This in turn is recognised by the Jedi order to be from the dark side. As a Jedi, Anakin is supposed to think of people as a whole, republic and separatist, not as individual beings whom he feels loyal to separately.
Was there a Force-user who said that one did not have to be evil to use the dark side? This is thinking of the grey Jedi, who used both sides in balance, and were not considered evil. So, if the grey Jedi were not evil, the Jedi order was not evil, doesn’t this mean that those who purely use the dark-side are not evil either? More corruptible, certainly, but not evil.
(Believe it or not, this is going to turn back around to address why I started talking about the Son and Daughter.)
The light-side of the Force is not evil, but neither is the dark-side. Stemming from my own personal beliefs, an object cannot be ‘evil’ unless it is made to be so by a person. It can do evil things, but is not, in itself, evil. Neither is it good.
Despite the fact the dark and light sides are not evil, they are, however, different, and can both be used for good and evil, but only when in balance. (This is why I admire the grey Jedi.) However, when the dark and light are used in excess, they can lead to evil. Passion is not evil, and neither is the sort of logical removal of emotions. Passion in this case means that one values individual people over a population as a whole, while the sort of apathy the Jedi order values allows the Jedi to put a whole over individuals. Neither of these are evil points of view; in fact both are admirable. But passion to the extremes is very dangerous, which does lead to anger and the emotions the Jedi condemn, as is apathy, which can lead to callous indifference which can be just as harmful.
I think it’s very reasonable to suggest that a dark-sider could be good, just as a light-sider could be bad. I think that detachment in an evil person, despite it being a Jedi quality, is just as bad as evil driven by passion. “Thinking of the bigger picture, I’m going to blow up this nuclear reactor because, even though everyone in the vicinity will die either quick painful deaths, or much slower and agonising deaths, it’ll be doing the world good.” (Think the Samuel L. Jackson’s character in Kingsman: The Secret Service), as opposed to “I’m going to murder this person because they murdered my friend, and I feel the need for revenge.”
Both the light and dark side are more greyish than specific shades; really, the only difference are the traits that are valued by each ‘side’. Passion and peace, etc. This is why I think the grey Jedi had far better ideals than the Sith and the ‘light’ Jedi. They could examine the bigger picture and they could place value in individual beings.
So, the Son is a dark-side being, powerful only in that aspect of the Force, just as the Daughter is powerful only in the light-side. Neither are ‘good’, neither are ‘evil’. Although it seems that they can use only the side of the Force they embody, I find that I see them as grey figures. (I think an interesting thing I must point out is that the Daughter, after being confronted by Obi-Wan, was willing to have the Son killed. And even though the Son fought the Daughter when she tried to stop him, he completely freaked out when he accidentally killed her, the ‘only person I ever loved’.)
(Hahaha first draft RotS Anakin/Padme parallels no not at all.)
*Wipes away tears* Anyway.
Until Anakin, Obi-Wan and Ahsoka land on Mortis, I don’t think (correct me if I am wrong), that there were any problems with the Son and the Daughter. Both obeyed the Father, right? (Here, I’m thinking of that scene where the Father had the Son and the Daughter threaten to kill Ahsoka or Obi-Wan unless Anakin chose between them. Which is, I might add, a really horrible cruel thing to do, and that’s a reason I cannot stand the Father.) They were generally good kids, the Son rebellious and passionate, but all in all, a good kid.
(Also, I found that the Father treated the Son an awful lot like the Jedi council treated Anakin. You know, kept them cooped up out of concern, which literally only made them more resentful.)
(I’ve gotten really, really off-track now.)
Now, heading back to my child Anakin, who uses, I believe, the dark-side of the Force. I don’t actually think there’s a difference between the two, it’s just the Force responds slightly differently depending on what the user is like. Anakin relies on his passion and his instincts, while the Jedi, Obi-Wan in particular, uses his head. (Admittedly, Obi-Wan is reckless as well, but in comparison to Anakin… well.) The Jedi can’t tell the difference between the light and the dark in general, but they can if the dark side is being used for evil (see numerous actions by Anakin Skywalker). (That’s why Anakin has always seemed like a grey sort of Jedi. ‘Light-side’ activities, stemmed from the dark-side.)
What am I saying? The Son is so alike to Anakin it isn’t even funny.
So now, I have finally gotten to the point, which was backed up by some of the above (the rest being word vomit) to support my stupid headcanon.
Anakin was not meant to replace the Father, he was meant to replace the Son. Which, by extension, means that there was, at some point, a replacement Daughter.
Ah and here is my stupid headcanon: Shmi, at some point in her life had a daughter. Whether this was Anakin’s twin, elder, or younger sister, I think it’s pretty clear that she died young. Maybe a miscarriage, maybe she was stillborn, maybe she died as a very young child from disease.
(Also, I’m very partial to an idea from one of Irnan’s fics where Anakin has a stillborn twin sister. This may have stemmed from that.)
In conclusion, I think Anakin was meant to replace the Son, he had a sister who died, and I literally wasted hours typing this crap up.