Much of the code can be seen and learned by reading up on subjects such as Facism, Satanism, Pragmatism and anything considered "wrong" and/or "selfish" by the mainstream society.
That being said, to be Sith is not to be evil, to be Sith is not to be "selfish" nor an "egoist". Surely the Ego is what is most worth to a Sith, and in my own opinion it is what is the driving force behind all of humanitys actions. But there are different kinds of ego and there are different kinds of "egoism".
The code teaches strenght, to put it short and bluntly. But to understand strenght you must understand what makes you strong. For me, and I hope I speak for all Sith when I say this, to know your own Ego is to be strong.
Let me explain: Your ego, hides within you, it's like a sickness, it taints your toughts, your actions and your motivations. It feeds you with lies, sentences it speaks are disguised as your own toughts, but they are not your own. Rather think of the ego as a manifestation of what keeps you weak, rather than strong. Your ego can be symolized by your shadow.
All men have shadows, we all cast a shadow where ever we are. This shadow is like a pale reflection of yourself, thus if we imagine that your shadow is a seperate being from you, this can be the "body" of your ego. (Do you follow?)
All humans listen to their ego, it's what drives you, what "makes you strong". Your ego is what creates your enemies and what drives you to destroy them. You might think this is a good thing then, that a strong ego makes you strong. No.
If you feed your ego, it does get stronger, but you don't need a strong shadow, you need a strong self. Master your ego and become the master of your own life. So how do you master your ego?
First you have to learn how to separate your own thoughts and feelings and actions, from that of your ego. When you've done this, you've already come very far. But there is much more to be done after that. You can't simply put your ego aside, how ever much you'd think that you can.
But you might wonder, how can I say that the ego is what is most worth to a Sith? It's quite simple. As said there are different kinds of egoism. There is selfish egoism, there is selfless egoism and there is true egoism. The two former are bad egoism, in those cases you either feed your ego, by following it's will or you abandon your ego and in doing so you feed others by giving up yourself (like the Jedi teaches).
But true egoism, to become the master of your own ego, that is what the code teaches, that is what I teach and that is what I want all Sith to learn.
When you know how do differentiate between your own thoughts and the thoughts of your ego, you can choose to listen to either and you can controll your egos urges and thus you can force your "shadow" to do your biding rather than the other way around.
When you are able to take control of your own life, of your own actions and you own will, then you are not a slave anymore, then you are free, from all the schackles that bind you - This makes you strong.
Behold the code and I shall explain further:
Peace is a lie, there is only passion. Through passion, I gain strength. Through strength, I gain power. Through power, I gain victory. Through victory, my chains are broken. The Force shall free me.
One can easily believe that the code teaches us to follow our ego, our inner passion and inner power. But, if you do give in to passion, and that passion comes from or is built upon your ego, then you gain nothing. You are simply a tool of your own ego, driven by a force that's not even you! No, the code teaches to follow your own passion.
(Peace is a lie, there is only passion.) The Jedi code teaches it's followers to not give in to passion, not to give in to your ego, in that way we are alike. But the jedi teaches peace and tranquillity. I'd be lying if I said that it wasn't a good intent, but they are wrong. To deny ego and then also deny yourself is blind foolishness. The Sith code teaches that passion, the only driving force, is your own inner passion. True egoism, where you are not following the will of society, nor the will of your shadow - But rather your OWN will. Ego litteraly means "Me" or "I" in latin. True egoism is when you follow the will of "ME", yourself.
(Through passion, I gain strength.) As explained above, strenght comes from within, in understanding this you also have to understand that just because you've mastered your ego, and you've become a pragmatic, hedonist doing whatever you feel is right, that doesn't mean that doing whatever you please is right. Because if you do whatever you want, then you are lying to yourself. And that makes you weak. True strenght is the ability to know when your will and your actions are what makes you stronger. You can go ahead and think of the code as a way to be selfrighteous, you can strike down your enemies with your fury, bend them to your will with force... But will that make you stong? No, it will endanger you and put yourself in harms way. True egoism, is also realizing that the most important thing in life, is you. This is strenght, knowing what actions will benefit you. Strenght is knowing when you are defeated and when you are victorious, not claiming to be strong when you are not. Strenght comes from within, not what actions you do, and specially not from actions that will endanger your self.
(Through strength, I gain power.) Now, when you've achieved strenght you will gain power, power over yourself and through that, power over others. When you have reached the point in your training where you can use to your advantage what others consider as aspects that make them weak, then you have gained true power. A Sith with understanding of the code doesn't feel self-doubt, there is no room for self loathing. Because when you have power, you can bend the world to your will. In understanding what makes you strong, you can use this strenght.
(Through power, I gain victory.) When you can use all this, all I have to teach and all you have learned, you are victorious. There will be no obstacle to big for you to handle, there will be no task deemed to hard for you to complete. When you have power, there is nothing that can stop you. But the road to that power is long and filled with many years of practice and discipline.
(Through victory, my chains are broken.) A true Sith, is a Free sith. Free from all the shackles that binds lesser humans. Free from selfdoubt, free from your ego, free from all that binds you, you are free to do whatever you want. But heed my warning; if you do not understand the code and if you fall victim to your shadow, your ego will destroy you.
(The Force shall free me.) As always, may the force be with you, all of you. Go forth Sith, and conquer this world.
But here I make a strong stand, and proclaim this for ALL Sith, strenght and power, and freedom does not give you the right to do whatever you please, and I will not have Sith sully the name of the code with actions that defile humanity. We are not the enemies of this world, we are not villains and we are not mindless beasts that rampage through the world causing death and chaos.
If you proclaim yourself to be Sith, and you believe that a Sith kills his enemies at will and that society as we know it should fall and burn and we shall claim what is left. You are deluded and you are not Sith. We do not welcome your kind, I name thee Anarchists. The Sith code is not what you have seen in the Star Wars saga, it is not what Senator Palpatine nor what you think Darth Revan or anyone else there teaches.
No, the code in its simple form, might have come from the starwars Saga, from creators such as George Lucas - But this saga, is written with the Sith as villans and as a pathetic source of inspiration for true Sith.
The code is so much more than what is portrayed in much of Star Wars, the code is alive and it has evolved from the simple thought of man to be incorporated into society today. If you feel that you are Sith and thus you are free to break any laws, kill others, rape women, steal, cheat and destroy. Then I spit on you, because a true Sith does not only refrain from such actions because of common sense, a true Sith would never fall victim to his own ego and stupidity in that way.
No, the Sith Order is not a place for you - Societes outcasts - The Order is for those whom what to embrace the code, learn it, teach it and live by it, in this world. If you don't like society, use your gained power and change society. If the Sith as a whole are to be victorious, we must all first face the fact that freedom comes at a price even if you'd like to believe that the code teaches different.
That price is a moral code - Your own, and your own morality is what will keep you strong. If you want to challange my words, step forward, but keep in mind that if you are to survive in this world, as a true Sith, you have to learn how to navigate society and still keep the Sith code at heart.
Never falter, never give in, never give up. Do not let yourself be schackled, be free, but do not be stupid or vain, your shadow will do all this for you and you do not want to fall victim to it's whims.
Be the change you want to see in the world.
your post wasnt there when i wrote this
what you say is to my way of thinking just a fairly real life interpretation of JEDI
for the most part i see nothing SITH about it
the philosophical and spiritual foundations of the jedi ideal were people well aware of the need to value the self and allow the genuine feeling and even expression of personal emotion but also to balance this with self discipline and review to achieve personal excellence and mastery
thats what being jedi is all about i thought
why we need another word for thesame thing i dont understand
to those attached to the word all i can say is have fun with that
anger is unhealthy as an anchor
if by "peace" you mean "we all agree to like each other and agree with each other and get along and say nice things all the time to each other" then yes peace is a fantasy (not a LIE, just a fanciful notion of the immature)
if by peace you mean "we agree not to murder each other for being born differently and to generally allow each other to peacefully coexist without attempting to dominate or hurt one another" then i have to point out the absurdity of calling peace a lie when it is so obviously a choice
passion is playing the violin and making love
being willing to be hosed and beaten and tear gassed and arrested in a march for civil rights
passion is hours and hours and hours of practice and effort and dedication
while the fictional jedi spurned the attachments that typically come with passion they were very much predicated on the experience of passion itself
there are many definitions of power
the greatest that i know of is power over ones own self
this is real power
power over others is for most people a misunderstanding of the need to have power over the self
power over the self means the power to choose ones own terms, choices, responses and circumstances
power over others is generally misunderstood as being the vehicle needed for power over the self
some people really do crave power over others for the sake of being the ruler or the dominator
we call those people sith lol
"When George Thompson was a law enforcement officer, he realized that the standard ways of dealing with "the public" were sufficiently confrontational that they were likely to provoke attacks. As a result of his experience he developed a family of methods and philosophy, call Verbal Judo, that focuses on using WORDS instead of force."
in the beginning of one of his speeches he asks he crowd "how many of you get angry when someone says something disrespectful to you?"
when a bunch of the attendees raise their hands he yells; "YOU PEOPLE ARE WEAK!"
the ability to find ones sense of centeredness in the face of difficulty represents a much greater kind of strength
victory over what?
i would ask what there is to be victorious over that requires anger or a situation in which anger is the most effective emotion?
even when anger serves the function of motivating someone to act in their own behalf it is still not a better alternative to simple discipline or self confidence or basic courage to do what has to be done because it is right
this idea of "victory" is a trap which is very clever because it takes the cause of the trap and presents it as the solution
anger does not lead to freedom
anger IS a chain and chains do not break chains, at best they only replace the old ones for the new ones
its not my desire to be curt with peoples beliefs
but it IS my intention to demonstrate that the entire premise of the SITH position as it was originally conceived and presented is psychologically unhealthy at a fundamental level and also ineffective as a social force for anything other than contention and conflict
romanticising something unhealthy because we like the characters said to represent it is childish
especially when it involves the underlying principles of peoples spirituality
and up to this point i have seen nothing which indicates that my interpretation is incorrect
again if there is some reference one could direct me to that would counter what i have said here then i am open to reviewing my position
but either i am still not being presented with some important core principle of SITHISM or else i am basically correct in what i say; sith philosophy is no more healthy or empowering or useful in real life than in the fiction
if you remove the anger and the need to be at odds with other from the sith philosophy what you are left with is called "being a jedi"
its a shimsham, and obfuscation for the easily manipulated and thus useful for those who would manipulate
if youre not intentionally manipulating others with your promotion of sith ideals then you might want to reconsider just how good this path is going to be for you because youre not on the better side of the relationship lol
Beware of unearned wisdom.
Quite a few members have brought up the subject before, and plenty responded by attacking it because of a lack of understanding, not sure if this is due from a inferiority complex or something deeper, regardless it's a hangup for another thread.
Sithism, Like Jediism, is many different things to many different people. Connor has described quite a few paths that exist within these, each attracting a different sort of Individual.
Just because you may not agree with Sithism, or because other individual interpretations of it do not match your expectations does NOT translate to their opinions being invalid, so lets please continue to keep open minds.
Sithism to me, (how I approach it) is a part of a greater whole, many find it confusing I am Interested in both Jediism and Sithism, they both have value and a greater purpose. The problem again is when my interpretations don't match yours, but then again, I am not offended when someone disagrees with my "interpretations." I am too busy living my life to pay attention or to explain it away to someone who really doesn't get it...
I mean no offense when I say that, no ill intention. Different strokes for different folks. I am more than willing to discuss it to those Interested, privately perhaps, but that's not what I am detecting in this thread, just people picking apart a belief or path because it doesn't quite match their own interpretations, or because you don't personally agree with it...
Variety, it's the spice of life...
Anyway, even if it isn't really my thing, I can see the appeal. I don't think it would sit right with me in the long term, being who I am, but I get it.
i realize my tone alienates people sometimes (it has in the past anyway and so its one of my personal challenges at this point in my life) and i like the people here and dont want to be a source of tension any more than necessary
im genuinely interested in the conversation and most of you guys who speak about sithism are people who i have enjoyed reading or talking to in other topics
this is not an apology lol for the most part i dont belive in them
but dont be angry with me -its unhealthy :wink wink:
the question i was wondering about is if sith view makes a distinction between the emotion of anger and the aggressive impulse?
Beware of unearned wisdom.
There is a large reason we are not the Sith from the fiction.
For the longest time, there was no lore, there were books on Jedi, but not Sith, and obviously, there is a difference between fiction and reality.
I know of no movie Jedi that fit any fictional mold, and so, were I to take your intentionally, overly, obtuse angle, I could make largely the same arguments you have made against my path by pointing out that most Jedi are not in professions that fit the movie mold, arent weraing bathrobes full time and are not 40-900 year old virgins.
Thats just off the top of my head.
Regardless, we were adult enough to realize that we would not fit the mold of a galaxy conquering psychopath, of which, there was very other little information on.
Still, anger, which you seem fixated on as a trait that must be possessed for one to be Sith must also be overly angry, which wasnt the case if you even do pay attention to the fiction, and aggressiveness, well that was a trait fictionally, that Jedi and Sith possessed, but yes, I would say its important to aggressively pursue something.
You have regressed them to impulses, of which is simply not the case, and I find it silly that in a Jedi forum your going to use the "I dont believe in them" angle.
Thats like a Star Trek character mocking a Star Wars character at a comicon.
Suffice to say that the Sith path is as old as the jedi, online and off.
Whether you choose to believe this or not, doesnt change that fact.
It also doesnt change that fiction and reality does not match up, regardless of one being Jedi or Sith.
Speaking of Star Trek, I have met, in Jedi communities, those following a Vulcan path.
If I were to be obtuse, I could certainly try to tear into that path and fairly easily were I to simply be dismissive as you have been, reduce it fairly quickly.
However, that is a waste of time.
I could offer you some good resources of good sites.
Why would I though?
Nothing in your manner of posting shows me your prepared to be mature about this in any regard, and I have no desire to share something important to me with someone who is obviously only prepared to be so with my path.
As you are no approaching this as an informed individual who could reciprocate in a in depth conversation, but intend to hold us impulsively to impulses and stereotypes that I couldnt live up to and in most every case, wouldnt want too.
So heres what we will do.
You pretend you know all there is to know about being a Sith, and the boxes you have placed us in, and ill go back into looking for threads worth my while to participate in.
As it is, since you seem fixated on anger, I would think this is more a projection, as it is fairly common that a person has a whole spectrum of emotions, of which anger is just one.
So I dont have to make a distinction between anger and anything, as I am not always angry. Emotions are important to the Sith path, and I do not deny my anger, or when I am angry, but that is not my sole emotional state.
Also, a distinction between anger and aggression, well, if your as into martial arts as you seem to be, one can be aggressive and not possessed by anger. Its also not an impulse, but I dont expect you to believe that, and so, I suppose im wasting my time.
Before I bid you good day, ill leave you with a quote from one of my peers within Sith circles, and I wont be responding again, as these kind of conversation inevitably go nowhere and I can see this one has already headed largely in that direction.
In regards to anger as an impulse...
"Rage isn't the only source of passion. Hell, I am not sure it is even a particularly good instructor... but if it is all you have to work with, it's better than nothing."
Hugs and Kisses.
as far as i can tell you and me are not so different in how we talk to those we disagree with except for the fact that you dont seem to realize how full of yourself you are while i do from time to time actually make effort to deflate my own ego and acknowledge that mine is not the only worthwhile opinion
not that this makes me MUCH better
but in your case every little bit helps lol
also i have presented that the difference i see between sith and jedi is essentially the same difference the films express - namely that sith focus on the negative aspects of human psychology such as anger, (which i focused in because it was specifically brought up by another member who was explaining sith philosophy, and which btw to this point remains an issue which none have been able to address satisfactorily what the difference is between sith and jedi EXCEPT things such as anger) and particularly in this case; smug and short sighted arrogance
so unless your intuition can present a case that this is not so, then you really are irrelevant to the conversation
two decades of sith wisdom and you still havent learned to recognize your own lack of social maturity
maybe you should try yoga or something lol
Beware of unearned wisdom.