Is There a Place for Hatred in a Jedi's Life?

 

Hatred... is there a place for it in the life of a Jedi?  

 

Anyone might easily gravitate to what many may feel would be the obvious answer; "no".

 

But the answer may well surprise you. But given meditative thought, you might then agree.

 

First, let's consider something important; whether we as Jedi, choose to be so as someone who lives according to the Jedi philosophy, or even if we choose to go as far as Jedi Knighthood - either way, and all in between - we strive to be more than the "default settings" person we are from birth, but we become what we make ourselves to be.

 

We build ourselves, and make ourselves, honing our being to be better. Not in competition with each other, but with our ever-previous selves.

 

This is important, in relation to this sermon's topic - allow me to make an illustration.

 

Try to see it as though we are given at birth, some "basic programming" if you will, and also the power, as we grow, to "upgrade" such, as we acquire more experience and wisdom along the way. We continue to prove to be what we shall prove to be.

 

For example... we might witness some sort of injustice done by one person, against another.

 

Our inborn "programming" may be triggered to feel, "HEY! THAT IS SO UNFAIR!"

 

But without the experience of wisdom, we may automatically turn our triggered emotions toward the doer of the bad deed, and see that one as an understandable object of hate, to which we instinctually direct our anger to.

 

But... do we know all that's to be considered? Was the deed done by accident or on purpose?

 

If the latter, is it out of any societal allowance for retribution for a previous opposing action? We hardly, if ever, know the whole story...

 

The point is that this is just like the difference between immaturity and maturity. Now, "immature" sounds like a derogatory term - but it needn't be so. Children are not yet mature, and this is the meaning I make here. 

 

And many of us are "adults" according to our "life calendar" - but morally and spiritually... are we really as mature as we may have confidence in ourselves to be"?

 

Children (and even many of we "yet-to-be-fully-matured-adults") lack the experience to deal with upsetting feelings and emotions (to one degree or other), and as a result, can only ever act on them... whereas mature adults have the experience and wisdom to properly deal with such things. 

 

Note: "Maturity" is a non-finite quality - again, "calendar age" does not define such. In fact, Truly, it is a thing that never *completes* - it is a task that never ends, growing with our ever-increasing experience for ever as long as we shall live. This is a most important, and most forgotten, fact.

 

Now let's apply this to the above illustration of one being, committing a misdeed to another.

 

The misdeed is the only *wrong* thing here, when all is said and done.

 

A thief who steals, causing another to be without what that one needs in life, is a bad thing, yes... but it's never quite so "black-and-white" as this situation being that the thief is evil, and the other is good.

 

The deed is the thing which shouldn't need to happen.

 

Behaviour can be rehabilitated/augmented/rerouted/relearned.

 

In the end, beings are not objects of hate, though their misdeeds may often be.

 

Going back to "becoming what we make ourselves to be"... our instincts can tell us what is right and what is wrong. Our actions can be determined by what we learn, and how wise we may have become at any given time.

 

Will we fly off wildly and hate and seek to injure the doer of the deed, or would we more wisely understand that such would only attack the symptom and leave the cause unchecked?

 

As Jedi, we should strive to understand this... even to better; cultivate a love for what is good, and a hatred for what is bad.

 

As Jedi we can - and even must - hate injustice. Hate murder. Hate rape. Hate child abuse. Hate racism. Hate any crime.

 

Crimes... misdeeds... falling short of justice.

 

We must hate these things.

 

But not beings.

 

Some, even many faiths, say words to the effect of, "Hate the sin - but love the sinner", meaning that we should not hate one another, but we should hate the bad things that some do... meanwhile, we should seek to right what's wrong within the hearts of those doing bad things - not condemn them.

 

Now, as with anything, this too, cannot be dissected into any kind of black/white, concrete, cure-all answer for absolutely everything in life... I'm fairly certain that many reading this might say, "But what if A, B, C, and what of X, Y, Z??" - but such is beyond the scope of this one single sermon, which should only serve as a basic foothold, a guidepost, through all the complexities of life we may find ourselves as Jedi, on any given day.

 

Use your wisdom, as you go on acquiring more, to be your compass... and May the Force be with you <3

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Hate can lead to many places we may not be ready or prepared for, always be carful and be weary of things, especially hate. May the Force continue to be with you and thank you for sharing. Hate can be changed. Anything can be. No one is beyond...

Hate can lead to many places we may not be ready or prepared for, always be carful and be weary of things, especially hate. May the Force continue to be with you and thank you for sharing. Hate can be changed. Anything can be. No one is beyond redemption.

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Yes, as you say, "hate can be changed", and "no-one is beyond redemption" - quite to the very point of this sermon - I do hope it did not escape you

Hatred for beings needs to be turned to compassion... it is the being who can change. People...

Yes, as you say, "hate can be changed", and "no-one is beyond redemption" - quite to the very point of this sermon - I do hope it did not escape you

Hatred for beings needs to be turned to compassion... it is the being who can change. People should not be hated, rather the bad/evil things that people do, are what rightfully provokes hate. Again, murder, rape, child abuse, domestic violence - these are things we all must hate and have zero tolerance for. Not those who commit these crimes - people can/must be rehabilitated.

Yes, yes, there are rare instances of those people who willingly give themselves over to evil things, and turn themselves evil - but who can judge this to be so? Such is not our place. Depending on the deeds, and the magnitude of the willfull evil of them, their deeds can be their own judges (ex: Adolf Hitler, H. H. Holmes, Sakaki Baraseto, etc.) - but even still... as Jedi, we need to be watchful and observant of our own behaviour - externally and internally. If we hate someone, we are judging them - and for the most part, it is no being's place to be the judger of another' *soul* .

But the bad deeds, yes, we must hate them - not become complacent, not be suffering their existence of such crimes and misdeeds, but to be adamant in our stance in opposition to such things. We *must* hate these things/situations/actions - just not beings.

Thanks for helping to point out what I'd hoped this sermon pointed out clearly... though I'm fairly certain it does for most <3

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There are some very, truly evil things in this world. Some of which I have had the misfortune of coming across. Those who gain pleasure and/or profit from the suffering of others, and who are totally aware of what they do and how it affects those...

There are some very, truly evil things in this world. Some of which I have had the misfortune of coming across. Those who gain pleasure and/or profit from the suffering of others, and who are totally aware of what they do and how it affects those they impose such sufferings on; is a hard one for me to see as redeemable or fixable. At this point I do not feel that is an immaturity on my part. Perhaps as I grow as a Jedi I will see differently, but it is an extremely spike-encased pill for me to swallow.

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I agree with you on that one. Of course, as mentioned, this sermon is only a guideline for most simple situations, but can be expanded with insight into more complex ones. What you speak of can be describing MUCH of the world we live in today,...

I agree with you on that one. Of course, as mentioned, this sermon is only a guideline for most simple situations, but can be expanded with insight into more complex ones. What you speak of can be describing MUCH of the world we live in today, and involve much more than individuals... they are entire systems of actions, causes and effects, and so on (ex; present day trade/commerce/industry)... such systems are often largely slippery traps many individuals find themselves in (or that they're bad systems) only after being in them most of their lives. Try redeeming such a thing... it's hardly even imaginable, yes? Such can mostly either be changed much from within, or outright replaced altogether. Our world is very complicated, and many feel that it needn't be. You make a very excellent point, Dwagoonie - thanks!

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Thank you for this sermon. I really needed to read it today. The past year or so have been very troubling and heartbreaking in many ways and I grew to resent certain groups of people and hate specific people. Thank you for reminding me that...

Thank you for this sermon. I really needed to read it today. The past year or so have been very troubling and heartbreaking in many ways and I grew to resent certain groups of people and hate specific people. Thank you for reminding me that nobody is beyond redemption and it is not for me to judge another person. I've felt so much hate recently and started to feel bad and ashamed because I wasn't living up to my spiritual standards... again, thank you. I really needed this.

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Thank you so much for your very kind words! ^_^
Yes, I had hoped this would hold good meaning for some people here... as you mention, especially in these trying times, we are faced with a lot of situations that are very emotionally charged,...

Thank you so much for your very kind words! ^_^
Yes, I had hoped this would hold good meaning for some people here... as you mention, especially in these trying times, we are faced with a lot of situations that are very emotionally charged, either potentially, or unavoidably. Also keep in mind, it's also often too easy to judge ourselves too harshly - often we stand in our own way to forgiving ourselves. We all need peace in order to raise ourselves in uprightness ^_~ <3

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This sermon has so many meanings that are beyond its cover. It can fit into so many different things, but yet still be the one simple way to look at any situation and strive for the good in the situation. Thank you for this, it is something that...

This sermon has so many meanings that are beyond its cover. It can fit into so many different things, but yet still be the one simple way to look at any situation and strive for the good in the situation. Thank you for this, it is something that definitely needed today.

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Thank you for your appreciation! Of course, I cannot take full credit for this... I grew up learning from very kind and peaceful people who were a consistent part of my upbringing. Whereas I'm one of those who can say "TV was my nanny", one of...

Thank you for your appreciation! Of course, I cannot take full credit for this... I grew up learning from very kind and peaceful people who were a consistent part of my upbringing. Whereas I'm one of those who can say "TV was my nanny", one of the most influential was Mr. Fred McFeely Rogers, from the NET/PBS children's show, "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood" <3

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cool

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I try to make certain that I don't hate people and am focused more on the behavior. However, at what point has someone gone too far? Is there a person too dangerous? Should I comfort the wicked?

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Hate is a strong word. If it festers in the heart and mind to long it can eat away at your very being. Yoda said it best in the Prequel movies. Hate can lead to suffering. In my understanding of that statement it can mean that if you Hold it to...

Hate is a strong word. If it festers in the heart and mind to long it can eat away at your very being. Yoda said it best in the Prequel movies. Hate can lead to suffering. In my understanding of that statement it can mean that if you Hold it to long you can suffer physically, mentally & even spiritually. Through meditation you can take stock of who you are and how to improve your life and situation

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Some powerful stuff here brother to make you think to be sure. Thank you for this post, I appreciate it.

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