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Jedi Mind Tricks and Sith Lightning - moonspinner
Jedi Mind Tricks and Sith Lightning
I have had a couple of fascinating discussions with the tfn crowd about the mythology and ethics of these Force powers. I've been thinking of creating a poll to get an idea of people's opinions of this.


So far, I'm down to:

1. Do you think the Jedi Mind Trick is acceptable in any circumstance?

  • No
  • Yes - but only in very grievous circumstances where every other alternative has been tried and failed
  • Yes - always.


2. Can a Jedi use Force lightning without falling to the Dark Side?
  • No - if he does, he will become a Sith.
  • Yes - but only in very grievous circumstances where every other alternative has been tried and failed
  • Yes - always.  After all, Jedi can kill.

Does anyone have any ideas?   I'm specifically targetting my f-list for inspiration. :)

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r0ck3tsci3ntist From: r0ck3tsci3ntist Date: January 30th, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Jedi mind trick is pretty morally dubious - but I can understand using it in a tight spot. So I'd say the #2 choice.

I'd say the same for lightning too - but I thought the Jedi didn't know how to and that's why they didn't useit. That or it was against the rules or something. When it came to Jedi traditions, I don't think logic played a big role. :p
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: January 30th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for answering the poll! :D

Do you have any ideas for questions? I need at least 10 to make it interesting and statically challenging.
From: galadhir Date: January 30th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd be inclined to add a fourth option to those questions, because my answer would be 'yes, but it depends on the circumstances' ie, I don't agree that you'd have to try and fail every other option first, *but* I don't agree that it's always acceptable either.

In my book, Qui-Gon trying to mind trick Watto into taking credits instead of local currency is acceptable, but Obi-Wan mind tricking a guy who's pestering him in a bar is not acceptable. It's a matter of whether you use it for your own personal convenience to me, I guess.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: February 5th, 2007 07:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for that. :) Great icon by the way. :p Very appropriate for just about any situation. ;)

I've finally completed the poll and put it up.

Here: http://leia-naberrie.livejournal.com/55350.html
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