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The Ethics and Morality of the Jedi Mind Trick

I started discussions on this on tfn and the Homepage forums but they didn’t really take off. I’m still not very satisfied with this poll, but I tried hard to make it as objective as possible.

Poll #920947 The Ethics and Morality of the Jedi Mind Trick

When viewing a mind-control/brain washing scenario, who do you empathize with more?

The mind-controller.
13(34.2%)
The mind-controllee.
25(65.8%)

How similar or dissimilar is the Jedi Mind Trick of Star Wars to the Imperius Curse of Harry Potter? [Choose closest to your opinion]

Identical: one is magic, one is the Force, both are methods of mind control.
15(40.5%)
They are only similar in situations where the Mind Trick is being abused.
16(43.2%)
Polar opposites: they are not the same thing.
6(16.2%)

Do you think the Sith can use the Jedi Mind Trick?

Yes, it’s just another Force power.
28(73.7%)
No, it’s the 'Jedi' Mind Trick after all.
1(2.6%)
Yes, how else did Palpatine influence so many Senators?
5(13.2%)
No, we never see that in the films.
2(5.3%)
Yes [other reason. Please state]
1(2.6%)
No [other reason. Please state]
1(2.6%)

Do you think Anakin Skywalker ever used the Mind Trick, as a Jedi or as Darth Vader?

Yes
27(71.1%)
No
11(28.9%)

Do you see mind control as a violation, regardless of the circumstances?

Yes
29(76.3%)
No
9(23.7%)

Do you see mind control as an acceptable form of violation?

Yes, if the situation is expedient enough.
19(48.7%)
Yes, if the mind-controllee is a criminal or morally suspect person.
4(10.3%)
Yes, if the mind-controller has good intentions and is only trying to correct the other person.
5(12.8%)
Yes [please give other reason].
3(7.7%)
Never.
8(20.5%)

If you absolutely had to choose between torture (Crucio) and mind-control (Imperio) in an expedient situation, which would you choose?

Crucio.
12(31.6%)
Imperio.
26(68.4%)


If you like, you can say something[s] about why you have a particular opinion.
Tags: meta, poll, star wars: meta
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