Is it Possible to Live by More than One Code

It is not unusual to find yourself in a position were you have conflicting motives. It happens, you make a choice, and you move on. This is true for codes as well. A code is similar to an oath. When you choose to follow a code you are making a promise to yourself and to others. But it may not be the only promise you have made. Many different organizations require its members to promise to a code, whether they have sworn to others or not.

Here’s the short answer: yes, it is possible to live by more than one code. But, sometimes, it can be complicated. For example, it would be very hard to live both the light and dark Jedi Codes—they are opposites. But codes with similar intents are easy to follow. While the wording may be different, the ideas behind them lead to the same place. Remember the Texas A&M Code of Honor from the first lecture? “An Aggie does not lie, cheat or steal, or tolerate those who do.” It would be very easy to follow this code and, say, the Jedi gray-side Code. They do not cross any boundaries that could not be resolved with a quick decision.

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Homework: In your journal, describe a situation where you have found yourself in a position of conflicting interests. How did you overcome this situation? If this has never happened to you, how do you think you might handle the situation? How do you choose?