Star Wars history is filled with battle after battle, starting from the earliest known expansion of the galaxy. This was due, at least to a certain extent, to the differences in beliefs between the Jedi and the Sith. While no one knows who first wrote the Jedi Code, it was Master Odan-Urr who made the code what it became. He believed that the Code was intended to keep young padawans from being drawn to the dark side. With Odan-Urr’s influence, the Code was taught to all students throughout the ages. It represented the ideal way for all Jedi to become one with the Force.
In the world of Jedi Realists, we do not have an ongoing war with the Sith, and the dark side is just another belief system. Yet the Jedi Code is taught to every student who enters this academy, no matter what his or her personal perspective is. Why? We believe that the Code is a necessary part of understanding what a Jedi is all about. It represents a map to following the Jedi path, even though no person will be following the exact same one. Whether the lines read “There is no emotion; there is peace” or “I am at peace; for I know emotion,” they still set out a basic system of conduct for others to follow.
As always, this idea spreads to all codes and not just those of the Jedi. According to a University of Pennsylvania release, codes are “instruments for persuasion both of members of [a] profession and the public. They enhance the sense of community among members, of belonging to a group with common values and a common mission.” Codes promote a high standard of practice for the followers as well as provide a benchmark for members to use for self-evaluation.
For the lecture, please write a paragraph that addresses the idea of why organizations have adopted codes. Can you assess the value or importance of this?
Homework: Think of an action you have taken in your life. In your journals, write a response about how having, or not having, a code to follow affected your decision for that action.