To Believe In An Ideal It’s Important To Understand When To Abandon It

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“To believe in an ideal is to be willing to betray it. It is something that no Sith or Jedi has ever truly learned.” – Traya

It amazes me how much of the philosophy of Cicero is in both Star Trek and Star Wars. It was the Jedi’s unwillingness to bend the Jedi Code and rescue Anakin Skywalker’s mother that more than anything led to his fall to the Dark Side.

The Jedi Counsel was perfectly willing to let Anakin’s mother stay a slave, and then tell Anakin to ignore his visions of her suffering, only because the Jedi Code forbade attachments. How inhuman is that?

Ideals and laws and such are very important, but life itself is an exercise of exceptions. If it wasn’t all we would need is a book of rules to lead us and not leaders.

About Chuck Norton

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1 Response to To Believe In An Ideal It’s Important To Understand When To Abandon It

  1. Hi Chuck,
    in 2016 your wrote about this quote “To believe in an ideal is to be willing to betray it. It is something that no Sith or Jedi has ever truly learned.” – Traya. You mentioned that Star wars has a lot of philosophy from Cicero. Which of Cicero’s books/texts is dealing with this idea? Please help me, because I would love to explore this idea, but have not found any reading materiel on it.
    Regards Tim
    krueger.tim.dev@gmail.com

    PoliticalArena Editor Responds:

    Cheers Tim,

    Inter Arma Enim Silent Legis.

    It translates to “In times of war the law falls silent”

    In short, it means that rules and constitutions and our values are good things, but if the interpretation of them amounts to a suicide pact then you either need to abandon said offending laws or values temporarily because if you are dead there is no one left to exercise your values and others cannot be affected positively by your principles.

    Lincoln was a student of Cicero and he violated the Constitution, violated habeus corpus, he put Democrats and journalists in jail without trial. He did so to preserve the republic and put an end to slavery. So for the greater good Lincoln fought dirty and the world is better for it.

    Roughly, Section 31 in Star Trek is a reflection of this same philosophy, the danger of course is that it can become seductively self serving. It takes special people who can keep their own ambition in check to practice this in ways that are honorable. (NOTE – No thinking person considers ST Discovery to be canon as it is an abomination)

    Cicero wrote of this largely in Pro Milone. I hope this helps with your studies.

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