Many people tend to talk about the different Force users in Star Wars and how they are different from one another. Of course, almost all of the conversations involve the never-ending conflict between the Jedi Order and the Sith Order, which both have their own codes. But while we know that the Jedi and the Sith follow strict codes that govern how they act, some fans talk about the Grey Jedi Code as the best of both worlds. So, what is the Grey Jedi Code, and is it even canon?
The Grey Jedi Code explained
When it comes to Star Wars, it is extremely difficult to avoid talking about the Jedi Order and how the Jedi often have conflicts with their dark counterparts, the Sith. Because both the Jedi and the Sith have differing opinions about how the Force should be used and how the galaxy should be governed, they often went to war with one another, as this caused a never-ending cycle of death and destruction.
Of course, the Jedi and the Sith both follow their own respective codes. In the Jedi and the Sith Code, we get to see a good glimpse of what these two groups are all about and what is most important to them. For example, the Jedi focuses on peace, harmony, serenity, and forgetting the self for the sake of the many. On the other hand, the Sith Code teaches the pursuit of passion to obtain strength, power, and freedom from any shackles.
So, from the looks of things, it is clear that both the Jedi Code and the Sith Code clash with one another. That is why it is easy to understand why the Jedi and the Sith cannot coexist, as the other group’s existence threatens the very foundations of what either group holds dear. But while that may be true, some fans believe there is a balance between the two codes. It is often believed that the Grey Jedi Code harmonizes both the Jedi Code and the Sith Code.
According to an unofficial source, the Grey Jedi Code is as follows:
There is no dark side, nor a light side
There is only
I will do what I must to keep the
There is no good without evil, but evil must not be allowed to flourish
There is passion, yet peace
There is serenity, yet emotion
There is chaos, yet order
As you can see, the supposed Grey Jedi Code seeks to harmonize the things the Jedi and the Sith believe in. According to the Grey Jedi Code, both the dark and light sides of the Force do not exist in the grander scheme of things because the only thing that exists is the Force itself.
This means that the Force itself is the very entity that the Grey Jedi listen to and draw power from. Of course, this also means that the Grey Jedi must keep the balance between the supposed dark and light sides of the Force.
Good and evil must exist for the Grey Jedi because there wouldn’t be good without evil. While that may be true, the Grey Jedi also believe that evil should never be allowed to flourish. The Grey Jedi Code says that a Grey Jedi must accept the presence of evil within themselves and in the world around them. And it is through accepting the good with the bad that they can find balance without necessarily allowing evil to flourish.
The Grey Jedi also see how the different beliefs of the Jedi and the Sith can coexist. They believe there can still be peace even if people follow their passions. Serenity can still be obtained without necessarily interfering with the person’s emotions. And even if there is chaos around, order can still be obtained.
So, in many ways, the Grey Jedi Code supposedly looks at the different weaknesses of the Jedi and the Sith and tries to harmonize them in such a way that there is balance. For example, the Jedi are said to hate the notion of being passionate and emotional, leading them to misunderstand what it means to love. Meanwhile, the Sith are taught that they should always follow their own passion, and doing so makes them too unbalanced and emotional.
However, the Grey Jedi Code believes harmonizing the two beliefs can bring true balance in the Force. That is why the Grey Jedi try to find a way to accept the good with the bad regarding how the galaxy works and how the Force operates.
Are Grey Jedi canon?
In many ways, the Grey Jedi Code does sound ideal because we all know that the Jedi Order and the Sith Order have always been flawed. The flaws of the Jedi led to its destruction at the end of the Clone Wars. Meanwhile, the Sith’s passionate and selfish nature led to the Sith Order’s destruction a thousand years before the events of the Skywalker Saga and at the end of the Skywalker Saga.
But while the Grey Jedi Code may sound like the best code to live by for a person who practices the ways of the Force, the thing that needs to be considered is that neither the Grey Jedi nor the Grey Jedi Code has ever been canon.
The Grey Jedi were mentioned a few times in the Legends storylines of Star Wars but were never referenced or even mentioned in any canon movies, shows, books, or comic books. As such, there is no such thing as a Grey Jedi as far as the current canon is concerned. This also means that the Grey Jedi Code doesn’t exist.
While that may be true, we have seen how the current canon has tried to embrace some of the things in the Grey Jedi Code. For example, in the ‘Ahsoka’ series, we saw that Anakin taught a valuable lesson to Ahsoka in the World Between Worlds. He wanted Ahsoka to accept the darkness within her and how she was part of a legacy of flawed masters with their dark sides and mistakes. But Anakin also taught Ahsoka that choosing between the light and dark sides was up to her entirely, as not even her dark side dictated who she was and what she could be.
This is very similar to how the Grey Jedi Code teaches the acceptance of good and evil as two sides of the same coin. In other words, it may be possible that an ideal Jedi, as far as the canon is concerned, is similar to a Grey Jedi in the Legends side of Star Wars. And it would be interesting to see whether or not Ahsoka’s ronin story can lead us to a true Grey Jedi in the current canon storyline.
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