Parenting

The mantra of the Jedi Code (except for parents)

Although the Jedi Code was introduced to audiences as recently as The Phantom Menace, it stretches much further back in Star Wars history and, today, remains one of the key lynchpins on which the saga’s entire lore is built.

This code provides the framework for how Jedi should live, behave and undertake their duties, such as taking only one apprentice etc. Yet it also includes the iconic mantra that distils down what it means to be a Jedi in five simple sentences. While it’s aspirational, giving viewers and Jedi alike a great goal to aim for, it’s also problematic, resulting in no small part to the Order’s downfall.

To me, this mantra is like the bible – there’s a lot of goodness and wisdom contained within, but it’s dangerous and prescriptive when taken literally. Abandoning emotion and passion will hardly make for a well-adjusted person. Love, joy and loss are all valid healthy emotions, and passions can be positive, giving our lives meaning. But I digress…

With my daughter nearing her third birthday (!!!), I’ve had time to enjoy the many highs and lows that come with being a parent. I’ve therefore rewritten the mantra of the Jedi Code to better reflect the reality of parenting because, let’s face it, the Jedi don’t know the first thing about raising kids.

The original mantra

There is no emotion, there is peace.
There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.
There is no passion, there is serenity.
There is no chaos, there is harmony.
There is no death, there is the Force.

My parenting mantra

There is no peace, there is tantrums.
There is no knowledge, there is guesswork.
There is no serenity, there is tiredness.
There is no harmony, there is mess.
There is no Force, there is love.

So there we go, a mantra for all the parents out there. Feel free to use and share the image as you see fit. We’ll be adding it to our sidebar on the side as part of our branding going forward.

We’re giving away free copies of the mantra on postcards. If you’re a parent raising your little ones with Star Wars, drop us an email with your address and we’ll get one posted out to you.

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