What I really took away from the prequels is, draconian rules against love are what brought down the Jedi.
So much trouble could have been avoided if it weren’t for their whole weird NO JEDI DATING EVER rules…
Ugh, no, you guys have it all wrong. The rules are in place because Jedi are allotted superhuman abilities, they cannot function on basic human instincts. The Force corrupts by nature, that’s what Jedi abilities do, they disrupt the natural order of things, whether by telekinesis or Jedi mind tricks or what have you. The Force is the very function of existence, it’s the energy of all things, so if a person can wield it, they are literally tapping into an INFINITE well of energy. That’s the immensity of its power. That’s why balance is so fucking important and it’s the one thing the Jedi strive to sustain. When you have this force that, by its very nature, when channeled, disrupts order, and you are the one channeling it, you have to practice some INTENSE degrees of discipline to keep it from corrupting you. The Force fuels things like life and love and passion and when it’s diluted throughout the entire universe, this creates a beautiful balance, but when it’s concentrated into a single human being, it overloads and throws balance off. That person becomes corrupted by that influx of passion. They become overtaken by it. That’s how a Sith is created. The continuous need to fuel that passion drives them to selfish, harmful extremes and destroys balance. To avoid this, Jedi must avoid the dangers of passion. They must relinquish romantic love and family ties, they must relinquish possessions, and certainly anger, hate, fear, etc. because if those things are fueled by the immensity of the Force, that person will be corrupted by it. That being said, Jedi do experience a type of love. Obi-Wan loved Anakin and certainly he loved Luke. Luke loved Leia and Han and all of his friends. Yoda loved Luke and I’d say all of the Jedi, in a more paternal sense. The Jedi love the universe. They love life. But that kind of love exists on compromise and is universal. It’s never concentrated. It’s never driven by passion like romantic love. That’s so fucking important to sustain. So yes, Anakin could have chosen to marry Padme and raise a family with her, he would have simply had to leave to Jedi Order. Galen Marek’s father did just that, because he could not function as a Jedi with balance while still having the selfish love that comes along with having a family, as they become more important to you than anything in the universe. Anakin wanted both. He believed he could overpower the very nature of the Force and because of that, he lost everything to its corruption, including himself. It wasn’t the Jedi school of discipline that brought down the Order, it was a flawed human being who should have surrendered himself as an instrument of the Force, but instead chose to make the Force his instrument for selfish gain.
The rules exist for a reason, okay, if you’re not a Jedi you best step off.