Light Side VS Dark Side

Light Side VS Dark Side

What is the Force in Star Wars?
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At the time of writing this, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens has been out for 13 days. In that time, it's made $1 billion in record time, topping Revenge of the Sith for the highest-grossing Star Wars film of all time. Fans across the world got to enjoy the film on the same release date and have been talking about it ever since.

Star Wars is the fairy tale of my generation. It is the journey of heroes in the face of insurmountable odds, of grand clashes of good and evil, and of the ties that bind us all: the Force. It's described as surrounding us and holding us together, within and without everything in the galaxy. Not only that, but it has a Light and Dark side, constantly balancing and checking one another.

But what is the difference between the Light and Dark sides? What do they stand for, and what do they practice?

And don't worry - no spoilers here! Consider this a guide to helping you better understand what exactly is awakening in Episode VII. Train hard, and may the Force be with you.

The Light Side

"How am I to know the good side from the bad?"
"You will know, when you are calm. At peace, passive."
―Luke Skywalker and Yoda

Who used it: Individuals able to sense and use the Force, the largest number of whom belonged to the ancient order of Jedi Knights. They used their abilities to gather knowledge and keep peace in the galaxy.

What it represents: The light side of the Force is the side aligned with honesty, compassion, mercy, self-sacrifice, and other positive emotions. One who uses the light side will never draw a weapon on an enemy in fear or anger and will always strive to stay calm in any situation. Many who used the light side meditated to help maintain that inner control.

Known powers: These techniques are typically harder to use and master than those practiced by those on the dark side. But because of this, they are infinitely more rewarding and become more powerful over time. They're almost all defensive or passive in nature, and while they can incapacitate enemies, they usually choose not to. Some specific powers include:
  • Telekinesis (pushing and pulling objects or people)
  • Precognition
  • Persuasion ("Jedi mind tricks")

  • Notable users: Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda


    The Dark Side

    "The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural."
    ―Palpatine

    Who used it: The dark side of the Force was primarily used by the Sith Lords. A number of Sith were former Jedi who were seduced by the strength they could gather from the dark side and thus turned against their old practices. They used their abilities to gather more power for themselves.

    What it represents: Darker emotions such as fear, anger, hatred, and aggression are the hallmarks of the dark side. Because of its highly corrupting nature, those who used the dark side quickly became twisted versions of their old selves, They seek to acquire as much power as possible by any means necessary, and are not afraid to use underhanded tactics to get what they want.

    Known powers: Using the dark side allows Force users to use techniques they normally would not be able to. It was the "quick and easy path" promising rapid gains and quick victories. They are almost all aggressive in nature, including:
  • Force lightning
  • Force choking
  • Temporary healing

  • Notable users: Darth Vader, Darth Sidious, Count Dooku
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    An Open Letter To Every Girl With A Big Heart, Except When It Comes To Herself

    Because it's so much easier to love everyone around you before yourself.
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    They say the key is that you have to "love yourself before you can love anyone else," or before "anyone can love you."

    For those who deal with mass amounts of anxiety, or have many insecurities, that can be an extremely hard task. It seems much easier to tell your friend who is doubting herself that she looks great in that top than to look in the mirror and feel the same about yourself. It is much easier to tell your significant other that everything is going to be OK than to believe it will be when something goes wrong in your life. It becomes easier to create excuses for the ones around you than for yourself, and this is because you have such a big heart. You want those that you love to be happy and worry-free, yet you spend nights thinking about everything you have on your plate, about what you did wrong that day, fearing if someone in your life is mad at you, believing that you will never be good enough yet convincing everyone else that they are.

    You are the girl with the biggest heart, yet you can't love yourself the way you care for everyone else in your life. There are many reasons that you should love yourself, though, and that's something that everyone around you is willing to tell you.

    You're thoughtful.

    Before doing anything, you always consider how it is going to affect those around you. You don't want to do anything that could hurt someone, or something that could make someone mad at you. It does not take much to make you happy, just seeing others happy does the job, and it is that simple. Because of this, you remember the little things. Meaningful dates, small details, and asking someone how their day was is important to you, and it makes those around you feel important too. You simply just want the people that you care about to be happy, and that is an amazing trait.

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    You have a lot of love in your heart.

    Every "I love you" has meant something, just as you remember the smallest moments that have meant the most to you. You remember the look in your significant other's eyes when they told you that for the first time. You remember the smile on your best friend's face when you told them that everything was going to be OK and that you would always be there. You remember the swell of happiness your parents felt when you decided to surprise them with a trip home one day, and you thrive off of all of that love.

    You don't give up on the people you love, even if they have given you a reason to.

    It is a foreign idea to just drop someone from your life, even if they betrayed you. You try to look at their mistake from every stance, not wanting to provide an excuse for them, but to give them another chance. Not everyone deserves it, and that is something that you learn along the way, but you feel good in the sense that you gave them a chance even if no one else would.

    It's OK to not love yourself all the time. It's normal, and natural to stand in the mirror and think about everything wrong. And it's OK to love other people, even when you can't feel the same about yourself. But your big heart is why you should love yourself. There are so many reasons that you are a beautiful person, and the people that you spend all your time caring about feel that you have so much more to offer the world, and yourself.

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    The 'Re' Culture Isn't Ruining Anything

    Why is it so bad to get more of what you love?

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    It's no secret that the past couple years have leaned on nostalgia when it comes to movies, TV shows, and even music. We're seeing bands get back together, shows rebooted, and live action movies of Disney moves we used to sing along to when we were kids.

    For the sake of this article, we'll call it a movement (even if it's something that has happened plenty of times before). Arguably, there hasn't been a wave of 'rebooting' this big for a long time. Along with the movement come strong opinions and it's pretty black and white. The general public either hates it or loves it.

    The former hate it for a few reasons but some of the most I've stumbled over argue that there's no point in recreating something when there's nothing wrong with how it was. Why take a movie and do it over with the chance that it ruins the franchise? Why bring a band back together at the possibility that it ruins their image?

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    The media we grew up on is timeless. The fear of it being ruined is something to think about, but what if that doesn't happen? What if they make that live action adaption and it only compliments the original?

    Going back to what we adored growing up brings back that childhood happiness. When you're sitting in the movie theater watching your favorite Disney princess in a live view, you look for the little things. You look at the details and it makes you feel good. In a world where we seem to be surrounded by chaos, is that so bad?

    So, let's say you're wondering even more what the point is of going back...it's reintroducing something timeless to the children now. When I went to see Beauty and the Beast, there were just as many people that were my age and older that were excited as ever. Some of them had kids with them that were ecstatic. It gives them something to look forward too.

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