Since the beginning we’ve seen evil take many forms. The Sith. The Empire. And now, it is the First Order. That is the darkness, the shadow that continuously spreads throughout the galaxy. But there’s also the light. Through the ages, it, too, has taken many forms. The Jedi. The Guardians and Disciples of the Whills. The Rebellion. And now, the Resistance. The light, the darkness, and the balance. It’s so much bigger.
What exactly does it all mean? Well, let’s start with what we do know. What we do know is that there has only been one truth since the beginning, the fight between the light and the dark side of the Force. It’s always been there, the conflict and truthfully, I do not see a possible resolution. For starters, you can’t have one without the other. It’s a yin and yang thing. One cannot exist without the other. Therefore, in a way, they are a balance. Forever linked by a sense of synergy. Not much different from the concept of midichlorians and symbiosis. A mutual beneficial association of two different organisms, in this case, the light and dark side of the Force.
This has never been made more prudent than in The Force Awakens scene where Maz Kanata talks about the ongoing fight against the dark side. She makes it known that this has always been the way of things, the way of the Force. They’ve been fighting this same fight throughout the ages. Though the names of the opponents change, the fight stays the same, and each generation has a story to tell. A story about a band of idealistic heroes who stand up in the face of certain death. For that is a story built on hope. Nothing unites people like that. All they have to do is believe that hope exists.
Hope is a leader. Someone the people can believe in–a martyr. Throughout the generations, we have seen this role play out time-and-time again. But, over the years, there has a been shift in that so called hope. And it goes by the name of Skywalker.
“It’s so much bigger,” Luke says in The Last Jedi trailer, and I have a gut feeling he’s not just talking about the balance of the Force. After all, things didn’t get messy until a Skywalker came into the mix. For instance, the moment the Jedi stumbled upon Anakin Skywalker, the being with the highest midichlorian count ever noted in history, the Sith resurfaced causing a rift within the Force. That said, I can’t help but feel that perhaps, Anakin Skywalker is sort of the “Horcrux” the Force never meant to make. At least, not as the Force had intended. Furthermore, now the Force has more than it bargained for. The Force brought forth one Skywalker, and now it has gained three more. Yes, Luke Skywalker, that does make it so much bigger.
But how much bigger? Well, if the Skywalkers and the Force equate to oil and water, then I guess it’s fair to say, “Houston, we have a problem.” Hence Luke saying, “I only know one truth. It’s time for the Jedi to end.” So, if my analogy of the “Horcrux” holds water, then what happens to one must happen to the other. Meaning, it may be time for the Skywalkers to return to their natural state within the Force.
In the end, that which rises must fall, and that which falls must rise. It is a continuous flow of destruction replaced by creation. In essence, that is the Skywalkers and also, the constant conflict between the light and the dark side of the Force.
A moment between breaths
Is the balance of the Force.
Between life and death.
Rest and action.
Serenity and passion.
Hope and despair.
–Nartun Trecim, Ascendant of Mau
Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills by Greg Rucka