The Perks of being a Sith in Winter
In the Star Wars franchise, the Jedi and the Sith are reflective of the age old conflict between controlling our emotions, and being controlled by them.
The Jedi Believe:
“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.”
While the Sith believe:
Peace is a lie, there is only passion.
Through passion, I gain strength.
Through strength, I gain power. Through power, I gain victory.
Through victory, my chains are broken.
The Force shall free me.”
Anger is one of those emotions that can get the better of us. It is a source of power, sure, but anger can also led to self-destruction. Wise individuals, from Buddha to Jesus to Qui-Gon Jinn, say that anger is bad and ought to be avoided.
I am inclined to agree with the sages. It’s no fun, being angry. Anger makes small problems seem big. It makes big problems seem insurmountable. And anger makes feet and fists seem like viable solutions to everything.
Nothing can really be all-bad, though. Can it? Maybe there is a place for anger, the Sith just went overboard and made it look bad.
Anger is a hot emotion. As such, it is useful during cold situations. Not cold situations like divorce proceedings, but actual situations when the temperature is intolerably low. Like the winter, or living in a freezer.
Cold is debilitating. It makes everything more difficult. Things get stuck. Machines don’t work. And those are just the things you have the wherewithal to try and complete. Bitter cold has a way of draining enthusiasm, making you want to just quit. Cold is like a group of greedy little dwarves, mining your bones for their heat.
Instead of giving up in the cold, you can get angry. Angry gives an internal fire that can battle low temperatures. It can give you the oomph to keep going when everything is stuck or slowing down.
Anger is like artificial heat in a universe that is constantly making things cold. It can serve you well, until your task is done. Then you should probably drop it.
In a perfect world, no one would need anger. We would all live in perpetual tranquility. And in a perfect world, we would be able to control the weather, and have little pockets of springtime that didn’t cost any energy to maintain. But tranquility is for pleasant seasons, because in paradise there is no need for anger.
Tranquility cannot help you in the cold. If you sit still in the cold and reflect on the situation, you will be at peace, but frozen. Immobile. And you still have to get to work on time!
Only anger can inspire you to give you car battery a couple of kicks, and curse the Lords of Internal Combustion when it’s so cold outside your car won’t start. Its good to be a Sith in winter, because anger can defeat cold.