One of the sources from which Star Wars stemmed, was the Jungian concept of the "Shadow self". To sum up, there are two aspects of our psychology, the "ego" (our identity) and our "shadow", or the attributes and characteristics within ourselves that contradict our "ego". They are not necessicarily evil in themselves, but are aspects we largely resent. In Star Wars, these aspects are reflected in what's considered "the Dark Side", such as the emotions of anger, fear, or hatred.Rumin8 wrote: ↑13 Apr 2019, 22:56An interesting aside, well interesting to me. I’ve always identified as dark side. But not the “evil” dark side, if that makes sense. When I had the choice when playing Star Wars video games I always chose dark side, but tried to do good things. I know that sounds odd. And the reason is simple: I always felt the Jedi side needlessly strict, conservative, and slow to change. The Jedi order seemed to have way too many rules. Does this sound familiar, anyone?
These "shadows" are prone to what Jung called "psychological projection", where in failure to regonize this "flaw of characeter" without ourselves, we project it onto someone or something outside ourselves. This leads to a very real conflict between both the outside our shadow has been projected onto, and the shadow within ourselves. However, if the "shadow" can be accepted, or "merged with the ego", only then can it truly be "conquored".Carl Jung wrote:"Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual's conscious life, the blacker and denser it is."
A good example of this from Star Wars, are Anakin and Luke. Anakin was told from the get go, that his feelings of missing his mother and worry about her were wrong.
So he sets about, just like all the other Jedi, repressing the "dark side", or the shadow. But what happens? It builds up and grows stronger. At its culmination, it gets projected back onto the Republic and the Jedi. The Republic projects it onto the "separatists", and also have it manifest in themselves by erroding its own freedom and control. The Jedi likewise project it onto the "Sith", and onto themselves in a way which destroys their order. In fear and anger, they try to dethrone Palpatine because he's a "Sith Lord". But it is manifest in Anakin most of all, with the "shadow" consuming him and turning him into Darth Vader."Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate... leads to suffering".
Luke, on the other hand (as well as Vader in the end), is able to achieve balance by accepting his shadow. He fears for his friends safety. He gets angry at Darth Vader for threatening his sister. And with accepting his "shadow" he has the strength to defeat Darth Vader. BUT he is also able to refrain from killing Darth Vader (or in other words, Luke's Shadow). If he had, his shadow would've consumed him."From my perspective, the Jedi are evil!"
And I think that's one of the major themes and greatest messages of Star Wars. Self-denial doesn't work. It makes the "dark side" stronger. We can't overcome ___(insert aspect or characteristic you despise)___ in the world and in ourselves, until we accept we're inherently that way too.