In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, everyone's favorite space wizard Obi-Wan Kenobi teaches Luke a (very) brief history of the Jedi Order, stating that "for over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic," before their destruction nearly 20 years earlier. A "thousand generations" is a massive period of time that hasn't really been explored since Disney wiped out the old extended universe and established their new canon.
In 2021, Lucasfilm began publishing new, Jedi-centric material set in a period known as the High Republic, set approximately 200 years before the events of The Phantom Menace. While this absolutely begins to scratch the itch, with only a handful of new titles gracing bookshelves, Star Wars fans are deadset on theorizing about the Jedi Order and exactly what makes the organization tick.
This is a collection of fan theories about the Jedi Order. Vote up the fan theories that make the most sense!
A Shift In Dogma Led To Lower Lightsaber Color DiversityPhoto: Star Wars: The High Republic / Lucasfilm Ltd.
From Redditor u/astromech_dj:
The artwork for The High Republic that’s come out of Lucasfilm so far has made a big deal of showing off all the shades of yellow, blue, green, purple, pink, orange etc. This is a far cry from what we saw in the prequels, and the only Jedi to show affinity to alternative colors have fairly radical leanings or philosophies [when it comes to the Force.]
There’s also been talk of highlighting how different High Republic characters understand the Force in different ways, which is not easily done in the prequel era (see: Qui-Gon).
I theorize that the events of High Republic cause the shift to rigid fundamental Jedi teachings, and this diminishes the variation in how facets of the Force are reflected in a kyber crystal.11511Viable theory?
The Jedi Order Outlawed Force Healing To Prevent AttachmentPhoto: Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
From Redditor u/mac6uffin
Force Healing is a pathway to the Dark Side.
Quoting Yoda: "Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealously. The shadow of greed, that is."
Unless you can prevent death. The very thing Anakin was searching for that led him straight into the clutches of Palpatine.
Healing someone via the Force isn't cost-free. Rey states that she had to transfer some of her life energy when she healed the snake. Ben Solo dies bringing Rey back to life. So one clearly can't heal anyone and everyone. You have to choose. And when you start deciding who lives and who dies, you are right back to what Yoda said above. Deciding who lives is attachment. It is the dark side, bending the Living Force to your will. The power over life and death will corrupt the one who wields it.
So that is why the Jedi Order forgot the power. They realized a Jedi that could Force Heal would likely be corrupted and fall to the Dark Side. They deliberately refused to pass on the knowledge. And so Force Healing was an ability lost to history.13527Viable theory?
The Jedi Order Disrupted EvolutionPhoto: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace / 20th Century Fox
From Redditor u/Aetheric_Aviatrix:
The Jedi Code forbids the formation of attachments - marriage, and by extension, children. However, despite this prohibition on reproduction, there is still an abundance of Force-sensitives being born, allowing them to avoid the fate of the Shakers.
We see with the Skywalker family that the ability to use the Force can be passed on to children, even when only one parent (Anakin, Leia) is a Force-sensitive. Therefore, without the Jedi interfering with the reproduction of Force-sensitives, the population would be expected to grow exponentially as they marry and have Force-sensitive children, plus the addition of those born to non-sensitive parents. Over time, the entire population of the galaxy would become Force-sensitive. Eventually, a species would reach a point where its population would choose to ascend, making room for the next wave of sophonts.
The primary purpose Jedi Order is to prevent this outcome.8717Viable theory?
The Jedi Order Was Created To Control Force Sensitives And Limit Their NumbersPhoto: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones / 20th Century Fox
From Redditor u/dontwasteink:
The Jedi have rules against marriage and having children, the excuse is to limit personal attachments.
But the real reason is to keep Force Sensitive users from multiplying. Vader's Force sensitivity passing to his children shows it's hereditary.
Force Users can be incredibly powerful, and increasing in number, they could become a threat to the stability of the Republic, as many can rise to become warlords or corrupt politicians due to their pre-cognition and mind control abilities alone.
So the Jedi Order was created to search the Galaxy for Force sensitive children, round them up and indoctrinate them into a monastic life. Their purpose becomes to serve the will of the Republic as living weapons, diplomats and generals.7410Viable theory?