I will come back and free you mom, I promise
The driving force through the first six episodes (the only ones that count) was a young Jedi’s desire to make the world a better place and the lengths he would go to achieve that. This desire would lead him to do some things passive observers would recoil from, but the drive was always to bring order.
This initial quote was from the nine-year-old newly freed slave. For some pea-brained reason, the Jedi (so-called guardians of freedom) only purchased the freedom of Anakin but left his mother in bondage. As any normal boy would, this naive youngling promised his beloved mother that he would return for her.
And Yoda had the nerve to say that Anakin should not be trained because the green toad sensed fear in him. What boy wouldn’t be afraid for his mother after leaving her in slavery on a distant world?
I killed them. I killed them all. They’re dead, every single one of them. They’re like animals, and I slaughtered them like animals. I hate them!
Finally, after years of serving the Jedi and the Republic, with nothing in return, Anakin senses his mother’s fear and pain from across the galaxy. He races to Tatooine, but is too late. His mother has been captured by the Tusken Raiders and tortured. Anakin arrives at her side just in time for her to die.
Rage boils up within Anakin. If the Jedi had freed his mother she might still be alive. If they had let him come back for her she would still be alive. If Anakin could have been with her it might would have precluded this tragedy.
So he lashes out.
He destroys the entire village. I believe Anakin saw the faces of the Jedi Council reflected in the Tuskens he slaughtered. Where was justice? Where was liberty? While serving the “Republic”, he lost his only family.
If only there had been order instead of chaos.
Padmé: You’re not all-powerful, Ani.
Anakin Skywalker: Well, I should be.
If he would have been trained to use his abilities better, maybe Anakin could have saved his mother. Maybe if he had been allowed to marry publicly he would have not become so resentful of the Jedi. Maybe if the Jedi Council wasn’t so afraid of one of their underlings outshining them they would have embraced Anakin and mentored him, instead of shunning him and viewing him with nothing but hostile suspicion.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: You have allowed this dark lord to twist your mind, until now you’ve become the very thing you swore to destroy.
Anakin Skywalker: Don’t lecture me, Obi-Wan! I see through the lies of the Jedi. I do not fear the dark side as you do. I have brought peace, freedom, justice, and security to my new Empire.
Anakin realized that to bring order to the galaxy he would have to do things that might not be attractive. He would have to be willing to make sacrifices, but it was all in the name of order and security. Anakin would sacrifice his desires so that other children would not have to lose their mothers. He would ensure that the calloused nature of the Jedi would not live to separate children from their families again. He would destroy the rot that had been allowed to permeate the Republic, and in its place would rise a place of order, the Empire.
Peace through strength.
Anakin: Now… go, my son. Leave me.
Luke: No. You’re coming with me. I’ll not leave you here, I’ve got to save you.
Anakin: You already… have, Luke. You were right. You were right about me. Tell your sister… you were right.
With his last breath, after finally ridding the galaxy of the evil of Palpatine. After using Palpatine’s political skill to subdue the galaxy. After deciding that his son was a worthy successor, he destroys the Emperor and brings balance to the force. No more Sith, no more Jedi. Only peace and order.
There was good in Anakin. Always had been. Everything he did was for peace and security, until he breathed his last.
Balance had finally been wrought. All through order brought about by force.
Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty to bring about order in your life. Discipline your children. Be strong for your wife. Keep her grounded. Mentor young men. Always strive for improvement.
The only way evil will triumph is if good men stand by and do nothing.
As always, thanks for reading.