If you want to know which code is better, first you need to learn the differences between these 2 codes. So let’s begin.
- Sith Code
The Code of the Sith (also known as Qotsisajak in Sith) constitutes the mantra which reinforced the core beliefs of the Sith Order.
It was considered as dark-side opposite to the Jedi Code, and it was first authored in 6900 BBY (Before the Battle of Yavin) on the Planet Korriban by Sorzus Syn.
The code remained the same through the millennia, as the Sith Lord Darth Bane still taught the words of Sorzus Syn when he started rebuilding the Sith Order around 1000 BBY.
Below is the actual Sith Code, as written by Sorzus Syn and taught by Darth Bane:
- 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.
From the code, you can easily see that the last term of every sentence is a beginning of the new following sentence.
The Sith Code indicates the power that someone can get from nothing to the actual victory and freedom. The code uses the pronoun “I”, instead of “we” or “us”, stating that one can rise and free himself from any spiritual or physical limitation.
The Sith believed that those who are striving for perfection through knowledge and mastery of the Force, will be rewarded. The Sith also believed that their followers were free of the restrictions of others, that they strove for a greater purpose and therefore threw off the restrictions placed upon individuals by the society.
Even though this code encourages the path and goals to achievement, they are entirely unrestricted. That doesn’t necessarily make the code bad, but bearing in mind that that power corrupts, unlimited power can be bad thing (as famous hypothesis states: “With great power comes great responsibility”).
- Jedi Code
The Jedi Code is a set of rules which main purpose was to govern the Jedi Order’s behavior.
Its followers learned to not give in to feelings of anger toward other lifeforms. By doing so, it would help them resist any fear and it would prevent them from falling to the dark side of the Force.
A Jedi such as Obi-Wan Kenobi, takes comfort in the words of the following mantra of the Jedi Code:
- 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.
As you can notice, there is no first or second grammatical person in this code.
The Sith Code more individualistic, but the Jedi Code, on the other hand, teaches harmony through whatever challenges you may face.
However, both codes have their flaws.
- When talking about Sith Code we can note that there is no restriction of the power which an individual should have, thus it can corrupt the person.
- On the other hand, the Jedi Code assumes that the world is mostly static.
By studying the structure of each Code, we can notice the basic differences and decide which is better.
- The Sith Code don’t care about moral distinctions and their philosophy is very individualistic. As previously stated, there is only the first grammatical person, I. Their Code describes how an ambitious person can rise from being nothing to ruling everything to being free from every physical and spiritual limitation. The followers of this code care only about themselves, have faith in nobody and see the Force as a means to an end. The end being unlimited power and freedom from death and any other limitations. They see the world in the process of making, not static.
- The Jedi Code is a complex of 5 anti-theses:
- emotion and peace,
- ignorance and knowledge,
- passion and serenity,
- chaos and harmony,
- death and the Force.
This means that the Jedi seek to transcend some aspects of everyday life and even natural laws through the Force. The followers don’t negate them, but rather embrace, acknowledge and seek to overcome them. They make clear distinctions between light and darkness, and are morally single-minded. There is no first and second grammatical person in the Code, which means they are not biased against anyone personally nor obsessed with their image, but rather focused on how the Force works and how their world really is.
They view the world as something static.
Expert Answer – Which Code Is Better?
From our point of view, the Jedi Code is better, since it is about being at the eye of the storm; focused and calm and, while everything around you is in a constant disturbance.
We chose this code as a better one because its followers have an admirable teamwork, by embracing the natural laws.