Jediism Bear with me, it's not that bad

Jediism, or simply being a Jedi, stemmed from the nerdiest of roots ever imagined. Beginning technically in 1987, and being made popular in 1997 with the rerelease of the original Star Wars Trilogy, Jediism, as awkward as it sounds, functions like any other religion.

The religion's roots began with a Star Wars role playing game from 1987. It laid quietly for a few years, and gained popularity in 1997, and as the Internet got bigger, so did the religion.

When children role play, it's cute. When adults do it...

You end up with the 4th largest religion in all of England.

Yeah, in 2001, Jediism took off. Some may have listed it in response to the government asking about religion, and some may follow it. But just for a while, it took its chance to shine.

But don't worry, now, it is still the 7th largest religion in the U.K., despite the government marking them as 'Undefined'.

Now that I think I've validated that this is a real thing, I'm going to tell you what the Jedi actually do.

No, they don't move things with their mind. No, they don't believe in Yoda or Luke and spend their life praying for their return. Most of them are actually sane.

Rather than, you know, using the Force to push cars off the road, Jediism followers live by the 21 Maxims, or the Jedi code. Which, for all intensive purposes, is pretty good.

The purpose of Jediism is not to secure a spot in the afterlife, or ensure reincarnation, it's about doing good on Earth while you're still here.

Fun Fact: Hoods can be worn on a religious basis. (Good luck convincing the school to let you, though.) In 2007 and 2009, two followers of Jediism were removed from establishments. One was sent an apology, and one was removed and told not to wear the hood next time.

Now we'll touch on the 21 Maxims. They are essentially a more in depth standard of living.

1. Prowess: To seek excellence in all endeavors expected of a Jedi. A Jedi strives to acquire greater skill and expertise in what they do at all times so that it may be used in the service of the greater good, and not for personal profit. This requires discipline, patience, and perfect practice.

2. Justice: To always seek the path of 'right'. A Jedi is unencumbered by bias or personal interest. Justice is a double edged sword, one that protects the weak, yet also passes judgments according to a set of values. A Jedi tolerates that which is not Jedi and does not pass judgment on that which causes no harm for it is just.

3. Loyalty: To have faith in your Jedi brothers and sisters. A Jedi remains true to what they have learned and their own teachings. A Jedi always serves those who wish to learn more of the ways of the Force, and in doing so, remain loyal to the way of Jediism and their Order.

4. Defense: To defend the way of Jediism. A Jedi is sworn by oath to defend their faith and all it encompasses.

5. Courage: To have the will. To be a Jedi sometimes means choosing the more difficult path, the personally expensive one. A Jedi knows they must make the right choice, take the right side and that the weak they have sworn to defend often stand alone. A Jedi puts aside fear, regret, and uncertainty yet know the difference between courage and sheer stupidity.

6. Faith: To trust in the ways of the Force. Although the ways of the Force may seem strange at times, a Jedi always knows their place and their role in it. (Force may refer to life?)

7. Humility: To accept the ego for what it is. A Jedi does not boast of their accomplishments and knows that their accomplishment is its own reward.

8. Fearlessness: To have no self imposed limits. Fear is that which prevents a Jedi from accomplishing their duty. A Jedi learns to let go of their fears through their faith in the Force and has no shame in admitting their shortfalls when they occur.

9. Nobility: To act with honor. A Jedi does not engage in petty, mean, or otherwise dubious activities. Acting with stature and distinction influences others, offering a compelling example of what can be achieved by those who follow Jediism.

10. Honesty: To avoid lies. A Jedi is honest with themselves and seeks to always go beyond appearances. There can be no honest self without the knowledge and wisdom to see truth.

11. Pure Motive: To act with motive and purpose. Without a sound motive and purpose, action has no meaning, no destination, and lacks a foundation. A Jedi moves with the Force, trusts in its ways. A Jedi's actions are firmly based upon a deep motivation to be as their path dictates.

12. Discipline: To let the self be the full master of the self. A Jedi's mind is structured, peaceful, unencumbered by emotions, physical state or external stimuli.

13. Focus: To select what matters most. A Jedi focuses on the task at hand. Although a Jedi is aware of the past, and wary of the present's effect on the future, through discipline they know how to select and concentrate on priorities.

14. Discretion: To become invisible. A Jedi knows there is a time and place for all things. They do not actively interfere in worldly affairs and refrain from overtly supporting or opposing other individuals or organizations.

15. Meditation: To exercise the mind. Through regular meditation a Jedi examines their motivations, and are certain that they are not allowing emotion, ignorance, or passion to intrude upon them. Meditation can be used by a Jedi to improve their mindfulness, focus, or patience.

16. Training: To know one's ignorance. A Jedi knows there is always something more to learn and seeks new lessons every day.

17. Integrity: To be consistent. A Jedi lives as a Jedi at all times. Hypocrisy is their worst enemy.

18. Morality: To know the danger of belief. A Jedi knows how contradicting beliefs of what is right and wrong can lead to devastating crimes and conflicts. A Jedi takes a step away from the subjectivity of opinion in favor of the peace of objectivity. A Jedi does not force their values upon others.

19. Conflict: To know when to fight. A Jedi knows the conflicting nature of the Force but they also know its peace and serenity. A Jedi never blindly enters conflict and always does so for the greater good.

20. Intervention: Know when not to act. A Jedi knows how inaction can have as great an impact as action and how some oft he greatest lessons are self taught. To be a victor is also taking that victory from those you protect. A Jedi intervenes only when a Jedi's intervention is required.

21. Harmony: To be connected to the Force. A Jedi seeks to live in harmony with the Force, for that is the reason to be a Jedi. To better understand its ways and to better know one's place within it.

In April of 2015, Turkey stepped up to take a stand for Jediism. Well, 5,000 students did. After 200,000 students called for a mosque, and 20,000 for a Buddhist temple, students at Dokuz Eylül University called for a Jedi temple.

To spread its teachings, which are arguably reasonable, the students claimed they need the temple to inform others. The Turkish government agreed to build 80 mosques, but did not comment on catering to the smaller religions.

At 255,000 strong, Jediism is not unheard of. Oddly enough, though, it only gets larger as the years go by.

Lastly, this is the original Jedi code as shown in the 1987 role playing game.

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.

And that's Jediism, the religion that basically says,

"Don't be a prick and everything's going to work out alright. Be a prick, and people will hate you. So don't be a prick."

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