Sure. that was arrogant of Mace. But it didnt really change anything. The Jedi couldnt feel the Sith's presence at that time. Thats not their fault. I appease with that and can agree to some extent. But when Qui Gon (bless his soul ) tells them that the attacker was a Sith lord, the warning signs should have reached at least the green flag. Yet, they brush him off (granted at first). I know you don?t want to blame the Jedi but we can see the reason why even at this point, they have huge doubt things are slipping but what happens later? We see Yoda (look into the future), when examining Anakin but what happened to the expense of the moment? To me this searching the future when a child is showing distinct Force ability, is a lapse of concentrating on the ?living force?. Qui Gon insists that the Council must ?see it? now. Naturally he?s not part of the Council as well, because they don?t ?do as they must? when the signs are there. The Council however do act eventually but they stagnate and this is a problem too long after all these years. Hence fail to use the Force clearly, and that blocks the sense of the Darkside approaching. But Jedi arrogance doesn?t effect the balance of the force. The jedi NEVER abuse the force for their own purposes. They do whats right for the galaxy and the force. Balance was restored when the sith were destroyed. Correct. They don?t abuse it and they shouldn?t. However they still don?t see. Yoda admits 10 years later ?blind we are?. But this an admittance too late. The Jedi arent ever eroding the balance of the force. They are looking to maintain it. Arrogance doesnt effect balance. Greed, anger, aggression, hate and selfishness does. Thats what makes a sith. And its the sith who use the force for their own means. But Yoda says arrogance is indeed a flaw. It cannot be denied. Shouldn?t the Jedi fix this flaw? You tell me. How can they? They dont know the truth. The Sith have been very clever and it seems that they are behind the separatists. The Jedi have to fight that war. They had no choice. But they knew also that if they told the senate that they couldn?t use the force to its full potential then more and more people would see the weakness and rise up against them. Its not about keeping their power for their own sake. its about staying alive so they can protect the republic. I agree with you here. Its too late wasn?t it? Obi Wan admits that the Jedi were misled by a lie. Allowing the Republic to be controlled by a Sith Lord. I know. But that doesnt mean the Jedi shouldnt use lightsabers. Luke throwing down his weapon was right for HIM in that MOMENT. Jedi need light sabers to protect themselves and defend the republic. Agreed. All I am saying is that ONLY Anakin was to bring the Force back into balance. Luke at the right time showed what a Jedi SHOULD do. Killing Sidious (by Mace) would not have allowed the Jedi to learn from their mistakes. Obi Wan had to make way (he did it voluntarily) , Yoda had to make way (strong but not that strong), sadly for Mace had to ?make way? but instead decided to stop everything right there and then. But when would the Jedi learn their lesson? Yoda realized that the Jedi had to go into exile. He realized it was no USE in fighting (see how he walks away from Sidious) till he learns more about the Force (through meditation). He was rewarded by way of being contacted by Qui Gon.