Okay... This is something that I've argued with myself quite a bit about. Part of the reason that I sympathize with Jacen in the NJO *ducks from Jacen bashers* is that he doesn't really seem to want to be a Jedi. I think he feels that he's obligated to do it because of his heritage, but if he could get out of it, he probably would. I can't fault him for that, really. There's a lot of responsibility involved with being a Jedi. Not everyone is able to handle that. It doesn't make him a coward, IMO, because he has been pressured into it by people that never even bothered to ask him if this is what he wanted to do with his life. He has a lot to live up to. My father would love for me to run our family business, but that's not what I want to do with my life. Then there's the argument that the Force chose him, so he has an obligation to use its powers to do good. (Or as my favorite Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man would say, "with great powers come great responsibilities.") I don't know... I still have trouble with this. I suppose my logic stems from my belief in free will. Our lives are our own, whatever we make of them with what we're given. I understand that the Force chose him, and that's all good, but I don't think that Luke or Jacen's parents or siblings had/have any right to essentially bully him into it. Maybe that's what he's doing now... He's finding his own reasons for wanting to be a Jedi. To be a Jedi on his terms, not those of his sister or brother, or uncle. Anyways, I have a feeling that this could go into the prequels (I'm spoiler-free so please no Ep. II stuff in here) and definitely the OT films. In ANH, Luke explicitly asked Ben to teach him in the ways of the Force. In that sense, Luke is very fortunate, because becoming a Jedi was his conscious decision. My impression from TPM was that children were never given a choice during the Old Republic over whether they would become Jedi or not. Perhaps this had something to do with their demise... People who are told to do something don't internalize their tasks as well as those who consciously decide to accomplish their goals, IMO. Furthermore, in a free society, how can you obligate anyone to do anything, including giving up their freedom to choose how they live their lives? What implications does this have for Luke's Jedi Order? Please don't flame me. Thanks.