Edit: I see anakinfan got back to you. You can ignore this, just thought I'd leave my opinion on the matter. But Luke was right and Obi-Wan and Yoda were still wrong even then. If Luke hadn't gone, then Leia would have never escaped since R2 ended up fixing the hyperdrive. Also, even though Luke wasn't ready to face Vader, doing so allowed him to learn the truth which proved crucial to taking down the Emperor in Episode VI. He lost his hand, true, but while that's certainly unfortunate, he got an almost perfect prosthetic not long after (not to mention the fact that the presence of this prosthetic hand, in part, prevents him from turning to the dark side). So I wouldn't say that attachments are bad. In fact, I think it's rather counter-intuitive to try to suppress them. Becoming attached is part of normal human psychology and while harm can come from it, teaching people to not let their emotional responses overwhelm them is more important. Banning attachment, and thus forcing people to suppress related emotions, is a good way to create emotional turmoil (which is what we see Anakin suffer from in much of Episodes II and III). I think the point anakinfan was trying to get at was that just because something has lasted a long time doesn't make it particularly good. Oppression has existed for centuries, such as slavery in agriculture, and simply because it was implemented for a long time does not make it an inherently practical, effective, or moral system (quite the contrary, in the case of slavery). You can control yourself and be at peace without having to give up attachments or, alternatively, by allowing yourself to form attachments but letting go of them if it's required of you in the moment. Suppressing or ignoring human desire does not make it go away. The Jedi's problem is that they never acknowledge that these feelings exist (such as Anakin's love for his mother) and instead prohibit them, as though that will cause them to magically disappear. I think you hit a major point when you said Anakin mistook being a Jedi for a superhero. But look at how old he was when he joined the Order -- nine. I have a brother that age and, even though he's seen the movies and The Clone Wars, that's exactly how he views the Jedi. At Anakin's age, there's no way he's going to understand or be able to implement Jedi philosophy and it's ludicrous to expect that of him. He wants to help people in TPM and thinks that being a Jedi will allow him to free the slaves and have a laser sword. He doesn't realize he has, essentially, signed up for a position in a priesthood. Truthfully, I got the impression that Anakin enjoyed being a Jedi because of his natural talents for it (Force potential and all), it allowed him to help others, and it gave him a certain level of prestige. I'm pretty certain he found the asceticism rather unnecessary however.