"Greed can be a powerful ally."

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  1. MaceWindu_PhD Jedi Knight

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    I am not at a loss as to what this means in the literal sense.

    My question is that is there more to the line other than it's face value? Qui-Gon said this because he saw an opportunity to free Anakin by using Watto's known greed to get him to bet Anakin on the pod race. It seems odd to me that a Jedi such as Qui-Gon would use greed as an ally. It just sounds like a line Sidious would say. Any thoughts?
  2. SithStarSlayer Manager Emeritus

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    I think he meant in terms of using someone else's greed to his advantage. Therefore, their greed becomes his ally.
  3. Master_Shaitan Jedi Grand Master

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    He's referring to the greed in other people and thus the ability to manipulate that greed to work to his advantage

    For example, Watto is greedy so he can play on that and get him to do his bidding. He used Watto's greed to get him to bet with him over the podrace and with using Anakin as a wager.

    This isnt just a technique used by the Jedi though. Sidious does the same with Anakin - he offers Anakin power. As Anakin is greedy, he goes along with Sidious.

    Greed is a powerful ally for Sith and Jedi alike.
  4. Lars_Muul Chosen One

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    It depends on the context. Qui-Gon took advantage of Watto's greed in order to maintain peace, order and justice in the galaxy, while Sidious took advantage of Anakin's greed in order to pursue his own sadistic goals.

    EDIT: Interesting! :)



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  5. SithStarSlayer Manager Emeritus

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    Looks like we're all on the same page.
  6. MaceWindu_PhD Jedi Knight

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    I like your analysis, MS.=D=
  7. MaceWindu_PhD Jedi Knight

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    Mods:

    Feel free to lock:)
  8. SithStarSlayer Manager Emeritus

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    [Bail] "And so it is..." [/Bail]
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  10. MaceWindu_PhD Jedi Knight

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    Yeah, I'm not a fan of arguing just to argue. A consensus was reached.
  11. SithStarSlayer Manager Emeritus

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    Short but sweet.

    Interesting topic thats for sure.
  12. rhonderoo Former Head Admin

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    Then why don't we give other users a chance to chime in?
  13. SithStarSlayer Manager Emeritus

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    Works for me. Personally I liked the "spin" from Qui-gon's quote. Great way for GL to give us a sneak peak of things to come. Also shows how much of an influence Qui-gon would have had in the training of Skywalker. Things would surely been different.


    Skywalker ended up being like Gordon Ghecko, "Greed Works"
  14. Master_Shaitan Jedi Grand Master

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    Thanks Mace Phd.

    It always good to reacquaint ourselves with Qui Gons teachings.

    I guess greed can be a powerful ally if you have it yourself (if you are a Sith). For example, greed is what puts a sith on their path to power. So you could say that greed is their ally in the fact that it gives them strength.

    Thats not what qui Gon meant of course but I thought i'd thought in another suggestion!

    EDIT: Good point SSS. Had Qui Gon trained Anakin perhaps he could have made him realise how easy it is to manipulate a greedy person. Perhaps through seeing that Anakin would have realised what Sidious was up to?

    But im sure Kenobi taught him that between dealing with his alcohol addiction and screwing Aayla Secura. :eek:

  15. DT421 Force Ghost

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    I think it could be said that Yoda and Obi used Vader and the Emperor?s greed over Luke to their advantage, as well. ;) They knew that the Sith would want Luke?s power for their own devilish purposes.

  16. jedi_jacks Jedi Master

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    oh ya, sidious' greed to hav anakin as his apprentice eventually got him killed, no one else but anakin really would hav had the chance, the way i see it.

    (sidious set up the mace windu duel [face_mischief] )

  17. jedi_jacks Jedi Master

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    Master_Shaitan
    But im sure Kenobi taught him that between dealing with his alcohol addiction and %$#!@&-ing Aayla Secura.


    kit fisto would take offense at that! (btw, did u read his eu *from the OS*? hes a dawg!)


    *EDIT*
  18. Master_Shaitan Jedi Grand Master

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    No I havent JJ, but im on my way there now!

    EDIT:

    His close friendship and concern for fellow Jedi Aayla Secura occasionally pressed against the rules against attachment. They shared a deep respect for one another that, had they been outside the Jedi order, perhaps may have evolved into something else.


    :eek:

    That greedy, no good, dirty reptilian dawg! And as for Kit! Well!
  19. Darth_Argyle Jedi Knight

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    "Greed can be a powerful ally."

    I agree that Watto's greed was used to defeat him. As I read this thread, it reminded me of a basic martial arts technique where an opponent's own force or momentum is used against them. For instance, if someone lunges at you, you "help" them continue their path by pulling them forward and stepping out of their way. It's a judo technique, I think.
  20. YYZ-2112 Jedi Master

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    I think the underlying point here is that Qui Gon points out that greed is a weakness that can be exploited. This carries over into the entire series. Qui Gon exploits Watto's greed in trying to secure a positive outcome in TPM and later Palpatine exploits Anakin's personal greed to control Padme's fate. I think this is a seed Lucas deliberately planted early in the series to get the audience on the same page; that greed is a weakness that can be exploited.
  21. YYZ-2112 Jedi Master

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    Sounds like Aikido. But Judo and Jujitsu both stem from Aikido so you're not altogether offbase.
  22. Jedi_Kyeju Jedi Master

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    That was actually the line I picked which defined the entire saga for me. At least the prequels anyway.
  23. darth-sinister Manager Emeritus

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    Actually, it fits the OT as well.

    -Obi-wan uses Han's greed to purchase a ship offworld. Though Han wasn't greedy so much as desparate.
    -Greed is what motivates Greedo (appropriate name) to try and kill Han.
    -Jabba's greed is what keeps him from ordering Boba Fett and the others to shot Han and Chewie.
    -Vader's greedy desire is to overthrow Palpatine using Luke. Palpatine wants a new Apprentice and his greed blinds him to the danger that Luke poses.
    -Luke tries to bargin with Jabba by giving him two droids, playing upon his greed. Most of his negotations are based on finding a way for Jabba to profit from releasing Han. In the end, Luke uses aggressive negotations.
    -Lando's greed forces him to give up Han to Vader and Fett.
    -Boba Fett is only concerned with money, which Vader promises that he will be compensated should Han die.
    -Luke uses greed to get Han to help him rescue Leia.
    -Han declared that he's only in this for the reward, which Leia says that if that's all he cares about, that's what he'll get. Then calls him a mercenary while talking to Luke.
  24. Master_Shaitan Jedi Grand Master

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    I think most of what Qui Gon says is echoed throughout The Saga:

    "Be mindful of the living force"

    "Don't center on your anxiety, Obi-Wan. Keep your concentration here and now where it belongs".

    "Whenever you gamble, my friend, eventually you'll lose".

    "Our meeting was not a coincidence. Nothing happens by accident".

    "Always remember, your focus determines your reality".

    Good old Qui Gon..:_|



  25. SithStarSlayer Manager Emeritus

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    :eek: Kenobi was tagging Secura?:eek:
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