I'm not sure what a drive to evolve is? Evolution is a process combining genetic mutation and natural selection, which is outside of the control of any being. There is no drive to evolve, there is only genetic drift due to external influences. As for losing the survival instinct?! I don't understand. Did everyone want to die? Equally, if you sit in a cesspit you will die from your exposure to bacteria. If you work a body constantly joints will grind down the cartilage between them, muscles will tear; the bones of our ancestors (generally dead much younger than our average life-span now) reveal the stresses of unbridled nature. Balance in all things, hmmm? Actually, civilised nations, when doing well, tolerate less and less "soft evils", and tend to work toward the good of all. When a nation begins to struggle, then all sorts of ruptures occur. Of course, maybe by "soft evils" you mean something other than I do. I mean things like child abuse decrease and become socially unacceptable, for example. There is plenty of good data that a well-off country tends to perform better in terms of its treatment of its citizens than a worse off nation. In terms of your last point here, i should re-iterate again that Tatooine is not in the Republic. they have no jurisdiction over it. And nobody but the Sith were aware that a clone army was being developed ona aplanet that was not in the Republic, and had been erased from the Jedi's records. The corruption was not tolerated. In fact we are shown that the Senate removed Valorum, on the understanding that they disliked the 'corruption' they had seen in his actions. The reason that nobody could react to Palpatine's plotting was because nobody knew it was him at the centre of it all. In fact he'd convinced everyone that he was a good man. Deceit was the name of the game. our immune system doesn't respond to cancer either, because cancer seems to be a benign part of the body. see my response above to Arawn_Fenn. I'll ask again. Do you think a lion makes a moral judgement when it kills? Justified in terms of what? In what way could Palpatine justify inducing corruption, greed and then war into the galaxy? If a body is well should you inject them with an illness to ensure they don't forget what it is to be ill?Palpatine tells us what his motivation is. "Power. Unlimited power", he doesn't need justification, he simply has no moral responsibility, no morality at all. But, from a purely Darwinian point of view humans would not have survived had we not worked together as societies. And civilisation has moved us on from Darwinian forces so that we can talk of how to best help ourselves. We don't die of overwork or insanitary conditions because as societies we have developed systems which mitigate against those things. One could, but one would have to omit that the greatest enemy of society is imoverishment. Trailer trash eh? kuh.....brought it on themselves did they? And such people are often frauds and actually after one thing and one thing only. Their own power, their own wealth, their own exhaltation, and their followers are gullible enough to fall for it. No we don't. we hear Padmé talk about how the laws of the Republic don't allow slavery - she is talking about a situation that already exists. As for your reference to Chamberlain....you should try and put his actions into context. Most people did not want a war. It wasn't so long ago since the atrocity that was WW1. You think people should have been baying for war? easy to scoff in hindsight. (now, whether peace should have been 'bought' with the freedom of another nation.....that's a different question). Isn't there? Republic credits are worthless there. That would be a bit odd if they were trading with the Republic, don't you think? "The Republic doesn't exist here"..... Qui-Gon is supposed to take on a whole planet? While he is carrying out his duty to protect the Queen and get her to Coruscant? I think you over-estimate the power of the Jedi. That's not what i asked. If evil lurks everywhere (so presumably as much in the day as in the night), what does day and night have to do with it? The natural state is apathy? The natural state of the universe is apathy? Well, i suppose on a certain level that could be seen as true. By which I mean, the constructs of good and evil are the realm of man, so the universe does not have a valuative judgement of what is evil and what is good. Which is why the natural state of the Force is...in balance, and that neither evil nor good are aspects of it.