I know this is an embarrassing topic, but the Jedi Council Forums is well into its teenage years, and it's time that we have this conversation. It's a topic that has greater mysteries than the Force itself, but just because we don't know all the answers, we know we can't put this conversation off forever. So, let's be responsible and do the best we can. So, here's the big thing I've been wondering about. Force potential clearly has a strong genetic component. The Force runs strong in Vader's family. He has it, his son has it, his daughter has it, his grand-children have it. GL has even revealed the biological component that puts a top limit on Force potential, midi-chlorians, and presumably, like all biological components, it is passed on from parents to their children. The Saga seems to suggest this is the case, and the EU provides many more examples of the Force running strong in families. Here's the problem. The Jedi philosophy, at least one interpretation of it, seems to create quite a challenge to the creation of new Force-sensitives. It has been suggested that the Jedi remain chaste throughout their lives. If they are the individuals who have the greatest Force potential, and they don't have children, then their potential won't be passed on, and over the generations, Force sensitivity will become rarer and rarer. However, there is a second interpretation of the Jedi attitude toward relationships. It is clear that the Jedi forbid marriage because of the strong attachment associated with it. However, casual hook-ups to, you know... just have a good time, might not be explicitly forbidden since a high level of attachment is not part of a casual relationship. So, this may be where new Force-sensitives come from. On the other hand, if the Jedi are truly expected to be chaste (and they also actually follow this rule), then this leaves the big question about how new Force-sensitives come into the universe. Are they just products of gene mutations? Or is there some other explanation? So, what's the answer? Are Jedi allowed to procreate even though they cannot marry and is this where new Force-sensitives come from? Or do Jedi remain celibate throughout their lives, and if this is case, then it raises the question of how new Force-sensitives come into existence? Or is the answer that they are not coming from anywhere because the practices of the Jedi are actually breeding Force-sensitives out of existence? So again, I know talking about the birds and the wompats is hard, but we can't avoid the subject on these forums forever, and if we don't answer these questions here, then who knows what other sources might be turned to for answers. I mean, those who are desperate for answers might even to turn the Internet to learn about this type of thing, and just think of all the crazies on the Internet and all the weirdo stuff that's so easy to find! I mean, the Internet must be the absolutely worst place to turn to for answers!