Seeing as how a lot of threads have been discussing what "Balancing" the Force means, I thought it would be wise to make a single thread where we could all share our opinions and thoughts. That way, people wouldn't have to constantly repeat their theories from one thread to the next, and everyone will be able to see everyone else's theory in one, convenient location. So, here it is. Here's my theory, taken from my [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=6931393&page=1]Advocates of the Force[/link] thread: AotC Excerpt: "Blind we are, if the development of this clone army we could not see," Yoda remarked. "I think it's time to inform the Senate that our ability to use the Force has diminished." "Only the Dark Lords of the Sith know of our weakness," Yoda replied. "If informed the Senate is, multiply our enemies will." For the two Jedi Masters, this surprising development was troubling on several different levels. There's no evidence suggesting that the Sith are the ones blinding the Jedi. That would be quite a feat, wouldn't you say? For Sidious and Dooku, two Sith Lords, to put a veil over the eyes of thousands of Jedi? "...our ability to use the Force has diminished." Now, according to the EU, Yslimari are capable of repelling the Force. However, it doesn't seem as though these creatures are the cause of this problem. The Force, apparently, chooses who it wants to be attuned to it. Can the Force not take away that gift, then, if it deems the bearer "unworthy"? If I recall correctly, Ulic Qel-Droma couldn't feel the Force after his redepmtion. I've never read the story, but I think Nomi Sunrider had something to do with it. Perhaps the Force was using Sunrider as its "puppet", if you will. The general feel of the novel seems to emanate the theory that perhaps the Jedi are being betrayed not only by one of their number (Dooku, and possibly Jinn or Windu--according to popular rumor), but by the Force itself. The novelization is what inspired me to concieve such a theory. Evidence implies that the Force is indeed playing a hand in these consecutive events. First, Amidala's ship coincidentally is forced to land on Tatooine, where, coincidentally, young Anakin Skywalker lives. Coincidentally, Amidala has Jedi with her. Qui-Gon, coincidentally, finds Anakin while searching to repair the Queen's ship. Coincidentally, Qui-Gon dies, leaving Kenobi with the task of training Anakin. Why is this a coincidence? Because it seems as though Jinn would have been a better mentor. We know that Kenobi fails. So, the Force, apparently, planned for all of this happen. It seems to want Kenobi to take Anakin as his apprentice because it knows Kenobi will fail. In turn, it knows that Kenobi will redeem himself by training Luke Skywalker, who will assist the Chosen One in restoring Balance to the Force. It seems as though the Force is choreographing every single action that is transpiring in the PT. Everything. Kenobi is sent to protect Padme because, coincidentally, he was the only Jedi Knight she's familiar with, due to the events of years past. Coincidentally, Anakin is his Padawan. Coincidentally, Kenobi has obligations elsewhere, leaving Anakin and Padme alone. The Force, evidently, is behind not only the finding and fall of Anakin, the first failure of Kenobi, the conception of Luke, but is also behind the process of restoring Balance to itself. Everything seems well coordinated, in my opinion. Now, the above theory only speculates the Force's involvement with the quest to restore Balance. Balance, in my opinion, is probably achieved through Luke Skywalker and his designs to construct a new Jedi Order with ideals different from the previous Order. Edit: Whoops. I ended the italics code a little too late after my AotC excerpt.