Here's a topic I've been curious about for a long time, though for a while, I felt a bit shy about posting this. But I've read a lot of JA fanfics over the course of the years, and I've seen the characterizations of the Jedi run from one extreme to another. How do you characterize the Jedi, and why? For instance, do they use the Force in a 'religious' way or are their Force powers just a 'cool' addition to their lives? (Which brings me to the tangential question of what they actually use the Force for? Is it only to benefit themselves, i.e. in battle, or is it to help others on a grander scale, i.e., the Jedi uses his powers to survive the battle against evil so that he can do good?) Do you see them as voluntarily celibate, even though George Lucas says they're officially not, or do you see them as even more, um, passionate than ordinary people? Are they deadly serious, or are they hysterically funny? Do they use swear words in times of emotional distress (or even in everyday conversation), or do they have more self-restraint? Are they more prone to emotional angst than other people, or does having the Force make them more optimistic and trusting that everything will work out for the best? What do you think?