Star Wars has always deliberately kept a veil of ambiguity over the concept of the living Force and its opposing sides. Now, the galaxy far, far away fandom is once again debating the moral implications of the so-called “balance” on social media.
It is a canonically accepted truth that Anakin aka Darth Vader fulfilled prophecy and brought balance to the Force when he chucked Papa Palpatine down a reactor shaft in Return of the Jedi, but the Skywalker Saga never really determines what it means to bring that balance. By definition, balance should mean neither the dark side nor the light — something like a morally gray area — but the three trilogies never follow that logic.
Of course, there’s another obvious question that many Star Wars stans have been asking for years. Do the Jedi deprive themselves of crucial knowledge by hanging to the light side and refusing to gain knowledge of that tempting darker aspect of the living Force?