There is No Ignorance, There is Knowledge

All Jedi who have been through the appropriate training know the code:

There is no emotion, there is peace.

There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.

There is no passion, there is serenity.

There is no chaos, there is harmony.

There is no death, there is the Force.”

 

Today, we will be discussing the second tenet of the Jedi Code: “There is No Ignorance, There is Knowledge.” During one’s travels throughout the galaxy, deception lurks in every corner and one must be on guard at all times. One such example of deception is the tendency of merchants to lie to better sell their product. As Jedi, regardless of species, we each have our own basic needs to sustain our bodies. If, on a mission, you need to resupply, be cautious of lying farmers and merchants spewing deceptive phrases to make their product appear superior to any other product. We will identify and critique one such crop in this lesson.

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This merchant appears to be selling “Chemical-Free” Chia Seeds, a light-weight, healthy snack alternative that is perfect for the on-the-go Jedi. This merchant knows that there is a strong aversion to otherwise harmless chemicals found in regular chia seeds, and hopes to sell more of his product for a more expensive price because they are “chemical free”, and, therefore, healthier.

I must caution you, Jedi, that nothing is “chemical-free”. Just as the force flows through all living beings, so too “chemicals” are basic objects of all matter. All matter consists of atoms, and atoms form together to create molecules, which, in turn, creates things like Chia seeds. It is the culmination of atoms and molecules bonding together that creates any given chemical. As if to prove my point, the manufacturer has included in the description, “Packed with antioxidants and essential vitamins… [including] Omega-3 content…” While the antioxidants and vitamins aren’t listed, Omega-3 is, and, one could ask, what exactly is Omega-3?

Well, dear student, Omega-3 is a collection of chemicals known as “fatty acids”. These fatty acids are long strings of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms that are bonded in such a way that are absorbed by the human body for necessary functions.

Considering our knowledge of what atomic structure and compounds, one should recognize that everything is comprised of atoms. Similarly, all chemicals are comprised of atoms. Specifically, chemicals are comprised of a mixture of many kinds of atoms, but specifically carbon and oxygen are prevalent in nearly all things.

Just as all living things reside within the living force, all things, animate or inanimate, are composed of these atoms, which make up chemicals. Thus we must conclude that everything, whether listed as “chemical free” or not, is in fact, comprised of chemicals.

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