A young boy was once found by a great warrior and philosopher of his time, in truth one of the greatest. The man saw great promise in the young man, great strength, passion and perseverance. But he saw more than mere strength. He saw a boy with the potential to do what he himself or anyone in this order of philosopher warriors were unable to do. To bring an end to the war that spanned over centuries. But so the great warrior died, and the order thought the boy too old to train with them. That he had already formed a personality of his own, that he wouldn’t be as easily formed as the younger applicants. Later on, this would prove true, in a devastating way for the order – but not in the way they would expect. The young boy would move on to be trained by the apprentice of the great warrior, now himself being a highly respected man. This training, even though the young boy, now a growing man, had great respect for his friend and mentor, would turn very harmful for both the order and the two of them.
The reason Anakin Skywalker betrayed the Jedi order wasn’t simply to save his wife – even though that was certainly a big one. If we look at it, we see a conflict between the rules and norms of the order and Skywalker himself. As an SEE, he was passionate, ambitious and expressive, using his emotions, whether it be hate, anger, or love, to fuel his actions. Without them, life would be meaningless, the eternal fight would be empty. His personality, the ever moving temperament and the highly individualistic and ambitious quadra values were frowned upon by the strongly delta influenced Jedi order, where the focus lies on self control and serenity: to become one with the force. The young and amiable Anakin however, feeling his personality being repressed by the order, took action and fought himself free – an action very typical for the SEE, and fought against the oppression he felt, always for a righteous cause.
Here, we can find many aspects to describe the SEE. Maybe most clearly, we can see their leading Se. The ambition and passion, the ability to take action and fight for themselves and what they believe in. Fueled with their emotions and passion, they are highly influential and moving, making things happen without even noticing it.
Even his suggestive Ni is clearly seen, through Palpatine’s influence. Being caught up in the present, in struggles of force and movement, they neglect or miss out on looking at their actions in the larger perspective, at the meaning of things and how they fit into the larger scheme. This is exactly what Palpatine does. In Anakin’s despair of loosing his loved wife, he comes in with perspective, pulling Skywalker back to perspective and providing a solution. For this, Skywalker gives what Palpatine couldn’t do himself, he puts action into the grander perspective, puts Se into the Ni.
There was another young man, this one lived in a time of civil war, with a big problem at his hands. As the civil war came to and end, he was married to the daughter of a prominent man in the loosing side. Fleeing from the city, he came back only when the emperor was dead, fearing for his life if he would return sooner. Through taking advantage of circumstances and utilizing personal alliances, the young man managed to gain the highest power available in the city. However, this position was temporary by nature, and too soon he had to hand it over, with an order from his city: go to the border, and lead a war against their enemies. There, he won great victories and developed a reputation for being an exceptional general and leader. The popularity he gained however frightened the governing force in the city he grew up in, and they gave him a clear order. Julius Caesar was to return to Rome and surrender before the Senate. Knowing this, and following the pattern of acting out of necessity, he did the only thing he could, he fought back. He brought his army to Rome and effectively dissolved the republic.
Through the life of Caesar as well, we can learn a valuable lesson about the SEE. Three points in particular. He didn’t necessarily plan everything ahead, but when faced with a problem, he fought back and won. He won popularity and was a threat because of how liked he was. And he was a showman.
With the tactical genius of leading Se, he was able to turn situations to his advantage and win a reputation of being a superior army general. Conquering Rome and ending the republic was most likely not his plan all along. He acted out of necessity. As was the majority of his career, in whichever direction it went at that moment. “Alea iacta est”, or “The die is cast” clearly shows the in a way gamble he faced, but managed to get out of with the upper hand each time.
The other two lessons are strongly connected. He won popularity, he was charismatic, and he was a showman. When he became the Roman emperor, he realized how important it was to keep a good persona, to be liked by the people. This is the demonstrative Fe + creative Fi in the SEE at play. They are superior and possibly unmatched in this. Shown through the words “Et tu Brute”, whether actually said by him or not, he lived his life as through a scene.