This thread is to begin a discussion about the nature of the Force throughout the Star Wars series. From the Films to the EU and within the fandom, the ideas about The Force have been expanded on many times in various ways. I'm going to start with my own view but I want to hear any and all opinions and views on the Force. First let me say, I'm 26 years old. I was 7 when The Phantom Menace came out. I was introduced to Star Wars with the Original Trilogy, (thank the maker) but I grew up with the Prequels and during that time I loved them. As I've gotten older I have enjoyed them less and less but do still value them for the childhood nostalgia, (mainly TPM). Especially in the years leading up to the release of TFA, I have become something of an OT purist. Don't get me wrong, I'm not elitist. I love Star Wars in the most general sense and can find something to enjoy in any and all things Star Wars, but for me the unaltered Original Trilogy is the ultimate authority and any other mythology, (atleast directly connected to the "Skywalker Saga") must harmonize with it. Unfortunately I haven't found that to be the case with the Force in practically any story after RotJ. So here's the meat and potatoes. My view on the Force is directly and solely defined by the OT and what we learn mostly from Obi-Wan and Yoda. I believe the Force is simply an energy field that connects all living things and binds the galaxy together. I believe that there are those that are born with either more or less natural ability to sense, interact with and manipulate it and that most anyone could, with training, engage with it in some way. I don't believe it has to do with blood or family lineage. Luke's RotJ dialogue about the Force being strong in his family is no different than saying a natural talent for playing music runs in my family. So of course, I don't accept midichlorians in my personal canon and I believe that it's a bunch on nonsense that Lucas came up with, which deviates from the original intentions. The Prequels, for me, completely destroy the mysticism of the Force. I also don't believe there is some type of inherit morality or benevolent God-like intelligence to the Force. I don't believe the Force has a "will" or plan for the galaxy. And I think the idea of "Balance" in the Force is nonsense. This termionology is never found anywhere in the OT. Now, I do appreciate that the Sequels have gone to the effort of ditching the pseudo-scientific crap from the Prequels and attempted to restore the mystical qualities of the Force, however they have held onto the "Balance" thing and also capitalized on the completely fan-concieved idea of the "Light Side" of the Force. Again, this terminology is found no where in the OT or even in the Prequels and I've never been able to figure out why it has prevailed in the fandom. I strongly dislike the idea that the Force is somehow neatly divided into two moral halves with a middle ground between. To put it simply I believe there is the Force, which is a neutral energy that binds and connects all living things in the galaxy. I believe the Dark Side is a corruption of it that is brought about by evil beings who seek to use it for power, control and destruction, while the Jedi seek to use it for peace, harmony, knowledge etc. That's it. No bloodlines, no balance, no prophecies. I know it probably seems a little contrarian but, I just disagree with almost every attempted expansion on the nature of the Force, outside of the original films. That being said, I'm open to hearing other opinions!