If you've watched the first episodes of Star Wars, or listened to Weird Al's The Saga Begins, then you know that the Jedi council originally forbade Anakin's force training.

But why in the world would the Jedi council not want to train all the Force users they could? It seems like by not training someone in the Force, they may end out going to the Dark Side. Or is shunning someone from Force training Dark/Light neutral?

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The most specific reason given by the Jedi in opposition to training Anakin (beyond merely stating that he is too old) is:

He is too old. There is already too much anger in him.

Mace Windu, Star Wars: Epsiode I The Phantom Menace

Anakin has had time to grow up with the injustice of slavery for both him and his mother, and this is just one reason why he's developed some anger which makes him more likely to turn to the dark side.

Although it's possible that Anakin might have turned to the dark side even without training, at least in that case he would be less dangerous because he would have much less command of the Force. Of course, the Jedi would have to keep an eye on him to make sure he didn't meet a Sith or some other Dark Jedi and learn about the dark side from such a person. The same is true of any other Force-sensitive individual who was too old when discovered -- it's better to leave them untrained than risk training them to have good command of the Force and then turn to the dark side.

Another reason why age is a factor is that it takes a long time to complete Jedi training. Obi-Wan, for example, started training "from a very young age" and didn't even become a Padawan until he was about 13 years old. Anakin essentially skipped all this training and became a Padawan directly, but this probably only possible because of his record high midi-chlorian count. It would take too long to train most Force-sensitive individuals if they started at Anakin's age.

(For the more cynical among us, the Jedi also need to "get 'em while they're young" in order to more effectively brainwash indoctrinate the trainees in the Jedi teachings.)

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    But give it a generation, and of course all bets are off… (Luke? Too old? Nah!) Commented Feb 3, 2016 at 3:15
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    @JanusBahsJacquet Exactly....and dare we say it.....George Lucas didn't know everything about Star Wars when he wrote the first movie (despite many claims counter wise)
    – DarthRubik
    Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 2:14

It is because of "fear" if you want to say so.

Force users who already have formed connections to others (thus beginning at a specific age) are more likely to hold onto these attachments and thus are at a greater risk at falling to the dark side if these attachments are threatened to come loose.

That was also the reason Anakin was not to be trained....the attachment he felt to his mother was too strong in the opinion of the Jedi.

Thus in essence the Jedi fear the greater risk of someone falling.....although as one could argue this is the "easy, fast" way out as it is based upon fear.......

  • Good additional point about forming more attachments as one ages. +1.
    – Null
    Commented Feb 2, 2016 at 16:57

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