” The Rule of Two states that there would be only two Sith at one time, a Master and an Apprentice, guaranteeing that when the Apprentice becomes powerful enough in the ways of the Dark Side to take the title of Master, only then would they be worthy of the title. This transfer of power would only take place when the Apprentice takes their Master’s life and finds a worthy student to repeat the cycle. Both Master and Apprentice were considered to be Sith Lords.”
Clearly this rule was created for the Star Wars universe, but what would happen if we took it an applied it to the world of IT?
In our world, “Masters” aren’t always excited or willing to have an “Apprentice,” they don’t always have the time or patience to truly teach. As a “newbie” it can also be quite challenging to become an “apprentice” as nowadays most places demand you already have work experience no matter how young or how recently you graduated from college.
Let’s enumerate a couple of possible reasons for potential masters to avoid accepting apprentices:
– Masters forget what it was like to be junior
– The apprentice’s knowledge always seems to fall below acceptable expectations
– Masters tend to interact or seek to interact with peers or more experienced people
So what would happen if we actually did apply the Star Wars rule to our world, and began to form a chain to train and strengthen future masters?
It is true that not everyone is looking for a mentor and that many juniors tend to dismiss the experience of the seniors (we can write another post only about this issue) leaving them virtually out of sight of any potential mentor. Still I think there are more ready to be apprentices than available masters.
This situation of apprentices without formal masters usually leads to having apprentices learning on their own, which isn’t bad, but definitely takes longer and comes with a handful of more mistakes and frustrating situations. If we applied the rule at the very beginning and made is mandatory for every Master to have an apprentice, the cycle would be smoother and the quality of Masters much higher and consistent.
Knowledge comes with responsibilities and one of them is to share it. Fortunately, we all have something to learn and we all have something to teach. In this context anyone could become a master if they want to.
Going back to the rule, we can definitely interpret differently the last part where it states:
“…guaranteeing that when the Apprentice becomes powerful enough in the ways of the Dark Side to take the title of Master, only then would they be worthy of the title. This transfer of power would only take place when the Apprentice takes their Master’s life and finds a worthy student to repeat the cycle. Both Master and Apprentice were considered to be Sith Lords. “
One possible interpretation could be that at the end of the training the apprentice is not ready to take the place of the master, but can take on more responsibility, learn, teach others and eventually become a master himself.
We can take the rule of two as a start. Becoming a link in a chain where experience and prior knowledge strengthen the next generation of masters and as a result it will surely be reflected on an improved quality of our products. A Master and an Apprentice, both Sith Lords.