Master and Apprentice
He’d already come to believe that they were mismatched as teacher and student. The main reason Qui-Gon hadn’t asked for a transfer before was that he knew Obi-Wan would be hurt by it, and would blame himself. The Council’s invitation would allow the transfer to be impersonal, merely practical. Obi-Wan could then be reassigned to a teacher who would serve him better.
Why, then, did the idea fill Qui-Gon with such a profound sense of loss?
One thing is becoming profoundly clear to me, and that is that the Jedi are an overly-emotional bunch! Not that there is anything wrong with that of course, just that their code states that the Jedi shouldn’t have emotional attachments. Yet each and everything I’ve read so far seems to point to the exact opposite of this. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the Jedi feel things even more deeply than the average person. Why do you think this is?
Personally, I believe it all comes down to the one thing that no one, not even Yoda, can fully interpret or understand and that is, The Force. I’ve mentioned this several times in my writing for Star Wars Is Poetry, and it is, without doubt, a recurring theme amongst many of the books and media I’ve read. I think that once you join with someone in the force, it bonds you on a level a non-force sensitive could never understand. And in turn, you become one with the force, within that bond that goes beyond blood, heart and soul, beyond friendship and even beyond love itself. This is not to say that non-force users could not feel something as strongly as this (the relationship between Padme and Anakin comes to mind), but it’s just something that only Force users can experience.
The very idea of becoming one with something much bigger than yourself, more significant than any other force in the known universe, fills me with so much love for the Star Wars universe and certainly makes it much easier to relate to these other-worldly wielders of the mysterious “Force”.