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    • Etymology of the word "Jedi" (Last post by Edan)
    • Quote: the word jedhi come from Egypt D'ejehdi a order of knight/wizards that followed the house of life for the phraoes the head wizard name was Wjet! sometimes jeht! egypt name can be spelled like 13 different ways depending on the time the name is coming from! De Jehdi means THE JETHI followers of wjet or followers of god of magic THOTH Out of curiosity, I looked up the words above in my ancient egyptian dictionary. I'm aware of Wjet under the spelling 'Wadjet' as in the goddess, and the word Djet, as in the name of the pharoah, but I'm struggling to find the other words you've mentioned. Where did you get the information above? I'm interested is all.
    • The Grateful Thread (Last post by Edan)
    • Today I am grateful for supportive friends, and the friends who believe that I am capable of more than I expect from myself.
    • Thanksgiving Origins- Does it Matter? (Last post by Goken)
    • Quote: So my question is, does it matter whether or not Thanksgiving is built up on lies? Or any holiday for that matter? Shouldn't it be about the spirit the holiday was based on, rather than the real events and when or where they took place? As we enter the holiday season, here's something to contemplate- Should I do something to make the holiday more about it's "spirit"? Or is it just another day for me to spend with everyone around me? Why or why not? I hope that no one minds if I just answer in relation to the OP instead of the current conversation (I got to the party a little late. LOL) I think many things 1) That it is very important to know the actual history behind every Holiday (I don't celebrate Columbus Day, or Horrible Genocidal Explorer Day as I call it). 2) That we not let history destroy the present. And 3) the most important point I think Althea made was using the word "spirit" rather than "origin" in the actual post. We should remember what actually happened. Ignorance of the past causes us to make the same mistakes, but focusing on it keeps us from living in the present and then we'll still make mistakes, maybe worse ones. I love the order that the holidays come in and I don't think it was an accident that they came this way. * Halloween - How ever you want to celebrate it we all still like to think of loved ones that are gone. * Thanksgiving - Whatever it's history, now we're supposed to use it to take stock of what we have and how lucky we are to have it. (even if to many people it's just another day of corporate greed and people murdering each other over sales. But that's a different topic) * Christmas - Whether you're Christian or not it's a day to give to those around us to show them how much we care. * New Years - This one is usually not celebrated correctly in my mind. To me it's about looking forward at what you can be or do. A chance for improvement and growth. I think there's something poetic in that order and that's the way I like to celebrate all of them. It's more in line with the "spirit" than it's "origin."
    • Application Open: Secretary of the Synod (Last post by Jamie Stick)
    • The Synod is eager to fill vacancies and is currently looking for the right candidate for the position of Secretary to the Synod. Job Description: The Secretary for the Synod is a new role supporting a broad range of Synod initiatives, from recording Synod discussion, assisting the other members of the Synod with their initatives, providing insight and aiding in engagement with the wider Clergy and the Temple congregation as a whole. Prerequisites for Application: * Must be a member of the Clergy (Licensed Minister or above) * Must be in good standing with the Temple How to Apply: To apply please send a message to members of the Synod; Akkarin, Alexandre Orion, and Jamie Stick. You may, if you wish, explain why you would like to fill this position. Inquiries regarding the position or the application process should be sent in a PM to Akkarin, Alexandre, or myself. Note: You do not need to send your questions or concerns to all three of us, but you do need to send your application to all three of us.
    • Placement of the Simple Oath (Last post by Goken)
    • I agree with Jamie and Edan that after the IP seems like good placement for it. I will also admit that at first the idea of having to take an oath that early on was a little intimidating, but then I read it more carefully. I does say Quote: without reservation, choose the Jedi path, until I am ready for Jedi Knighthood or I otherwise decide, which to me implies that I can decide at any moment to back out. That meant that it wasn't all that scary for me. For me, taking the oath was just my way of letting the Temple know that I wanted to learn the teachings of this Temple until I decided that it wasn't for me. It wasn't me pledging undying loyalty at risk of life and limb sort of thing. More of a statement of intent than anything binding.
    • What makes a Jedi? (Last post by den385)
    • Quote: What behaviors are right out? * Ending a strong social link with no weighty reason ( like stopping communication with close relatives, being initially unloyal to friends/partners ) * Seeing the weak person bullied or being beaten and not trying to help at least at some minimum ( unless there are guns blazing or some force major ) * Living out of momentum in major things, being afraid to ask yourself whether that's your way and to answer, e.g.: -- going to work that gives you nothing but money to eat & pay rent, if you consider yourself a specialist/professional -- going to school/university just to sit there, if your time can be somehow placed better (which i think is always true) -- having friends and relationships out of mere habit * Turning your back to close people when they need your help, e.g.: -- not lending/giving money to family/friends when they are in trouble -- not trying to listen up a close person when there's some big trouble in his life * Having no sense of humor. Really. An image of a Jedi who's always serious seems scary to me. * Living whole life without a single try to make something better in the world, something very small at least.
    • chat (Last post by Edan)
    • I'm in chat! Make my one person party a two (or more) person party :silly:
    • here's a thought. (Last post by steamboat28)
    • Quote: *stuff* thank you. I wanted to say this but was too tired and lazy to cite sources. Quote: Also I did know about the pink for boys and blue for girls thing!! When I first heard that I was amazed at how easily it was changed. :laugh: Want a trip? Girl has only meant female for a few hundred years.
    • Parents Religion and Respect (Last post by steamboat28)
    • Quote: as far as religion and christianity is concerned, you can believe in God ANYWHERE, because he is ANYWHERE. You don't HAVE TO BE IN A CHURCH. This is one of those things that was really hard for my family to understand when I stopped attending our local church. My faith hasn't waned; it's actually gotten stronger. But I don't practice the way they practice anymore, and I have a hard time being around a lot of the issues I have with that particular congregation. The combination of the doctrine, the people, and the nonsense was too much to bear. I heard lots of things like "backslider" and "heathen" from strangers (well, former churchmates who I didn't personally know, but recognized me), and "when are you coming back to church?" My response to the last one was usually a variation on "When God shows up there, too." But my family kept insisting you have to go to church to worship properly. "It says so in the Bible! Forsake not the assmeblin' of yerselves together! And iron sharpens iron!" Yeah. The Scripture says both of those things. But if you look in context, both of them are social benefits of the church; people are stronger when they have other people to help them through rough patches. And I can get that anywhere. And then there's "where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I also," which means that me and a friend playing video games on Friday night discussing the nature of the universe and our place in it still totally counts. The insistence of anyone that you have to go to a certain place or to do a certain thing is nonsense. No matter your religious doctrine, you are your own priest when it comes to your life. You may accept another priesthood over yours, but ultimately, you are the doorway, the arbiter of your faith. Any religion that tells you that you are closed off from the divine and cannot ask of it is a religion that has no concept of truth.
    • Jedi Movies? (Last post by Zenchi)
    • A few more I missed... [attachment] [attachment] [attachment]
    • Workout Check-In Thread (Last post by Edan)
    • Checking in for yesterday... no idea what day it is... 25 minutes of fairly intense yoga.
    • Shambhala Flyer (Last post by Arkayik)
    • Quote: people are not fundamentally good . Kindness and wisdom take practice. I agree, wisdom is generally a product of experience. Kindness occurs in a spectrum from those who are innately pleasant to those who recognize the wisdom of kindness is that it is generally rewarded by the same. I think the statement of "Fundamentally good" is vague enough to drive through with a bus, and likely it is intentionally semantically challenged... It is a simple statement that evokes discussion and contemplation. As such it has succeeded ;) I believe people are fundamentally good, but those impulses can be perverted by pain and suffering in life (not to mention the infectious negativity of someone else's suffering rubbing off on others). In addition, the behaviours of one or few are different than the mob, which is fickle on a scale-of-whuut different...
    • In a Sith Bar..... (Last post by Arkayik)
    • Quote: You mean he wanted an Alec Guinness? :whistle: Yes, if I'd have thought of it B) Good one :laugh:

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