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    • Conscription - Draft (Last post by Akkarin)
    • Quote: I'd rather go to prison than serve in a military that fights wars I don't believe in. I am absolutely against anyone else other than me dictating anything about my personal life. I can be convinced to do something, but if I do it it is because I choose to do it. As such if I was conscripted I am as likely to refuse participation on philosophical grounds as I am on ethical grounds. I would have to be convinced that fighting was the right thing to do, and if I wasn't then I would probably complete the training (since that would probably be actually quite valuable regardless) but refuse active duty.
    • Rants far and wide (Last post by rugadd)
    • I hate it when someone else remembers something entirely different from the way I do and it sparks an argument.
    • Should Jedi carry weapons? (Last post by Frost)
    • EDIT: I can't read :blush: And also I'm reviving a dead thread... Oops Anyway, I'll make my point. I believe firearms are quite simply a tool of killing and destruction so it should be our greatest desire to avoid their use. I feel it would be much better if instead we were to carry tools of protection or something along those lines. The problem is of course that our defenses against modern weapons are far, far behind our modern weapons and even the ones that work to an extent are bulky and very impractical for day to day use. The real question is how can this be solved? Well here in the UK it's solved really quite simply, so few people own lethal fire arms that it's not even an issue that we bother discussing which I think shows that protection by lack of existence is a very effective method when possible. There is an issue though with somewhere such as the USA where gun ownership is so high that trying to collect all civilian fire arms in the first place would be dam near impossible and for several years would certainly at least cause serious worry and unrest. I think the solution here would be to promote the use of other tools such as a personal taser and provide an incentive for civilians to give up firearms. A taser you say? Whilst it seems fairly useless there are very few situations where the person without the element of surprise will win the fight if both are armed and with the element of surprise I think a taser is more than enough to incapacitate someone and neutralize their threat in the safest way possible. This isn't really the question though so I'll move on now. As for the original question though. As Jedi we should make our own judgement if it's needed and work for a world where it isn't anywhere. If you choose to carry though you must make sure you do everything you can to not use lethal force and keep a hold of your emotions to ensure you never fire in fear. For that is when mistakes are made and innocent people are killed.
    • The Grateful Thread (Last post by Proteus)
    • As much as my patience is constantly tested by them, I am grateful to have a neighbor who helps me get certain important things done. For that, I do my best to set aside my differences. Not dependence... Interdependence.
    • Insight Timer app for meditation (Last post by Cyan Sarden)
    • If you're doing the IP and would like to meditate on Alan Watt's ideas, I found this guided meditation in the Insight Timer app to be quite amazing: 'discovering the uncharted territory'. I found the meditative state this left me in quite frightening the first time around, though - felt a bit like falling off a cliff. But then, Watts' ideas of the "Self" aren't exactly easy to swallow :-)
    • Dream job? (Last post by Goken)
    • Happy to be of service. It sounds like you have a pretty good idea of what you're going to do. Aerospace Engineering sounds awesome (although way too difficult in math terms for me LOL). I'm sure that you're interest will carry you far. May the Force be with you on this next phase of your path. B)
    • Thanksgiving Origins- Does it Matter? (Last post by steamboat28)
    • Spoiler: Quote: Quote: Yeah, you seem to miss a lot. Yes, mea culpa, I'm in an openly obtuse relationship with the world... However, to be fair to me, I've never met an unbiased human. As I've not met you, I can't yet clear the bucket list, but I'm pleased to at least be able to claim I've encountered a truly unbiased human. It is truly a great honour, thank you. Shakespeare keeps popping to mind tho... I'll have to figure out why. Beyond that, consider me well warned. I'll be certain never to interpret anything you post in less than completely orthodox terms ;) Children, please behave. It's the holiday season for some of us, and we have to deal with enough bickering from family as it is. If you'd like to continue your conversation about personal bias and ad hominem explorations, I would politely request that you do so somewhere private, or perhaps on another thread. As I am personally biased on the original topic for multiple reasons, I'm interested in how this discussion will play out. Thanks.
    • Workout Check-In Thread (Last post by Edan)
    • Day 71 checking in Finally feeling well enough to run again. Been about a week since I last ran so I didn't make the 8k today, but I did get to 7k which was good enough for me. Struggled near the end to get enough breath in.. not sure what that was about. Ran for about 50 minutes. Best track of the run was Labyrinth was Oomph! Will have to rethink my training plan though because a friend has signed me up for a half marathon :/
    • Historical Discoveries (Last post by Edan)
    • Ancient Egyptian Handbook of Spells Discovered (For those interested..the Seth mentioned is not the Egyptian god Seth). Full article can be found here
    • Man vs Environment (Last post by den385)
    • Intro There is a short story by A.Chekhov, "Ionych", in which one of his favorite themes - the man vs. the environment - reaches it's apogee. [SPOILER!] A young doctor comes to a small (russian) town, where nobody cares about art or spiritual virtues but only about money and low forms of pleasure. First, he wants to escape. Then, he loses his ideals and becomes fat and greedy. Nobody calls him by his name anymore, he becomes one with an ugly nickname "Ionych" - the vulgar form of his second (patronymic) name. Problem It's coherent with my current day job: * The software product on which I'm working is awful. Everybody in company knows it. * People are demotivated totally. Some are bored, while others are toxic and poisonous. * Wage is inadequate and irregular. Everybody knows it. I considered leaving about a 100 times, but I need to stay and overcome for about 6 months more: * I need to improve my skill (in hours after work) to gain confidence to get a decent one * I need to improve finances, so that I can manage a month-or-so in between two jobs * I need to improve my employment history * I need to gather more psychological strength and stability I can't change circumstances, but I can change my perception. Psychological melting of the problem into a task * "Your focus determines your reality." -- the Franchise * You lose your heart, you lose your reason. You lose your reason, you lose your balance. You lose your balance and then the dark side strikes. * The Jedi Way is more that of a ninja than of a boxer - exchanging punches with circumstances is just a stupid waste of time. * We are the Jedi. We hover above the grip of routine, for we know that routine exists only in clouded mind. * There is nothing usual. There are no bad jobs. There are no bad people. These are merely labels of unfocused mind. * Any environment affects you only if you let it. That's an exercise in Focus for me - that is why Force directed me here. To learn Focus. Solution I'm a programmer and programming is all about breaking big problems into manageable pieces: wage, people, job tasks. * Wage. That's not the biggest piece of a problem. But, nevertheless I have a cunning plan to deal with it safely. * People. Programmers are not obliged to talk, yet I'm an extrovert. And I want to communicate with colleagues. I have to identify those people that are of another breed. I know them. Not those who are just bored of job or see it as a day job, but those who are aggressive in the thesis that all jobs are shit, all clients are shit, all bosses are shit, our craft is shit. That I can not tolerate. That I will not tolerate. They have something rotten in them and it's like a late stage of a disease when you have to make titanic labor to save a patient even if he wants to be cured. But I can not help those who seek no help. When I try to inspire them, they attack my true dreams and my love for software craft with poison. May the Force guide them to peace. * Job tasks. In programming, everything is easy when you know your "system". And that is a tough moment. There are those who would like you to be a silent and productive tool without having a mastery over your field of work. There is a tendency to foster "specialists", not Masters. Short-sighted managers tend to think that you have to use a person as much as you can and then throw 'em out without giving a thought about professional education. This trend plays good when you need to substitute one human gear with another. It is in symbiosis with short-time employments. With lack of loyalty, trust and purpose. But there is another stream in professional life: to let workers perfect themselves. And I strongly believe in it. Mastery, purpose and autonomy are identified as primary motivators for developers. So, within one job I can follow the easy way - dare not to study the product thoroughly and be a quite tool. Or I can follow the right way - assert my right to mastery. My right is true, for I am the one who is responsible for my performance and it's optimization. Then, I become a worker. This difference for me is very concrete: I've managed to cut out some time before to draw schemes - a map of our product. But I never was sure I have a right to cut out this time from immediate tasks, even though this schemes are the only thing that helps me handle them in time aside from joy. Now I am and I will spend as much of the paid time on learning product as I will consider reasonable and neat. Without it, I would never solve such complex problems others dare not think of. That is my quest towards mastery. Fin Thanks. Wish I was more eloquent & brief. Hope someone gets through all these hell-of-a-lot-of-letters. ) May the Force be with you, always.
    • Caffeine before meditation (Last post by Rickie The Grey)
    • I occasionally wake up early before the sun rises. I make a cup of coffee, sit in a chair, with no lights on in the room, facing a south window. I sip my warm coffee, close my eyes and focus on the warm liquid as I swallow. As the warmth dissipates I open my eyes to watch the sky lighten up with the dawn. I let my thoughts flow freely and reflect on what ever comes to mind. I then take another sip and repeate until my coffee is gone or cold. This is a very mellowing experience for me. Watching the day brighten gradually is quite centering and peacefull for me.
    • The Role of Logic (Last post by Rickie The Grey)
    • Quote: I've found this true more often than not, unfortunately, and I'm curious as to why people so easily and readily dismiss logic as something extraneous or unnecessary. What percent of the population do you think believe this? There are people that want to believe what they want to believe. Just as there are people that find security and confidence in logic. Weither it's emotional or ignorance that's what makes the world go round. To each their own.
    • Exploring the Religious Naturalist Option (Last post by steamboat28)
    • Quote: Quote: II thought the link was going to be about nudity!! "Naturism, or nudism, is a cultural and political movement practicing, advocating and defending social nudity, most of which takes place on private property. " But seriously, yes it sounds familiar ;) You can probably guess I'm going to wonder if the 3 Pillars or 3 Tenets align with intepretive, spiritual and moral modalities :silly: Naturalists like natural things. Naturists like getting back to "nature" lol. That's how I remember it :P Though, to be fair, I'm really surprised there's not a Naturist Naturalist religion making it's way across the world loudly.

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