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    • No offense, but... (Last post by Jestor)
    • Quote: Can I then choose to walk away from an offended person and not accept that what I did was offensive? Are you trying to have a conversation? Or make a point? With the person you have offended, I mean, lol, not with the post...:lol:... Are you worried that they will see you as an uncaring, offensive person? Is this a person with whom you will have future dealings? A boss? A subordinate? Its not so simple... lol, it never is... Quote: So, in any offense situation there are two points of view: the Offender, and the Offended. If you are the Offended maybe you should stop and ask yourself - did the Offender intend to be offensive, or did I just interpret his words as offensive? If you are the Offender maybe you should stop and ask yourself - did I intend to offend the Offended, or how were my words misconstrued to be offensive? Right... Like that...:)
    • What is TOTJO? (Last post by Jestor)
    • Quote: It was the disrespectful, argumentative, subtle and blatant jabs that brought us to the point where many of us felt that we needed some shelter. I am just one of dozens of people who spoke out when I felt these problems were affecting a steady flow of genuine interactions at the Temple. I choose to surround myself with people who can help to improve and reinforce my views. I value diversity, not adversity, and have made a conscious decision to focus the majority of my energy and attention in a direction that enhances positive elements within my reality. Someone suggested to me a moment ago that I was a coward for the way I feel about this topic and that I was only a Jedi pretender, and that hurt to be honest. I cannot change the minds of those who think it is sheepish that many of us want to avoid conflict on occasion, but I ask that those of you against the recent changes please look into your hearts and allow the rest of us our right to explore our individual paths in a space devoid of some of the negativity that has plagued the Temple. Quote: Conflict: To know when to fight. A Jedi knows the conflicting nature of the Force but they also know its peace and serenity. A Jedi never blindly enters conflict and always does so for the greater good. We dont fight for sport... If my "opponent" is not listening, then why have the conversation? Going against the stream, the flow, of a persons energy is tiring... Instead, we prefer to deflect, and change the course of the thoughts is possible to help our opponent to see what we are saying..... I could tell Arcade that clowns are the best avatar, and he would disagree, except to say, "Well for you jestor, they might be..." Instead of meeting me for a conflict of who is right, he deflects the energy, and I am not hostile toward his critique of my choices of avatars... This is a basic idea that many of you miss... For a quick reminder, "faith" has many definitions, and instead of saying "Well, I dont use that word in the same manner.." It was said, "No I do not have faith.." when anyone looking at the conversation, and uses the word as I do, would see what I am saying... Enough on it, except to use as an example... I am not here to beat that horse up any more...:) Other than a few times we (admin team) have had to step in, we have peacefully allowed all criticism to stand, and taken it... And made adjustments... And this latest faux pas is not the first we have made... lol... Hopefully, last in this manner, lol... Quote: [attachment] A favorite for sure!!!
    • American men, American media, and the villificatio... (Last post by tzb)
    • Quote: It's too long to copy into a post, but is a very informative read I reccommend for members in the US and following US affairs. http://www.boyslearning.com.au/articles/men/How%20the%20Media%20Portray%20Men.pdf I'm not sure why the word "American" is used three times in the thread title or US used twice here, when the book the synopsis summarises was written in Australia about US, Canadian, British and Australian culture. It is, in other words, about all western, English-speaking cultures, not specifically America. Nor is Feminism an American movement. Mary Wollstonecraft, British, is frequently cited as the first feminist, and the term was coined and developed in France, then first brought to fruition in New Zealand and Australia in the form of suffrage. Funny how ideas only ever emanate out of the US, isn't it? :dry: Feminism itself, which it's important to distinguish from some types of radical feminism, is about gender equality, not about the superiority or repression of any gender. Given the huge and obvious advantages being born male still represents in each of the western English-speaking cultures listed above, I find arguments like those this book is presenting pretty disingenuous. The conflation of that certain type of radical feminist like Solanas and Dworkin with feminism in general is particularly inflammatory (and stupid). I might as well suggest the beliefs of Silvio Berlusconi or Jeffrey Dahmer represent those of all men. Quote: Looking at the mass media, any reasonable person would conclude that men are monsters on the rampage. Uh, no. Any reasonable person would conclude TV requires drama and supplies fantasies, including the fantasies of people still living as a kind of underclass for overthrowing those who still hold the power (see: angry dads). And that TV is just TV, not an adequate basis for all of our beliefs and opinions. No-one lives hooked to a TV 24/7 and if people choose to spend the majority of their time doing so, they have only themselves to blame when they turn out thick as... mud. I certainly agree there are a lot of these unreasonable people out there, but statements like the one above demonstrate that this book is pandering to them. My point really is this is not in any way an exclusively American debate, nor is it an exclusively male debate. It's a western cultural debate about the shifting position of gender roles which has been ongoing since the industrial revolution some 200 years ago.
    • Meditation and Dissociation (Last post by Streen)
    • You said it, Kitsu. I couldn't agree more. One major lesson I learned from Taoism is the idea of the "middle path". Basically, when you're faced with a choice, you stick with the option that doesn't lean too far one way or the other. It's worked wonders in my life.
    • Popularity of Kerala Ayurvedic center (Last post by beatriz)
    • Kerala Ayurveda has become famous in various parts of the globe. There are many Ayurvedic centers in Kerala. All these Ayurvedic centers promote Ayurveda through its various authentic medications. Kerala Ayurvedic center is popular. There are many people seeking Ayurvedic medicines as they are harmless and non-toxic. Kerala ayurvedic center has a place of its own. These Ayurvedic centers propagate authentic Ayurveda. There are adequate facilities in these Ayurvedic centers for treatments of various ailments. Kerala has become the ultimate destination for Ayurvedic treatments. People from all over the country seek Ayurvedic treatments in God’s own country. Kerala Ayurveda is among the most renowned treatments in the world. There is an increasing demand for Kerala Ayurveda. Those seeking these authentic Ayurvedic treatments are the patrons of it. These Ayurvedic treatments heal many ailments completely so that they do not recur again. Ayurvedic treatments are effective against many illnesses and Kerala Ayurvedic centers propagate these treatments to many suffering from ailments. Many tourists visiting India are benefitted from these Ayurvedic treatments. There is an influx of tourists visiting India seeking the Ayurvedic treatments. Qualified physicians diagnose the diseases in these centers and offer the adequate Ayurvedic treatments. Ayurvedic treatments are popular among tourists as they are effective. Ayurvedic centres are located amidst lush greenery. Tourists experiment the Ayurvedic treatments in these centers while exploring God’s own country. Authentic Ayurvedic treatments improve the health conditions and the tourists can return to their natives healthy.
    • What Are You Listening To Right Now? (Last post by Proteus)
    • Megadeth - I Thought I Knew It All Lyrics: Somewhere there's a reason Why things go like they do Somewhere there's a reason Why somethings just fall through We don't always see them For what they really are But I know there's a reason, Just can't see it from this far Maybe I don't like it, but I have no choice I know that somewhere, someone hears my voice I thought I knew it all I thought I had it made How could it end this way? I thought I knew Somewhere there's a reason Why things don't go my way Somewhere there's a reason That I cannot explain Just like the change of season, Just may not be my turn But I know there's a reason, The lesson's mine to learn
    • Let's Negotiate the Jedi Code! (Last post by Alethea Thompson)
    • Quote: There's nothing divine about morals and values. Morals and values are formulated between subjective people - in sometimes written and mostly unwritten contracts. The Jedi code is a suggestion for cooperation - hardly a description of an empirical reality. It's not something to believe in - it's something to negotiate. -Shadow Knight Pelar (FA) By definition, you can look at negotiate from the following prospectives (merriam-webster.com) Quote: : to discuss something formally in order to make an agreement : to agree on (something) by formally discussing it : to get over, through, or around (something) successfully Given these, as Jedi (or even those of you that do not follow it), do you believe Pelar's assessment of the Jedi Code as it pertains to being a Jedi?
    • Definitions? (Last post by steamboat28)
    • Quote: I don't remember too many people supporting the idea of TotJO being the one true anything. Though trolling around the forums (in the fishing context, not the internet one) is a pretty good contender for "one true" procrastination method. :)

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