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    • Where is the line between freedom of speech... (Last post by Gisteron)
    • Quote: To compare this Temple's online forum policies to a marketplace is a false analogy. does not follow from Quote: Metaphorizing ideas as commodities is the foundation of this false analogy, and the sharing of ideas in an online forum as analogous to the exchange of commodities further exacerbates the error... even if I did that. There is also an argument to be made as to why Quote: Marketplaces exchange products for other products of recognized equivalent value so there really isn't any analogical similarity because we don't exchange as much as we share with one another. Ideas are not objects and sharing is not exchanging products. does nothing to your point, because sharing is very much a form of exchange and because there actually is an exchange here without which visiting this place wouldn't be worth anyone's time. Regardless, the analogy is drawn between the policies and not the products. It is the freedoms we enjoy here that are equivalent with that of an open marketplace (with the open part being the crucial one rather than the marketplace), and that are inconsistent with those of any actual religious temple that would discourage the discussion and dispute of a preacher's words and expel people for voicing disagreement with the official dogma in a way where other visitors could notice. This is not a question of the definition of religion and the analogy fails only when applied to aspects I didn't bring it up to adress while it stands quite well for both what I brought it up for and even for the strictly economical interpretation of the marketplace model, though that one, again, is not where the comparison is drawn.
    • Drone Operators with PTSD (Last post by Kamizu)
    • Ok, first I need to say that drones do NOT have pilots, they have programers :P These aircraft such as the Predator, Reaper, and Global Hawk (among others) are remotely piloted (ok the Global Hawk can be programed...) and classified as UAVs (Unmanned Arial Vehicles) Specifically RPA (Remotely Piloted Aircraft). Sorry! Pet peeve of mine :D Anyways.... I couldn't read the article, it wants me to sign into or make an MSN account lol. Do they actually say "PTSD" in the article? I deployed into an Intel squadron in Iraq and spoke extensively with the image analysts and Predator pilots. These folks are out in the combat zones killing the bad guys and watching the good guys die. They don't even have to be deployed to support combat missions anymore. Their day in and day out job is blood, death, and battle. What they see on their monitors is excruciatingly clear (often called "Predator Porn") and in real-time. And it's not a job I envy them for. It's not TECHNICALLY PTSD from what I know about it. With PTSD you must absolutely believe your life is in danger (although with the way the mind works, some people may forget that they are behind a monitor and may feel that way). But it IS combat stress and probably right up along that level. UAVs are still a new technology. Look how long it took to diagnose people with "Shell Shock" much less get them treatment. UAV pilots (and everyone else working with them) could be expanding the definition of PTSD, or they may need a new name and diagnosis to help them with what they go through. Just to note: we (Air Force) have folks on the ground too. I can't tell you how many Communications troops were sent on deployment with the Army's convoys in Iraq and Afghanistan because they couldn't fill the manning...not to forget our Spec Ops guys. We're not intended to fill the roles of the ground-pounders as a service, but we do.
    • HAPPINESS (Last post by MikeBudo)
    • Greetings each On the other side is the Dark but we should not ignore it . I took this from a friend of mine. :) Those who shun their dark side will learn very little. Polarity is a crucial learning tool, it is there for our education. Without examining our dark side, we live in a foolish state of bliss not based in real understanding, but imagined states of enlightenment.
    • Sea Lions (Last post by Alethea Thompson)
    • Source: Me Complaint: you Sea Lions disturb my sleep when it's my night for watch...and you will undoubtedly do so again tonight... Lol- I've got an entire pier of them just outside the cutter right now... I hate sea lions... Lol
    • A Serious Question for Those Seeking "Unifica... (Last post by Cabur Senaar)
    • Speaking to Brenna's last point, that may be all the unity we need. The community is not immune to infighting, feuds, or the like. I'd like to think, however, that we could put our nonsense aside and stick up for each other in a pinch.
    • How to stay dedicated to working out. (Last post by Brenna)
    • There are a few common reasons why motivations flag. Right goal - is the goal challenging enough so youre not bored? Too big that you're putting it off? Right motivation - What is the real reason you want to work out? What are you really trying to achieve? When you go beyond the obvious and find what it is you really want from the end result, the motivation becomes a lot easier. Right action plan - is your plan realistic? Does it have a time frame? does it fit with the rest of your life? Have you put in place things that will support you? Just some thoughts.
    • Non-attachment (Last post by Doomeniek)
    • Quote: Below is the contents of a document I ran into years ago. I lost the only hard copy I had, but recently recovered one. Very pleased! The document is part of the sober support literature. AA and the sort. In my professional life, I have worked with a number of addicts, so being conversant in the literature is helpful. Non-attachment is a challenging topic, I think. I regard it as useful food for thought, though some I prefer to others. I have included the list in its entirety, save for grammatical corrections. I do not regard the list as necessarily definitive, but certainly a clarifying piece. I hope you find it useful. I invite useful comment. Letting Go * To let go doesn't mean to stop caring. It means I can’t do it for someone else. * To let go is not to cut myself off. It’s the realization that I can’t control another. * To let go is not to enable, but to allow learning from natural consequences. * To let go is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands. * To let go is not to try to change or blame another. I can only change myself. * To let go is not to care for, but to care about. * To let go is not to fix, but to be supportive. * To let go is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being. * To let go is not to be in the middle, arranging all the outcomes, but to allow others to affect their own outcomes. * To let go is not to be protective. It is to permit another to face reality. * To let go is not to deny, but to accept. * To let go is not to nag, scold, or argue, but to search out my own shortcomings and correct them. * To let go is not to adjust everything to my desires, but to take each day as it comes, and to cherish the moment. * To let go is not to criticize or regulate anyone, but to try to become whatever I dream I can be. * To let go is not to regret the past, but to grow and live for the future. * To let go is to fear less and love more. Thank you for this
    • Being connected via the Force (Last post by Adder)
    • What they said ^^ :lol: The relaxation from mindfulness training is only one part of the possible results - you could also eventually develop a higher sensitivity/awareness of the senses as the training turns off distractions and narrows your awareness into a more conscious 'now'. I think it's why Buddhists focus so much on compassion, as compassion is a directed manifestation of excess sensitivity to ones environment. So I'd go as far as to say the more one meditates etc, the more they can achieve that connection your asking about. Beyond that, once you've got a good connection accessible to you, I use visualizations of logical structures and relationships, and an understanding of science to develop a depth of awareness beyond my senses - so in my mind I can overlay extra information on what I otherwise perceive. Start simple and slowly build up complexity remembering the basis of your path to keep from falling off the path and getting distracted. For specific techniques, part of the journey is finding what works best for you at any moment, and what I do ends up being determined by circumstance... though I am trying to formulate a concrete path to use and reflect upon - but it changes every day!!!!
    • Real Jedi vs Fictional Jedi (Last post by rugadd)
    • Also, I love finding reasons to quote the opening of "Soul Eater": "A sound spirit dwells within a sound mind and sound body."
    • Better than Netflix (Last post by Christiandorian)
    • very true . Focus on what makes you happy. seeing good things.. watching happy people , watching happy things . bring that into ones life. So when you watch and see and learn of good happy ideas..nice places, people smiling , laughing having a good time, Sunshine shining , learn of what makes you happier and power that. brings more happiness into your life now
    • Cultural Stories Which Involve The Force from Cult... (Last post by steamboat28)
    • Quote: Some aspects can be found in Christianity, among those who are non-trinitarian, and see the "Holy Spirit" as an impersonal active force... *waves* Christian here, checking in. Though I'm mostly an armchair theologian and part-time mystic, I do feel the need to point out in discussions like this that there is not a 1:1 direct analogue to the Force in Christianity. (potentially off-topic slightly) Spoiler: Let me elaborate, slightly. Almost every time this discussion comes up (seeing the Force in Christianity), the focus is turned on the Holy Spirit as an impersonal force with little thought given to other possibilities. This may actually work wonderfully for non-trinitarian messianic Abrahamists, and I have no doubt that many of them consider this their personal response. However, among trinitarians, who believe the Holy Spirit is a very intelligent, very personal being, other possibilities to recognize the Force at work do present themselves. One of these is the idea that Sophia, the feminine personification of Wisdom so spoken of in Proverbs, also possesses a motive nature that would allow us to exert the force of our "wisdom" (or our will) upon the world. Another is the idea that our rauch, our very spirit and "wind", emanating from the breath of God given to Adam, imbues us with a bit of the divine ourselves, allowing us to affect changes upon the world (distinct from Ruach HaKodesh, the Holy Spirit of Divine God). Some might consider it to be a manifestation of the shekinah in our daily lives, the manifestation of the Divine Presence allowing us to be capable of these things. Others might think it is a function of the Law Universal; that since we are given dominion over the Earth, the earth does its part to obey us at times. It could be seen as an object lesson, that our minds and bodies are the microcosm that affects the macrocosm of creation. It could be the echoes of God, or our power as His heralds. There really are many options. I, personally, prefer to view it as an underlying thread; a tool placed by the Creator to allow for a greater understanding of the reality in which we live, but is ultimately distinct from Him, as the voice is separate from its speaker. I like the idea of this thread. I can't wait to see some responses.

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