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    • Thanksgiving Origins- Does it Matter? (Last post by Kaverael)
    • One group of people has been killing another group of people for a chunk of land ever since time began. The struggles of the Native Americans is not new to this world. If you think that we as a society, will learn from our past mistakes, then you are sorely mistaken, just look at what is going on in the middle east. Most of the holidays we celebrate (at least here in America) no longer have the same meaning as they did at their origin. Christmas is literally translated as " the feast of Christ", but on the most diligent Christian celebrates it as such. Thanksgiving is the same way. I know that I will be spending the day with my family celebrating the things that we are grateful for that have happened to us this year. Yes, European settlers did bad things to the natives of this land, and visa-versa, but that is the nature of this world - we are a conquering species. You don't see the gazelle suing the lions for reparations.
    • Workout Check-In Thread (Last post by Exarchias)
    • 15 x 3 x (2 hands) 3 kg biceps 15 x 3 push ups 15 x 3 air squats 15 x 3 x (2 hands) 3 kg biceps And Meditation. 11# day without coffee.
    • 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.
    • Friendly weight loss challenge (Last post by steamboat28)
    • Quote: Alot of people actually dont know this fact...but you also need cardio for it to work... It's a different combination for everybody That's one of the reasons I have chosen HIIT as my primary exercise technique. Keeps my heartrate up without the dullness of traditional cardio, and I can still get the weight training (or bodyweight training) in. I've just had too many cupcakes recently to be a poster child for its success. lol
    • Conscription - Draft (Last post by Ecthalion)
    • Quote: a certain amount of conformity is not only beneficial, but necessary to an ordered society. Free thought is nice, but without at least some conformity, civilization descends into anarchy. An anarchy which sees needs unmet, and which will, eventually, turn back into order via conformity. I see your point - a modicum of conformity is needed, just a tad. Without free-thought though we'd have made no progress at all. But this thread is going off subject...
    • Did You Know? (Last post by SeventhSL)
    • Quote: That's a little deceptive on account of this being only a theoretical fact. The math works out, but it has never been observed to occur in nature. Just wondering why you say it is still theoretical? It has been repeatedly done now according to numerous articles I've read. What am I missing? To use the same source as the original post: http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/geophysics/can-we-manufacture-matter.htm
    • Jedi in Oregon in need of help (Last post by Kitsu Tails)
    • I am still on hiatus. But I felt others here would appreciate an update concerning this subject. Here is a copy and paste from my contact. Quote: First off, he got his id, so he now has official government id, which makes so much more possible. And then he got a ride up to his family where he saw his kids for the first time in 2 months! Everyone's donations allowed him to take a few days to regain his sleep, eat, and be able to think clearly again. The value of that can't be understated. They still have roads to travel to fully resolve the situation, but he has leads on jobs thanks to various Jedi and other connections in the area. I passed along quite a few tools to help him create his life in new ways. All in all I'm confident things will continue to improve for them all. I'm incredibly grateful that others stepped up to help as well. :-) Thanks again!
    • Padawan (Last post by Tk768)
    • I agree, I was just curious, and wanted to have the right answer when asked. I am the only one I know of in my area, and I am being asked where why and how. I used to be a spiritual leader (priest) with the local Native American tribes, and taught at a few local churches. I am studying hard because I know some of my close family and friends are going to want me to teach them when I am ready. I have instructed them to go to our website, but they want a physical teacher.
    • Thoughts of a simple man (Last post by MikeBudo)
    • Wisdom of the warrior I live by choice, not by chance. I live to be motivated not manipulated. I live to be useful, not used. I live to make changes, not excuses. I live to excel, not to compete. I choose self esteem, not self pity. I choose to listen to my inner voice, Not to the random opinions of others. I choose to do things others will not do. I choose to live by ‘The Way’ I am everything, nothing and all that is in between, I am, Ki

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