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    • How do you know you have a Choice? (Last post by Gisteron)
    • By its structure the problem is comparable to, say, the problem of hard solipsism in that it demands an infinite justificatory regress and is therefore unsolvable. In simpler words, my answer to the question of "how do you know you have a choice" would be "I don't." Of course many who claim to have an answer as to how they know, coincidentally (or maybe not so much) the same people who also most assuredly claim that they do in fact have free will, will rely on what they believe to be the will of their particular version of the almighty Ceiling Cat which is tantamount to saying that they have free will because it was imposed upon them. I shall only blame them for the lack of self-awareness however, for the question is a difficult one indeed. The answer the late Christopher Hitchens developed for it of "Of course I have free will; I have no choice." is ironic in the same way except that it is intentionally so, and, as it happens, it is also a rather sufficient one. You don't know that you have a choice. Chances are you don't have the choice either. But you are operating in a brain that perceives the world as though it gave you free will. You have the illusion of choice and that illusion you cannot escape with dignity. So whether you ultimately have it is of little to no consequence for the time being and, given the circumstances, everyone - including yourself - would be better off under the tentative assumption that they do in fact have a choice. We don't know and we may not any time soon. But what we believe makes a difference, and since in this case correspondence to reality cannot be granted and, for all we know, would provide the inferior outcome to our perception of well-being that we happen to collectively cherish, we can, at least for now, assume one option over the other and move on.
    • Meditation Tips on Taming the Monkey Mind (Last post by Connor L.)
    • Here is a really fabulous video on Meditation. It's focused on technique. :) Remember, insight meditation (meditation that centers on self-awareness and connection to the Force) has no subject. There is no object in the meditation. No purpose. No problem to be solved. Check out Alan Watt's Meditation youtube videos.
    • Star Wars: The Force Awakens International Teaser ... (Last post by Jamie Stick)
    • Quote: To me it looks like a historical great sword, the guards are there to protect the hand......If that is supposed to be Luke Skywalker, perhaps he's protecting his bad hand? Just a thought..... The thing is, the way it is built leaves room for a lightsaber to cut the guard off (by damaging the emitter). I can't picture those things to be anything more than for show, unless they have another setting which changes the focus of the crystal inside so that the blades get longer and the middle one disappears, then you could make a less traditional weapon. Less traditional forms of the lightsaber are harder to counter. It took Obi-Wan and Qui Gonn a long time to figure out how to fight against a lightsaber whip.
    • Should Jedi carry weapons? (Last post by Phortis Nespin)
    • As I contemplate this thread, I was reminded of something I had said awhile ago to some friends... "I do not believe that a person should carry a weapon of any type if they are not going to have the ability to use it without hesitation. If you are the type that would rather be flight than fight. If you have any reservations about the use of a deadly or even less than lethal weapon, and are afraid around these objects, please don't use them or carry them. It will be taken from you in a confrontation and used against you." Not to say that it couldn't happen to someone who was well versed in weapons or even physically imposing. Sometimes a person can be disarmed even when they should have the advantage. Now having said that, I also reminded these friends that by law, the government cannot make you have a medical procedure. It is unlawful to make someone "heal" themselves, so why is it that they can tell you that you cannot defend yourself from someone who is trying to KILL you? By the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, we have "An inalienable Right to LIFE, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness". I have as a firefighter and Village Trustee, taken an oath to uphold, defend, and protect the Constitution, which to me gives me the right to Keep and Bare Arms in defense of the Constitution and this Country. As a fellow human (not just American because Life is inalienable in all people), I feel that with my predisposition to be a protector, I will step up with whatever means I have at my disposal, to protect and defend your inalienable right to life even when you are unable, incapable, or unwilling. [EDIT - I mis-wrote this originally] You have as much right to tell me that I cannot defend myself with a gun, knife, or mace, as I have at telling a woman she cannot have an abortion. Isn't it funny how the world looks at human life? We are unwilling to protect the unborn or the living!
    • Fear Leads to Anger... (Last post by Ecthalion)
    • Quote: My fear did enslave me. However, I can still see that progression (fear>anger>hatred>suffering) reflected in my actions. My fear led to me being angry with myself for not doing more to defend myself while I was being attacked. I spent so long being angry with myself I started hating myself and others around me. This hatred led to me suffering because I was pushing away everyone and everything around me that mattered to me. I had a very similar experience caused by bullying as a child. I was a slave to fear and hatred for 15-20 years before I managed to cope better. Thanks for sharing Peej.
    • Rants far and wide (Last post by Jedi_Roz)
    • :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry: Someone stole my debit card number and charged xbox games on it. Tried to call Microsoft to report it and they couldn't help me because I didn't have an account with them. *sigh....I know that.... So I have to go to my bank and dispute it. Cancel my cards etc.... :pinch: :pinch: :pinch: :pinch: :pinch: Ok better now....
    • Jediism and non Jediism (Last post by Adder)
    • This really screams to me to put in a do or do not Yoda quote, but I must resist the green urge. You are either are or you are not, and its up to you to know if you are.... no-one else, because its that commitment (as epitomized by the Oath) which is the defining reality of 'being'. It's not what you do, its how you do it... and how to do it is as a Jedi :huh: If your looking to 'act' like a Jedi by behaving in certain established way's.... if unable to create your own path you could always emulate someone else who you think meets that need to be seen as Jedi. The complexity of your Jedi path and its associated practises are as complex or simple as you'd like - the journey in finding them is the destination of using them.
    • Live Service, Monday, 1 December at 20:00 UTC (Last post by Edan)
    • Usually, I would arrange whatever I'm doing to be there, but unfortunately evening work meetings cannot be rearranged :( I look forward to reading the transcription later on though.
    • Userpics and nicknames (Last post by steamboat28)
    • Quote: @steamboat28 - what you're saying sounds like works of Ursula Le Guine, where magic worked out of knowledge of "true names". It is. But Ursula didn't invent that concept, she just borrowed it. ;)
    • Workout Check-In Thread (Last post by Exarchias)
    • 15 x 3 x (2 hands) 3 kg biceps 20 x 3 push ups 20 x 3 air squats 15 x 3 x (2 hands) 3 kg biceps And Meditation. 15# day without coffee.
    • Survivors (Last post by Rocda)
    • I was listening to NPR this week and there was a discussion about survivors, people who survived avalanche or being lost at sea. There are some common traits of people who survive these disasters. 1. They are aware of dangers and tend to prepare. Things like bringing blankets, flashlight and food when traveling through a blizzard. 2. Their attitude is never, why did this happen to me or who is to blame. The attitude is, this is the situation. What do I need to do to survive the next half hour? After surviving the half hour, they congratulate themselves for surviving, then concentrate on surviving the next half hour. It's survivors attitude and outlook.
    • Conscription - Draft (Last post by Akkarin)
    • Quote: There has been a lot of talk here about contracts and obligations and a 'freedom to choose'. What we tend to forget, particularly in long established 'free' societies, is that those freedoms came at a cost. Whether it was 14 years ago in New York City, 50 years ago in Vietnam, or 240 some odd years ago in Colonial America, there have always been Americans willing to put others before themselves and give their lives so that the rest of us could be free and remain free. The same can be said for every other 'free' nation in the world. Whether you agree with the current cause of your government or not, you should not forget that your government (and the freedoms and protections it provides you) did not come about on its own. People fought for it, died for it, built it, and have taken pride in it. To demand a personal right to ignore an obligation that comes with being a citizen, in my mind, is selfish and offensive to the people who have made that choice even possible. I understand that you wish to uphold the desires of your forebears, but if I'm honest that sounds a lot like an appeal to tradition. Wouldn't someone who fought in such wars argue "I didn't fight for America so that gay black and asian men could get married!" Should we respect their homophobic and racist positions too? The past is for informing ourselves of the present, the past is not there so that we'll be beholden to it in the present.
    • Ikigai - "a reason for being" (Last post by den385)
    • @Adder - But how are gonna be good at both maths and football to the point that you're getting paid? )) @Aqua - I am afraid, finding Ikigai is a way of uncertainty and sometimes it can seem quite a labyrinth. I can discuss how I've found mine, if it would be of any help. 1) I was studying pure higher mathematics in one of Russia's best place for it. I wasn't very good and there were problems distracting. It didn't inspire me, it didn't light fire in my eyes, it didn't make my heart burn, there was no drive. Yet, it was useful. 2) Then I did quite courageous and same time stupid thing - I transferred to much less cool university (MIREA) with applied maths and programming. It was hard to study in that place, but I've started to get what Ikigai is, though I didn't know this word then. The fire came only in tiny pieces - when I planned my programming course projects and reached success in 'em, and when I was meeting interesting people and interesting tasks on programming conferences, which more like a hangout than a serious thing. 3) On last course of MIREA, I started to work as Junior programmer. It was hell of a lot frustrations. You don't know much, people seemed mean sometimes, they didn't want me to grow, just want to be productive. Normal jobs, yet I wasn't much of a fighter that time. I understood, that some life distractions and bad structure of MIREA and much more - my own indecisiveness costed me chances to do my own thing and have precious experience. 4) I changed several jobs in next 3 years. Was searching for "the right thing". Never understanding, that the only "right thing" I was searching was drive from challenges. This search and personal issues rewarded me with frustrations, uncertainty and instability in my career. 5) Finally, due to personal issues and my own lack of experience, I landed up on an awfullest job I ever had. Bad wage, bad tasks, bad people. Anti-drive in overabundance. And here I've understood that Ikigai is your own game above every professional activity there is. I understood that you can have your own rules of craft. But if your rules are not strict enough, they will get you fired. So your rules should be "what is expected of ordinary ok worker" + "what gives you drive: purpose, autonomy, mastery". Sometimes it's something extra on job. Sometimes - a side-project. 6) Now I've left this job with resources for a few months. I can finish my own project and find a decent job. Over all I can say that finding Ikigai is what Jobs meant by "follow your heart, don't stop" in his famous Stanford lecture. It's not easy, but if you can do it, your working life becomes meaningful and rewarding. And I believe that when you are good at what you love, and if you have will, that is the only right road to success. Finding Ikigai depends on self confidence. What self confidence is - it's subjective. But when you have your own world, your own vision, your own life, than working just to get paid starts to be a bad deal. And you are on a search for another attitude. I could say, you're searching for your own game wthin the Game of Life.

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