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    • I need help with a speech (Last post by Fenton)
    • Just earlier today, I received a letter from my old college (I just graduated a few weeks back) notifying me that I an the Dux of 2014. For those of you in the US and similar areas, Dux is like a valedictorian, only it is always awarded to the student with the highest ATAR (academic ranking). In previous years, the addresses given by the Dux have always been similar (introduction, thanks, personal anecdote, advice for future students, etc), but I want to do something different, centering around mental illness, as its something I have struggled with personally. Does anyone have any insightful quotes on depression or mental illness in general? Google hasn't got a lot to offer it seems...
    • "Not all Truth is true..." (Last post by Alexandre Orion)
    • I wonder if the idea of re-incarnating Christ through all the lives that there have ever been could be compared to someone having to taste every successful or botched recipe in all the cookery-books that have ever been printed (or just recipes scribbled on napkins) so that he would get an idea of what "food" is ? Both Krishnamurti and Lao-Tsu (and it is mentioned in the Bible in a few places too) have alluded to looking deeply into oneself to know the experience of another/others. We all have taste buds and digestive systems and perhaps a couple of kilos en trop ... Why are we still having such problems with the toleration (religious or otherwise) and the empathy "love thy neighbour" stuff ? I'm not going to preach at you : I'm simply going to suggest sort of brashly that illusory individualism, passionate and rebellious in the sense of "my case different !" is getting in the way of the experience of being alive. And that's a dinner bell that we really don't want to miss (by over interpreting it). :pinch: ;)
    • Grey Jedi Code Anyone? (Last post by Venator Mortis)
    • In the beginning there were Jedi and Siths. From Jedi, an off shoot happened and they are the Grey. The Jedi Code is one they can't fully be so they(Gray) have modified to create a new one while still maintaining Jedi status. They believe in balance and that the Darkness is acceptable as well as Light. They will say and do as required ignoring some teachings of Light Jedi. The means will justify the end in their ways. I feel Grey is similar to a game cheat sheet...responsibility to see and be the Light is diminished. The Gray Code absolves them of their actions and gives excuses and repercussions are out the window. Jedi (one word) strive and grow with the Light...all while respecting the Code. Not an easy task but true commitment is there to be the best human can be for self and others. Hope this helps
    • Jedi In Combat (Last post by ParCandroon)
    • Reflecting on this aspect and the stories told, I would like to share one of my own. To make a long story short, a friend of mine was "scheduled to fight" some dingus from our neighborhood. My friend had only myself and my girlfriend at his side while the dingus brought nigh on 20 people to watch this epic battle. Both of the "combatants" were your average high school student. Neither of them had any formal martial arts training, or as far as I know had ever even been in a fight. In the end, my friend decided to talk the problem out. He still got a girly slap-punch to the cheek, in my opinion so dingus would look good in front of his friends, but nobody was injured. My friend walked over to me and shrugged it off, saying the slap actually warmed his face a little, being in the early grip of winter, and gave a chuckle of relief that the whole ordeal was finally over. I looked at the crowd congratulating dingus on a job well done and simply shook my head and put a hand on my friend's shoulder, looking him warmly in the eye. "This is a battle you have truly won, my friend, by simply choosing not to fight." I told him. As I did, one of dingus's cronies alerted dingus to my words. He immediately went back into "fight mode" and made a scene asking me if I had something to say. As a side note, I have had verbal run-ins with dingus in the past. He wanted to fight me for supporting one of my friends he was verbally abusing one time, to which I calmly responded with at least 7 different ways he would end up in the hospital if he really wanted to fight me. He backed off immediately and offered to be friends. Anyway, dingus "calls me out", to which I simply reply " I've already dealt with you before. I have nothing more to say". This must've reminded him of who I was, because he quickly became very defensive, saying he didn't know me or who I was (saying my full name while claiming that, even pronouncing it correctly) and left with his group shortly after. This story shows how, even though I (with some formal karate training, plus self-training in over 15 different martial arts) had every opportunity to beat the everliving snot out of dingus, as did my friend, we proved on that day who the better men were. I tell this story to show that while Jedi are keepers of peace, it doesn't mean we can't be warriors as well, and to support my belief that a true Jedi is much like the philosophy of many gun owners. It's always better to have the means to defend yourself and others and never need to than it is to need to and not have the means. I believe all Jedi should have the means, not only in a martial aspect, but also in having the wisdom to know when not to fight. I believe that the best way to win any battle is to ensure it never happens in the first place. If it is unavoidable, the true victor is the one who fights for truth and justice.
    • "The Interview" gets pulled (Last post by Venator Mortis)
    • We tried to kill Fidel Castro at least 9 times and failed....no one found that tasteless. If a Dictator is torturing and starving people, they deserve to be thrown over in my opinion. The fact that they got Seth Rogen and James Franco to make a comedy out of this is freaking hilarious. Pulling the movie however was very disrespectful to our veterans who fought for our freedom to see what ever movie we want, when we want. This is the complete opposite of what our country stands for. That is my opinion on the matter. Maybe the Galactic Empire will threaten us when the New Star Wars movie comes out?(add sarcasm here)
    • Advice needed: how to shut up. (Last post by Vesha)
    • Angry is a reaction to a threat. People who get angry easily are usually very insecure (sorry). To change this you need to figure out what your core values are and change them to something that can't be threatened. Examples of bad core values are valuing your wealth. People who value wealth fly off the handle at anything that threatens it. Other examples are religion, popularity, your attractiveness, being the smartest person in the room. Some people base their lives of off these things and they can all easily be threaten. Good examples are self-improvement, courage, integrity, being really nice. These are things that nobody can ever take away from you. This will take some work. Meditation helps a lot with being able to truly understand were your thoughts and actions come from. I avoid getting angry like the plague because when you let someone else make you angry you're giving them control over you and they're winning by doing it. Successful, powerful and happy people rarely ever get angry.
    • From time to time a poem (Last post by Password is Taco)
    • Hiding Afraid of what they'll think, Afraid of what they'll say, I hide behind this facade. I've been doing this for so long, I've been losing myself, Hiding beneath this mask. Don't know who I am anymore, Don't know what to do, I keep everything hidden away. Searching for who I am, Searching for happiness, No longer do I wish to hide. The end is in sight, The end to all my sorrows, I will hide no more. -PasswordisTaco
    • Rants far and wide (Last post by Rickie The Grey)
    • I am so so tired of hearing people whining. :angry: Suck it up and get on with your life. If you want to live your life complaining that is up to you. OR you can take command of you life and live it. Just stop your whining. It makes you look bad. You want cheese with that?
    • Charity Coding (Last post by SeventhSL)
    • I have 12 years industry experience building line of business apps and websites. Mostly .Net based but experience with a multitude of other languages. I would love to participate in a group here if we had one. Brilliant idea Den.
    • The 'Real Me' (Last post by Hitira38)
    • To me the "the real me" is simply a question of identity. A statement of discovery. The Jedi code to me helps me equalize the origins or roots of the real world. To me a lot of people are lost and forced to I herit a world that isn't 100% for them. It's essential to understand.
    • Merry Yule!!! (Last post by Adder)
    • I'm going to do my usual Solstice meditation for the moment of the Solstice (about an hour away as of now). It's Summer Solstice down here in the Southern Hemisphere, so more generally its a pretty good excuse to have a long summer party into the hot night, but we do have a habit of eating too much and falling asleep as well!!
    • The Force Explained (Last post by Hitira38)
    • When you create the mind as internal and the rest of the world as external, you has disconnected yourself from your environment, as it is the starting point of dysfunctional labeling.
    • Ethics of the Jedi Mind Trick (Last post by Edan)
    • Quote: we can't eliminate manipulation. In any interaction between two or more people, there will be some sort of manipulation, even if a minimal one. Its inherent in human psychology. What counts is the motivation and the end result. My wife will use subtle positive manipulation to get me to do chores around he house i'd rather not do. I view that as not a bad thing. My son in law lacks subtle means of manipulation. He will use yelling and other intimidation to exercise dominance over my daughter simply to satisfy his need to dominate his environment. I consider that to be an evil form of manipulation because it has selfish intent and harms the other person's self esteem. I still don't think motivation is a good enough reason... you're right, we can't eliminate manipulation entirely, but when a person is purposely manipulative... their good intentions might not be what I believe to be good or right. I don't believe the end justifies the means.
    • The Lady of the Night and Jediism. (Last post by Hitira38)
    • I do believe that "there is no death, there is force" refers to the grand scheme of things. As there isn't death but the lack of force, there isn't emotions but peace of conflict. It is taking about the very direction of life on a time and space fabric. In the force.
    • Korra and Spirituality (Last post by den385)
    • Hey! Amazed how things coincide. Only this friday and yesterday I've been watching season 4. Maybe it's funny, but it helped me with some things I'm going through. Actually, the episodes S04E01-03 helped, when *SPOILER!* Korra is disabled and out-of-the-game. Then it became more like an ordinary good story, it stopped talking to me on me-related-stuff. It's incredible that tv can actually guide you through some stuff, isn't it? Like Ariadne's thread, Campbell spoke of.

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