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    • What kind of man or women are you towards Jediisme... (Last post by Streen)
    • There's no such things as aliens! LOL So to speak... I believe there are living things on other planets. I believe there are living things EVERYWHERE. People, animals, plants, etc. Even the planet. Even the galaxy. Even the universe. All things are alive in one form or another. We're surrounded by Life. So are aliens truly alien? We're all natives of the same reality. :blink: :silly:
    • Jedism hippies? (Last post by Goken)
    • Quote: Jus wondering, is Jediism sort of like a hippie philosophy? I just want to know if there is a cross between Jedi and hippies. Every once in a while I start to worry when I see a TV show or movie with the overly stereotypical hippies in it. I quickly look over at my fiance and ask "I'm not turning in to that, am I?" The answer is always "No. You bathe, you can't go a week without pizza and/or a cheeseburger, and while you aim for peace you are constantly armed like you're going to fight with the Punisher." (she doesn't say exactly that, but that's the gist) There are similarities and one can be both, but the great thing about Jediism is how diverse it allows it's followers to be. I am a Jedi, but I am not a hippie. Others are hippies but not Jedi, and there are people who are both.
    • a question about the value of human life (Last post by OB1Shinobi)
    • mom had an arterial bypass of the femoral artery and it was tense for a while - its a surgery with some risk she is home now the recovery takes a while but shes doing good so far thanks :-) about dictionaries; obviously i cant prove this but it was a little more than 15 yrs ago when i settled myself on the definition that i use and i referenced quite a few dictionaries in the process and more than one had a definition for the word which was essentially the same as i use here also a google will still get the following a pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance. "consumerism is the new religion" something one believes in and follows devotedly; a point or matter of ethics or conscience: to make a religion of fighting prejudice. "natural religion" a religion validated on the basis of human reason and experience apart from miraculous or supernatural revelation; specifically : a religion that is universally discernible by all men through the use of human reason apart from any special revelation so there are dictionary precedents which offer enough interpretive freedom even now to make a case for the definition that i use also i think that it would elevate the quality of the discussion to free the word "religion" from the religious extremists i also think that once that happens, the perception that intellectual integrity requires one to completely separate oneself from any hint of religion will be lessened - which is good imo obviously i dont feel that religion and intelligence are mutually exclusive about this Gisteron: while it may be immediately beneficial to promote these ideas, there is always something dark about promoting things we don't know are indeed true; this is even more important when the promoted idea raises more questions than it answers. ---- i agree with this what i would say is that people look at "religion" and often see only the past - its not ENTIRELY INACCURATE to say that we are creating/generating/influecing or at least helping to create/generate/influence, contemporary religious thought RIGHT NOW every honest discussion that people have about the topic helps to do this, especially online if you think about it, totjo, the jedi movement, and other similar, budding movements, are on the cutting edge of the global religious development the ideas we come up with here WILL have significant cultural influence in the area of personal religious development, simply because of the intellectual and spiritual freedom and openness inherent to the jedi path now, i do belive that there are certain things which are "right" about being spiritually healthy and certain things which are "wrong" and that these have not changed much in the last 150-2000 thousand years - but its up to every generation to acknowledge these things and to promote them in its own language otherwise they stagnate into what many modern thinkers associate with the word "religion", namely crusades and jihads and superstitious ignorance i think its well enough established that we have to develop our own religions for ourselves in the course of our lives - but this doesnt really mean that we just make it up, rather that we have the experiences which open us up to the value of religious thought without latching on to them in a way that alters the path from one of personal growth into societal control but then also i think we DO have a responsibility, especially us personally as jedi, but also everyone who would stand at the forefront of thought in most any influential field, to be aware of the consequences of the ideas we promote to my way of thinking it is perfectly reasonable to advance a sort of "faithful optimism" about our value we dont have to claim certainty - but that not claiming certainty can go both ways and rather than being certain that we DONT have inherent value simply on the grounds that we havent proven otherwise, we can hold out on the idea that the puzzle is still bigger than our eyes and that it JUST MIGHT BE REALLY AWESOME in a way that can best be described as "divine" and that JUST THE POSSIBILITY that this is so is enough to convince us to take care of it a best as we can i think thats the best articulation im going to come up with of my view at the moment
    • To the Fatty on the Track (Last post by Goken)
    • I'm not really sure how anyone can view this as insulting. Obviously people can take anything as insulting if they try hard enough, but you have really try with this one. Like Talariq said, they kind of take the normal insults and make them positives and more reasons why that person rocks. I say good job poster and especially good job fatty on the track. Upon further thought, maybe people who found it insulting never made it past the title. Some are quick to judgment and wont read the whole thing before deciding what they think.
    • What are you reading right now? (Last post by Calem)
    • I got into this one, Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky and it's far more interesting than I'd expected. [image] I knew it was a second hand book but it turned to be not just that but the print made for proofreading which makes it a little special :)
    • Does "love" work? (Last post by Adder)
    • I tend to agree but think its better associated as the living aspect of the Force, where the unifying aspect is more around objective reality IMO. > Can love really save the world? From what? I do use compassion as the polar of evil, so yea maybe B) I am wondering if very one just focused on the purest or highest, most universal form of "love", what kind of world would be live in? I think it would take an energetic form, with all things represented as measures of that love. To act in that realm you'd have to define boundaries still I think, as while it might be seen as ideal to be one with and an extension of that 'love' to act within it as an 'agent' you'd likely need to exert different natures and extents of 'love' beyond your agency - otherwise you'd be exerting your own control over all things within a self centred framework. So understanding other manifestations of complex love (animals etc) as different agents then you might end up with a sort of recontextualization of existence - redefining how things exist. It's a bit confronting to face the dissolution of the 'known' to replace it with some other system of perception, but I do think its worthwhile if done cautiously. I find Buddhism to be the most useful, but lots of spiritual/religious path's have great value in doing it I reckon. > Can I really get to a state of "unconditional", complete, universal love? Only you can answer that :pinch: > where have your explorations in the power of love taken you? Trying to perceive 'love' as a field as a source of information can find attribution to outcomes, but I'm not sure if the association is causal or casual :laugh: Finding connections is fun though.
    • Best martial art? (Last post by OB1Shinobi)
    • Quote: Dim Mak, pressure point fighting style, if there is one fight style that is strong, one finger to put a man down .. [video] this is clearly fake im sure most here are aware of that but to anyone who is uncertain and interested, simply go to youtube and search "knockouts" and see what it really looks like watch a few videos of the real thing then come back and watch this again, and see if you dont spot some of the differences for yourself
    • The Grateful Thread (Last post by Calem)
    • I am grateful for my mother giving me place to stay a little while until my new apartment's ready for me to move into and grateful for the fuzzy furball dog which rolls over for cuddles every time I come near. There's nothing like an animal to stop time while making it pass unnoticed :)
    • In the News: I am A Jedi (Last post by OB1Shinobi)
    • fair enough i really am not after a battle of any kind - i am aware of my tendancy to do jump into foolishness and im working on it and the OP is the OP and i ALSO dont mean to derail that
    • This isn’t 1968. Baltimore isn’t Watts. And Hillar... (Last post by OB1Shinobi)
    • A grand jury has indicted six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, clearing the path for a criminal trial in the Maryland courts. Freddie Gray died on April 19 from his injuries suffered in police custody. The indictments came nearly three weeks after Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby first announced her decision to bring criminal charges against the officers. While some of the charges have been amended, the most serious ones — second-degree murder against Officer Caesar Goodson and involuntary manslaughter against four of the officers — remained intact. We speak to longtime Baltimore civil rights attorney A. Dwight Pettit. TRANSCRIPT This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: A grand jury has indicted six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, clearing the path for a criminal trial in the Maryland courts. Freddie Gray died on April 19th from his injuries suffered in police custody. His family and attorney say his voice box was crushed and his spine was "80 percent severed at his neck." Gray’s death sparked massive protests nationwide. At a news conference Thursday, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced the indictments. MARILYN MOSBY: Previously indicated, my office conducted an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragic incident with the death of Freddie Gray. On May 1st, our investigation revealed that we had sufficient probable cause to bring charges against six police officers. As our investigation has continued, additional information has been discovered, and as is often the case during an ongoing investigation, charges can and should be revised based upon the evidence. These past two weeks, my team has been presenting evidence to a grand jury that just today returned indictments against all six officers for the following offenses. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: The indictments came nearly three weeks after Mosby first announced her decision to bring criminal charges against the officers. While some of the charges have been amended, the most serious ones—second-degree murder against Officer Caesar Goodson and involuntary manslaughter against four of the other officers—remained intact. ----- this is not the full transcript click the link if youre interested in the rest :-)

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