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    • Help (Last post by OB1Shinobi)
    • theres absolutely no way anyone can prevent the fact that they influence other people if you vanish without a trace even your disappearance will affect the cognitive system of the people who know you and must reconcile the loss every action and every interaction of every person happens both as a result and as a promotion of the underlying motive it is these which are the real message of our interactions and every message we spread will find an audience by developing our own characters and our own compassion we elevate the nature of the messages which we give to our audiences we are responsible for our message whether we realize what we are doing or not certainly youre responsible for it now that youre aware of it
    • Line between comedy and racism? (Last post by Radar6590)
    • I'd be interested in examining why comedy writers feel the need to add satire based on race in the first place. What is the goal of it? Some people believe that making light of serious situations shows that people can laugh at themselves and others. There is something to be said for having a certain reverence for a culture that is different from your own. You can debate the context of the joke ad infinitum but from the article it sounds like half of the disagreement came from sloppy, inaccurate set designs and names. At least the movie is making some strides by bringing in cultural experts and appropriately responding to the concerns of their Native American actors.
    • Art & Jediism (Last post by Rob78)
    • I work as an Illustrator and sculptor and I definately can associate with what people are saying here. For me personally I feel a terrific link to the force when I actually take the time to really study a subject, especially from nature. It's not just about recreating what you see before you, but understanding everything that goes into the make up of it, such as light, shadow, texture form etc. when sketching in particular, and using the imagination a reservoir of inspiration comes from within, and often I don't really know or understand what I'm putting on to the page, it just flows, sometimes with amazing results, and at other times a confusing jumble of scribbles. I think art in whatever form is a reflection of our state of mind, and a means of expressing this. I was an art teacher for an international school, and I can honestly say that it was one of the most touching experiences of my life to see children from different cultures(some conflicting) come together to express their creativity.
    • Workout Check-In Thread (Last post by Luthien)
    • 5/3/1 Squat Bench press Row 1x20 Breathing squat (@ 80%) 1x20 Pullover 1x10 Good morning (For 5/3/1, I did a set of 5 at 75%, a set of 3 at 85%, and a set of 1 at 95%. Each percentage is based off of my training max, which is 90% of my estimated one-rep max.)
    • Personality and its Transformations (Last post by OB1Shinobi)
    • this is a lecture series that ive been watching and i find myself wanting to post different videos from it across a wide range of the topics going on here at the temple - so - rather than pell melling bits and pieces of the series all over the place, which i imagine would be both disorganized and irritating, i would like to share them all in one thread and then whoever is interested can watch the series is is called Personality and its Transformations and its from a class by Jordan Peterson from his website It was issues of personality and its transformations that thrust psychology into the forefront of popular consciousness during the twentieth century. Psy230S addresses these intensely interesting topics. The first half of the course deals with classic issues of psychology. The psychoanalytic thinkers -- Freud, Jung and Adler -- are placed in a context of pre-experimental religious and ritual thought, devoted to the transformation of habit and interpretive schema. The existentialists, phenomenologists, and humanists -- concerned with the relationship between the individual, meaning and health -- are discussed from the perspective of philosophy and political science. The constructivists are dealt with from a viewpoint that is simultaneously developmental and ontological. The second half of the course deals with issues of modern experimental psychology, from a more biological standpoint. Issues of motivation and information-processing are considered from within a standpoint that is essentially cybernetic: how do human beings operate in the world? What are their goals, their ends and means? What role do emotions and fundamental motivational states play in adaptation to the environment? How might personality traits and disorders be understood, from within such a framework? theyre all just over an hour and imo they are absolutely awesome and very relevant to everyone if anyone wants to discuss a video in particular just go for it even if the thread has moved passed it - if its interesting then jump in i hope others enjoy these as much as i have heres the first two videos Introductions Mythological Representations
    • How to differentiate the Self from the ego? (Last post by EarthSpirit)
    • Thank you Streen. I understand your point. I may be over-thinking it by trying to separate something that can't be analysed in parts (because they function as a whole). What I've come to realize through this discussion is I live and make my own reality. An important part is that I keep staying mindful of my action and reactions, while staying honest with myself about myself. I've come to be quite adept at it, but still need to work at it. I've also come to realize I don't know myself as much as I would like. I suppose more meditation is in order :)
    • Freedom Writers (Last post by Alethea Thompson)
    • Today I was able to converse with some people affiliated with Child-Family Services. They shared with me a story of how they approached an aloof principal ( >.> ) that had a very grim outlook on students that were "challenging". He did not want to talk with them, instead he tried to brush them off. Fortunately, these two amazing women do not take "no" for an answer. The story reminded me of an amazing woman named Erin Gruwell. In keeping to the theme Jedi Community Action is promoting this quarter (Education and Literacy) I encourage all of you to take the time to watch the movie "Freedom Writers" (2007) and look into the webpage that continues Erin's work:
    • Sithism (Last post by Alethea Thompson)
    • Order of the Sith and Force Academy are the places I'd suggest. ToTJO use to have a Sith affiliate but I have no idea what happened to the archives.

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