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    • Language learners (Last post by Edan)
    • Quote: The large sweeping motions in movies and wushu competitions are not the same as gong fu in practical application. I"ve found from personal experience that it becomes compacted in live combat. A high level of control, even a "natural state" of hand and arm gestures close to the body, is an insane advantage. Like the sign for "snake" or "wall", its easy to see how having a dictionaries worth of word movements to apply is like having every tool in the toolbox. Blocking especially. My father in law and fiance practice tai chi and wing chun so I know know you mean about movies, although I don't practice myself. I've never thought about the other practical applications of martial arts beyond the obvious; I learnt something new this week!
    • How To Change The World: Repetition, Ritual and Be... (Last post by Edan)
    • Quote: I believe in the message of our Doctrine. I want to deliver it to whoever will hear in the most powerful and effective way possible. For me, a religious approach is probably the best way to achieve that. I don't know about anyone else, but I came here partly because it it a breath of fresh air from the usual 'religious approach' I was used to (I do come from a personal religious background). Once you start going down the religious route you start to become another group that tells others what to believe, so I'm more inclined to agree with Alethea. I like that Jediism has a more organic type of expansion, so people come here because they seek it out. Perhaps that doesn't spread 'the message' very quickly, but it means that those that stay here, or those that pick up the doctrine are more likely to engage with it, more likely to live it and pass it on.
    • My Daughter (Last post by MCSH)
    • I'm so sorry Damion,... and I'm glad that she is okay now. I've missed this topic... I'll have you and your family in mind
    • From The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (Last post by Zenchi)
    • Yeah, I looked it up, its in the public domain just about everywhere in the world except the United States as they changed copywrite laws to expand to 95 years after death..... :/
    • D&D (Last post by Joe)
    • Since i lack any form of routine in my life right now, i really can't say when i will have the time. Lets just go for "whenever" right now.
    • Confused (Last post by ryangoan)
    • "I profess before all my fellow Jedi that I,Ryan Goan born on 09/07/1984, without eservation, choose the Jedi path, until I am ready for Jedi Knighthood or I otherwise decide, with all its duties and responsibilities. I shall do that which is right and profess my allegiance to the Force. During that time I promise to do my utmost to uphold the Jedi teachings, and to live a life as is worthy of a Jedi."
    • The Order of the Good Death (Last post by Phortis Nespin)
    • Suicide has nothing to do with conquering fear. I have dealt with many suicides in my profession. None have been about conquering fear. Suicide is the end result of a life not understood. It is a rape victim who cannot deal with the shame. The anger of a son against his father. Wife against husband. Suicide is the last resort of a enfeebled mind. Until you see and hear the cries of the children who found their fathers body swinging in the garage, you must be careful of what you say here. There are many of us here that deal with this subject on a professional level and know. There are some here who may have tried to commit suicide and thankfully failed.
    • Assigning the Deity (Last post by Akkarin)
    • Quote: Quote: Quote: The assigning the deity argument really just boils down to the extent to which you can justify your opinion etc... That's exactly right. My assertion is that you can never justify your opinion using religious sources. I disagree rather completely. It's no different than justifying your opinion using other sources you didn't author. Appealing to divine authority is a very specific form of the more general 'using other sources you didn't author' so it isn't quite the same. Think of the difference between moral views and scientific views, both use sources other than your own but they are very different.
    • The Union of East & West through Pop Culture (Last post by Arcade)
    • An excellent Oxford Union address by Chinese-American singer-songwriter Wang Leehom about discrimination, perspectives, stereotypes, thinking for yourself, and removing the artificial borders that separate the East and West by promoting a world music culture. I've always enjoyed his music, but gained more respect for him after viewing this. [video] (Leehom's Mixtape)
    • Workout Check-In Thread (Last post by Tripp Borz)
    • I started the insanity workout program this week. I think the hardest part wasn't the work out, it was getting up at 430 in the morning to go to the gym... :blink: So far I have the desire, I just hope it sticks around!

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