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    • To be "an instrument of peace" (Last post by ckott)
    • Really? You tell me that my beliefs are misplaced and think that I would not take offense to it? You point out the firepower and of the dangers of standing against them but offer no other consultation on the subject.... Do you have any idea of what our fellow Jedi and the people down there are going through? Im going to guess that as a 24 year old American apprentice who has not even found himself yet, you dont. Let me tell you that when men with guns come to take all you own that some would rather die standing than living on their knees. Look at what is going on in other parts of the world and tell me how important a new screemo band is. Pffft making it a bigger issue than it needs to be? This will soon be one of the biggest issues faceing our order..As Jedi do should we put our lives on the line to protect those who need the help or do we stay in our little coccon? I think we all know where I stand and it gladdens my heart to see fellow Jedi like Whyte Horse stand with me, and I but ask that you and others look deep and ask the Force where you should stand
    • 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
    • How To Change The World: Repetition, Ritual and Be... (Last post by tzb)
    • Alexandre PMed me this earlier, in response to the thread: Quote: On holiday now, I'm just getting around to reading ''Religion for Atheists'' by de Botton. Whereas a profound and contemplative understanding of the masks of 'god' (archetypal refection), I tend to feel very quite hesitant about the benefit of the masks of 'religion'. The 'religion' buffet, as de Botton puts it (and I stole ;-D ), from which one picks and chooses various entertainments, isn't very nourishing unless it reaches that part of us, whether it is a soul or not, that McGilchrist talks about. As far as changing the World goes -- that generally leads to further chaos. Tao Te Ching 29 ... Perhaps we can enjoy philosophical musings and religious entertainments for the World. As for changing it, just teaching others about the Force. And then let them live it, vacillate with it or laugh at it ... It changes anyway.
    • 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.
    • Language learners (Last post by rugadd)
    • 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.
    • 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!
    • How to Post a Sermon (Last post by Alexandre Orion)
    • Quote: Quote: Your article will be saved for a revision. As I said it needs a revision. An admin or a publisher must approve it - unless you are one. Alexandre was faster than me.... :( Go ahead and keep answering people's questions though, Sajjad, please ... Alexandre gets things wrong pretty often too ... :blush:

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