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    • The science of Rainbows (Last post by Senan)
    • :laugh: I can't even wrap my brain around this. Not the physics or biology of unicorns farting rainbows, but how a conversation like this begins in the first place. I just... can't. :laugh: Maybe we can make this an essay topic for the IP? :huh:
    • What Do We Mean By "Order"? (Last post by Senan)
    • Quote: a "team" of capable, committed individuals with shared beliefs, experiences and training who spoke, socialised and worked together to achieve similar aims. I pictured organisation and incorporation across a small but active membership of friendly compatriots engaged in promoting the Force, honouring the Code and Creed, and meeting the wide-reaching aims of the Maxims and Teachings. The Order were dedicated people fulfilling their oaths and promoting both the Jedi and Knight's codes. Each person understood their connection to the Force, each had undergone apprenticeship, each swore sincere vows and would thus be a capable, independent Knights prepared to do their duties in promotion of the Temple and the Jedi path. First, thank you for beginning an examination of this title as well. I never thought to explore why we call ourselves an 'Order'. The section quoted above, IMO, is a great summation of what our Order should strive for. Teaching should remain a vital role of the Knights, but we often forget that the best kind of teaching can be achieved simply by setting the right example for students. The oaths, vows, and codes should be taught, but they must also be lived. Knights of the Middle Ages were respected and honored for their willingness to die in defense of their beliefs. They did not leave their honor at the castle when they traveled into the countryside. When we are here in our Temple, we should be reinforcing our Tenants, Code, Creed, Maxims, and Teachings so that we are better prepared to take these beliefs out into the world and achieve the aims of Jediism. As stated in the discussion about the 'Temple', Jediism must travel with every Jedi all of the time. Perhaps I am speaking out of turn considering I have yet to even reach the rank of Initiate, but I do hope to one day receive an invitation to be Knighted into this Order and I sincerely hope it will mean joining the group as described above. It is an endeavor that I take very seriously and it is not simply an honor, but a responsibility that I intend to take very seriously as well.
    • Caterpillars Blowing Smoke (Last post by Zenchi)
    • I've chatted with him several times, can't say I notice him being two faced, or any different then since he's been a member in the forums. You seem to place a whole lotta expectations and/or assumptions on people, let it go for christs sake...
    • Cathedrals of Utopia (Last post by Alan)
    • Stones Rising is the name of the event which can be found at the church's web site 4qf.org. Each stone is raised by hand. Ropes and rollers, levers and blocks. There are few concessions to modern technology. Two stones a year. One time we raised three stones and it quite nearly 'killed' us. One year we raised one 14,000 pound stone. The shape of the 'circle' is elliptical and we raise the stones sequentially moving around the ellipse with each stone next to the previous. It would make a wonderful place to hold a Jedi Conference. The church property is 120+ acres and is a full camp with excellent facilities. Camping is preferred but there is a dorm, a full institutional kitchen, dining pavilion, comfort facilities (showers and toilets). A river runs through it. The Stone Circle is magical. [attachment]
    • Ebola (Last post by RyuJin)
    • Ever notice how some of the most devastating viruses seem to come from "the cradle of life" region....shows how important hygiene,and clean water are... I wonder how long before a zombie virus is discovered....
    • What Do We Mean By "Temple"? (Last post by tzb)
    • Quote: It HAS to extend past the boundaries of the site. Otherwise, what is the point. And I am convinced that its that expansion into our "offline (i hate that term) and off site lives that is what makes it so incredible. And of course when it moves past the boundaries of a site, there is the expectation that people carry over the behavior expected of a Jedi. Helps eliminate the role play aspect or the "its not real, just a website" nonsense :woohoo: Oh absolutely, and agreed. I'm sure you're right, that the reason the Temple becomes part of who we are is that part of the idea is that we take the lessons we learn here and go off as individuals to put them into practice in other locations (offline, but also online) we frequent.
    • Gisteron (Last post by Gisteron)
    • You might also want to check out math sites about this. Operating on the axiomatic method, much of math will come down and rely upon these logical principles, and since most of set theory can be illustrated quite well with diagrams it may help you see what those things mean. I'm also pretty sure that you are both familiar with and employing these rules every day. Human thinking is strictly bound by them, and if not all of the implications, the rules themselves are pretty intuitive, not least because they are tautologies.
    • Helping the Homeless? (Last post by Wescli Wardest)
    • There are two sides to any street and any coin. I genuinely want to help those that need help. And it is not right (in my opinion) to judge the degree of severity and authenticity of ones needs. Even though we have all done it including myself. That said, I want to tell a funny short story. :D I use to have to drive by a particular street corner on a regular basis where a panhandler worked. (Someone who asked for money) I have no idea how much money he made, but I rarely donated to the cause. One day, as I approached the intersection I saw that he had made a new sign. It read, “why lie, want beer.” I chuckled to myself, rolled down the window and handed him $5. What he used it for was his business, but I found the whole thing rather amusing. A couple of months went by and I saw him a gain. Winter was approaching and the temperature was dropping. His sign now read, “Too cold for beer, want whiskey.” Again, I donated. Why? Well, I always assumed that homeless people were just spending it on beer anyways and at the time I found the honesty refreshing. And it was funny. And sure, some of them do. But there are also those that need help. I realize now that far too often in my life I was too quick to judge and make assumptions. And where I can’t go back and change things, I can at least try to be better about it moving forward. ;)
    • The Gallon Challenge (Last post by RyuJin)
    • Lol...that's what I thought too as it's a popular radio stunt here...and internet stunt....one I don't recommend... :sick:
    • Favorite Art (Last post by Edan)
    • Outside of the Dali Universe exhibition, London [image] Photography from: foxphotographer.photoshelter.com/image/I00001pGwr5NZeac
    • What form(s) of magic(k) do you practice? (Last post by Arcade)
    • Quote: Everyone uses soap! Well, that's debatable. haha Quote: I really want to! It's a funding thing again. Understood. I think he got everything he needed for a reasonable price, also from an online source. Quote: How does your husband enjoy it? :D Loves it. He's a very hands-on kind of person, though. He works with everything from robotics to amigurumi. :) Quote: Hush you! I have enough projects to finish hahahahaha. Whoops! ;)
    • Emotional Meditation (Last post by steamboat28)
    • Quote: Has anyone else used this or other methods to explore their emotions and would you agree it can be beneficial? This is actually how I process most intense emotion. Unlike most people, who want something happy to take their mind off the sadness or anger, I kind of dive deeper into it. It's almost as if others tread water, and I swim to the bottom to pull the plug. I learned a long time ago that is best for me, personally, so I try to do it as often as I need to stay balanced, and to remember that emotions aren't bad--it's what we do with them that makes our lives difficult.
    • Best star wars movie/scene (Last post by tzb)
    • Quote: Anakin: From my point of view the Jedi are evil! Oh man, I'm sorry to do this after saying you were getting old the other day but... for me this is one of the worst lines in the whole saga. It's a perfect example of bad writing... it embodies the opposite of the classic advice "show, don't tell". It's Ep III's equivalent of the toe-curlingly awful "No, it's because I'm so in love with you!" The other ones you mentioned are all pretty great. Ep III is seriously underrated.

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