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    • Conscription - Draft (Last post by Ecthalion)
    • Quote: a certain amount of conformity is not only beneficial, but necessary to an ordered society. Free thought is nice, but without at least some conformity, civilization descends into anarchy. An anarchy which sees needs unmet, and which will, eventually, turn back into order via conformity. I see your point - a modicum of conformity is needed, just a tad. Without free-thought though we'd have made no progress at all. But this thread is going off subject...
    • Thanksgiving Origins- Does it Matter? (Last post by Revan Falton)
    • Quote: Quote: but if you are here simply to demoralize and degrade the opposing side, you beat look at what actions YOUR SIDE that you choose to support perpetrated upon the others. Sorry if the blunt honest truth is offensive. If your only defense is to accuse me of attempting to demoralize/degrade you, then I suggest you polish up on your rhetoric skills. Be very clear, my post was directed at your comment, not at you.... So you claim to be just a disinterested observer? Do you propose then, that you can say anything that pops into your mind and to justify it by saying "hey, I'm a disinterested observer"... Yet, I'm on a "side" because I happen to disagree with your comment... Inherent in what was written is the idea that one bad turn deserves another... The idea that it might be ok what the colonials did because everyone forgets it was done to them too... This logic I happen to find offensive... I don't really care whether you have any "skin in the game", it does - however - make me wonder... It's also not your problem that I find it offensive, that's my problem... Quote: Probably because it was all about the evil white man and their oppression of the natives. Even though everyone forgets what the natives did to the settlers. Go figure. :silly: Whatever side you think you're not on, look in the mirror... We're all human. I don't claim to be right, I just call it like I see it... Quote: squash it... Sorry, did I miss something...? I do confess to being obtuse, I'm really not sure what that was about, feel free to elaborate... Yeah, you seem to miss a lot. Oh well. I shall reiterate. That means repeat / explain. :) I have no ancestors who were involved on either side (as I said before), which means, I have no bias in this situation (which obviously you do). I look at both sides, not just one (again, unbiased, simple definition to understand, yes?). I never stated what the colonists did were okay, please tell me where I used those words. I would love to see that. I do believe I actually said that both parties were at fault. I love how you chose not to include that when you addressed my so called quote though. Also, never said degrade me, I said the opposing side, IE the colonist side. Why are you so intent in me having a personal stake in this? Yes, I can actually say anything I want actually, its called free will and freedom of speech. Also, never claimed to be on a side, nor am I currently saying that. This will be the third time in this topic that I have stated this, maybe it'll finally make since to you. Both sides were at fault (Doesn't sound like I'm on a side, does it). My issue was simply that the views that were being portrayed was that of the evil white man vs the innocent victimized natives, when in truth, both parties were equally to blame, and equally committed wrongs against each other. Again, unbiased, unlike you though. Next time, I'd appreciate it if you don't attempt to put words into my mouth, or try to twist my words into whatever you want, when I clearly and accurately stated my views.
    • Did You Know? (Last post by SeventhSL)
    • Quote: That's a little deceptive on account of this being only a theoretical fact. The math works out, but it has never been observed to occur in nature. Just wondering why you say it is still theoretical? It has been repeatedly done now according to numerous articles I've read. What am I missing? To use the same source as the original post: http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/geophysics/can-we-manufacture-matter.htm
    • Caffeine before meditation (Last post by Cyan Sarden)
    • It's been about 3 weeks since I posted this, so I think it's time for a quick follow-up: My sleep situation has improved slightly, as our little girl now sleeps through most nights. The dozing-off has more or less stopped (with very few exceptions). I still drink a cup of Genmaicha before my morning meditation. It doesn't do much anymore as my body has probably developed a tolerance, but it's now part of the ritual to get "in the mood". The latter is something I had always ignored. I would just sit down and, well, start "meditating". I've now started to do a little ritual - I get up at 5:30 (have to work very early on most weekdays), I go downstairs, make a cup of Genmaicha, come upstairs again, put on my meditation robe and then devote the first 1-2 minutes to settling my mind. I find this to be satisfactory. Whether it does anything for the meditation itself or not, I don't really care :-) I usually have another cup of green tea after lunch (has nothing to do with meditation, I just need to stay awake as I normally work 12 hours a day (we have our vacation time to make up for that as teachers, so this shouldn't be considered a complaint). For the evening session, I don't use caffeine as I'm normally through the roof anyway when I get home :-/ So my personal conclusion is: it doesn't hurt (me). I guess it depends on how sensitive to caffeine you are. I still haven't looked into other kinds of meditation but that's on my to-do list for the Christmas break. Cyan
    • The Role of Logic (Last post by Connor L.)
    • Couple of things I can think of off the top of my very tired head. (looking back, it's just an expansion of the quotation, but it's still interesting). Maybe people just want to be God? If we "problem solve" and "scientific method" everything, then we are becoming vulnerable and asking questions. I think a lot of people just wish they knew the answers to life, the universe, and everything... So, they pretend they do. Logic is a "get your hands dirty" way of thinking. It requires a lack of laziness... But, as we both know, people love to be lazy know-it-alls. The other thing I can think of is that logic is simplifying. It is kind of a filter for b.s., amirite? Oftentimes, the truth is boring. I bet people want complexity over elegance. It makes them feel more comfortable. lol.
    • Jedi in Oregon in need of help (Last post by Kitsu Tails)
    • I am still on hiatus. But I felt others here would appreciate an update concerning this subject. Here is a copy and paste from my contact. Quote: First off, he got his id, so he now has official government id, which makes so much more possible. And then he got a ride up to his family where he saw his kids for the first time in 2 months! Everyone's donations allowed him to take a few days to regain his sleep, eat, and be able to think clearly again. The value of that can't be understated. They still have roads to travel to fully resolve the situation, but he has leads on jobs thanks to various Jedi and other connections in the area. I passed along quite a few tools to help him create his life in new ways. All in all I'm confident things will continue to improve for them all. I'm incredibly grateful that others stepped up to help as well. :-) Thanks again!
    • Padawan (Last post by Tk768)
    • I agree, I was just curious, and wanted to have the right answer when asked. I am the only one I know of in my area, and I am being asked where why and how. I used to be a spiritual leader (priest) with the local Native American tribes, and taught at a few local churches. I am studying hard because I know some of my close family and friends are going to want me to teach them when I am ready. I have instructed them to go to our website, but they want a physical teacher.
    • Exploring the Religious Naturalist Option (Last post by Anyanwu)
    • That's actually really interesting. My thoughts actually align a lot with the religious naturalist platform. I just never had a name for it. The closest was humanism, although I settled on agnostic. Ever since my deconversion I've been heavy on science (I was bared from studying certain scientific subjects for a creationist narrative). I like that it changes as new evidence is brought forth. :) I'd have to look into it more but it looks like so,etching I could align with.
    • Workout Check-In Thread (Last post by Exarchias)
    • 15 x 3 x (2 hands) 3 kg biceps 15 x 3 push ups 15 x 3 sit ups 15 x 3 air squats 15 x 3 x (2 hands) 3 kg biceps And Meditation. 10# day without coffee.
    • Thoughts of a simple man (Last post by MikeBudo)
    • Wisdom of the warrior I live by choice, not by chance. I live to be motivated not manipulated. I live to be useful, not used. I live to make changes, not excuses. I live to excel, not to compete. I choose self esteem, not self pity. I choose to listen to my inner voice, Not to the random opinions of others. I choose to do things others will not do. I choose to live by ‘The Way’ I am everything, nothing and all that is in between, I am, Ki
    • What makes a Jedi? (Last post by den385)
    • @Cyan - sure, I meant the crashing plane situation - first you put on a respirator yourself, than to the kid - that's official instruction for depressurization.
    • Etymology of the word "Jedi" (Last post by den385)
    • @steamboat28 - let us dream of the word Jedi coming from every language on this planet ) Sure, I, too, think jidaigeki is the only source - statement by Lucas is clear.

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