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    • Well done, feminism. Now men are afraid to help wo... (Last post by ZenJo)
    • My exprience has taught me (and feel free to correct me), that a major difference between women and men is that men tend to think in "2-D" in conversations and women think in "3-D". By that I mean that men seem to view conversation as way to convey a certain message or a point via the words themselves. Women think on a higher plane by using conversation to also convey the intentions, feelings, and emotions behind the words. There is of course some overlap as not everyone fits gender generalitites or sterotypes. But I speak from experience only. For example when I ask my friend (a dude) how his day was, he will state the bare minimum information about a particular event and I know the bottom line of what happened. "I got hired at __" or "they fired me today". But unless I dig deeper, I won't know what led up to that even or how it made him feel. My female friends will set the events of their day up like they are describing a movie script. They set the scene, the characters, the rising action, the falling action, and the emotions felt in each scene. Needless to say, their days are always way more interesting to listen to than my male friends. If I am around my male friends watching football or whatever, we don't interact much at all. I think we are secretly competing to see who can be the laziest while staring at the TV, lol. So in the work place, I have found that I don't have be afraid of talking to women at all. I just have make sure I am clear about my intentions in offering help and that I pay close attention to what they are saying/doing. And given the long and ongoing history of sexism and domestic violence in our world, I don't blame women for having a bit of caution in the back of their mind around men. But men who claim to be "afraid" of women at work need to talk to and get to know the women in their office better and stop pretending to be "victimized" by women. My female friends have described to me how the "prettier girls" in their offices get preferential treat by the male bosses. Like, for examle, the boss allowing the cute blonde to go home early for a cough and sniffle but denying other girls time off even when they have the flu. Sexism is alive and well.
    • Duty sword advice (Last post by RyuJin)
    • could always go with a pr24 baton, the one with a side handle like police used to carry (like tonfa)...the side handle allows you to spin the baton in close quarters generating more impact force when needed and offers a leverage point for arm traps, and choke with its size you can apply escrima/arnis techniques as well....
    • Did KOTOR teach you anything? (Last post by Doogle)
    • Yes this game opened my eyes to the force in a fun and example rich way. The first game your Jedi teacher Jolee Bindo a Jedi who put himself into exile for falling in love with a sith. He taught me to not take life so seriously and think that mine is anymore important than others. {Jolee: "Look, everybody always figures the time they live in is the most epic, most important age to end all ages. But tyrants and heroes rise and fall, and historians sort out the pieces." Revan: "Are you saying what we're doing isn't important?" Jolee: "Malak is a tyrant who should be stopped. If he conquers the galaxy, we're in for a couple of rough centuries. Eventually it'll come around again, but I'd rather not wait that long. So we do what we have to do and we try to stop the Sith. But don't start thinking this war, your war, is more important than any other war just because you're in it." ―Jolee Bindo and Revan, on the Jedi Civil War} He also points out the flaws in the Star Wars Universe's Jedi Order.. {"Love doesn't lead to the dark side. Passion can lead to rage and fear, and can be controlled... but passion is not the same thing as love. Controlling your passions while being in love... that's what they should teach you to beware. But love itself will save you... not condemn you." ―Jolee Bindo, to Revan, when discussing love} But enough about Jolee my true teacher was an amazingly wise former Sith Master and Jedi named Kreia. Kreia tought me how to first feel the force. To stop and concentrate on the life around me, mentally strip away the layers of material things, and feel the pure energy flowing with life (especially in areas with heavy activity). She also taught me the duality of a good deed. If a good deed is not properly focused it will do no good in actually solving the problem and may even have bad consequences. If you want to truly heal something ... "It requires that one be able to feel the critical point within the fractured mass... and know how to strike it in such a way that the echoes travel to your intended destination." - Kreia She also taught me force or violence is not the answer either ... "Direct action is not always the best way. It is a far greater victory to make another see through your eyes than to close theirs forever." ―Kreia Basically she taught me there is a good and bad side to everything and to restrict yourself to the Jedi code is to enslave your mind and throw out possible alternatives. "You must understand. I did not wish the Jedi dead. Defeated... perhaps. I merely wished them to see that they and their teachings were wrong. That one could not truly understand the Force simply by adhering to the Jedi Code." ―Kreia[src] "Let me show you—you, who have forever seen the galaxy through the Force. See it through the eyes of the exile." ―Kreia, speaking to Jedi Masters Vrook Lamar, Kavar, and Zez-Kai Ell, moments before severing their connection with the Force She taught me much more but going into detail about it would require a lot of effort.
    • Guns in America (Last post by ZenJo)
    • Quote: RyuJin as am I so you can guess why such a statement would bug me. Further I cant detect sarcasm on the internet and far too many people would actually mean what you said for me to tell who is joking and who is not. Further Biometrics SUCK. They fail when you need them most and frankly adding one more item to fail on a life saving tool is just foolish. Add to this that I do not want my fiance to have to worry about oh crap is this gun coded to Hatter or myself if we ever need the firearm. Having it so you cant allow anyone to use your firearm is just foolish and cumbersome. To close if you dont think the government would demand shut down capabilities on any electronic lock out devices you are far more trusting of them then I am. I agree that there is huge risk in letting the government shut down a firearm via remote, that's why I sorta cringed when I was typing that last post. And the police can already shut down some newer model car engines via remote too. The country is between a rock and hard place I guess. Though biometrics might cut back on some of the black market activity, I agree that there are a ton of risks that need sorted out first. Also, for the people that posted that the 2nd Amendment is no longer relevant, are you aware of the original intent of the amendment? It is specifically aimed at giving citizens the right to own firearms for not only protection from crime but also in case a tyrant were to take power in government. A great deal of the constitution is designed to ensure the limitations of government so that we wouldn't have to deal with another monarchy. So in addition to protecting yourself against crime, firearms are available to law-abiding citizens so that we are not defenseless against our own government. There are many refugees who have come to America to escape tyrannical regimes in their home countries. It would be naive to say "It couldn't happen here in America". The examples of 1984 and Starship Troopers are extreme but interesting. I think if such an abuse of power in government were to occur it would be even more subtle and deceiving, right under our noses. I know some will disagree, but the "Communism" that the government used as an excuse to invade Vietnam was later renamed "Terrorism" and was used to invade Iraq. The "isms" are scare tactics to get the American people to accept an expensive "nation-building" war agenda. Terrorism was also the word used to justify the Patriot Act and illegal phone tapping. And it doesn't matter if a polictician calls themselves Republican or Democrat, they are only a pawn. Will the violence here in America be an excuse for the government to take severe action against a disarmed public domestically?
    • If people of all religions can be saved, why do we... (Last post by Rick D)
    • How can Jesus be relevant to non-Christians? Short answer - by being the example on how to live a life of service and devotion to mankind. Long answer - The Bible is a collection of books that was first compiled in the 1611 by King James (hence the King James version). At that time most, if not all of the writings were in a language that was long dead, or had changed dramatically over the centuries. It was the task of those that compiled it to get at least two different language versions of each book and try and decipher what the text meant by comparing the two versions. Even in that time, there was great discussion on the meanings of different parts. For example some scholars took a word an interpreted it to mean "brother" while others interpreted it as "male family member", so that in the Gospels, where it talks about Jesus' brothers, some believe that it means that Mary had other children who were physical brothers to Jesus; while others believe that it refers to Jesus' uncles and cousins. There is no definitive answer because even in 1611 it was an educated guess on it's meaning. My point is that much of the Bible is up for interpretation based on the values, and needs of the individual. Did Jesus come to forgive sin, or abolish sin? I have read it both ways, in different versions, and it takes a totally different meaning depending on which version you ascribe to . For me, my journey and search for answers led me to look, not at what is literally written, but what was the context of the passages when viewed from the perspective of the times that it portrays. If you look at the conditions and way of life in Judea at the time of Christ, you would see that there was massive corruption within the church. Each individual would have to go to the priest, and the priest would decide the level of atonement that was necessary; then you would have to go into the outer temple and purchase an animal that coincided with your level of atonement and present it to the priest at the entrance to the inner temple; who would then sacrifice said animal, and you would be forgiven. Most people spent their entire lives working to pay for the sacrifices demanded by the priests, and had forgotten what it was to really live the word of God. Jesus was born into these conditions; lived an immaculate life; then became the perfect sacrifice so that no other sacrifice was ever needed again. To me, this is line with the interpretation that He came to abolish sin, because he has paid the price for all sin, now and in the future; so that now we can free ourselves from the need to "repent" and can concentrate on the real message - living a life of service and peace. So how is Jesus relevant to non-Christians? He leveled the playing field and set the example of how to live, not just for Christians (because Jesus was not Christian), but for all people!
    • On War & Religion (Last post by Gisteron)
    • Quote: Quote: establish exactly WHY it is wrong to burn down a dozen villages If it benefits me, if it simply entertains me, and i can get away with it, and my life is just as good after burning these village as it was before, maybe even better because the villages smelled bad and they played their music too loud, why shouldnt i do it? what is WRONG about it? can you do this without appealing to an ultimate reality or authority? I can appeal to consequences and emotions and rely on the person's set of values, if they have any. Beyond that, no, I can't. Appealing to an ultimate cosmic will of sorts won't help me either way though, because "the universe wills it" is a frankly cartoonishly weak justification for anything, really. Any appeal to any ever so weak reason will, simply by virtue of actually going through some thoughts rather than stopping at the declaration already, be stronger than any appeal to moral authority, ultimate or not, can ever hope to be. You see, if my villager was a Christian, and knew that Jesus told him this and that, nothing about that would be any more ultimate. To put it in Kant's terms, it would be but another hypothetical imperative, namely "IF you wish to live your life in accordance with the will of God, THEN you ought not to burn this man." There is neither a reason to suppose that the villager would wish that, nor that there is anything good about said will, as exposed by the Euthyphro Dilemma, and of course with or without either suppositions, what the divine plan entails exactly would remain a matter of interpretation anyway, as evident by modern villages who keep murdering heretics or witches to this day, because rather than in spite of their oh-so-ultimate morality. Besides, modern Christian theologians to a great extent go out of their way to tell us how we are NOT obliged to make either choice rather than the other, even if we acknowledge that one is good and the other evil. So, with or without appeals of this kind, morality remains fluid and negotiable and I for one would propose that this is far better than a truly ultimate morality which is not concerned with the interests of its only subjects. Just because something is not absolute, doesn't mean it is relative, and frankly, rigidity and persistence are hallmarks of the unreliable, while change and improvement are hallmarks of the trustworthy. I never said you get ultimate justification without religion. I said that you don't get it with religion. You can get some contingent and limited justification without it, but religion would add nothing of value to it if you chose to employ it. This is why my challenge posed a person who had no regard for the consequences of their actions or the well-being of others. While even a slight amount of religion has been and remains enough to move even good people to do wicked things, no amount of religion can actually make you care to be a good person. Nothing can.
    • Questionnaire: Why did you choose the path? (Last post by TheDude)
    • What is Jediism to you? Belief in the Force and all that comes with it. How did you find the Jedi path and how did you find other jedi? Hm... Google! How much did you have to change or what changed when you started the path? Ex diet, clothing, relationship with animals Started meditating more and reading more often. How active are you in the Jedi Community? I post on here and try to talk with members of the community often, especially while bouncing ideas. But I haven't gone to any gatherings or anything. What does being a Jedi mean to you? Belief in the Force and all that comes with it. What are the difference practices in the Jedi path? Some people care about the fiction, some don't. Some try to emulate the fiction, some don't. How has being a Jedi improved your life as a whole? I am more at peace now. I meditate more often. And my conflict resolution has gotten better. Do you consider Jediism a religion or more of a philosophy? The two are inseparable in my opinion. Do you practice alone or with a group and why? Is it about community ? Alone and sometimes here at TOTJO. Community can help, but isn't necessary to follow the path. Do you identify with any other religion and how do they view your path? Dudeism. But Jediism allows for many things. I'm generally a bit of a mystic as well. How do you meditate? Many ways. Either zazen or being involved in things. Drum beats can help, and I do a lot of vision-based meditation. Sometimes water helps. I generally either focus on being a blank slate or focus on taking in as much as possible... or vision-based stuff. What did others think of your decisions? My decisions are my own and I don't tell others unless they ask. People generally don't ask.
    • Jedi Charity (Last post by Slebo)
    • Any chance to organize by region a time and place to perform an act of charity? I know that as long as there is enough notice to my bosses, I could make something work. I would also like to follow up on the can food donations and making contact with a food back and ask what they are short on. I also wouldn't mind wearing a Jedi hoodie or shirt to show the people that we Jedi are here and here to help.
    • Workout Check-In Thread (Last post by JLSpinner)
    • Quote: Hey all I wish to start working out because I need to drop the weight. My problem is that getting started for me. Its just hard to motivate myself because I dont really like working out and lack transportation most days. Does anyone have advice or work out plans that work from home mostly? Does anyone have advice on getting yourself started despite not really liking the idea. Motivation is temporary. What you need is desire. To want to change. If you're interested there are some websites/apps you can do. The 20 pull-up challenge. 100 push-up challenge. These are great places to start a fitness journey from at home.
    • Justice in the Force (Last post by Corwinani)
    • Well, we are all connected in the force, even with the animals and the plants and everything else .... Of course i do not mean that eating meat or killing animals for meat is wrong, because we are part of the nature and its FOOD CHAIN , but we should have some respect and not look at the animals just as a can of meat, but always be aware of living breathing being. (some people could disagree with my opinion and there is many, but it doesnt make me wrong)
    • Doctor Who's Sonic Sunglasses - really? (Last post by RyuJin)
    • i liked eccleston's dr.. but felt it was too short of a run...he left due to the writing...i really enjoyed tenant's dr....i think he was the best of the new who's....and i'm old enough to remember the dr. of the early 80's...with K-9....and i was able to watch the repeats of the older episodes back then too...i haven't seen capaldi's dr, but have read that his "grumpy" dr is not too popular and now the show is facing cancellation....he may end up being known as the one that killed dr.who...

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