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    • To the Fatty on the Track (Last post by Aqua)
    • Quote: I'm not sure about that whole "water presssure is good for lungs" thing, especially since water isn't really supposed to enter lungs, and most people swim at surface level.... Muscles don't burn many calories compared to brains. Maybe that's why nerds tend to be skinny :P I had it ones, and one time almost during a holiday at the Mediterranean sea. Nothing funny about that indeed. More muscles will give you more capability of burning fat. But the funny part is what to do not, due to the fact that people are drinking shakes and running there hart out of their body. Doing a program that you can do over a long period of time is the only true solution. Everything else is only temporarily. It amazes me how good we are at being fooled. At young age people devolop fat cells, so if a person is fat at young age, he will have more trouble to be slim at old age, due to the cell memory for storage of fat. I recommend using simple baking soda in your normal drinking water when going out sporting. It helps against high blood pressure, illness, pain in the head, muscle acidification, to make you teeth natural white.. and so much more. It is a natural substance that can be found in open nature as well as in the kidneys. Hospitals use it to let you recover after a operation. To get the medicines out your body. It is used to bring balance in your body, and sporting as an obese person gives much risk. Using it could help in the process. Fat cells: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journa....asp?blog_id=5057956 Baking Soda: www.naturallivingideas.com/24-baking-soda-uses/ www.acidalkalinediet.net/acidosis-the-kiss-of-death.php
    • Best martial art? (Last post by Aqua)
    • Quote: Quote: Quote: As a general rule I try to stay out of these discussions, but this one has dragged on and on for quite a while now. There is no best martial art. The problems people have with any art of this nature, lies within their own understanding of the arts. The art is not the problem, the way they use it is. The amount of training they actually put into it is. It doesn't matter if you have a blackbelt in any of these systems of fighting, if you don't actually know how to defend yourself. There is a huge differemce between a mat and a bunch of rules designed to keep people safe, and an actual fight. I'm worthless on a mat in a tournament, but I can hold my own and often protect myself out on the streets better than most people who have any kind of rank in any system. You can always learn from everyone, on any thing, and when it comes to fighting, the whole reason for martial arts, is to not fight. That is the ultimate aim of the study of these arts. ~Calanon If I may be so free, why would someone learn marterial arts, if he/she is learning to never use it? It sounds like a contradiction. I feel confused.. :blush: All the founders of the arts taught them as a method to keep peace. They train to reach the point where they don't have to fight. They are taught for self discipline, self respect, respect of others, health, etc.. I do not take pride in my ability to be violent. I'm really good at it. But The only reason I have ever felt the need to use it is for defense of myself and my family. I abhor violence, and wish for peace, but you can't just have peace by avoiding violence. Sometimes you have to use it. It is a sad day when you have to. But sometimes it is necessary. Read The Art of Peace by Morihei Ueshiba. I have trained for many years in several arts of budo and kobudo, but the more I learned the more emotional I developed.. I do not wish to fight or hit anyone ever again. Fighting gives me not so happy feelings, makes me a feeling like hurting people for selfish reasons. I have respect for you that you are capable to do it, not every person is the same. And I guess the world needs a little bit of everything.. :unsure: Thank you for your explanation.
    • Higher Education (Last post by Aqua)
    • Quote: So I'm in the position of feeling the deep and complicated need to go to college in a country where the cost of college is often prohibitive, and where the standardized education system makes big problems for people like me who are very focused in their interests. But personal stuff aside - I want to attend a place of higher learning. // But I figured that since we have a varied and eclectic group of people on the forums here, I might as well go ahead and see what all of you have to say on the subject. I'm interested in hearing what you have to say about schools you attended and your experiences there, your thoughts on the worth of attending higher education,// Basically just a wide discussion on the whole kit and caboodle. Aaaannnndddd.... GO. ;) I follow a study water management at the estate of Van Hall Larenstein and I guess that I can say that higher education is certainly a good way to create a wide grip for jobs, also the conditions are most of the time more healthy. However, understanding what lower education does is just as important as higher education. Or a losing a leadership position is irreversible. For if your knowledge is no guarantee, have fun with the path of learning, but keep an eye open for future possibilities! Can come in handy. may the force be with you, ~ Aqua
    • saber build (Last post by RyuJin)
    • as long as they're mhs parts they're interchangeable...and now saberforge is making their hilts and electronics modular...which means more options for customizability...
    • Workout Check-In Thread (Last post by Exarchias)
    • 10 x 3 x (2 hands) 3 kg triceps 20 x 3 x (2 hands) 3 kg biceps 20 x 3 push ups 20 x 3 air squats 20 x 3 x (2 hands) 3 kg biceps 10 x 3 x (2 hands) 3 kg triceps
    • Does "love" work? (Last post by Adi Vas)
    • In Jorge Luis Borges' short story The Immortal, a Roman soldier quests for and attains immortality. At first glance, it might seem as though he has received a most precious gift, but he soon finds that because immortality grants one the ability to (eventually) live all possible lives, it eliminates the preciousness of life. Borges argues that our finite nature, that we only have so many years with which to live, is what gives our life such meaning. I tend to think of love, compassion and kindness in a similar way. We live in a world where instinct often urges us to be brutal, cold and unfeeling in the name of survival. Though I see great beauty in it, our world is often capable of being a very ugly one. And in that context, when the whole world is saying "look out for yourself, do what you must just to survive, at any cost," to love and have great compassion is a remarkable thing - something that I find takes great strength. Certainly I would like to live in a world where everyone loved one another and did good by one another, but in such a world, our love would be mundane and normal, and not the extraordinary force it can be. So how do *I* cope with the "crappiness that exists in the world"? By loving my fellow living beings and doing my very best to do right by everyone I meet, and recognizing how powerful it is when I encounter that love myself. Because in our world, it really is a precious thing.
    • The Dark (Last post by InsaneMind)
    • Quote: Bienvenu au Temple ... :cheer: The poem makes sense, but I'm not sure if it makes the sense that you wrote into it ~ The "Darkness" is our own lassitude and folly ; it is the 'Otherness' that lets us envy and want, it is Ignorance, Opinion and Laziness. The "Darkness" does indeed consume, but from the inside>out, and that ... quite slowly and imperceptibly if we do not bring it a serious attention when it is still a pale Shadow. Unfortunately, by the time we realise it is growing - to the point that we write poetry (or philosophical essai) about it - it is no longer a 'pale Shadow'. We cannot get rid of it, for wanting to do so is part of its own desire for conquest -- in such a pursuit, the Darkness would win and thus be all there is ... ... but, we can listen to it, converse and hold discourse with it, and learn from it. After all, the Darkness isn't Evil. It is just there where the light has to bend to clarify. Moreover, it is only from its heart that we can distinguish that which is truly illuminated. Keep writing ... ;) Thank you Alexandre. I greatly appreciate your kind words of wisdom. Tonight is late and my wit has left me for today. I truthfully hope to talk to you, Edan, and the rest of the temple. Till tomorrow, thank you.
    • What kind of man or women are you towards Jediisme... (Last post by PatrickB)
    • streen seriously , Alien Alien Alien haaaaa There are Alien look in the sky a space ship :lol: And you can say being too . Things not so sure . But there are known on earth as alien's . I give you that on other planet they have probably other name like eee tatooine or corusquand or naboo or togruta or kachik or mooner's :blink: . Event we just speaking about having what it's take's for receiving the alien's or " things" or probably people how look like us streen but I dough it that they are things . Thing are object . And by the way who seriously believe if we have a job too do or not here don't want to waste my time me .
    • LuCrae's Question in Another Thread (Last post by OB1Shinobi)
    • Quote: I may not be popular in this regard, but I don't think the code is necessary. I very rarely think about it, preferring the creed myself. i think the code is backwards - it only makes sense once youve reached a point where youre able to translate it "there is no emotion, there is only peace" well when your dog eats your girl friend and runs off with your homework if you are anything like me then i think you are going to feel some emotion; my teacher didnt belive me and the cops didnt belive me and my parents were ashamed of me and all my SO CALLED friends laughed at me constantly certain experiences are just very difficult and "there is no emotion" would not have helped me maybe it has helped others, and if so i am glad i dont say it has NO value only that I personally think there are BETTER a code imo is supposed to give you direction in times of uncertainty i think this is a little better Emotion, yet peace. Ignorance, yet knowledge. Passion, yet serenity. Chaos, yet harmony. Death, yet the Force. at least i felt it does offer some reassurance and insight in life situations - BUT - like you say Eden, the CREED is better (in my opinion as well) HOWEVER! while the Creed is very good, is still not distinctly jedi (for those unfamiliar with "the prayer of st francis" www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=134) wherever it began, this does give a real direction in most any circumstance, which is what codes and creeds are for it seems reasonable that an integral part of the JEDI WAY is to develop ones own code based on ones current best understanding of what works that doesnt mean we can never "standardize" it just means that the movement is still young and HOW to "standardize" without simultaneously stifling personal freedom is a big concern (rightly so)
    • a question about the value of human life (Last post by OB1Shinobi)
    • mom had an arterial bypass of the femoral artery and it was tense for a while - its a surgery with some risk she is home now the recovery takes a while but shes doing good so far thanks :-) about dictionaries; obviously i cant prove this but it was a little more than 15 yrs ago when i settled myself on the definition that i use and i referenced quite a few dictionaries in the process and more than one had a definition for the word which was essentially the same as i use here also a google will still get the following a pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance. "consumerism is the new religion" something one believes in and follows devotedly; a point or matter of ethics or conscience: to make a religion of fighting prejudice. "natural religion" a religion validated on the basis of human reason and experience apart from miraculous or supernatural revelation; specifically : a religion that is universally discernible by all men through the use of human reason apart from any special revelation so there are dictionary precedents which offer enough interpretive freedom even now to make a case for the definition that i use also i think that it would elevate the quality of the discussion to free the word "religion" from the religious extremists i also think that once that happens, the perception that intellectual integrity requires one to completely separate oneself from any hint of religion will be lessened - which is good imo obviously i dont feel that religion and intelligence are mutually exclusive about this Gisteron: while it may be immediately beneficial to promote these ideas, there is always something dark about promoting things we don't know are indeed true; this is even more important when the promoted idea raises more questions than it answers. ---- i agree with this what i would say is that people look at "religion" and often see only the past - its not ENTIRELY INACCURATE to say that we are creating/generating/influecing or at least helping to create/generate/influence, contemporary religious thought RIGHT NOW every honest discussion that people have about the topic helps to do this, especially online if you think about it, totjo, the jedi movement, and other similar, budding movements, are on the cutting edge of the global religious development the ideas we come up with here WILL have significant cultural influence in the area of personal religious development, simply because of the intellectual and spiritual freedom and openness inherent to the jedi path now, i do belive that there are certain things which are "right" about being spiritually healthy and certain things which are "wrong" and that these have not changed much in the last 150-2000 thousand years - but its up to every generation to acknowledge these things and to promote them in its own language otherwise they stagnate into what many modern thinkers associate with the word "religion", namely crusades and jihads and superstitious ignorance i think its well enough established that we have to develop our own religions for ourselves in the course of our lives - but this doesnt really mean that we just make it up, rather that we have the experiences which open us up to the value of religious thought without latching on to them in a way that alters the path from one of personal growth into societal control but then also i think we DO have a responsibility, especially us personally as jedi, but also everyone who would stand at the forefront of thought in most any influential field, to be aware of the consequences of the ideas we promote to my way of thinking it is perfectly reasonable to advance a sort of "faithful optimism" about our value we dont have to claim certainty - but that not claiming certainty can go both ways and rather than being certain that we DONT have inherent value simply on the grounds that we havent proven otherwise, we can hold out on the idea that the puzzle is still bigger than our eyes and that it JUST MIGHT BE REALLY AWESOME in a way that can best be described as "divine" and that JUST THE POSSIBILITY that this is so is enough to convince us to take care of it a best as we can i think thats the best articulation im going to come up with of my view at the moment

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