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    • Don't crave for more (Last post by Adder)
    • I wrote a short piece about this topic on the wall but it accidentally got deleted :S :lol: Basically I've ended up to subscribing to a capitalist asceticism, which nullifies consumerism by efforts to make efficient use of wealth at the expense of some of the elements of life which coincidentally turn out to be the main drivers of consumerism for me. In the shortest terms; by identifying that wealth is not about accessing goods and services, but rather wealth is about building the capacity to generate wealth. Main elements are reduction of living standards below ones income to build the basis. Requires consistent solid budgeting and involvement/commitment, and initially; self control, being able to live at a lower level of comfort/security/cleaniness etc, and some capacity to earn money above that lower living cost. The main idea being that once someone can build a capacity to generate wealth, it gives them the capacity to stop working for others and direct wealth to projects/causes of interest. The problems are that it's a slow process initially and stays slow for quite awhile, but speeds up as it goes on and really speeds up when it reaches the upper half of whatever market one prefers to focus within - as money tends to make money, so the problem is getting it. The other problem is keeping it, as risk is an ongoing element. So awareness, planning, and risk mitigation all need to be active elements of it - a capacity to fail and recover. Failure is an opportunity to learn and do it better next time. Consumerism is a mix of greed and reward (depending on wealth or poverty level) in simplistic terms, IMO. And following any ascetic path will lead to viewing consumerism as an expression of abject waste, like going the wrong way around a racetrack... your participating but not making progress and indeed literally going backwards. But removing oneself from the system entirely is not a solution for most. My approach means you have less, but you value it more, because what you have is suddenly more important. The ego is not left empty though, as overtime as wealth increases you do find you have the capacity to increase the quality of those things you need but this then still retains the increased meaningfulness and less wasteful benefits of the overall approach. Also though at these stages one's character is tempted by greed as things become accessible - but its the same concept of capitalistic asceticism which can challenge and defeat that too. The point being more things can be done with wealth then without it, the key issue is how is that wealth being used which in regards to Jedi is hopefully in a 'good' (?) way. The biggest challenge is it's a difficult journey and life is indeed short... so I don't claim its the right thing to do for everyone. Just my 2cents!!!
    • The Force (Last post by CryojenX)
    • Quote: Quote: People with migraines are prone to see flashes of patterns and shapes and images, when I close my eyes and stuff is flashing by at a million miles an hour, I crawl in bed and wait for the storm to hit, so to speak. I'm sorry to hear that, CryojenX. I know what it's like to dread going to bed. I used to have nightmares every night. I usually ended up in the morning feeling like I hadn't slept at all. I know that's somewhat beside the point, but have you tried getting help for this problem? Yeah, I see a neurologist, I've got meds, they're... somewhat effective. Sorry if I derailed the thread. though.
    • climate change (Last post by ZenJo)
    • Many animal and plant species have adapted to the rise of industial humanity by adapting traits to combat human presence and pollution. The example of the Peppered Moth is often given by evolutionary scientists. So I predict that animals and plants will fair better than we might expect in the coming climate change through their ability to adapt. At the same time, of course, many species may not survive the changes. However, I have to wonder about how modern humans will adapt to climate change. I believe that our ancestors, if placed in our current predicament, might fair better than modern humanity. Ancient humans seemed to have deeper connection to the Earth in their culture and way of life. But our modern world seems to have lost quite a bit of that connection. How many times have I seen someone throw McDonald's bags out their car window even though they are only a few miles from their house and a garbage can? Or people who throw their cigarette butts on the ground right beside the cigarette disposal bin? Or companies that STILL find ways to illegally dump chemical waste? If so many of us can't be trusted to prevent pollution and take climate change seriously, how can we be trusted to adapt to the changing world we have created? If climate changes become more severe, crops will not produce as high of yields. Recent studies have showns rises in drought which leads to food and water scarcity. I admit that many politicians worldwide have used the climate change issue to win votes. In doing so, they destroy the credibility of legit scientists who are actually doing something productive. I don't think we are neccesarily facing an "end-of-the-world" scenario, but hopefully it will be an end to laziness and apathy when the effects of climate change become more severe. One thing that has me bothered is all the stories I have been hearing in the news in recent years of tons of fish, whales, and sharks washing up dead on beaches. In each of the stories, I never hear scientists make any conclusive statements as to the cause of death. Is it Fukishima radiation? Underwater volcanoes? Changes in water temperature?
    • Examples of Deep, Knightly-Virtuous Truths, Learne... (Last post by Dessel761)
    • "You step outside, you risk your life. You take a drink of water, you risk your life. And nowadays you breathe, and you risk your life. Every moment now... you don't have a choice. The only thing you can choose is what you're risking it for. Now, I can make these people feel better and hang on a little bit longer. I can save lives. And that's enough reason to risk mine." —Hershel to his daughter Maggie and Rick Grimes, regarding the situation in the prison with the flu and how he could help the ailing people
    • Thandie Newton & Watts (Last post by Dessel761)
    • I was watching TED talks on vulnerability and shame from another thread. As I started branching out from those topics I came across this: I must say that this short video fits nicely with the teachings of Watts and The Book. There are similar ideas presented in both that I feel have helped to enhance my understanding of what Watts is saying.
    • Empathy and Sympathy: The Difference (Last post by Dessel761)
    • Quote: If you like that, than you might like this too. Very great talk on vulnerability including info on empathy vs sympathy. That was a great talk and this was one a year later goes hand in hand:
    • Current Weightloss (Last post by Metsu Desal)
    • Hello TOTJO! So been a while since I posted anything but I figured I would share something with you. This is my current weightloss, I'm eating healthier and exercising 5 times a week for at least an hour and loving it, wondering if there's any other ToTJO Jedi that are currently losing weight and / or have lost weight? Some noticeable benefits - I can wrap a towel around my waist when I get out the shower - Clothes fit more comfortably than tight - People are giving me lots of praise - People are treating me nicer and my mood is higher [image]
    • Its not Fat or Sugar to worry about, its Fat with ... (Last post by Cyan Sarden)
    • Quote: I do love dark chocolate.... especially the weird stuff with fruit in it (well, it seems weird to me because as a kid we only ever got it from the hypermarkets in Calais!). But maybe I can be tempted to buy some... Yeah - same here, it used to be only available in specialty shops (and I live in the land of chocolate and watches :-). Now Lindt and some other major manufacturers have started mass-manufacturing it and most supermarket chains carry it. You can get it all the way up to 98% cocoa (which doesn't contain much sugar, if any, but tastes very bitter)

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