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    • On the Nature of Crime vs War - An Open Discussion... (Last post by Kyrin Wyldstar)
    • Quote: Unfortunately the government already controls everything in this country, dictatorship or not. They decide who can open a business and what that business can do. They demand tithes from all citizens. They tell us what we can and cannot own and what actions we can and cannot commit, even when those actions are harmless or victimless crimes. America does not have true freedom yet. But I don't think the presence of a dictator necessarily means a lack of freedom. I think it's entirely possible for a person to have control over a country, and to use that control to guarantee the freedom of that country's citizens. Unfortunately no such dictator has popped up yet, so I can't point towards a specific example. But I do think it's a possibility. You've given me a lot to think about as well, thank you. Lol yes but those are all symptoms of a big bernie sanders socialist type govt not truly democratic minimalist govt. Do you think that the reason you have never seen a dictator like that is because they cant exist? Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. I say leave the power in the hands of the people, not big govt. ;)
    • Meditation (Last post by Death, yet the Force)
    • I usually meditate for 20-25 minutes. I don't have a specific timetable for it, I've never been good with timetables! I simply meditate when I need to, ie when I feel angry or worked up kind of thing. Usually i'd just meditate in silence without any noises or smells; and try to connect with the Force all around me in the earth, air and in me. However I do have a playlist full of mellow music which I sometimes use. My girlfriend has also bought me incense, which I will try when I next see her, so I shall probably try and do things with scented candles and incense soon too! I am always either sitting cross legged or standing up straight; sometimes doing hand movements. :)
    • Tai chi chuan for begginers (Last post by TheDude)
    • Quote: The video of Taiji is an example in point there are some fundimental errors in following taiji first principles, if you follow the classic chinese medical model then these errors will lead to blocked qi at best the western medical model will lead to knee pain and patela misalinement long term painfull knees are not muck fun and the replacements are not that good . Yes, there is not much focus on breath and no rounding of the back, and the knees are overextended at some points and at awkward angles for much of the video. But there are tons of different styles of Tai Chi Chuan (even within Yang style) and many traditional Chinese teachers do teach it this way, including some who are very devout in their study and practice of traditional Chinese medicine. :)
    • Knights of Awakening: Jedi Safe Spaces (Charles Mc... (Last post by Leah Starspectre)
    • Quote: Quote: It sounds to me like an attempt to not get caught rather than lack of racism. Blind people don't appreciate all colours equally, they do not appreciate any of them at all. I'm not sure I follow. If I reject the notion that there is race (as these scientists do), how can I possibly be racist? Could you elaborate? From what I've heard from POC, ignoring their race is invalidating their culture/experience, be they good or bad. They wish their race be acknowledged, not ignored or persecuted. Although race doesn't exist in DNA, it still exists in culture and cultural experience.
    • Dilemma (Last post by Leah Starspectre)
    • Is there no way to actively cut this person out? To block them from having an online presence in the community, or to contact law enforcement or have a restraining order put in place if it's a physical disruption?
    • How to create a group ?? (Last post by tzb)
    • A good way to gauge/demonstrate that interest and to find out if a Knight is one of those interested is to start a forum thread on the topic in question :)
    • Any pipe smokers here? (Last post by Jedi Druid)
    • I know it's a few months past since the last post here, but still wanted to add my two cents. I have nearly a dozen pipes of different ilks, but my favorite is a half-bent meerschaum with no design. I tend to smoke a little hot and the meerschaum seems to stay a little cooler. My favorite tobacco is a house blend from Just For Him in Springfield, Missouri that I have shipped to my house when I need it; it's called Treebeard from their Middle Earth Pipeweed blends (the also have, Old Toby, Ruins of Isengaard, Shortcut to Mushrooms, and Longbottom Leaf). It's delicious with some sweet vanillas in the mouth, little bite, and a bit of a nutty scent in its "room smell". Haven't found one yet to compare! Will upload some pics when I get a chance...
    • Mail (Last post by MadHatter)
    • Quote: If I sign up for the church, will I receive any mail from here? I would prefer not to The only email you get is what you allow under the email preferences section of your profile settings. No physical mail is sent that I am aware of unless you ask for a certificate that you have earned.
    • This Gave Me Hope (Last post by Soma)
    • Quote: I would like to start a thread similar to the grateful thread and the self-forgiveness thread. A thread where we can all share things that gave us hope today. In the face of a cruel and unfair world filled with bad people there is still always hope, you just have to open yourself up to it. So open yourself up and let that hope spill out to others. I thought this was a very inspiring story about a man named David Young... :
    • jedi Buddhist (Last post by shifu)
    • a short answer :huh: Ch`an buddhisum associated with shaolin study as with most of chinese life can be seen in this analogy, Buddhisum is the house Confucianism is the way the house is run Daoisum is the feeling within the house The body needs to be trained according to a structure the middle way, The mind needs to have a place within which to locate itsself, order, but within which you the internal can change according to the actions of the external others. The unity of body and mind leads on to the spirit, the spirit is you the internal them the external in harmony. Study of these Philosophies will give a compase heading in which to travel, aguide/teacher in your chosen model of practice will narrow the paths down on which you travel but you choose, when young take the difficult path, travel will make the path easier but no less interesting. Remember you have two teachers the external and the internal learn from both, all teachers need teachers to keep them true.

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