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    • Is the world getting worse than ever? (Last post by Tellahane)
    • Another thought to make it more complicated, is the world actually getting worse, or is the development of technology, social media, and news, allowing us to become more aware of what has been present for many many years...
    • There are real Jedi, there are also real Sith. Opi... (Last post by JamesSand)
    • Quote: I have to force myself to care for myself sometimes emotionally, just to survive, because I put so much of myself into the welfare of others. I guess I need a bit more "dark" sometimes. It goes to show as a reminder that there always needs to be balance. It is not "Dark" To care for yourself. You are part of the whole, and the same care is to given to your welfare as to others - should you fall, become ill, become weak, unable to carry your part of the burden, then you have failed the whole. For the OP (I have not read all the pages, so I do apologise if something I say has already been stated or debated) I have friends who are Satanists, effectively a similar "outlook" to the Sith - Adopt power for yourself, for your freedom, advance your abilities, skills and enjoyment in this life. They respect the same freedom in others, but they do not coddle, nor do they give up what they have gained to please others who may be envious or offended. I do not see it as evil, I do not see it as Dark or Shadow. They are Yang, they are bright and brilliant, unapologetic, forceful, and at times inspiring. I do not follow that path, but I do not call the Jedi path "Light" - The Jedi are the Shadow, they have councils, they contemplate, debate, and reason; they move slowly, with a purpose. This may sound like Sith rhetoric, but it is how I come to understand the Jedi path. I am sure some here and elsewhere will disagree with me, and I welcome the discussion. Spoiler: (For a bit of Melodrama - Look at my name - I am Sand, I am the Desert. The Light here is not comfort, it is blinding, hot, and death)
    • Political Revolution (Last post by Manu)
    • Quote: I'd just like to say a I ask you, my brothers and sisters, to rage against the machine !! I just might. My car seems to keep breaking down on me, at THE worst possible moment. (Breathe Manu, breathe) Quote: Stick it to the man !! Sorry, can't, I'm married.
    • Have you killed a human ?? (Last post by Adi)
    • Quote: I see threads fall apart like this and I just want to stay away from it, and just pushes me further away from being here as a whole. I can't imagine what it is doing to our very fresh new members. WE are ALL BETTER than this guys and gals...I feel disappointed...and shamed... We CAN do better! Amen. Is all of this really who we've decided we are as a community?
    • Live Sermon August 31, 2016 9 p.m. GMT (Last post by Jack.Troutman)
    • Whether or not this goes well, I have something to say that I consider important. I think it is something that the community needs to hear and possibly even meditate upon. I don't want to put too much build up on it and have people go away disappointed, so I will leave it there. I will be speaking from my heart. I look forward to seeing you all there for my sermon and if all goes well, I may do more in the future. May the Force be with you all and thank you in advance.
    • The thread of self-forgiveness (Last post by Gwinn)
    • I forgive myself for not always being able to be what those I care about need, and deserve. I know it's not all my fault, and I shouldn't have to even forgive myself for it, but it still hurts.
    • How do you Train? (Last post by Reacher)
    • That would depend on the nature of the training. True 'training' is generally more task-based - teaching people a skill they expect to apply for a known reason. Compare that to education, which teaches concepts through study for an application not yet known. I have done both, though in the military we generally lean toward training. Within the training realm, there are also many useful methods that depend upon your purpose. When attempting to build capacity (the numbers) at a certain skill or job, it makes sense to use the train-the-trainer (T3) model. This generally involves experts training an initial pool of candidates to a high degree. The second cycle of the training would see the best of the first pool used to augment the experts as assistant trainers. Then a third cycle of training would see the first pool as the primary trainers, the second pool as the assistants, and the initial experts as observers. Rinse and repeat, growing larger over time. This method is useful to grow numbers and to help an organization sustain itself - teach a man how to fish and all that. Beyond T3, there are other useful conceptual training models. One of these is Crawl-Walk-Run. This concept takes a series of known responsibilities and assigns them and all the real-world difficulty that comes with them to the Run phase. Working back from Run, the Crawl phase is a foundational training experience on those same responsibilities - only simple enough that someone with zero experience can execute it safely and within a certain challenge threshold. Trainers endanger their audience if the Crawl phase is too challenging, or risk losing training effectiveness. The Walk phase is designed to bridge the gap between Crawl and Run once the training audience performs well in the Crawl phase. Again, training that is too challenging is not ideal, but nor is training which is too easy. Generally speaking, we try to assume an 80/20 success/fail balance to keep folks interested and working...but that also depends on your audience, the amount of time you have, and the level of proficiency you're looking to achieve. Sometimes perfection is the enemy of good enough. Other times we own the mantra, "Amateurs practice until they get it right. Professionals practice until they can't get it wrong." Another method you can find a lot within a mentor-mentee relationship is to require them to teach something. I often find that I learn much more through teaching on a subject than merely as a student. It forces the protégé to actually THINK about what they've learned, and demands that they give dimension to their own understanding prior to questioning from those they teach. Sometimes a person can be a lazy student, but an excellent teacher. Maximize this type of person's focus on teaching and they can learn quite a bit. The Socratic method of teaching is a dialogue between a teacher and a student, where the teacher takes the student down a line of questioning to spur their understanding of a topic. Sometimes asking the right question reinforces a concept far more than just extolling the answer. Additionally, this method usually sees instant credibility with the student because HE is the one who did the exploring. Little is taken solely on good faith, with this method. These are just a few training concepts I have used in the past - there are many more that are every bit as valid. I hope these gave you a few ideas, and if you would like to hear anything more specific, please send a PM or ask me to explain things here in the forum! Thanks for reading!
    • Brexit and the UK (Last post by Alethea Thompson)
    • Read an article today stating a Germany official is slightly concerned for the fiture of the EU because of Brexit. Those of you outside of the U.K., is there a concern in your belief?
    • Favourite Yoga Poses (Last post by Adder)
    • I have a fair bit of trouble doing seated poses now, because of psoriasis on my legs, but I do like to bash out a salutation to sun now and then - otherwise sleeping abdominal stretch, spine twist, cat pose, tiger pose and the hare pose to relax - yoga is not meant to be relaxing right!? :ohmy:
    • Yoga Camp (Last post by Edan)
    • Yoga Camp - Day 24 - 'I Am In Control'
    • Movie Time!!! (Last post by Rosalyn J)
    • Monty Python and the Holy Grail at 18:00 utc today. About 1 hr from now. PM me if you want to watch

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