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    • Leaders Eat Last (Leadership in Jediism) (Last post by Kit)
    • Thank you Cayce, I love Ted Talks! I love listening tot his guy talk too. On military training and leadership (spoilered for being partly off topic :) ) Spoiler: Quote: I don't know what your experience is, but in my limited interaction with Military people (Limited folks, Don't anyone take this personally) whatever passes for leadership in their training is fairly crap. My military experience is focused mostly on the USAF. I've been through three classes on leadership. The first time when I sewed on Staff Sergeant (our first non-commissioned officer rank.) then a brief view in a self-paced class called Non-commissioned Officer Long Distance Learning Academy, then a more focused course this last week after I've been an NCO for five years already. The Air Force WANTS leaders. But it can't quantify leadership. It CAN quantify management. "Flawlessly executed more than 300 Widgets, Promote Now!" Sure, you've produced 300 widgets, but your people may or may not be miserable, may or may not be growing, may or may not be inspired to follow in your footsteps. So the Air Force rewards management. You can say "Produced 300 Widgets", you can't say "Well, we didn't catch that Global Hawk, but my people are enhanced! :D " For me, the way I feel when I think of the leader I want to be, is the exact same way I feel when I think of the Jedi I want to be. It's a little bit of pride, a little bit of confidence, a little bit of humility, and a lot'a bit of love for those around me. So next question, we've seen those good leaders and those bad leaders. You can learn as much from one as from the other. What is it that you look for in a leader? What makes you dedicated to them? What makes a person a bad leader?
    • Questions for Christians of the site (Last post by Parnerium)
    • I'm not a Christian any more either, but I'll toss some answers your way anyway based on both my Christian past and the many, many Christians I've met and interacted with. I just want to see if I can shed some light on different approaches to Christianity (that can sometimes be hard to see when you're neck deep in whatever variety is common around you). Quote: 1. Do you believe that it is a choice to go to heaven or hell? If you believe it's a choice how can it be when its made with a threat over one's head. To me, it feels like love me or suffer and that is not a choice in my eyes. The choice isn't to go to heaven or hell. Not directly any way. The choice is to (for some types of Christians) to obey God or to not obey God, which humans are fully capable of doing. Heaven and hell are just consequences for those choices. A child doesn't get to choose whether their parent will take away their cell phone, but they do get to choose whether or not to stay out past their curfew. Now, some Christians believe that the only criteria for going to heaven or hell is to believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead, died on the cross for your sins, and that through him your sins can be wiped clean and you can achieve salvation. That isn't really a choice. Good luck "choosing" to sincerely believe something. Yet more Christians believe that the ticket to heaven is, basically, being a good person. So even if you don't believe in the Christian god, you don't believe in Jesus, and you use the bible to hold up your wobbly kitchen table, doing good works will get you a party with ol' J.C. in heaven. Quote: 2. How do you get past the things that caused the death of children in the bible? Such as the flooding of earth, the death of the firstborn, the rain of fire upon sodom and its sister city, the setting of a bear upon youths for mocking a prophet? If you say you feel they are parables how do you separate parable from literal? One easy way to separate literal from parable is "The parts I don't like are parables. The parts I do are literal." Lots of people take that stance. And if I works for them, more power to them. Another way to look at it is that, before God sent Jesus to die for all of mankind, God was only the god of the Jews. There were other gods for other tribes, but the Hebrews were his people. This means that God was acting on behalf of his people (and before his covenant with Israel, was acting on behalf of no people). The views of the ancient Jews on Sodom and Gomorrah (same sex relations, the principle of hospitality) and on the youths mocking a prophet (principle of hospitality, not messing with a guy who can literally talk to God) are the reason for God's actions in those cases. When he expanded his domain out to all of humanity things changed (which is part of why Jesus had to do some preaching before his date with the crucifix). There are also plenty of Christians who don't see the Holy Bible as the inerrant Word of God. It's just a book written by people trying to get at the Truth. In it may be some Divine revelations, but for the most part it's a collection of stories and histories that are colored by the culture and perceptions of the human beings who wrote it. So they just try not to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Quote: 3. How do you get past Gods nonintervention in things like world hunger, rape, the murder of the innocent, etc? I know I could not walk past someone being beaten in the street and not act. Never mind if I could end the act with a thought. No amount of us having free will can justify claiming to love someone but watching them suffer terribly when you can stop it with no risks to yourself. ( in my eyes that is.) With free will comes positives and negatives. God is eternal. He has always been and will always be. So the length of a human life on Earth is absolutely nothing compared to the time that he knows everybody has left in front of them (because when your body dies your soul will live forever, and ever, and ever, and ever...) To God, intervening in all of these little sufferings isn't worth taking away the free will of mankind to make choices and live with the consequences. A lot of Christian thought requires the belief that God is not human. Jesus was sent to experience humanity and to know what it is like to suffer as a human (because God can't do that chilling in heaven). But when Jesus died he went to heaven, so he also knows just how temporary the suffering of human life really is. The sign that God cares, then, is that he commands his followers to help. But then free will means they don't actually have to. Sure, he could intervene with no risk to himself. But intervening on that grand a scale would be a risk to the entire universe and the system he has created in it. So you could say that God respects humans enough to let them make their own choices, even if that means terrible suffering, inequality, and injustice is bred among them. After all, he promised not to drown everybody again... Quote: 4. What do you feel about actions such as the hardening of Pharos heart? This seems to not only contradict free will but means that the people of Egypt suffered because God made Pharo say no. This goes back to the whole God of the Jews thing. Hardening Pharaoh's heart was entirely for the benefit of the Jews (who got to see the awesome power of the Lord their God). God didn't care about the Egyptians at the time because he wasn't their God (and, clearly, he pwned the Egyptian's Gods). It could also go back to how God's perspective on time and suffering are different. You can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. To demonstrate that power, he had to sacrifice a few humans and harden a heart or two, but in the grand scale of Literally Forever that's not all that big a deal. Also, justifying this at all requires the belief that the story actually happened in reality (which we already discussed isn't necessarily the case). One could find all sorts of useful lessons in here about hardening your own heart, about patience through suffering, about how there can be miracles if you believe without thinking that a sea was literally parted with a stick.
    • Cultural Sensitivity/Appropriation and Anger (Last post by Parnerium)
    • Quote: there is an actual appropriation of culture relevant to this story, and that is the way that native peoples barred from practicing their indigenous beliefs and forced to adopt Christianity that was a situation where we can legitimately claim harm and appropriation, because cultural beliefs and practices were literally being taken away from people but the situation in the article is actually a case of one group of people telling some that he cannot engage in the practices that he believes will better his life because they do not approve One of the concepts of cultural appropriation is that there is a lasting, generational impact of appropriation or mistreatment that happened in the past. That certain groups are disadvantaged as far as cultural exchanges go because of events in history. I find that article relevant because it can be seen as fallout from that historical appropriation you're talking about. Native Americans are still being barred from practicing cultural traditions in parts of the country. Meanwhile, those cultural traditions are being "shared" amongst people who have no connection to those cultures. And the justification is usually "I'm not hurting anybody." Maybe, in an indirect way, they are because they're contributing to the trivialization, commodification, and/or Christianization that is still ongoing and that impacts Good Christian Cree Communities™ who are deciding whether they want to allow a sweat lodge.
    • Gratitude for the Kindness of Others (Last post by Lykeios)
    • I'm probably not as grateful as I should be. I try to be grateful as much as possible, but sometimes I just don't think about all the kind things people do for me every day. I don't think intention matters so much. I feel that if an act benefits someone else it is kind. An example would be my ex doing nice things for me. I say she is being kind and she insists she is just being practical and logical. She doesn't do things for me out of kindness alone. Nevertheless I feel the things she does for me are kind and thank her for them.
    • Think... (Last post by Jack.Troutman)
    • Day 10 Concerning Wealth It is advisable to refrain from Pursuing riches. Continual handling and sharpening Wears away the most durable things. If the house is full of jewels, Who will protect it? Wealth is a burden That needs too much care. To stop when good work is done Is the way of Heaven. From the Tao Te Ching
    • Group Assignment - The School Of Life (Last post by Atticus)
    • I'm interested in examining the seeming barriers between science and religion, so the idea that astrophysics can work toward the same purposes as religion appealed to me. Contemplation of the infinite nature of the universe provides us with perspective. The piddly stuff doesn't seem to matter so much when you consider the sheer unfathomable expanse of the cosmos. That incomprehensible scale also lends itself to contemplation of just what a miracle is any life at all, much less the numerous and varied lives with which we coexist. "[T]he galaxies are, miraculously, the conduits to helping us develop into slightly wiser, more conscious, more mindful and generous humans on our painfully isolated, fragile blue dot."
    • A World Without Ageism | Ashton Applewhite (Last post by V-Tog)
    • She packed quite a lot in there! I really thought it was interesting what she said about fictional portrayals of the elderly - only ever a passive character or the old crone. There seems to me to be another category as well - that of the wise old sage. As Adder mentioned, Yoda would be an example, as would Ben Kenobi, Dumbledore, Gandalf, Socrates of 'The Peaceful Warrior', etc etc. Either old people are zombies or they are Zen Masters who have all their sh*t together, right? When do you ever see a portrayal of an older person as a real person - that is to say, an angst-ridden, complex human being... Although, I don't yet know what it's like to be 'old', so maybe I'm wrong in assuming that they don't all have everything sussed out... :laugh: I'll come back to you on that in 39 years time when I will hit that magical 65+ catagory of ceasing to exist as a non-old person (which was another really excellent point, about the box-ticking...I can't believe how easily that particular bit of bonkerosity slips under our radar!) But, yup, in the spirit of doing as she suggested and owning up to being ageist, I am frequently ageist (although hopefully not intentionally so). I have a bad habit of mentally blaming older people's mistakes, along with aspects of their behaviour that I don't like, on the rather harsh idea 'they're going senile', which is clearly disrespectful in that it strips them (as I perceive them) of their agency and their ability to make their own choices. And even if people are losing their mental cognition, it's not something to be thought of in that way - it's not their fault, and it could happen to any of us. Unfortunately that attitude - of frustration towards those with reduced cognitive skills - is one that seems to be very prevalent in society. Returning to a personal perspective, there are countless other ways in which I'm sometimes ageist, but I wont list them! However, the idea of internalized ageism is an interesting one - I certainly sometimes quite savagely tell myself that I'm both too old or too young in differing situations and company! And it was a little scary when she suggested that perhaps, right now, we are all learning and internalizing (and perpetuating) the very messages that will make us feel worthless when we are older - a perfect example of the importance of this topic for all of us, no matter how young we might be... Thank you so much for sharing this, Alex! :)
    • ADD HEALING REQUESTS HERE!! (Last post by Rickie)
    • Quote: My mother got admitted to hospital in a rush today , i hope she pulls through :( she could need all the love and light she can get What brought her in? My best thoughts coming your way.
    • Why Not... (Last post by Kaval het)
    • Quote: I was raised catholic. Our church had a rather pessimistic priest, droning on and on about how we are all sinners, how damnation awaits and the only way out is ‘to eat humble pie’ (quotation marks because it is an idiom I’ve never heard before suggested to me by I resented the idea. I did nothing wrong to deserve anything like this and the whole thing just felt unfair to me. That was me at age 10. Nowadays I still strongly resent the idea of guilt forwarded from previous generations, also I understand the priest was a rather specific kind and quite poorly conveying the idea of salvation through Christ. Even still I feel the catholic church is not for me first and foremost since I oppose the strict set of rules. I don’t believe a god to be so limited they would bother telling me to visit a stack of bricks in their honor on a specific day – what do they care when I honor them as long as I do? Also I agree with snowy. Doing something good to avoid punishment or to earn some kind of afterlife bonus feels like hypocrisy to me because both motivations are entirely selfish. That’s what I like specifically about the force: It doesn’t care how I act, that doesn’t even affect my afterlife in any way. Being good is as much as a choice as being a d***. I chose to be nice because I like people around me to be happy and it makes me happy too. I sincerely agree with this statement. Never was one for religion or "bricks" so to speak, but I give you a paradox that the force goes completely around. If god is all powerful, can he create something he cannot lift? And if he can, isn't he not all powerful? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    • Youtube heroes (Last post by MadHatter)
    • Quote: Quote: If Youtube wants to slit its own throat I will look forward to its closing Quote: Revenue Increase US$74.98 billion (2015)[1] Operating income Increase US$19.36 billion (2015)[1] Net income Increase US$16.34 billion (2015)[1] Total assets Increase US$147.46 billion (2015)[1] Total equity Increase US$120.33 billion (2015) Don't hold your breath.... How long was myspace seeing growth before it ignored its fans and was killed by that fact? Nothing is too big to fail and alternatives are being created so I hold hope that they either wise up or fold.
    • Rants far and wide (Last post by Edan)
    • You gotta be some kind of low life slime to steal expensive equipment from a special school :angry:
    • Religious clothes and coverings (Last post by Edan)
    • Quote: Apparently, he belongs to church of and they believe in their heads being covered at all times to block out bad emotions and energies.. Google them.... they have got themselves negative press because of this 'belief'... in my personal opinion, for no reason (the hood thing that is)... And alas, nothing can block out the bad emotions coming from within...
    • The Grateful Thread (Last post by Edan)
    • I am grateful for schools like the one I am working at this week, who don't give up on kids, or expel them when they get difficult, and do what they can to provide an education to kids who otherwise might not get one.
    • Developing tk/pk (Last post by OB1Shinobi)
    • Quote: im just curious if anyone has at page 7 an opinion which is at all different from the opinion they had at page 1? lol... its page 11 now, any takers? ----- Quote: I have to really watch what I say to people I don't mean to hurt anybody's feelings It's like if you told some people you burnt your hand on the stove and everybody got a committee together to try to discuss. If it was possible that a stove could get hot.sometimes it's a little frustrating no its not like that at all its more like you told everyone that you could turn princes into frogs and pumpkins into stage coaches and then those of us who are familiar with frogs and pumpkins were like "uh, i dont think thats true"

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