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    • Brexit and the UK (Last post by Alethea Thompson)
    • To the article: WHAT????????? I started to look to see if this was written by something like the Onion! That's insane....just... I got nothin'. Wow.
    • [New book project] Letters to new Jedi (Last post by Edan)
    • Quote: I just finished writing a first draft. I have not written a letter on actual stationary in quite some time and in my adult life I almost never have to do it. Now I'm quite embarrassed by how much my line spacing looks like grade school work. I should have kept up my letter writing. :whistle: Anyway, I'll be writing another draft tomorrow and hopefully sending it to you sometime this week. I always put lined paper behind my stationery so it looks like my spacing is perfect :p One of my colleagues pencils lines on with a ruler and rubs them off afterwards.
    • Is the world getting worse than ever? (Last post by Loudzoo)
    • Thanks for raising this Manu :) The idea that the world is getting worse is ancient and pervasive. There's little doubt that modern media has exacerbated the phenomenon too. George Gerbner described it as Mean World Syndrome within the context of his cultivation theory. In light of the facts, the idea doesn't really hold up which is partly why we have found new things to worry about. Overpopulation (and its associated environmental impacts) are perhaps the most insidious of these. For several generations our education systems have told children that they are guilty of being born and that almost everything they do harms the world. We then wonder why mental and emotional wellness has deteriorated in the so-called 'developed world'. We are our own worst enemies - just not necessarily for the reasons we are told. The environment is, and should be, a massive concern for us but having those as respected as Sir David Attenborough calling humankind 'a plague' ( isn't exactly constructive
    • Apology (Last post by tzb)
    • Thanks for this Silas. Let's find the lesson here. I hope we can all reflect on the importance of clear and courteous discussion, and apply it in future.
    • Live Sermon August 31, 2016 9 p.m. GMT (Last post by MadHatter)
    • You will be fine. I was just as nervous when I did my own a bit ago. But is not anywhere near as bad as ya think. Though a bit of advice as you are going to be doing a copy paste from the written submission I suggest double spacing your work to make that task easier. At least that helped me a lot. Good luck and I will try to be there if school does not keep me tied up.
    • Have you killed a human ?? (Last post by tzb)
    • This thread has wandered a long way from its original intent, and has caused a fair bit of offence to a number of members. As one poster said, the initial on-topic conversation seems to have largely ended, and the rest is now more about various other topics, some of which are less suitable for our Temple than others. As such, I'm locking the thread. Please feel free to start new ones about any topic you wish to continue discussing, with the provisos we are here to debate ideas and not people, we endeavour to be a respectful and friendly community of people, and we are talking in a religious space. Thanks.
    • 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.
    • 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!
    • 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:

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