Rants far and wide

More
08 Jan 2019 19:44 - 08 Jan 2019 19:45 #332131 by Snowy Aftermath
Replied by Snowy Aftermath on topic Rants far and wide


Ranting and pointing his finger
At everything but his heart

You took a stand on every little thing
And so loud

When you're writing, you're conjuring. It's a ritual, and you need to be brave and respectful and sometimes get out of the way of whatever it is that you're inviting into the room. - Tom Waits

In The Snow - A Poetry Podcast
anchor.fm/hiddeninthesnow
Last edit: 08 Jan 2019 19:45 by Snowy Aftermath.
The following user(s) said Thank You: Zenchi, Kobos

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
10 Jan 2019 05:13 - 10 Jan 2019 05:23 #332221 by Zenchi
Replied by Zenchi on topic Rants far and wide
About time one of you spoke up.....

My word is my Honor, and my Honor is my life ~ Sturm Brightblade

Knighted Apprentice Arisaig
TM- RyuJin
Last edit: 10 Jan 2019 05:23 by Zenchi.
The following user(s) said Thank You: Silvermane

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
10 Jan 2019 22:54 #332241 by Silvermane
Replied by Silvermane on topic Rants far and wide
It amazing how many turn coats and true colors emerge when there is a proverbial rallying flag to stand/hide behind...

Rand Silvermane

Apprentice - Seminarian
Former Training Masters: Arcade and Alexandre
Training Master: Rosalyn J
”I'm not testing you, Obi-Wan. Life tests you! Every day it brings you new chances for triumph or defeat. And if you pass the test, it doesn't make you a Jedi. It makes you human.” — Qui Gon Jinn
The following user(s) said Thank You: Kobos, Arisaig

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
10 Jan 2019 23:47 - 10 Jan 2019 23:48 #332244 by Omhu Cuspor
Replied by Omhu Cuspor on topic Rants far and wide

Arisaig wrote:

[W]hy do we tolerate derailing of threads in a 'discussion demanding proof' when it is something that is personally experienced, and only by those that desire to open their minds enough to experience it? ...
Why continue to tolerate a view simply because its interesting if it discourages learning and faith in a school/church?


Hi Arisaig. This is intended as a mild defense of an occasional skeptical perspective, especially when it is solicited and offered in a way that explicitly indicates the view expressed is based on personal experience or reflection, and not offered as an unquestionable truth.

I participated in that recent conversation on psychometry, and expressed the view - based on my own experience - that it either wasn't likely to be a gift anyone had, or else required so much time to cultivate that it isn't practical for most people. That particular thread began with a request for personal perspectives on psychometry, so the response seemed to me to be in line.

I think in a situation like this, such a response is justified. However, it was certainly not my intention to discredit anyone else's contrary perspective. Like you, I too have had experience with paranormal events that I cannot prove to anyone - ones I generally don't discuss with people because I expect to be confronted with disbelief. I know those things happen.

I've also experienced, though, claims related to the paranormal that turn out to be overhyped distortions that some people latch onto and hence are led astray. It's important, I think, for those of us who acknowledge a reality that science has not, at least yet, validated, to back each other up so we are not so easily led astray ourselves. That was my intent, at least.

Long story short - if I was one of those whom you felt were suppressive of open-mindedness and the consideration of metaphysical realities, I apologize for conveying that impression. I did not wish to deliver such a message.
Last edit: 10 Jan 2019 23:48 by Omhu Cuspor. Reason: Correct a misspelling - changing "once" to "one".
The following user(s) said Thank You: Carlos.Martinez3, OB1Shinobi, Arisaig

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
10 Jan 2019 23:54 #332246 by Tellahane
Replied by Tellahane on topic Rants far and wide

Omhu Cuspor wrote:

Arisaig wrote:

[W]hy do we tolerate derailing of threads in a 'discussion demanding proof' when it is something that is personally experienced, and only by those that desire to open their minds enough to experience it? ...
Why continue to tolerate a view simply because its interesting if it discourages learning and faith in a school/church?


Hi Arisaig. This is intended as a mild defense of an occasional skeptical perspective, especially when it is solicited and offered in a way that explicitly indicates the view expressed is based on personal experience or reflection, and not offered as an unquestionable truth.

I participated in that recent conversation on psychometry, and expressed the view - based on my own experience - that it either wasn't likely to be a gift anyone had, or else required so much time to cultivate that it isn't practical for most people. That particular thread began with a request for personal perspectives on psychometry, so the response seemed to me to be in line.

I think in a situation like this, such a response is justified. However, it was certainly not my intention to discredit anyone else's contrary perspective. Like you, I too have had experience with paranormal events that I cannot prove to anyone - ones I generally don't discuss with people because I expect to be confronted with disbelief. I know those things happen.

I've also experienced, though, claims related to the paranormal that turn out to be overhyped distortions that some people latch onto and hence are led astray. It's important, I think, for those of us who acknowledge a reality that science has not, at least yet, validated, to back each other up so we are not so easily led astray ourselves. That was my intent, at least.

Long story short - if I was one of those whom you felt were suppressive of open-mindedness and the consideration of metaphysical realities, I apologize for conveying that impression. I did not wish to deliver such a message.


As a reminder to the rules of the rants thread, rants are not to be replied to directly please, this is a venting thread, discussions go elsewhere, thank you.
The following user(s) said Thank You: rugadd, Avalon, Silvermane, Carlos.Martinez3, Kobos, Arisaig

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
11 Jan 2019 01:14 - 11 Jan 2019 01:17 #332251 by OB1Shinobi
Replied by OB1Shinobi on topic Rants far and wide
It took me so long to learn how to like people in spite of the fact that i disagree with them.

Beware of unearned wisdom.
-Carl Jung
Last edit: 11 Jan 2019 01:17 by OB1Shinobi.
The following user(s) said Thank You: Avalon, Silvermane, Kobos, Arisaig

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
14 Jan 2019 00:12 - 14 Jan 2019 00:20 #332357 by Avalon
Replied by Avalon on topic Rants far and wide
Is it really that hard for people to be honest.... Really?! Third flippin time this week.
....
....
....
....
And while we're at it, is it really that hard for you to do your job properly so the dishonest people stop getting away with it?

Not all those who wander are lost
Studies Journal | Personal Journal
Last edit: 14 Jan 2019 00:20 by Avalon.
The following user(s) said Thank You: Kobos, Arisaig

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
14 Jan 2019 02:40 #332359 by Manu
Replied by Manu on topic Rants far and wide
You cannot simply dismiss any criticism as “that’s who I am, don’t try to change me”, and then bitch about other people not meeting your standards.

“Remember, rewards come in action, not in discussion.” Tony Robbins
The following user(s) said Thank You: Avalon, Kobos, Arisaig

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
26 Jan 2019 04:33 #333098 by Opie Macleod
Replied by Opie Macleod on topic Rants far and wide
Disclaimer: To avoid misunderstanding, this is not about any situation I know of at TotJO. To repeat, this is not about TotJO.
-=-
Begin Rant
-=
Lets think about this like Jedi....

An individual brings activity, promotional value, members, and content. This same individual since they entered the community (actually, not their made-up date) all the way to 2019 (yep, this year in which we aren't even out of the first month yet) has been lying about some important information. They have lied about their military service. They have lied about their credentials (credentials which have earned them ranks without training). And most of all they have lied about their past.

As Jedi a person's past doesn't define them. We are capable of growing beyond our mistakes. This concept of Redemption is central to the Star Wars mythos. And being a two count sex offender and felon can be a tough thing to live down, so a lie of omission isn't surprising. However, when confronted about their false military past and their criminal record they continued to lie and deny. And continued to benefit from these lies. Continued to be given authority. They brought a gun to a gathering (not only against policy, but this individual specifically has a criminal charge of felon in possession of a firearm) which was shrugged off because of said false credentials. When their "training master" (aka person to put them up for knighthood at the next gathering) was told of these grievances and given the black and white facts this "master" was given more lies and denial. And so the "training master" swept the information under the rug. And the individual continued to benefit - which will most likely be rewarded with a knighthood this summer or next (regardless of this information now being public).

This is simply dishonest and fails as a Jedi on multiple levels regardless of the Jedi Document you use. Case and point this fails some core aspects of the Jedi Compass (we'll use this because the overseeing group has hitched their wagon to this document).
Self-Awareness Interior and Exterior both can be seen as a failure.
Integrity and Responsibility are absolutely clear failures. Though a case can be made for failures in Fortitude, Objectivity, and Discipline.
A case can be made for Attachment and Recklessness (why hold onto a lie when confronted with the black and white records?).
However the second most obvious Failure here is Aggression. Because when information was discovered and brought forth the individual went on the attack. Became aggressive and sought to tear down the individuals who held this knowledge. And this aggression became overly clear when a person posted about it publicly as soon as they learned about it.

So if we tackle this with a document of my own - the Jedi Method - We need to establish Jedi Intent + Jedi Action to hopefully come to a Jedi Outcome. Jedi Intent would be to seek the validity of the claims to ensure fairness and proper action. Upholding the Jedi ideal of Justice. Also there should be an intent of addressing the major failings of honesty, accountability, integrity, and so forth. Jedi Intent being diplomacy, safety, accountability, and due diligence.
Once that has been done Jedi Action can take place - personally I'd go for a removal of all titles and dismissal from the group with a public statement of apology for endangering your community. Jedi Action being in line with Defense, Security, and Protection of the overall Jedi Community and sending a clear message of Jedi Accountability. More to the point, what will be tolerated (jedi compass) and what will not.
The outcome would hopefully be the person feels the ramifications of their poor choices and seeks to better themselves and earn back all the trust they have broken by playing politics and not once acting as a Jedi in this matter. Eventually (years later) earning the chance to go for knighthood which this incident should be heavily weighed. Becoming an actual Jedi through the fire of this tribulation.

But that isn't what you are doing is it? No. Instead you have chosen to back and defend this individual. To go after the person who has used this information publicly. To question their "knighthood" despite defending it for four years. A person which you knight and have been confronted with time and time again for the past four years for poor behavior - but always you defended and even watched as good Jedi left your group because of your defense of this individual. You continually chose this one "knight" over decent Jedi. But now is the time you draw the line? Now is the time you say no more? When they out a sex offender who has, even in 2019, lied about their past and military service - you chose to double-down on that person instead of the "knight" you have allowed to cost you several key members? How does that make sense? Do you not understand this isn't a either-or scenario? That you can finally (for some reason) take action against a knight who you have encouraged (and built a culture around) AND you can remove the person who has been lying to you and the community this entire time? You can do both, promise, but you aren't are you?

Your continued poor judgment and horrendous leadership is a clear example of why I left your group. Why I don't recommend your group. And why I cringe anytime a new and young Jedi happily says they are hoping to join it. Yes - you need to deal with the "knight" you have allowed to run rampant, but can you blame them? That is the culture you have allowed. You have time after time apologized for them and allowed them to continue to act in this very manner. You encouraged this behavior by not holding your own "knights" accountable. But now that they have turned their attention to one of your precious members (with valid reason) you want to bounce them? And at the same time do absolutely NOTHING about this person who has clearly played you all for fools? Even reward them in a few months? Add them to your ranks? Really?

All you care about is your group growing. You don't care how. You don't care that your members aren't Jedi and you certainly don't care when they act counter to the Jedi Way publicly and privately. Your only concern is - what can they do to help make your group grow. And if it seems like they can't, you'll happily kick them with minimal provocation. But when they sing your praises from the rooftops - well I guess they can do whatever they want - except go after another member who is more valuable to the group.
Politics. Bureaucracy. After over two decades have we really not grown beyond that?
-=
End Rant
-=-
The following user(s) said Thank You: rugadd, Rosalyn J, Avalon, Silvermane, Carlos.Martinez3, Kobos, Arisaig

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
28 Jan 2019 20:58 #333207 by rugadd
Replied by rugadd on topic Rants far and wide
Emotion clouding judgement.



There. I said it.

rugadd
The following user(s) said Thank You: ren, Opie Macleod, Carlos.Martinez3

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.