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07 Oct 2019 12:55 - 07 Oct 2019 13:01 #344160 by Brick
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_Vergere_ wrote: I've been keeping an eye on this thread for a while now, and though I haven't read the entire thing, I think I understand what Fyxe is getting at.

It would seem that this site has lost sight of its roots. Yes, I understand that Lucas got his inspiration from Joseph Campbell and that Star Wars is fictional, but the Jedi of film used to serve as inspiration. The characters and story of Star Wars are worth consideration because they are based on mythology, but it seems that people here tend to skip over Star Wars, and go to the source of the myth.

There's an old saying that is applicable here: A picture is worth a thousand words. We can talk and talk and talk about concepts, have discussions that seem to go nowhere, but sometimes just being shown what a Jedi is has more value than the conversations we could have about them. That isn't to say we shouldn't talk about the fictional Jedi or Star Wars, as their existence is the reason we're all here, but I haven't seen much brought up about the fiction since I became a member.


I don't disagree. Others and I have mentioned the value of the stories taught in the films, and much of the EU.

Though that is different to actually trying to move things with your mind and fight people with light sabers in real life. Much like my Christian analogy of it being one thing to follow the Teachings of Christ and another thing entirely to sit at home trying to turn water into wine.

The reason the Star Wars myth doesnt get brought up that much is because, as it says on our home page, Jediism (as taught at TotJO) does not base its focus on myth and fiction but on the real life issues and philosophies that are at the source of myth.

There are plenty of sites out there that do focus much more heavily on the direct Star Wars mythology and actively encourages its members to buy/build light sabers and dress up like Jedi's at gatherings etc. And there's nothing wrong with that, its just that TotJO isn't like that.

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07 Oct 2019 13:07 - 07 Oct 2019 13:08 #344161 by Brick
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Brick wrote: There are plenty of sites out there that do focus much more heavily on the direct Star Wars mythology and actively encourages its members to buy/build light sabers and dress up like Jedi's at gatherings etc. And there's nothing wrong with that, its just that TotJO isn't like that.


Side note: That's not to say that members of TotJO can't do this if they want. We're just more about letting people express their Jediism however they like as individuals.

We've had gathering (mostly in the US) where people have dressed up and all that.

In the UK gatherings that I've been to, we've mostly stuck to just wearing normal clothes. However at Louzoo's knighting ceremony, a few years ago, we did stick some robes on, and at the most recent one Arisaig brought his light saber and gave us a pretty impressive demo of his skills.

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07 Oct 2019 20:23 #344180 by Gisteron
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There is quite a case to be made that we might do well taking stories of the fiction and, say, deconstructing them, not just from a mytho-analytic perspective, identifying archetypes and motifs as Campbell did, but also in terms of underlying themes and messages, possibly even teachings. There has indeed been very little of that lately. At least on the public forums I have perceived (and it may be biased by my own choices on which threads to watch and witch not to) something of a decline in both frequency and depth of Jedi philosophy in general, really.

Then again many tales and quotes are so well known and explored to death in past discussions that at least the senior users among us might not feel like even staying awake for them anymore. Rich though the fiction is, there is only so much one can spend years repeating about it in brief without it getting old eventually, and the more prominent new entries aren't arguably as... layerful as their elder counterparts.

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07 Oct 2019 20:41 #344182 by ZealotX
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Gisteron wrote: There is quite a case to be made that we might do well taking stories of the fiction and, say, deconstructing them, not just from a mytho-analytic perspective, identifying archetypes and motifs as Campbell did, but also in terms of underlying themes and messages, possibly even teachings. There has indeed been very little of that lately. At least on the public forums I have perceived (and it may be biased by my own choices on which threads to watch and witch not to) something of a decline in both frequency and depth of Jedi philosophy in general, really.

Then again many tales and quotes are so well known and explored to death in past discussions that at least the senior users among us might not feel like even staying awake for them anymore. Rich though the fiction is, there is only so much one can spend years repeating about it in brief without it getting old eventually, and the more prominent new entries aren't arguably as... layerful as their elder counterparts.


That's true.

But also, unlike the bible, new star wars stories can be created; whether one takes from the EU or whether one writes their own fan fiction. What is there to stop us from writing our own? or communicating new teachings through new stories, simply using the star wars universe as a background/context. I think this is the spirit of what Star Wars is. So if George Lucas was kinda like Jesus in telling this story, then following in his footsteps would be telling our own star wars stories. Why not?

Think about it another way. If its about Lucas and his creation then it becomes too "holy" or "sacred" to touch. Just like how the bible tries to curse anyone who would "add to" or "take away from" this book (although I believe that only refers to the book of revelations). So if its not sacred but we recognize our inspiration was centered around this specific content, then I would think it would only create more inspiration to add to it. Religions need a common "holy book" from which to draw connections and communicate common ideas and themes. We all know the popular themes of Christianity. But how is it that some of us got introduced to more Eastern religions? Is it not because they were partially disguised in other forms?

Religions try to provide kind of a bread crumb trail into spirituality that lead people to a higher path. It's not necessarily that beneficial if not that cohesive and that would be one of the only criticisms I would have for TOTJO. There's so much "you can do whatever" that there's no real "Jedi Path". We're basically saying the "Jedi Path" is "do whatever". That's why I would eventually like to see the IP further extended into original works, by Jedi knights, passing on things they've learned in real life but channeling those experiences into original star wars characters and stories. This way, the same things you can say about Star Wars that made it great and led people to come here, becomes the same thing you can say for TOTJO and is the reason people stay here. I think this would be a powerful thing.

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07 Oct 2019 20:53 #344184 by Fyxe
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This is what I was talking about! Like you cant just have a group and then go well this group is about whatever you want it to be for each person. How does that work? if I am a Jedi then my source of spiritual material is Star Wars. If my source material is something else then I am not Jedi, Im something else right? its like calling yourself a christain but focusing on hebew ritings. That doesnt make you a christain, it makes you a Jew doesnt it?

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07 Oct 2019 21:10 #344186 by ZealotX
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Fyxe wrote: This is what I was talking about! Like you cant just have a group and then go well this group is about whatever you want it to be for each person. How does that work? if I am a Jedi then my source of spiritual material is Star Wars. If my source material is something else then I am not Jedi, Im something else right? its like calling yourself a christain but focusing on hebew ritings. That doesnt make you a christain, it makes you a Jew doesnt it?


geez... you picked the WORST example.

Jesus was a Jew. Therefore one could easily make the argument that Jesus led them to the bible which led them to God. Most of God's words are located in the Old Testament; not the new.

But in OUR case... lol

Other religions are more likely where we started from. Luke Skywalker probably didn't lead anyone to the New Testament. But if he did, they would be a Christian, not a Jedi. Jedi in star wars don't be like, "but WWJD?"

Now you CAN be a Christian Jedi. I'm not knocking anyone. But at the same time part of the reason why all these mixes exist is because there is a point where the IP just drops you off and you wait for a training master. But aside from whatever your TM has you do, there is no canon... no bible... nothing to really quote... no official discussions of different Jedi or sith or their stories.

And I get it. Luke never really had to fight his father. Because its fiction so it didn't really happen. But did David fight Goliath? I'm not sure. It's possible. But its more possible to those who are Christians. And so they can more easily find inspiration and say "Well if David could do that, with God on his side, then I can do this!"

We should be able to do the same thing with Yoda levitating a space ship. "But he didn't, right?" But does that matter? Do you believe in the Force? If so where's the proof? What bible or version of the Koran, says "and Muhammad used the Force", and "Jesus used the force to make himself lighter than water".

I think its hard because its not a real belief in the sense that Christians (not all) believe those things happened. Those who don't believe in all the Christian myths tend to go to church less, participate less, etc. So in reality, I think every religion has the same issue but it should be a benefit for us, a strength not a weakness, that we know our inspiration is fiction. To me that's not the bug; its the feature. And I think more people will recognize that too if we create an official path extending from the IP (maybe even multiple paths).

The Star Wars theme shouldn't deter anyone from drawing more inspiration from it. It's the thing that brought us here in the first place.

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07 Oct 2019 21:22 #344188 by Gisteron
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Hmm I think it may be a bit much to ask of just any Knight - at least the way TOTJO has been training them so far - to become a creative writer like that. And imagine how much could be lost or overlooked, too, just because some great teachers aren't particularly good storytellers...

Also, you make a good point about the path-ness of Jediism vs the at times forcedly liberal attitude some have taken away from the TOTJO approach to it and reinforced it subsequently.
Yet, I don't think that there need necessarily be a canon of tales, a sort of scripture, as you might put it. I think instead a healthy balance can be struck between a sort of religious conservatism where one attempts at establishing a dogma for the sheer sake of having one at all, and a sort of pseudo-spiritual libertarianism by which anything and everything is Jediism if only anybody claims it to be so. And I don't think it is all that difficult to identify Jedi-like or Jediist philosophy as such without having to construct a religious superstructure above it all first. We can explore the fiction without thinking of it as revelation, we can explore other fictions without thinking of them as heresies, as I'm sure noone would suggest to anyway. We can also explore things like the Code, the Maxims, and the Teachings and not restrict our thoughts to our private Journals in so doing. There is an incredible richness of thought that can be harvested from these so thin seeming materials, yet they are treated as a standard issue, as school assignments everyone has to complete in order to "move on". It is of course never said that anyone has to take them alone, but it feels like homework and so people treat it like homeworks, so of course most of the time it isn't. And then they move on to what, anyway? An apprenticeship with yet more school assignments discussed in private?
It's not like TOTJO doesn't have all of these ponderings, all of these topics and ideas, it's just that they are relegated to narrow places of a few people who know each other increasingly well, meanwhile forfeiting all the wealth they could flourish into, were they taken out into the open.

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07 Oct 2019 22:52 #344192 by Carlos.Martinez3
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I used to hear the old expression “I don’t need anyone to tell me how to worship, I can do that on my own. “ AND truthfully - they don’t. We have such a - free will- type of ability to choose so many avenues the option to do nothing always seems - present. If you hang out with those who like the color red - don’t be surprised at the color of shirt they give you. The same can be said for who we “yolk” or hang out with. After a while we tend - I know I do - tend to start acting like them. It has its good and its bad.

Balance is always needed with almost anything. The Myth is no exception. Find your myths. Find your real ones. If it’s Star Wars then it’s SW if it’s Star Trek then it’s Trek- if it’s a hobbits type of deal - then it’s that and it can even be a mix of real - current or fantasy myths. The idea is to give options to MAKE those choices and grow from them- never NOT grow. Spiritually if ya need help - I’m Pastor here and we have lots of clergy who can help ya find your nitch or at least give ya some encouragement.

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08 Oct 2019 00:07 #344194 by Kelrax Lorcken
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Gisteron wrote: There is quite a case to be made that we might do well taking stories of the fiction and, say, deconstructing them, not just from a mytho-analytic perspective, identifying archetypes and motifs as Campbell did, but also in terms of underlying themes and messages, possibly even teachings. There has indeed been very little of that lately. At least on the public forums I have perceived (and it may be biased by my own choices on which threads to watch and witch not to) something of a decline in both frequency and depth of Jedi philosophy in general, really.

Then again many tales and quotes are so well known and explored to death in past discussions that at least the senior users among us might not feel like even staying awake for them anymore. Rich though the fiction is, there is only so much one can spend years repeating about it in brief without it getting old eventually, and the more prominent new entries aren't arguably as... layerful as their elder counterparts.


This notion had gone completely over my head; sure, I examined the stories in a manner, rather recently, that allowed me to understand certain elements, but I think now my focus was necessarily on the negative. I was too focused on what the tales reveal to have gone wrong, that I didn't give much thought to anything else-

"Failure is a valuable lesson" (paraphrasing, of course), there are possibly valuable lessons I'm overlooking.

I still maintain that being different Jedi doesn't make us any less Jedi. After all, the Jedi under Luke, regardless of which continuity you look at, was unavoidably and radically different from it's previous incarnation, as has happened many times over, since the Jedi first came to be.

But, while I don't foresee a practical way to fully integrate examination of these stories into the teachings here, the offering of Wookieepedia links might be valuable additions to the library, and the occasional discussion on such stories as they relate to us here in the temple?

I also come to realize some of what Fyxe has in mind is not just spiritual but cultural; perhaps not in practical ways, but I myself have proposed things here as hopeful unifying cultural pieces that weren't any more popular, or necessarily practical. At this point, I don't necessarily see how anything would even need to change, here, just some new bonus activities, it may prove rather stimulating, even promote greater enthusiasm in the existing programs as we learn and examine more!

Indeed, I think with refinement examination of the lore we draw from, more directly, could be just the thing to improve overall engagement and participation?

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08 Oct 2019 07:14 #344200 by JamesSand
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I also come to realize some of what Fyxe has in mind is not just spiritual but cultural; perhaps not in practical ways, but I myself have proposed things here as hopeful unifying cultural pieces that weren't any more popular, or necessarily practical. At this point, I don't necessarily see how anything would even need to change, here, just some new bonus activities, it may prove rather stimulating, even promote greater enthusiasm in the existing programs as we learn and examine more!


This comes up every now and again, under various guises, and there is a brief spark of interest by those whom are interested, but almost as fast, if not faster than the "Yes" crowd can shuffle themselves into something resembling a formed group, the "No" crowd comes together to create a din of objection - they're too poor, too busy, too isolated, too shy, too injured, they don't relate to the suggestion, or any other reason why any given suggested act or motif that establishes a "unifying culture" is untenable to them.

and so, for the sake of the "individuals" we all wander back to our own separate paths, destined to meander aimlessly with whatever meager goals we can generate for ourselves....
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