Recently there was a ceremony for the death of one of our own it really surprised me how few people showed up in the chat to pay their respects... along those lines a simple question comes up while we call ourselves jedi and earn our ranks... What really makes us Jedi?

Each of us has our own view of what it means to act jedi, but do we all not believe in compassion, sharing in our community, Giving what we can to the temple and community that has given so much to us?

I come to wonder a bit about why we are calling ourselves jedi when as a community we seem to be very unlike jedi at times.  In the last year we have had trouble with jedi groups trying for attention, the problems between groups and the usual problems with members.  What really seperates us from those who role-play and those who truly are Jedi?

I do not mean role-play just in the sense of dressing up and hitting each other with fancy colored versions of sticks... I mean acting as a jedi at times and not being a jedi...  are we just playing the role of a jedi and not becoming the jedi?

In our everyday actions do we show our chivalry and do what we can to help our communities? 
Is our path only including ourselves, are we turning too far inward that we are ignoring our community, our temple, the people around us, online AND in real life?

I pose all these question because I think we as a community need to look around, to serve with honor and respect.  To not just be jedi when it works for us, but in our everyday lives...  

I'm not trying to say that we are not giving enough as there are some who care very much for this temple and give all they can.  There are others who give what they can monetarily though in this age and economy some of us are in tough times.  We all have our struggles and we all have our trials and I am not putting these trials and tribulations down, but saying that no matter how tough or odd being a Jedi is we should not drop what we are or what we believe to go the easy route.  

We should be Jedi through and through, and really look at what that means to each of us

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well put, i'm one of the first to admit i was unable to attend either memorial service, or the knighting ceremonies for that matter as much as i truly wanted to. this is partly due to the many directions my time gets pulled to, and partly to...

well put, i'm one of the first to admit i was unable to attend either memorial service, or the knighting ceremonies for that matter as much as i truly wanted to. this is partly due to the many directions my time gets pulled to, and partly to having trouble figuring out the gmt time thing. i did of course take a small bit of time to honor the memory of our fallen brother. i also carry a piece of pride in the growth and development of our newly promoted members. they have worked hard and earned it.<br /><br />having said that, it is true that we should be jedi at all times. i'm always helping strangers, offering guidance, teaching, advising. i think that is part of why so much of my time gets diverted in more directions then i can manage at times. it's hard for me to tell people in need no. perhaps this is why the fictional jedi only take on 1 apprentice at a time. <br /><br />it's important that we carry ourselves proudly as jedi both online and in the real world, don't be ashamed of who you are.

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Very true. Very thought provoking. A question every Jedi should ask of herself or himself every day.<br /><br />The ceremony was posted 3 weeks in advance of its happening. To enable more attendence even two ceremonies were held. We also have...

Very true. Very thought provoking. A question every Jedi should ask of herself or himself every day.<br /><br />The ceremony was posted 3 weeks in advance of its happening. To enable more attendence even two ceremonies were held. We also have Google and other search machines to help convert the time zones. Everyone had 3 weeks time to PM or E Mail Council members on any questions. So I do not really see any such reasons as sticking.<br /><br />Of course we all have our lives and obligations. But why did NO ONE post their inability not to be able to come and their thoughts of being there in spirit? That only 4 members actively took part and none said anything otherwise does throw a thought as to what Master Steve really ment to us, what our family as Jedi really means to us, and what will happen when we die.

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Life happens and sometimes it makes us react in ways that are not in keeping with the Jedi way. What makes us Jedi is our acceptance of this as motivation to look at our behaviour and its cause and to adjust ourselves accordingly, in line with...

Life happens and sometimes it makes us react in ways that are not in keeping with the Jedi way. What makes us Jedi is our acceptance of this as motivation to look at our behaviour and its cause and to adjust ourselves accordingly, in line with Jedi principles. It may not be a path that is easily followed all the time but it is a shining beacon that lights the way back when we are lost in darkness.<br /><br />Great sermon, Brother! If it makes you think, it's doing its job! :-)

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Well said - took the words n thoughts outta my mind n mouth - without the expletives :D<br /><br />I know folks have other commitments - we all do but as said there was three weeks notice.<br /><br />How often do we ask for 30mins of your...

Well said - took the words n thoughts outta my mind n mouth - without the expletives :D<br /><br />I know folks have other commitments - we all do but as said there was three weeks notice.<br /><br />How often do we ask for 30mins of your time?<br /><br />I was horified by the apparent lack of attendanc which suggested to me a lack of care and or compasion let alone respect - nearly 4000 registered members and barely half a dozen showed.<br /><br />This isnt aimed at just totjo members - but the jedi community as a whole as I did put it out tot he community some weeks back that these services were taking place.<br /><br />I wasnt expecting a massive throng of attendance - but barely a handful is down right shameful.<br /><br />Rant over <br /><br />MTFBWY - A

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Well put, Jasper. I probably have no room to speak, as I usually catch the sermon a day or two late and I could have made a better attempt at being there in the chat, but the question of whether or not we carry ourselves like Jedi in our everyday...

Well put, Jasper. I probably have no room to speak, as I usually catch the sermon a day or two late and I could have made a better attempt at being there in the chat, but the question of whether or not we carry ourselves like Jedi in our everyday lives has been, for me, a distracting question. I ask myself almost daily, "Am I representing myself and my fellow Jedi shamelessly with honor, compassion, and respect?" It has become apparent that I should also be as concerned with the question of "Am I being actively involved within the Jedi community?" as well. Thanks for the bit of perspective everyone. mtfbwy

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