I want today to talk to you all about perceptions


Not so much perceptions of the world, but between ourselves, between each other

In my recent video series on the Jedi code I talked about the level of detail we know in a given situation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=ES_UYo9mxNc

How much do you know of another’s motives?

Each person is different and while experience can serve you well, when each time is a different one, experience shouldn’t be taken as given

“I have never had someone that has deeply loved me” – Result, you never will find someone

“I always fail to get a job” – Result, you stop trying

Each time is different, no matter the similarities

Each time you have a choice

Our ignorance of each other is even more important when we consider that we use the medium of text to communicate with each other

It can be hard to get across your intent with no body language and tone of voice available

I MEAN LOOK AT THIS FOR EXAMPLE. Was I shouting? Nope. Did it look like I was? Quite possibly…

The use of smilies, alt helps a lot, which is why I try to include them as much as possible

I asked someone recently how I came across online, their reply was ‘strong minded’ and indeed I am. I know what I think when I think it and while I am more than willing to change based on evidence given, I can sometimes come across as… insulting?

I however don’t and certainly haven’t for a long time at least gotten angry when discussing online. Frustrated? Yes, that happens fairly often, but not angry and I certainly don’t shout aggressively
But how does that come across online?

What do you think you sound like? How do you think you might be perceived by someone who has never met you?

Often friends kindly insult each other, but would you do that the first time you met someone? I really doubt it…

With limited knowledge at our disposal it is easy to pass judgement
So take the time to think before you respond

Acknowledge that you don’t always know the reason behind things, no matter the situation or how much knowledge you THINK you have

Ignorance; yet Knowledge

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This was excellent! Thank you for this, Akkarin. <br />I've never thought about the way I sound to other people. I assume how I sound, which is mostly confused and dumb, but that's just my own automatic thought. <br /><br />I also have a...

This was excellent! Thank you for this, Akkarin. <br />I've never thought about the way I sound to other people. I assume how I sound, which is mostly confused and dumb, but that's just my own automatic thought. <br /><br />I also have a difficult time getting to know people's personalities through text and often read more into something that is meant. I tend to get more saddened by this rather than angry, though. Either way, I have known for quite some time that it's something I need to work on.<br /><br />Again, thank you! May the Force be with us all.

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We are blind, living in a world of 'just-cause'... Excellent idea!

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Is that sarcasm or not Kalkho!?? Use some smiley's next time!! :-*

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Akkarin, this was a beautiful sermon. I've definitely been noticing in recent months that I come off as quite...closed. Like 'don't-come-near-me' closed. But as I've grown as a Jedi and as a human being, I have become much more aware of this,...

Akkarin, this was a beautiful sermon. I've definitely been noticing in recent months that I come off as quite...closed. Like 'don't-come-near-me' closed. But as I've grown as a Jedi and as a human being, I have become much more aware of this, learning to smile more and be more approachable. It's definitely worth it. And you're right, doing this online is even trickier. There is no tone! You have to leave the right clues in the right order to be heard correctly, and even then it's never a certainty. And for a temple that exists solely online, that's something everyone here must learn to master!

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All very true brother.. :)<br />And thank you for your words

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I am saddened by this site. I thought that I would meet truly enlightened folks here. Not to say that your wisdom isn't encouraging and positive, just to say that it's a bit juvenile. You seem to lack a large understanding of the universe and...

I am saddened by this site. I thought that I would meet truly enlightened folks here. Not to say that your wisdom isn't encouraging and positive, just to say that it's a bit juvenile. You seem to lack a large understanding of the universe and your souls role in it. I would think twice before calling this a sermon.

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Although this is quite late....I learned somthing today as a result of your sermon Akkarin. Not everyone has an open mind or a sense of humor as much as I do, and as a result I ....."couph" may come off as offensive and arrogant. For those I have...

Although this is quite late....I learned somthing today as a result of your sermon Akkarin. Not everyone has an open mind or a sense of humor as much as I do, and as a result I ....."couph" may come off as offensive and arrogant. For those I have offended....I appologise.

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