If you have questions on Why Jedi? You may want to jump into our other topics before beginning the training program. Here is some recommendations:
Are Jedi Real?
A few things before we begin. First this introduction will take you one week to complete. Can you do it in a day? Probably, But that isn't the point. There are some core things you need to know before you begin your Jedi Training. One of the bigger ones being if you even want to train here specifically. The other BIG thing to know is exactly how this Training Program Works. There is a very specific set-up, so please pay attention. Here is what you will be learning in the introduction lesson - How the Academy works, Etiquette, Code of Conduct, Terminology (Isms, Training Styles, etc.), and few other topics of interest. Not exactly in that order.
Before we get into that. I want make sure you know exactly what is ahead of you. So quick test/assignment. No worries. It is rather easy. Please scroll down until you see something directing you to scroll back up. I'll wait.
Okay all those other replies you scrolled past, those are the various topics we will covering this week in preparation for the new intensive training system you are about to undertake. But there is something that we must discuss first and foremost. Code of Conduct and Internet Safety.
Internet Safety is pretty basic. I understand we are a Jedi Board and one of the more easily managed ones at that. Seriously like the issues we have here are next to zero (so nice! and this helps ensure we keep it that way).
However this is a free online website that anyone can join. The Jedi Community over the years has unfortunately had to face this harsh truth. So while I 100% encourage believing in and supporting your fellow Jedi there is a couple things I want you to keep in mind.
1.) Don't Give Out Personal Information (even in your journal as it is readable by visitors/guests). Even in the Jedi History lessons and such I don't give the real names of the Jedi who created websites and such. Those people deserve credit, I do have their full real names, but they chose those online names for a reason. I know the internet is not like when I started. Now with facebook (and their refusal to allow nicknames) using your real name and such doesn't seem like a big deal. And this should triple for a Jedi board. Still - you do not have to give out any information you do not want to. If you are comfortable sharing your info - I won't stop you, but please do not feel you have to give out any personal information at all.
2.) Put Up with Nothing and Report Anything that Bothers You. - It is simple. This is a Jedi board. Not a singles bar. Jedi Academy, not political debate in university. Bullying, Trolling, sending of inappropriate (and unsolicited) pictures, bothering someone relentlessly in Private Message. I will tolerate none of it and neither will any of my members - that includes you.
Remember This: As of this point you are a Jedi. Jedi Newbie, but a Jedi nonetheless. This is a safe place for you to learn, grow, and understand what that means. But for that to happen you have to be willing to adopt one Jedi trait from the start. The willingness to Communicate. If someone takes a religious debate from the forums and starts bugging you in Private Message - Speak up. Ask them to stop. If they don't - you inform myself (or HappyTurtle, Sammy, or Sirius). Or anyone on this board you trust - you tell someone. This goes for sexual harassment, bullying, any discrimination, if something makes you feel uncomfortable - speak up. OH! And rank doesn't matter or anything like that doesn't matter. Like if you feel I cross a line - you can speak with me about it or you can go to Sirius, Silver, or HappyTurtle on the matter (or all of us).
There. It is said and I trust you to follow through. Be a Jedi (I know, I know, day one and all). But this just helps us run a very open and trusting environment. Now we do have a very simple Code of Conduct here. We expect all members posting here to follow this. It sort of makes sure the whole above rambling isn't necessary.If they don't - they deal with Not-So-Nice-Opie.
Code of Conduct:
Representation Policy: Behave in a manner befitting a Jedi.
Mutual Respect Policy: Treat others with courtesy and fairness.
Assumption Policy: Do not make assumptions and seek to overcome ignorance. Encourage others to do the same.
Honesty Policy: Acknowledge failure as much as you acknowledge success.
Teamwork Policy: Embrace diversity as a strength and cultivate unity through community.
Easy right? Pretty straight forward. If you can I'd like you to work on memorizing it. Not mandatory and don't even worry about if you do not plan to be here for the long hull. Many come to just train here, but have home orders (jedi sites they dedicate themselves to) elsewhere. Which is cool, but obviously your time will be committed elsewhere so no worries about the memorization. But do know it. Okay!
The Misconceptions of Star Wars
Many Jedi therefore hold a special place in their hearts for Star Wars. We enjoy it. We spend hours debating meaning, endings, plots, and so forth. We discuss ideas that we see within the films. We go to Conventions. We wear costumes. Some even join costuming groups and do charity work. Some of us will wait in line for hours to get a picture with one of the stars of the franchise.
The point is many can quote Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, Qui-Gon Jinn, and so on. We love Star Wars, but that enjoyment does not equal strict adherence. A core example of this is the Non-Attachment which is seen as a rule of no Marriage for Jedi (unless under special circumstance). While we could apply this to our lives, it wouldn't be very practical, beneficial, or positive to enforce such a rule.
Star Wars is our inspiration. It is our starting point. It is something that we look at and seek to live by in a positive and beneficial way. But it is not our Bible. It is not some scripture written in stone. This is something we will explore throughout tier one. Exactly how the lessons of Star Wars play into our lives. But it is important to know right now that Star Wars is simply an entertainment franchise we enjoy. There are no magical fixes to find here. There are no lightsabers to wield. You do not have to go around wearing a Jedi robe or a hood always up. This is world-betterment through self-betterment as inspired by the Jedi Knights of Star Wars.
Be Inspired, but keep your focus on this world, this life, where you are at currently. That is how you will grow into the Jedi you want to become.
OKay. Day One Down. Assignment Time.
1.) How many Introduction Assignments are there in the entire Introduction Course? In otherwords, how many assignments ((The Introduction Assignment # Day #)) are listed in this entire Thread?
2.) Someone is sending you private messages. In them are pictures of the individual lifting their shirt and showing their abs/stomach area. You did not ask for these and they keep sending them to you. What do you do?
3.) Out of the Code of Conduct which rule do you favor the most and which do you like the least? Why?
4.) What is your favorite Star Wars Movie? And Who is your favorite Jedi?
5.) I want you to spend the week not just here. I want you to spend your time looking at other Jedi Groups. (Note: If you came here from some other place or have been around the community - then you get a pass). I'll give you a list of links/places to check out during this week. On the Last Assignment I will ask you about these places.
Temple of the Jedi Order
Temple of the Force
Real Jedi Knights
Institute for Jedi Realists Studies