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The Jedi Compass (an community-wide project, would like input!)
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This is the beginning of a project. Simply because I don't have enough time to consolidate everyone's thoughts on it all at once, I'm taking it to the different Jedi Orders (EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM!) to help write this document. It started out at FA, moved to IJRS, ToTJO, RJK, RJE, JAO, my offline chapter, and is now making it's stop here and with the UJC before it moves to the next set of groups.

By the end of phase one of this project, I want it to read that this was "Written by The Jedi Community". Phase two, well we'll worry about that when this document is solidified, because that will be a much larger undertaking.

So here's the full goal of phase one, the document below is aimed to give a general overview on concepts which the ENTIRE Jedi Community agrees with. As this is meant to be general, and not specific, understand that any order may require more stringent adherence to different aspects. In this, I am specifically addressing "Defense Art" and "Physical Art" as it pertains to orders such as Real Jedi Knights. I understand that RJK requires their Jedi to train in Martial Arts for their defense art to become a Jedi, do not take the loose definition of "Defense Art" or "Physical Art" to mean that the standards of an order are meant to be lowered- but rather that it cannot be lowered beyond what is written within each concept.

With this knowledge, I'm asking that the members of Temple of the Jedi Force review each concept and tell me if something is not clarified properly, or if the concept needs to be written with a more broad understanding. Furthermore, things have been changed. For example this document did have "Conquer" which became "Subjugate" and is now "Overcome", "Usage of the Force" became "Action". And a few other things changed. The name has even changed from "Jedi Pyramid" to "Jedi Compass". This document is not static in it's current form. It is my hope that it will become static once it is done.

Also, before it's asked, this isn't meant to replace any one's by-laws or the like, but rather to reconcile all of them without using favoring terminology from any specific order. That out of the way, here's the piece:

The Ineffable

The Force- “The Force” is a loosely adapted term to explain a something which all cultures agree exist, but disagree on exactly what it is. As such, a Jedi dedicates themselves to understanding of all things within and through “the Force”. As a rule, no Jedi can set down in law a concrete definition of “the Force” for all to follow, only for themselves.

Core Ethics

Loyalty to the Jedi Code- This has a few different variants depending on what order a Jedi attends. A Jedi is bound by the code. By maintaining your loyalty to the code, you are able to keep your actions in check through the moral integrity of the Jedi Path outlined in the Jedi Code. It is important that a Jedi checks their own version of the code against the original codes (Jedi Code and Skywalker Code) before they adopt it.

Duty to the All- A Jedi's mission is to support their community through service. A Jedi is charged with acting, objectively, when they recognise a situation where someone needs help. Jedi put their lives above the lives of others, even when facing danger, but know that they can help through direct action or indirect action as per the situation.

Respect the Law- A Jedi knows enough of the law to operate within it. Jedi should respect, and do their best to live by, the laws of the land they are living in. However, these are man's law, and like man, subject to flaws. A Jedi must act for the best interest of mankind as he/she sees the situation.

Defense- A Jedi understands that defense is not purely physical, but that there are many ways to defend a person or property. As such, it is important to understand that Jedi are not vigilantes. If, however, they are in a position where they are called to defend themselves or someone else against loss of life, limb or senses, they are allowed to apply the appropriate amount of force necessary for defense.

Action- A Jedi recognizes that there are times when getting involved with a situation is against the will of the person they are seeking to assist, or that helping them may be more detrimental in the long run. As such, a Jedi seeks inner wisdom to determine when to act and when not to act.

Self Awareness

Interior- A Jedi works to become aware of their emotions and things which make them “tick”. They learn of their flaws and strengths, seeking to reconcile a life with those flaws which they cannot change and the strengths they have been blessed with. In this a Jedi must be constantly looking inward for their motivations, their directions, what moves them, and why they allow it to do so.

Exterior- It is important that a Jedi be aware of the person they present to those around them, and how that will affect the dynamic of the groups they find themselves in. How one's presence is received will determine whether or not the next steps will be met with hostility or acceptance.

Virtues

Tolerance- You do not need to agree with someone's religion, their nationality, their career choice, their dress or anything else for that matter. Tolerance is not about agreement, it is about showing respect for the freedom of a persons choices and to respect their choices, until it reaches a point in which a reasonable person would consider the individual's actions as a/an (emotionally, spiritually, financially, and/or physically) abusive threat to you or another person.

Responsibility- Responsibility is at the heart of learning to overcome our problems. A Jedi should be held responsible for all of their actions. Without it, we cannot grow, we cannot help others and we cannot justify why we are to be taken seriously.

Discipline- In order to walk the Jedi Path, you need to live by your training and by the philosophy. It is your responsibility to continue your growth throughout the rest of your life. Even while you are training with a mentor or taking a course at an order, it is discipline that will get you through to your knighthood and beyond.

Fortitude- Fortitude is the emotional strength and conviction to press forward in any given situation which poses an internal or external adversity. Developing fortitude allows a Jedi to show that they are not willing to give up until they have drawn their last breath.

Integrity- A Jedi seeks to maintain their integrity to the Jedi Code at all times.  A Jedi should hold themselves to a high standard knowing that what they do when no one is looking is just as important as what they do when people are looking.

Objectivity- A Jedi trains themselves to gain as much relevant information as possible before drawing their conclusions. Once intelligence has been collected, they approach the problem with as little cultural and emotional bias as possible so that they are able to develop a decision on their next action.

Overcome

Aggression- To build on the Jedi Virtues, a Jedi must keep themselves open to the world. Through the misuse of aggression, they miss out on opportunities to further their cause. This does not preclude being assertive. A Jedi needs to learn to find the most effective means of resolving a conflict through the least bit of hostility possible.

Recklessness- A Jedi does not take unnecessary risks, knowing that their life is important to the Jedi Mission of bettering the world around them. In overcoming recklessness, a Jedi acknowledges and is mindful of how small the impact is perceived to have on themselves or others.

Attachments- Overcoming your attachments is not about getting rid of all your possessions or even denouncing your family, instead this is about forward movement. In overcoming/subjagating your attachments, you are acknowledging what value these things have to you, and you recognize that there comes a time when you should no longer fight for your attachments, and you must let go. For a Jedi overcoming attachments can extend to bad habits, unhealthy obsessions, and connections to people that make us less who we have chosen to be.

Prowess

Defense Art- A “Defense Art” is not necessarily physical in nature, it can be through speech, writing, diplomacy, art or a number of other options which lead to an active method of curing the world of oppression. Like many of the other disciplines, you may find that your Defense Art is the same as another art (Physical, Scholarly, or Spiritual).

Physical Art-A Jedi should seek a physical art within their capabilities which keeps them them in shape and focuses on maintaining discipline of their body. . Part of the physical art, which can be observed by all Jedi regardless of their mobility, is health. A Jedi should eat right, and maintain their health to the best of their ability.

Scholarly Art- A Jedi should seek out skills that provide benefit to them and the people around them. The search for knowledge is fundamental to Jedi as one never stops learning, seeking knowledge or bettering their skills.

Spiritual Art- A spiritual art may be as simple as developing meditation, but can go far beyond this. A Jedi may choose to develop a spiritual art aimed at connecting them with “the Force” through healing, seeking guidance, or simply developing their own self awareness.


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I would add somewhere in there.

Knowledge- A Jedi must always strive to increase wisdom by seeking knowledge and to better themselves with it. Jedi realizes they are eternal students and strives always to learn new things about the Force, themselves, others, and the world they live in.

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I sort of felt like "Scholarly Art" covered the knowledge fairly well. But if it doesn't...does "Knowledge" fit under "Virtue"? Or should it be under "Wisdom"? Or do we need to get another section built?

Thoughts? (Thank you, Octagon, for responding ^^)

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Because "Scholarly Art" talked about skills I thought the emphasis was being placed on that. I was thinking along the lines of Jedi using the Force for Knowledge and defense. It looked like Defense was covered well but that knowledge should be expended on as it is why most Jedi become Jedi.

As to where it should go, I feel Wisdom is always a good point of focus for a Jedi. As knowledge without wisdom can be a not-so-good thing.

All the best on your project

Also Truth is very important for a Jedi as it allows them to do the right thing and separate it from illusion in situations they encounter. I believe many Jedi who have had good intentions ended up spinning their wheels because they were operating under what they believed to be the truth but in point of fact was not. One can use the Force to see through illusion and see that which is real.

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Scholarly Art- A Jedi should seek out knowledge which provides benefit to them and the people around them. The search for knowledge is fundamental to Jedi as one never stops learning, seeking knowledge or bettering their skills.

I was looking at different ways to incorporate Truth, but I'm finding it difficult because of the context.

Something pointed out in the movies is that truth within deception is still a form of truth (Why didn't you tell me he was my father?! -Luke [or something to that effect]). Wisdom in how that will affect the person when you tell them and how to use deceptive truth is something Obi-Wan found himself having to confront in the OT. So using "Honesty" doesn't seem to really fit...Perhaps you could give me a better idea of how that would get put together?

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Perhaps something like, A Jedi seeks to be a light in the darkness, this means developing the ability to separate truth from illusion, which is done by their ability to communicate with the spiritual aspects of the Force. Thus their path becomes clear and that clarity can be used to help others find their way.

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f I may be so bold. One of my personal vows is that of Compassion taken from the vows of the Samurai. t covers many topics and I also think is probably the most difficult to uphold. Especially when cruelty to the young and vulnerable take place. Bows

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As much as I would love to include Compassion, there is an order which believes Compassion is a misconception within the Jedi Path (and trust me, I've argued with them until I was blue in the face). :/

In regards to Octagon's input, does this work?

Wisdom- A Jedi seeks to become wiser than the day before, this means developing the ability to separate truth from illusion, which is done by their ability to communicate with the spiritual aspects of the Force. Thus their path becomes clear and that clarity can be used to help others find their way.

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Very nice Setanaoko.

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I like how its all broken down to certain groups and widely defines the terms

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