CORE ETHICS LESSON 7

“Training should serve a purpose beyond “what if” scenarios.

Surgeons go to school and train for the purpose of performing surgery. Police officers learn there skills for the purpose of policing. If Jedi are training just because someday, something, somewhere may happen when they are needed, then there really is no purpose, and how motivational, or committed should one be to a path without purpose?” -Khaos, 2013

Khaos may have been a Sith when these words were spoken, but it is something worth understanding. Real World Jedi, don’t have the same concerns as our fictional counterparts. If we want to manifest being Jedi in the real world…we need to look at what is relevant. So let’s turn to a hard truth:

In Jedi History, it was often spoken that Jedi should know how to defend themselves against a physical assailant. But we need to be honest with ourselves and ask some realistic questions. First, what do we mean by attack?

The Jedi Compass starts out by stating that defense is not always physical. Actually, let’s just quote it below:

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 eyesight, they are allowed to apply the appropriate amount of force necessary for defense. When defending, a Jedi does what they can to minimize damage to all parties involved – Jedi Compass, 2022 Revision

The Jedi Compass does not require you to know how to physically defend yourself. Instead, what it says is that we can act to protect someone physically against an assailant. The truth is though, most people aren’t in a position where they are going to need phyiscal defense, so how can you do anything for a victim if you witness an assault you are not capable of doing much on? Sometimes just making your presence known and calling the police can be enough. Being a good witness, taking down notes of what the assailant looks like can go a long ways in defending the defenseless when you’re not in a position to do anything but watch. And let’s be clear, just because you can step in to physically defend a person, doesn’t mean it would be in yours or the victim’s best interest. You never know what the assailant is wielding or their capabilities. So you take assessment of what you do know before you make a decision on what you can and cannot do.

So what’s the next question? The next question is to figure out what attacks look like. They can be physical, mental, verbal, textual, spiritual and/or emotional. The first step in determining what kinds of things you need to train to fortify yourself against an attack, is to know the most likely attack you are to face. So for this assignment, we’re just going to focus on reality and ask:

 

 ASSIGNMENT

In the last 5 years, what forms of attacks have you witnessed against yourself and/or others, and in what order of frequency? List them all, and explain whether or not your feel you are equipped today to deal with those kinds of assaults. 

Don’t feel like you have to be good at everything. Being honest about where you are, is the first step in knowing the direction you need to focus so that you can work on overcoming the barriers you face. For your assignment, meditate on the one that you feel you most frequently experience and see if there are any tools you have available to you now that can help you overcome those issues. Write below what you discovered about your ability to deal with assaults against yourself and others in the comments below for credit on this assignment.

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