Remember my Quest for Power post a little while ago, talking about my reading of philosophy and theology and what-not?
Well I started a blog for it. It’ll be partly about different religions and theologies, as well as philosophical ponderings and my work with the Force Academy. You’ll find all the relevant information over at my brand spankin’ new blog, the Stygian Traveller, where I’ll discuss God, gods and the Force. You’re welcome to come over for a read, and I’m eager to discuss things with anyone willing to have a conversation.
May the Force serve you well, friends.
It seems like it’s been forever since I’ve been here. And forever is too long.
What has the Wicked One been up to, you ask? Heaps of shit, and a lot of it would’ve been amusing food for thought here. But I digress…
Lately I have been reading religious texts and philosophy. I’ll be honest, it all started with Star Wars. For the few of you unfortunate enough to not know Star Wars, I’ll give you some background information. In the Star Wars setting (A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away), there is an all-permeating energy field known as The Force. The Force is loosely based on real-world ideals such as Chi. At any rate, certain people known as Force Sensitives can tap into the Force and use it towards their own purposes. The Force is also said to have a Dark Side and a Light Side. A Light Side Force Sensitive has an array of Good-aligned abilities, including but not restricted to healing, protection and greater perception. A Dark Side Force Sensitive can choke people telekinetically and conjure lightning. There are two primary groups of Force Users. The Jedi Order served a peaceful Republic for the Light Side, and the Sith ruled a Sith Empire with the Dark Side.
At any rate, I could go on. But I won’t, if at all possible. In the beginning, Force Users are split between the Dark and the Light, it being a tale of good against evil, a hero rescuing a princess, and all that good wholesome stuff that stories are made of. As time went by, books were written and in the interest of creating better plots, a philosophical debate arose; the Dark Side being inherently evil, or not. By the same stroke, dark siders tended to argue that the Light was too constrictive to allow for personal growth, but this is often portrayed as justification for evil.
For more information, because I can’t sit here prattling on about Star Wars all day, go get out from under your rock and watch the damn films already.
With books and movies, the fictional universe grew. With discussion, an ideal grew. After several incidents of “Jedi” reaching serious numbers on world religion censuses, (because censi is rarely used and doesn’t sound right), Jedi has taken its place as a world religion. While many put ‘Jedi’ on their census as a joke, some did it because that is what they follow. With over thirty years of comics, books, films and even fan-produced literature, the Force, Jedi and Sith have a level of depth rarely achieved by fiction. Later on, a video game company known as Bioware would create a series of Star Wars videogames named Knights of the Old Republic which would flesh out the Dark Side and the Sith Empire. Bioware did great work with this.
Cutting a long story short, Jedi and to a lesser extent, Sith, have become religions that I choose to label collectively as Force Realists. During the course of playing the Knights of the Old Republic (KotOR) games, I had noticed that some of the Sith teachings spoke to me more personally. I ignored the fact the Sith were antagonists simply because every good story needs one. The Sith are a meritocracy; the strongest prosper and the weakest tend to die. But they had a Code. A Sith Code, which I’ll jot down later.
The Jedi, on the other hand, are essentially monks, albeit with laser swords and magic powers. Their teachings are reliant on meditation, selflessness, the law, and a great deal of self-control. Which is all well and good if you really feel up to living the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk. Not for me, thanks. I read a Buddhist book and quickly realised I would be a terrible Buddhist anything. The Jedi have a Code as well, and I’ll show you the two codes to compare.
The Jedi Code:
There is no emotion, there is peace
There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.
There is no passion, there is serenity.
There is no chaos, there is harmony.
There is no death, there is the Force.
As you can see, it’s all very much a peaceful, stoic sort of thing. Now for the Sith Code.
Peace is a lie, there is only passion.
Through passion I gain strength.
Through strength, I gain power.
Through power I gain victory.
Through victory, my chains are broken.
The Force shall free me.
Does that not simply roll off the tongue? With reading that code, I saw that the Sith are really only evil because the story demands an antagonist. I enjoy their philosophy. While I do respect the sacrifice, inner strength and wisdom the Jedi bring to the table, that style doesn’t suit me, and would require a great deal of interpretation to make it work for me. Whereas the Sith style tends to reward study and diligence. And when I read that the Sith were based on a real world religion? I went on a bit of a bender of books. What religion is this, you may ask?
Anton LaVey’s branch of Satanism. Don’t turn away at that word, trust me. Let me make something quite clear really quickly: There is no devil worship in this branch of Satanism. If you meet some adolescent shithead who claims to be a devil-worshipping Satanist they’ve obviously never met one. Satanism tends to be based around acceptance of flaws and then bettering yourself. Its teachings are based on individualism, self-indulgence, and “eye for an eye” morality. It’s more of a philosophy than a religion but parts of it spoke to me nonetheless. I haven’t taken it for my own religion yet, but it served as a decent starting ground for my new little endeavour; theological study.
So sit awhile and listen. I’ve begun anew and am searching the world of spirits and the supernatural, the realms of gods and men, and taking myth from bullshit. Starting from Star Wars and Satanism, let’s see where I end up.
P.S. I’m thinking of taking this to its own page, to separate it from Someone Wicked.
Disclaimer: As always, I encourage comments and discussion. I do not intend to offend anyone but I will get frank in these posts, particularly involving religious history. If you don’t like it, don’t come here. Simple as that. I will be discussing religion as I come across them, so I will be starting with LaVeyan Satanism. Seriously, it’s not what you think it is, give it a chance. I’ll be onto Asatru after that though. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
May the Force serve you well.
Having made casual reference to a new job in my last post, I was told that the job would make an interesting piece of subject matter for Someone Wicked, dealing with society on the front lines; suburban liquor store.
But I’ve gone a step further, and have created the BottleBlog, straight from my workplace to your screens. A personal view of a particular side of society with someone from particular views on it. Enjoy.
I’ll spare the lengthy introduction, the fancy wordplay and the extensive rant and put it to you simply; it is a very difficult task to find a job right now. There’s three particular groups of folk who employers want at the moment; kids who are under 18, experienced workers over 25, or foreigners who’ll work maximim hours for minimum wage.
I am none of the above. And that has made it virtually impossible for me to get a job where I don’t run the risk of losing my position to one of the above categories. I have more-or-less approaching the point where I am ready to buckle under and take a crap job with worse pay, if only because it’s my only alternative to joblessness.
A lot of places, specifically in the computing / IT industry, demand a minimum of three years’ experience. Experience that I can’t get because there’s no jobs available in the industry that don’t require that experience. And it’s horrendously aggravating to get a job, even at McDonalds, because I’m over 18 and thus actually have to be paid adult wages.
It’s not just affecting me. So many people out there are jobless, or being forced into terrible jobs that have no career options because of the latest trends. How are we supposed to gain experience without being given a chance? That’s all I want, and that’s all so many other people want; a chance.
Job-hunting is a painful endeavour at the best of times. I’m a certified computer repairer as well as trained in IT. Five years ago, advertising everywhere was saying that these were two avenues that would lead to long-lasting, highly paid careers. It’s gotten to the point where I put the donate button up on the website in the hope that it’ll provide additional funding for the continuance of SomeoneWicked as a registered domain as well as attending to my cost-of-living.
Australia, you keep preaching about giving people a fair go. Where’s our chance? Where’s the fair go for Australians who need work? It’s as I said. We’re not being given one. We have no chance, and without that chance, we have no future.