Darth Traya (Sith Quote)

“A culture’s teachings, and most importantly, the nature of its people, achieve definition in conflict. They find themselves… or find themselves lacking.”
~Darth Traya

Darth Kryptos (Sith Quote)

“There is no peace. Open a history book. Human nature hates peace.”
~Darth Kryptos

Sith Quote (D. Draconis)

“Transformation is not always an immaculate or graceful process. A lot of it is messy, chaotic, foul, awkward, dirty, and uncomfortable.”
~D. Draconis

Degrees of Control

Control is a relatively meaningless word for me these days. Control what? People,circumstance… myself? No, what people are really talking about when they talk about control is mostly about comforting themselves, or whining about how they’re uncomfortable because they lack it. But it’s bullshit, a bad joke, and that’s all it really is. You can talk about it in ‘degrees’ if you want, but why not just call it what it is? Influence. Power. The only way ‘control’ factors into it is in degrees, and anything you want to learn, any related skill, can be learned by experimentation with your own influence.

What people call self-control is, more often than not, developed from firsthand experience and application of power, testing how far yours reaches, how much you can sustain and expand it, and how to do that effectively. Focusing on control itself though, at least from where I stand now, reminds me of the idea that developing ‘dark traits’ – such as those outlined by Paimon in Traits of a Dark Warrior – can be done by having a list of traits to aspire to, and doing ones best to cultivate them. Sure you can try, you can even succeed I guess, but you’re missing the fucking point.

If you resonate with darkness then there are no extra dark traits you need beyond the ones you have and the ones that grow naturally from the qualities that are already present. It’s the same thing with “control”; it’s a word slapped onto something others perceive as an indicator of something, and instead of tracing it back to where this “control” they see actually sprang from, they focus on the “control” itself. As with dark traits, what people see as “control” doesn’t usually (if ever) truly develop out of striving for control itself – that’s not the heart of it. It’s power, and power is built on passions, on those needs you have to satisfy.

“It’s like a finger pointing away to the moon. Don’t concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory.”
~Bruce Lee

As long as your focusing on one of the branches though, you’ll never see the tree they grew outwards from. Or as Bruce Lee put it, if you concentrate on the finger, you won’t experience the divinity at the heart of it – and unlike the moon, it’s not far away or even all that difficult to see if you stop forcing things for yourself, over-thinking, trying to do this or that, and do what comes naturally to you. It’s in your heart. These traits, these distracting jokes, are either something you eventually learn to see past, or it’s something you get hung up on (in which case, well, it sucks to be you), never realizing that the finger you can’t look past is a middle finger, and if it belonged to anyone they’d be laughing at you. Besides…

“If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.”
~Mario Andretti

Do ‘Losers’ Matter?

A guy came to the FA about a year ago presenting his “vision for a real Sith Order” and advertising his website. I think it (the guys website) has actually progressed a little since then to. It’s not exactly my kind of thing, especially in that even when measured to other similar sites his Sith Academy is still a relatively young one, but I also don’t think it’s a waste of time to browse through it every now and then.

Of course, I guess you’ve got to keep in mind that I’m generally not as dismissive of people like Sean or his efforts as others tend to be; I find the newer sites, especially those in their infantile stages and/or appealing to a younger audience base, to be interesting most of the time, and I like watching how they progress… and, more often than I would like, how far they go before they’re shelf life runs out. But getting back to the discussion started at the Force Academy…

Sean (aka Imperius) decided to call it quits and, I guess because nobody really jumped at the idea he was talking about and people criticized the content and mannerisms of his little presentation, said that the FA was a forum of losers, and that moderators could feel free to lock or delete the thread. (Because of the loose regulation/moderation there niether of those actions were taken , so you can still read through it if you want: My vision of a real Sith Order.) That brings me to what I really wanted to post about: Irvine’s response to the guys decision to abandon further discussion.

“Surely your model of gaining social control requires precisely that you would gain the support of ‘losers’. ‘Winners’, after all, would be potential competitors.”
~Richard Irvine

The funny thing is that, at the time, everyone seemed to be treating Sean/Imperius like a loser, yet what Richard said could just as fairly have been applied to us. Granted, most people at the FA probably don’t have even remotely similar aims to those expressed by the would-be Sith Master, but Darksiders tend to be elitists and – assuming some degree of prudence in how one might deal with people one might deem lesser – the approach suggessted by Richard still seems relevant – and in the context of this discussion, could have just as easily been suggested to us.

(Originally Written December 8th, 2012 // Last Revised January 30th, 2013)

Dark Quote (Irvine)

“I put it to you, ladies and gentleman, that conflict is too precious a thing to waste. If you’re going to do it, do it properly. Believe in what you say, carry it in your heart, embody it, and defend it.”
~Richard Irvine


“Monsters are real, and ghosts are real to. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.” ~Stephen King

I like to think I’m the monster that won. I devoured whatever it was, whoever it was, that came before. From the inside out. I’m all that’s left. [Whatever it was that came before, I scarcely remember. Whatever or whoever it was, I devoured.]

(Written October 17th, 2012)