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The Real Questions We Are Asking About The New Star Wars Movie [CONTAINS SPOILERS]

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Let’s get right to it, this is about to be really controversial, because I watched the ‘new Star Wars’ film, and yes, I enjoyed it. Hint: before you get too critical of my three word review, please note that I referred to the film as “the new Star Wars” because I actually have no idea of the films real title, my excuse being that I watched it in a foreign land with a foreign title – but really, you might also be able to tell that i’m not a die hard Star Wars knowledge machine fan.

… However after watching the film, I do have some very important and pressing questions, which I would like to address.

Firstly, you need to know that if you plan on taking this post seriously, you will not survive, you will in fact probably end up turning to the dark side, because I really dont know anything about Star Wars. For example, I did not realize that it was actually Carrie Fisher in the movie! I thought they had just found a really good lookalike… yep, i thought, nevermind. Put me on the wall of shame.

If you made it though that. Then you can probably deal with my next question. Princess Leia, can she use the force? Cause… Mary Poppins through space was definitely a new vibe, it just… what about all the other people?

Moving on, midway through the film, they were looking for the ‘master code breaker’ and instead bumped into the Mr Grungy codebreaker guy. Now, despite not knowing exactly how that first meeting transpired, due to a bathroom break, I was really rooting for that guy. I was hoping that half way through he would pull off his crusty trenchcoat and reveal his glorious red pom blume… but instead you just betrayed them all – you really let me down oily boi..

Ok, time to address the elephant in the room – not the weight loss Cowlephant that got awkwardly milked while Luke made too much eye contact with the young girl he had just met, but the massive awkward elephant that Chewbacca created by roasting that furry penguins mother.. Did he… though?… did he roast the furry penguins mother and then eat her?! Or did he feel bad for them once he saw that adorable stare and not eat her. Because from a purely efficiency point of view, he probably should not have wasted that food, it was already dead. But then he decided to take them all along with him in the Millenium Falcon… why? I like to believe he thought they made good trail mix.

Speaking of cute fluffy things, I get it, every Disney movie needs their “minions’ that they can sell to children. But then why the hell did they make those ugly fish people! I mean, way to comment on the perception of ‘caretakers’, but those fin-faces really missed out. Not only was their territory constantly being destroyed, their sacred library was K.O Rekkt by a trigger happy ghost Yoda who did not give a force.

Also, please do help me understand what that creepy blowhole was doing on the island, because right now the best explanation is that it was a deleted scene from Stranger Things Season 2. Rey decides to jump down a creepy hole and then checks herself out in a laggy mirror that somehow has great acoustics. Yeah, she didn’t find her parents, but between all that finger snapping i’m disappointed that she did not break out into a rendition of the Pitch Perfect soundtrack. Instead – she decided to go back to her hut and have a D&M with her ghost BFF, only to be rudely interrupted by Luke Skywalker who blows out the walls, probably looking for Eggo Waffles but really just heightens the damage bill.

But complaints aside, I do need to appreciate the diversity in the film. I mean, having the characters from two different minorities fall in love with each other instead of taking valuable screen time from a white characters love life. Genius! Also, romance has never seen a better role model – Note: the best way to save somebody’s life, is 100% always ramming your spaceship into theirs at full speed, and then telling them that love is important as you half die. Love really is just smashing into each other when its not convenient.

Finally! THAT LAST BATTLE HUH! Daym! Luke skywalker comes in like a hologram, hes untouchable! … then explain how he kissed his sister and handed her dice?

Also… the effort of transporting himself into a fight with Kylo Ren killed him, so, Kylo did win right? Or, fan theory, Luke just decided to vanish himself from the sacred island, because the rent and damage bill was getting out of control…. Poor fish people, they will probably just be dry cleaning his coat, only for him to never pick it up 🙁

Overall though, great film. Fully enjoyed. Had to pee twice. But yolo, may the Force Be with You.

What’s That Word | Episode 5

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Final Episode!

Welcome to Episode 5 of Baha’i Blog’s video series called WHAT’S THAT WORD?, where our host Jordan Raj helps explain the meaning of certain words we may come across in the Baha’i Writings in a light-hearted and comedic way. 

All the examples quoted are referenced from the Baha’i Library and can be found online by searching the phrases.

WHAT’S THAT WORD? is Presented by Jordan Raj (@MrJordanRaj)
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Cleaned Out Webseries (Actor)

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A web series following an inept janitor. Each episode follows one night of mayhem, while following Oscar and the shenanigans that occur around him. Three episodes, three long nights of tribulations set in the dust free, sparkling halls of a university campus. Featuring computer stealing stoners, kebabs, the UFC: Ultimate Frisbee Club, rats, queens and a whole lot of cleaning.

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What’s That Word? | Episode 3

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2nd Last Episode… This one has a bit of music 😛

Welcome to Episode 4 of Baha’i Blog’s video series called WHAT’S THAT WORD?, where our host Jordan Raj helps explain the meaning of certain words we may come across in the Baha’i Writings in a light-hearted and comedic way. 

All the examples quoted are referenced from the Baha’i Library and can be found online by searching the phrases.

WHAT’S THAT WORD? is Presented by Jordan Raj (@MrJordanRaj)
http://www.youtube.com/jordanraj

Be sure to “Subscribe” to Baha’i Blog’s YouTube Channel for more great videos like this one!

Watch WHAT’S THAT WORD? Episode 1 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tw3qpB4OV_g

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Gardening the Mind

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I recently spoke to a woman who is one of the few surviving anti-GPS enthusiasts. She stated that she likes to use maps because she prefers them to GPS, she likes to know the area she lives in and not simply be a slave to turn by turn instructions. Her chief concern about the technology was that its stopping people from thinking and developing a lateral thinking mindset. Something which I somewhat contest, I believe that the technology of the future, although it might render certain thought processes obsolete, it may in fact call for new patterns. This is something which I had on my mind while reading Gardeners Five Minds For the Future. The five minds are as followed

The Disciplined mind – a person who has mastered a specific craft
The Synthesising mind – Somebody who is capable to making dense of large amounts of diverse information
The Creating mind – this is a new evolution of ‘mind’ as it combines the previous two. This is the mind that innovates a creative idea from synthesis and then shapes it into a disciplined form which can be consumed.
The Respectful mind – This mind recognises the diversity and complexity which is becoming prevalent in our world, and embraces it.
The Ethical Mind – Ponders the impact of ones work, and how it could render service to the community

Gardener then goes on to discuss the new vs the old attitude to education, and this is where the GPS argument comes in. In the past for example, it was necessary for people to develop a disciplined mind, one had to be to ultimate master of a trade, many things were not automated, thus calling for intense learning about all details of a task such as map reading or type setting. Now, in the digital age however, this is no longer required, as the previously ‘nitty gritty’ information is readily at hand for anybody. Therefore, we can now turn our focus to developing Ethical, Respectful and Creative minds.

Finally, the chapter concludes by explaining the importance of developing rounded mindsets, and the ability of becoming a multi-faceted human being, along with the benefits this will have on the quality of ones life.