Module #4 - "MINGLING" - Spring 2021

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Module #4 - "MINGLING" - Spring 2021

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Welcome to the Module 04 "Mingling" thread! This is about getting to interact with one another as classmates, particularly about themes from the lesson and your corresponding class work if that speaks to you. Those who post their Monologue or Manifestation may provide helpful prompts for discussion points. While you're welcome to mingle as much as you like, each of your first three 50+ word posts you will receive 5 points. When submitting your work, please let me know if you've posted once, twice, or three (or more) times so I can confirm participation. As a fun option, you may choose to Role-Play these interactions though are not required to. If you do, please take a look at this RPGuidelines page for some helpful tips.

In preparing for this month's Mingling session, Professor Sindor can't get the phrase 'May the fourth be with you' out of his head.

Neither a die-hard fan nor necessarily by any means a non-fan of the Star Wars world, he'd consider himself relatively and neutrally entertained by the franchise over time, and always a little bit tickled once a year when May 4th comes around and people start busting out this phrase in reference to the classic line 'May the Force be with you.'

"Welcome to May, everyone!" Sin smiles around after chit-chatting with Carrie prior to the group milling in. "You'll notice their are toy light sabers on each of your desks," he swings his violet one toward Miss Warts' to demonstrate the *zjuummmm-wsshhh!* sounds of the saber's swishing, and action sounds when hit together.

"For those of you who may not be familiar with these concepts, please do a little research if or as desired, otherwise it can be noted that in many ways one could argue that there is a direct corollation to the Power of Love we've covered this month and what one might consider the same 'Force' related in Star Wars. I'm curious to hear some of your thoughts on that comparison, or the force in general, and/or to perhaps choose one of your favorite muggle movies or television series where you could draw a connection to where 'the force' and/or 'love' in the context of our lesson or your own perspective is highlighted in a way that may leave you feeling compelled to share with the group."

Sindor pauses, a moment of forlorn whimsy washes over his face.

"It's only now occurring to me how fitting this is as well in alignment with remembering Polaris Black. Last year I was fortunate enough to have an opportunity to get involved with the Jedi Apprentice Training activity organized by Gail Allen and Alexander Brighton. Beyond being a most fun and excellent time, it was probably the first chance I had to really feel like I was getting to know who Polaris was, seeing how she tackled the different postings and tasks."

Prof. Aloyarc grins, remembering how much it seemed like everyone enjoyed that activity, which was a huge part of what inspired and encouraged him to start working on presenting activities himself alongside others. This reflection makes him so grateful, not only for Gail and Alex, but also people like Polaris, and Emily Spencer who Sin remembers starting to get to know at the time, and reconnecting with Prof. Tarma Amelia Black.

"Because this lesson, at it's heart, is in so many ways dedicated to the memory of Polaris, please also feel welcome to share either special memories of her, or your own experience with loving and losing. Whether it's a person, a place, or something you cherish otherwise."
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Arriving for the month's lesson at a desk with a black "light saber" on it, Will finds himself overwhelmed at all the topics Sindor had mentioned to introduce the class discussion for the month. But before he can think of any Muggle movie which really expresses love the way he would like, the last thing Sindor had said starts to resonate.

"I remember that Polaris had joined HOL a mere two weeks after I did, " he remembers. "For a while I considered her to be the 'flip side' to myself, as we had managed to find very different places to shine in the school... but, sadly, I never really got to know her nearly as well as I would have liked. But I did enjoy participating in her activities: including getting the chance to be named as 'Mx Slytherin' in 2018 and finally getting to work with her as a HOLLERS assistant during our final student year." A tear slides down his eye as he remembers his graduation ceremony last year, where Polaris had received an honorary degree. "What I remember most about her, though, " Will finishes, "is how much love she put into everything here at HOL - and the school was lucky to have her for the seven years that our paths overlapped!"
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Ivey liked the idea of The Force being with you to be somehow connected to love. Just like we say, “Hello, how are you?” on impulse when passing someone in public, the force is with you is similar. It comes from a place of love and respect for humans. It might be something automatic, but we wouldn’t bother to say it to someone we don’t respect.

Ivey hadn’t known Polaris very well, but certainly knew the impact she had on everyone. Even though she wasn’t close to her, it certainly left a hole there that shouldn’t have been because of the suddenness. Polaris always exemplified love in every conversation she had had with her, and this lesson is so closely tied into who she is.
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“Well said, Will!” Sin smiles and nods, “Polaris was a gift. I’m happy to say I got to meet her, however briefly our lives wound up intersecting.”

He begins twirling his light saber around playfully, reveling in the sounds, then winking at Ivey as he enjoys her thoughtful expression.
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Watching Sindor twirl his light saber, Will tries to replicate the movement. Recalling what Ivey had said, Will responds: "I never really thought about the Force as love, but I suppose this gives me something to think about." Trying to think further, Will continues: "But then again, I was never really satisfied by the way most Muggle movies portray love. While they do well at showing the thrill of a romantic chase, too often the movie ends when the chase ends and does not get the chance to show the love that sustains a relationship beyond the chase phase. Maybe because pursuit is more exciting to watch on the big screen than a love that actually lasts?"
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After the chat Carrie and Sin had, she started to pull her hair into two buns on each side of her head like Princess Leia.
"I am indeed a huge Starwars fan, I watch it with my father every time, we know almost every character and can quote the movies, so May 4th is a particularly special day for us, but more than the movies, it's special because we don't have much in common and this bind us, I guess that's also why we love Starwars"
After that she heard everything Prof. Sindor said, especially about Polaris, whom she never had the pleasure of meeting, but hearing him and Will talk about her makes her feel like she was part of her as well.
After hearing the last thing Will said Carrie reacted: "Right!? What's up with that?! Love is quite complex and for me, there isn't just one type of love or one way of showing it. Sadly movies leave us thinking that there is a certain type of love we should thrive for. Like the girl always goes for the bad guy or the guy goes for the really shy girl, but they always feel far from reality..."
Carrie starts getting lost in her own thoughts and gets caught up looking at Sin and Will twirling with their sabers...
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