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How to Find a Life of Purpose | the tao of skwealthacademy podcast, episode_021



I’ve often heard people describe the meaning of life as two purposes that reside at the opposite ends of the ideological spectrum. Many people have said that the meaning of life is struggle, including Jordan Peterson, someone with one of the largest followings on YouTube at the current time. I have heard other people state that the meaning of life is to find happiness. In my opinion, the meaning of life is neither of these choices. The meaning of life is to find a life of meaning. This process will involve both periods of happiness and struggle, but the finding a purpose to life brings a greater feeling of serenity to your times of happiness and makes your times of struggle more bearable. In the tao of skwealthacademy podcast, episode_021, I discuss the various ways we can all find purpose in our life. One way to find purpose is to form a deep sense of community with others and then work towards achieving common goals. But to form a community with others that can give one’s life a strong sensse of purpose, one must utilize critical thinking and pursue self-education.

 

As well we must have a society of ethical people if we are to encourage people to find a live of purpose within society instead of going off grid as many people that want to live ethical lives have done because they feel it is impossible to live an ethical life within society. In the last podcast I spoke about how immorality and a lack of ethics is being praised, promoted and embraced within society at large, a disturbing trend of modern day life today. In this podcast, I also address how we can perform our civic duty to reverse this trend and create more ethical societies that provide a life of dignity for its members. So join me in this week’s tao of skwealthacademy podcast for a fascinating discussion about finding meaning in our lives.


Russia v. the United States: Facts v. Propaganda | the tao of skwealthacademy podcast, episode_018



In today’s the tao of skwealthacademy podcast, episode_018, I discuss why all wars are bankers’ wars and why even the conflict between the US and Russia in Syria is a banker war, as I believe that it is a war ultimately to control the flow of natural gas through Syria, either from Russia to Europe or from the Middle East to Europe. Consequently, episode_018 is titled, “Russia v. the United States: Facts v. Propaganda. If the US successfully ousts the current Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, they can control the flow of energy resources from the Middle East to Europe and dictate that oil and natural gas from the Middle East is sold and bought in US dollars. If Russia succeeds in rebuffing the US attempt to overthrow Assad, then Russia would control the flow of natural gas through Syria and dictate that these resources could be sold in their sovereign ruble currency, which would serve as a huge blow against the continued subjugation of the entire world economy to US dollar supremacy.

 

Although this reason, which I believe to be one of the primary reasons behind the Syrian conflict is little discussed in the Western mainstream media, it comes as no surprise that various Arab and Middle Eastern publications have all dismissed such theories as “conspiracy theories”, claiming that there is zero evidence to corroborate these theories. As I have always been someone that promotes evidence above all, I wondered if these assertions were correct, so I investigated them further and did not merely dismiss them as propaganda just because the assertions fit into a narrative that serves nations like Qatar and Saudi Arabia and not my beliefs about the conflict. I wanted to discover, however, if these assertions of conspiracy theories were indeed massive propaganda as well.

 

So let’s look at some facts that are indisputable first and draw conclusions from these facts. Number one, more than half of all of Russia’s national revenues comes from oil and natural gas sales. Fact. Bankers manipulate prices of oil, natural gas, and other commodities through global futures markets. Fact. If bankers force prices of oil and natural gas lower, this will severely hurt the Russian economy. Fact. The US government colludes with bankers to take down oil and natural gas prices to hurt the Russian economy. Theory. In this case, we have a bunch of facts and then one theory that can’t be proven as a fact but then will often be dismissed as a conspiracy theory just because there is no hard evidence to support the theory by those that want to shape a certain narrative in the global media. It is just as ridiculous to label this theory as a conspiracy theory solely because there is no evidence to support it as it would be to call the Big Bang Theory about the formation of the universe a conspiracy theory just because there is also a lack of concrete evidence to support this theory as well.

 

Rather the theories should be more accurately described as unknowns and not conspiracy theory from someone capable of critical thought. The same applies to the pipeline theories when I investigated them as well. It is a fact that multiple pipelines for natural gas and oil have been proposed that would cut through Syria and that the different proposed pipelines would provide control of Europe’s energy supplies to different factions – one to Russia, and the other to Middle Eastern nations. It is also a fact that the control of these pipelines would have massive consequences upon the US dollar depending upon which pipeline was eventually built and that if Russia wins out, then it can vastly decrease the dependence of its economy upon the US dollar. It is also a fact that the US government has funded and armed ISIL terrorists within Syria to overthrow Assad. But this is where the facts stop and the rest becomes theory. The conclusions for why the US wants to overthrow Assad are theory. However it is a fact that in July 2011, the governments of Syria, Iran and Iraq signed a $10 billion agreement to build a natural gas pipeline that would run from Iran through Iraq and Syria to Europe. That project was largely halted by the ongoing war in Syria.

 

This project was opposed by Qatar that wanted to build a natural gas pipeline from Syria to Turkey to Europe. This is a fact as well. But the dispute revolves around the timing and the alleged rejection of this proposal. As far as I could find, the only source for the claim that President Assad rejected a Qatari proposal to build a alternate natural gas pipeline was an “unnamed European diplomat.” So given that this is the source, I always reject any unnamed anonymous official sources as evidence. But just because there is no evidence does not mean that the theory of Syria as being a conflict to control natural gas distribution and also to maintain global US dollar supremacy, and therefore making the was ultimately a banker war, should be labeled a conspiracy as many prominent Middle Eastern news agencies have done. It merely means the truth about this theory remains unknown thought the answer to the unknown seems to be simple. I’m not sure why a journalist can’t simply ask Syrian President Assad did you directly reject a Qatari proposal for a natural gas pipeline, and if he answers yes, then the theory can be proven to be true. Whether some journalist has already asked this question and the answer has been suppressed from mainstream media, I don’t know.

 

In any event, what has always been evident in the mainstream reporting about military conflicts is that much of what is reported is propaganda, with theories unjustly labeled as conspiracy theories to discredit them while they may or may not be true and should merely be reported as unknowns. Thus, when I discovered that the validity about theories are best described as unknowns but have been described as conspiracy theories by media sites, I immediately dismissed such media sites as sources of credible news because the conclusions of conspiracy theories were incredibly self-serving and biased and thereby not trustworthy. Through this lens, in episode 18, I explore the facts surrounding the escalating animosity between Russia and the United States, including US President’s very important repudiation of the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, and the implications of his withdrawal from this treaty on future relations between the US and Russia. I further reveal what is propaganda in regard to this subject, as there is unsurprisingly boatloads of propaganda surrounding this subject being reported by mainstream media as fact, and I attempt to separate propaganda from fact and allow you, the listener, to form your own conclusions.

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Are We Truly Free? | The Tao of SKWealthAcademy Podcast, Epi_014



In Episode 14, I discuss whether living an entire life within pre-constructed societal constructs that not only constrict our choices in life but also severely limit our creative potential and our ability to manifest our greatest selves in life is truly living life as a free human being.  If you lived in a tiny island nation state that represented the middle of the pack in everything – technology, human rights, economics, resources, and education – and were told that you could roam anywhere you wanted to within a 10km region of the island but never anywhere else and also never leave this nation to explore the other 192 nations on planet earth, would you feel free? Yet, this is a perfect analogy for how most of us lives our lives when we voluntarily choose to constrict our choices in education and in career from age 5-years-old to age 65-years-old.

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How Orwellian Doublespeak Will Cause People to be Blindsided by the Second Global Financial Crisis | The Tao of SKWealthAcademy Podcast, Epi_11



Today, I discuss how the mainstream media proliferation of Orwellian doublespeak has confused people into misunderstanding simple concepts like constitutional republics v. democracies, socialism v. capitalism, capitalism v. communism, free market capitalism v. socialism for oligarchs, growth v. bubbles, and so on. It is this misunderstanding of basic concepts that will cause many to be blindsided when when the Bubble of Everything collapses at some point between now and 2020.

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Why I’m Leaving YouTube for Steemit and Patreon | The Tao of SKWealthAcademy Podcast, Episode_009



Today, I discuss my reasons for leaving youtube for the greener pastures of steemit and patreon (www.patreon.com/skwealthacademy) and leave you with a long philosophical discussion that covers many topics including bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, banking, morality, the importance of pursuing careers that don’t exploit others but that only uplift humanity, the global refugee crisis, the policies of the State that are used to divide us and to dissolve our unity, and the hidden agenda of academia that destroys critical thinking. Enjoy and please consider becoming a patron to receive exclusive content in the form of podcasts and articles every month! The first exclusive content, released on 25 June, are a lengthy article that discusses many potential reasons why bitcoin’s price has plunged 70% in the past 6-months and that should provide an intelligent foundation to speculate on future price, and a podcast that reveals 2 questions one can ask anyone to reveal the massive faults of institutional academics today, including its misguided focus on memorization of facts and high exam scores. Just visit the link above and become a patron for access to this content. I will be posting a new podcast and article every month, available only to patrons. Thanks for listening and have a blessed day!


The Great Deception & Plato’s Cave | The Tao of SKWealthAcademy Podcast, Episode_007



In Episode 7, I discuss how the story of Plato’s Cave and Siddhartha apply to today’s world more than ever and that the inability to distinguish between perception and reality is a deliberately manufactured affliction designed by the world’s wealthy. I further discuss the fact that it will truly be difficult for one to understand the unfolding financial market crashes in 2018-2019 without truly understanding the lessons of Plato’s Cave.

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Articles referenced in today’s episode:
The Story of Plato’s Cave
https://faculty.washington.edu/smcohen/320/cave.htm

The Story of Siddhartha
https://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/siddhartha.html

Leo Tolstoy’s Three Questions
http://www.online-literature.com/tolstoy/2736/

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Think and Understand Truth | The Tao of SKWealthAcademy Podcast, Episode_006



In Episode 6, I discuss how those in control of creating the financial, religious, academic and career paradigms that exist in modern society encourage us not to think through distracting us through mindless entertainment and social media options, but if we can sort through all the distractions, the truth will set us free. I address how this topic is relevant across a broad spectrum of topics, including cryptocurrencies and bitcoin, the exploitation of human trafficking networks and the disposable fashion industry, the systemic sexual harassment problem of the global entertainment industry, the NFL protests and Colin Kapaernick, and even issues of parenting.

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Articles referenced in today’s episode:
Actress Jang Ja-yeon’s Suicide Note Exposes 31 South Korean Entertainment Executives of Sexual Abuse & Harrassment
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/apr/01/south-korea-entertaiment-jang-jayeon

Asia’s Shrimping Industry Uses Human Slaves
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/dec/14/shrimp-sold-by-global-supermarkets-is-peeled-by-slave-labourers-in-thailand

Harvey Weinstein One of Many Sexual Harassers in Hollywood
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/11/10/us/men-accused-sexual-misconduct-weinstein.html

The True Cost of Disposable Fashion
https://www.cnbc.com/2015/05/29/the-true-cost-attacks-the-business-of-fast-fashion.html

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Billionare AI Hell or Commoner Red Pill Bliss? The Choice is Ours – The Tao of SKWealthAcademy Podcast_001A



In today’s podcast, I discuss Silicon Valley and ex-Google executive Anthony Levandowski’s desire to create an Artificial Intelligence god and for humanity to worship his AI god while granting it absolute power over decisions regarding the future of humanity. I discuss why this is not a good idea given society’s current tendencies to drift beyond the line of morality due to its obsessions with celebrity, fame, and fortune. I also discuss the narcissism of billionaires and why they currently have wrongly led society astray with their warped definitions of “success” and non-intellectual definitions of “intelligence” and discuss why both these definitions need to include a significant component of emotional intellect to ensure that all human creation and pursuits benefit our communities and mother earth, rather than just benefiting the selfish needs of the individual at the expense of the rest of humanity. I also discuss the need to escape the confining limitations to our potential created by narcissistic billionaires that have created (1) false paradigms of schooling that do not promote critical thought or education, and (2) falsely-labelled “social media” worlds that create anti-social, anxiety-ridden young adults. I conclude this podcast with a discussion of the need to escape and live outside of these pre-engineered societal constructs into which all of us are born if we wish to realize our creative potential to create a world in which love, compassion, and respect for all life, including nature, prevails, and one in which a beautiful life is not a privilege for the 1% but a human right for all.

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Referenced information in current episode

AI godhead new religion, Way of the Future
wayofthefuture.church

To request Dscouts smartphone usage study, click the link below
https://pages.dscout.com/mobile-touches-download-form

Family Guy episode with the “I’ve escaped from Kevin Spacey’s basement” reference
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xYpx8yXLmg

Seth McFarlane’s Oscar speech leak about Harvey Weinstein’s well-known sexual harrassment and assault behavior
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCNvREKTnQc

Henry Kissinger quote calling US soldiers “dumb, stupid animals” to be used as “pawns”
https://www.quora.com/Did-Henry-Kissinger-really-call-American-soldiers-dumb-stupid-animals-to-be-used-as-pawns-of-foreign-policy