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taxes

Why do we pay taxes? What are they used for? What if we stopped paying them?

If America is such a great country, why aren’t taxes voluntary? If we all love living here so much, wouldn’t we voluntarily pay them? Why are they extracted by force of law? Make taxes voluntary and see what this country would look like in 5 yrs, 10 yrs. etc.

1) Why do we pay taxes?
To keep the government running? The government is a corporation, a business. Businesses need money. Why does government take your money to operate it’s business but you have to use your own money to run your business?

2) What are our taxes used for?
To hide the invisible tax of inflation.

3) What if we stopped paying? Stop paying taxes and the corporation known as government will send its collections agent to visit. That agent is The Internal Revenue Service. Resist The IRS and you’ll have armed officers of the law to deal with.

Resources:
Ayn Rand
Comprehensive Annual Finance Report

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music city

What if you had a $300/week restaurant habit? Brad shares with us an area of spending he wants to cut back on.

We discuss:
- Admitting we have a desire to change our finances.
- Compartmentalizing areas of our lives and how it hurts us.
- Helping other people. The importance of service work.

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utah

A fellow podcaster and radio type, Andrea from Utah joins us to discuss:

Why growth isn’t necessarily a good thing in the economy.

We cover taking responsibility for educating your own children.

Andrea reveals the one thing she’d change about the economy if given the chance.

She also shares with us what she’d ask The Federal Reserve chairman if she could have a 20 min., one on one convo with him.

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Secret Shade

Secret Shade – All Spirit, No Fluff. We spend an hour with Matt from Indonesia. He shares with us how he lives his life on purpose to create more freedom from societal norms.

Matt says:
“I’m trying to craft the sort of lifestyle that involves freedom of many kinds – financial, geographical, psychological etc.”

He mentions the pain of a 5 day work week. And….he did something about it.

We talk about:
Pain is inevitable, suffering optional
Float tanks
Meditation
Spiritual work using non-mainstream methods
Living on purpose
Taking risks/going with the flow

On duality and embracing suffering:
Matt reminds us we’re stardust. And stardust is the result of a violent, cosmic dying process. It’s OK to experience pain. It’s part of life.

Matt can be found on his blog:
Secret Shade

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Debt Shepherd 2014, All Rights Reserved

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finger

What is it about memories that make them so damn popular? They take me back to a feeling I once had. Feel that again? Pick it up off the shelf and play it like an old VHS tape. Why? Because I’m bored or in need of entertainment? Am I unhappy with what I’m living right now? Have I ever wondered why I play these tapes over and over again?

Some say we’re reminiscing. Others say we’re biologically built to recall for current survival. I say we’re fucking bored. We’re remembering because we can’t stand what’s in front of us right now.

We look out into the world and constantly long for things to be different.
We compare now to then. We compare now to when. We compare now to if.
Why can’t we be happy with now? Why do we procrastinate joy, happiness, and letting our hair down in front of other people?

We’re scared to death. We lack the courage to put down all the camouflage life has taught us to create, carry, consume, and pretend to be.

Holy shit. Is life one big game of hide and seek? You better believe it is. And I’m not talking about the game children play. I’m talking about hiding who we really are and at the same schizophrenic time seeking who we think we should be. Wait, maybe those children playing hide and seek are really practicing for the way we adults do it.

And we wonder why the pharmaceutical industry is the most profitable business on the planet. 6 billion humans most of which have no clue why they’re here, who they are, or what happiness really smells like.

I’ve got news for you cowboy, happiness smells like whatever the hell you decide to grow in your own damn garden. Stop stepping on my roses, telling me how to pick my weeds, and spraying chemicals on my plants. Tend your own plot.

Some days it sickens me to hear others trapped in the illusion of victimhood. Others insisting to the point of death that their identity is who/what someone else told them they are or should be. And other days I thank them for the mirror they provide. So I can remember when I insisted on doing the same.

I wax poetic and see beauty in the world, yes. I remember there’s also ugly and cold. They’re both the same thing. Stop the madness of trying to separate it all into different little pieces. Is our mission here one of boredom? Is our mission here one of remembering? Or is our mission here one of pure, unadulterated, mindless entertainment? I haven’t a clue. But some days and in some ways it can be a hoot.

So dear fellow traveler. What is it about memories that make them so damn popular? Do they take you back to a feeling you once had, that you want to feel again? Maybe we’re bored and remembering because we can’t stand what’s in front of us right now. Longing for what once was and hoping for what could be. It leaves you eviscerated, empty, and quite possibly pissed off at the broken promises of some God.

The fairy tale we were spoon fed since birth that says there is rhyme and reason to all this madness. If you could would you kick the devil in the balls and steal his lunch money? Basking in your short lived revenge for the torture he puts you through as he grins thru bleached white, porcelain teeth?

I say, dear traveler, why can’t there be order in chaos? Sanity in madness?
Love and hate all at the same time?
What if we’re all of it and nothing….in the same instant?
God and the devil all wrapped up in one sanitized little package.

I’ve got NEWS for you cowboy, happiness smells like whatever the hell you decide to grow in your own damn garden.

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Debt Shepherd 2014, All Rights Reserved

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ignorant

This episode is inspired by the stand up comedy bit “What” by
Bo Burnham.

Let’s take a trip in the theatre of your mind. A trip to an alternate reality where you stop learning and start earning. But there’s a catch. Once you start earning, you never get to learn anything else ever again.

Questions:
- What if you got paid to be ignorant?
- If your bank account was based on how many books you read a year (and I don’t mean fiction), would you have some zeros or a comma maybe?
- Would you stop learning just to get a check?
- Would it be enough for you to stay ignorant of who you really are, what you’re really capable of if you got paid to not know?
- What if instead of paying schools to put information into your head, you got paid to never put information into your head?
- What if being an avid reader, searcher, & learner meant you stayed financially poor the rest of your life? You’d always have food, clothing, shelter, medicine but you’d never have more money than what you have today.
- Would you want to get paid to stay ignorant?

Society tells you the more you learn (about it’s world) the more you earn (it’s money).

-What if the less you learn (about societies world) the more you earn? Earn in awareness. Earn in self discovery. Earn in deeper inner standing of your true self.
- What if less (of the world) is more (of you)?

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Ethereal

Illusion is what we put in the gas tank of life. The spark that ignites it is our pursuit of truth. We are then propelled forward on our journey. Soul is an amazing way of being isn’t it? – Greg Whitaker (inspired by Robert Wesley Branch)

Let’s break it down:

1) Illusion is what we put in the gas tank of life. Without this fuel, you don’t move to the next level in your journey. As we see each illusion for what it is, we can then end our suffering over that situation and free up our attention/intention to move to the next illusion.

2) The spark that ignites it (illusion) is our pursuit of truth. We must burn up the illusion. As we do this, we move closer to the center of who we really are.

3) We are then propelled forward on our journey. No gasoline, no movement.

4) Soul is an amazing way of being isn’t it?

Resource:
Robert Wesley Branch

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There is no need to copyright truth