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The Truth About Your Divine Purpose

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013
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My long-term, empirical findings tell me that everyone has a divine purpose.

I define divine purpose as something you agreed to do before you were born.

One or more of the following may be your divine purpose:

1.    Being a good friend, sister, brother, mother, or father.

2.    Teaching, thus empowering others.

3.    Doing the work that you do, no matter how inconsequential it seems.

4.    Standing up for your human and sovereign rights.

5.    Speaking your truth.

6.    Being who you are instead of being what someone else wants you to be.

7.    Living your everyday life, pragmatically following your dreams, and doing what feels most appropriate toward achieving your long-term goals.

Perhaps the list above contrasts with what you’ve heard from inspirational speakers—a myth that goes something like this: “All you have to do is find your divine purpose and all the success and riches will be yours.”

That only happens if you have enough inborn (preordained) resourcefulness and ability, your personal timing supports your goals (predestined), and everything else falls into place (again, predestined).

An aside, it’s recommended to avoid confusing “heart’s desire” with ego-self demands and matters relating to instant gratification.

The more you are completely in synch with your personal fate (which is exactly the same as destiny), the less inner conflict you will experience.

The truth is, everyone’s divine purpose is different, and most people’s divine purpose doesn’t include big money and fame. My Life Purpose Package helps you identify your optimum life direction, and much more.

“The universe” wants you to do something. That’s just another way to say that your personal fate is pushing you in the direction of your predetermined path. Have faith that you will take the right step at the right time.

No matter how insignificant your divine purpose seems to be, it’s vital to your destiny, and probably a lot more important to the fate of others than you realize.

Copyright © 2013 Scott Petullo

Fate vs. Free Will: Fatalism is Realism

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013
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The fate vs. free will debate has raged since ancient times. One sure way to offer an educated viewpoint on the topic of fate vs. free will involves two things:

  1. Long-term observation of the circumstances and events in the lives of many individuals.
  2. Simultaneous, objective predictive analysis, such as identifying the corresponding patterns of the comprehensive astrology and numerology charts to the key events and circumstances in many people’s lives.

My findings indicate that at least 75% of the core circumstances and events in everyone’s life are predetermined. I’ve been called “fatalistic,” yet people who know me realize I’m an optimist.

Merriam-webster dictionary defines fatalism as, “A doctrine that events are fixed in advance so that human beings are powerless to change them…”

While I believe you have free will to make the most of your life, it’s impossible to deny unalterable personal fate after you see the constant repetition of patterns in the comprehensive charts directly corresponding to happenings in people’s lives.

Some inspirational speakers argue that fatalism is pessimistic and a deadly adversary, that unavoidable personal adversity doesn’t exist, and to admit to fatalism is to create personal adversity.

Such contentions are seen for what they are–myths–when you witness unavoidable personal fate in action. There is a lot in life you can’t control, like the actions of other people, though that doesn’t mean you can’t be an optimist.

Although it may not be politically correct, it isn’t pessimistic, for example, to acknowledge that there exist, and always will exist, legions of very bad people in this world that would blow you to kingdom come if given the chance.

It also isn’t pessimistic to state the obvious, that people, generally, don’t ever really change. Combine that with the fact that you can’t control the actions of other people, along with the many other things in life you can’t dictate, and you’re faced with the reality that you don’t have 100% control over the events and circumstances in your life.

Thus, fatalism is realism, and such a philosophy is a sign of humility. In addition, it allows you to better prepare for life’s challenges and capitalize on the rewards to live a more gratifying life.

Copyright © 2013 Scott Petullo

Skeptic Q & A: Can an Astrologer Guess Your Birthday?

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
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Question:
“This is how you test astrology: can an astrologer guess your birthday after getting to know you? Most astrologers can’t. Something I have done in the past is offer a fake birthday. For example may 6th. They then make vague generalisations, I let them know its really november 17th. Then they will say something like ‘that makes so much more sense.’ Then when I explain that its all complete bullshit, they don’t listen.”

Answer:
Your premise involves Sun sign astrology. Unfortunately, Sun sign astrology isn’t real astrology.

A better way to phrase that question is “Can an astrologer guess some of the key patterns in your charts after getting to know your personality?” The answer is yes.

Unfortunately, the “This (one single aspect, like a Day of Birth) means that (distinct personality traits)” approach to astrology (or numerology) only serves as entertainment. It won’t give you accurate results.

Real astrology involves pattern recognition, empirical science, and it is far more complex than 99% of the astrology you find on the Internet.

A person’s birthday, the three numbers–month, day, and year–are part of the data used to derive complex patterns in the comprehensive charts.

If I see the same 38 patterns in the comprehensive charts of one person that I have witnessed in the charts of more than 1700 other people who have fallen from grace, for example, that person will suffer a major correction in their life. Loss of respect, status, and or, some other life-changing event will occur and it won’t be a pleasant experience.

Extremes, negative or positive, are easier to identify in the charts and it’s always fascinating to watch fate manifest, particularly when the subject has no idea you are paying attention to the happenings in his or her life.

More information here about astrology: Addressing Astrology Skepticism

Copyright © 2013 Scott Petullo

Fate vs. Free Will: Total Control of Your Fate is a Myth

Monday, March 11th, 2013
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Do you believe that you are the “master of (your) destiny,” that all circumstances in your life are within your control?

Napoleon Bonaparte, early 19th century French military commander, said, “Circumstances – what are circumstances? I make circumstances.”

Napoleon’s accomplishments are legendary. He’s one of the most successful Western military leaders of all time.

However, nobody is invincible. You have to wonder what was going through Napoleon’s mind at Waterloo, his final defeat. Do you think he was content with the circumstances he made in that battle?

What about his personal demise, after a relatively brief military and political reign? He spent the last six years or so of his life in a British prison, and perished at age 51.

Success is largely about setting realistic goals, along with persistence and discipline to make those goals a reality.

Sometimes, you have little to no interference and success is attainable. Other times, no matter how hard you work, external variables beyond your control prohibit accomplishment. As the saying goes, the journey is more important than the destination. It’s what you learn along the way.

I believe that you have complete free will on the other side, prior to incarnating in bodily form. I also believe you (your personality) must endure limits to your free will as a human being because if you did have absolute free will, you would never learn the lessons you’re here to learn.

Acknowledging the legitimacy of predestination, including unalterable personal adversity, engenders humility and a realistic outlook on life. It isn’t an excuse to avoid assertively taking action every day to fulfill your dreams, nor is it an excuse to possess a victim consciousness.

More on fate vs. free will and the secret reason behind success and failure.

Copyright © 2013 Scott Petullo

Revealed: The Purpose of Personal Adversity and Fate

Monday, March 4th, 2013
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You’re told that you can achieve anything, as long as you work hard.

Unfortunately, the guillotine of personal adversity and fate slices right through that promise and proves there are limits in life, like when your goals conflict with your destiny. There’s a lot in life that you can’t control.

By all means, strive to know yourself well enough so you set realistic goals that are commensurate with your abilities and predetermined path, and do everything in your power to realize those goals. The journey in attaining your goals, even if you fail, is paramount.

Most people view life as a mix of rewards and challenges. It’s not supposed to be exclusively about enjoyment, self-gratification, and experiencing “the life of your dreams,” though that’s certainly been a clever marketing ploy in the self-help field.

At times, life’s challenges seem almost too much to endure. You’re not alone if you’ve asked, “Why me? Why is this happening?”

No matter what choice you make when you are faced with life’s biggest dilemmas, sometimes nothing seems like a satisfactory option. Under those circumstances, the best choice always involves unconditional love.

The best choice, the one most aligned with your optimum path, is more recognizable as your self-awareness increases. Whatever is best for you, such as deciding to divorce or relocate, is for the highest good of all involved, despite the resistance you may receive from others (ignore the “shoulds”).

The best way to deal with personal adversity, the tough stuff in life, is to approach it head-on. Accept what you can’t change, be grateful for the experience, and do your best to embrace and make the most of it. Each time you do so, you go through a mini transmutation; you grow emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, and edge closer to the being you are predestined to become.

Copyright © 2013 Scott Petullo

Q & A: “Can People Read the Future?”

Monday, October 8th, 2012
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I’ve heard the question asked many times, phrased one way or another, “Can you read the future?”

The question needs to be more specific. The most obvious answer to such a broad question is, “No, of course you can’t know everything about the future.”

Nobody can tell you exactly what’s going to happen, and when, regarding every geopolitical occurrence, natural disaster, and medical and technology breakthrough, for example.

However, the more background information you have about such mundane, non-personal circumstances, the easier it is to offer estimates, obviously.

Personal Futures are Readable

Warning: the following content is not politically correct, pull-the-wool-over-your-eyes New Age inspiration, though this information can help you enormously on your spiritual path.

I’m well aware of the likelihood that you won’t get on the best-seller lists by pointing out the hard, cold realities of life, but you will eventually be grateful for this insight.

Everyone seems to have an opinion about predestination, but the only way a person can offer an educated viewpoint about the topic is through the following:

1.    Long-term, objective observation of the circumstances in the lives of many people.

2.    Simultaneous personality and predictive work, utilizing reliable methods, such as the ancient sciences of numerology and astrology (or tarot, or pure intuitive predictive work, etc.).

My (and Stephen Petullo’s) long-term findings indicate that at least 75% of the key circumstances and events—rewarding and challenging–in everyone’s life are predetermined.

Once you witness, as I have, the relentless recurrence of patterns in the comprehensive numerology and astrology charts completely corresponding to events and circumstances in people’s lives, you will stop rejecting the concept of personal fate (otherwise known as destiny or predestination). More information here.

See this article for more information about today’s superficial astrology vs. ancient astrology and which studies (none) prove numerology and astrology invalid.

I don’t believe in the astrology you’ve been exposed to either.

It’s always amusing to hear people say, “My fate isn’t predetermined.” When asked about when they will “manifest,” as “master of (their) destiny,” the “unlimited possibilities” they allude to, they say it’s a work in progress. Yet twenty years later their lives haven’t changed much, other than the additional debt incurred from their addiction to inspirational books, seminars, and retreats.

They don’t really talk about what they’ve “created” that is so unusual, and if they do it’s something that is foreseeable (the general form of it) in the comprehensive charts, which indicates to me that it’s part of their fate anyway.

Then there are those who say they’re familiar with their destiny, but they can change it. But what they see as different from their fate really wasn’t outside of their personal predestination. They simply misinterpreted their fate from the beginning.

Also, my findings (and Stephen Petullo’s findings) clearly indicate that your destiny isn’t changed by the way you respond to any given circumstance; personal fate is measurable, no matter how you respond—that response is part of your fated path.

Those who say, “Fate is not written in stone,” haven’t bothered to progress beyond preliminaries in authentic comprehensive charting, or because they want an easy out when their prediction doesn’t manifest. It’s like gazing at the night sky and saying, “It’s not possible to predict where a constellation will be in the sky at this time of night, relative to this location, 5 months from now.” (It is.)

Regarding predicting the future and self-fulfilling prophesy, see this article.

The legitimacy of authentic astrology is realized through informally observing the life events and circumstances of other people without telling them, in conjunction with paying attention to their personal natal and cyclical timing charts. In this way, ‘self-fulfilling prophesy’ isn’t applicable.”

An aside, saying that a person who does predictive work, “doesn’t trust the universe,” is like saying the employees of the California Geological Survey in their earthquake preparedness and safety work, “don’t trust mother nature.” Stuff happens in real life. No matter how much you trust the universe there will be many times in your life that you have no control over what happens, but you can make the most of it if you are prepared.

By the way, this outlook doesn’t promote a negligent or passive disposition toward life. Aside from accepting what you can’t change in life, I always recommend striving for self-knowledge and assertively going after your goals; doing so is part of your fate.

The Benefits of Knowing Yourself and Your Future

1.    The esoteric sciences like comprehensive astrology and numerology, along with handwriting analysis (and hypnosis, tarot, etc.), allow you to deepen your self-knowledge. You gain a greater awareness of your strengths and challenges, which can help you set the most appropriate, realistic goals in life.

2.    Self-awareness assists in spiritual growth; self-actualization is the ultimate goal.

3.    You can plan for the future, capitalizing on the rewarding times, and mitigating the bitterness of the rough patches in life.

4.    Life becomes so much more meaningful once you recognize that order exists in this universe, and life isn’t random.

5.    You get to see fate in action, which gives you an authentic sense of control of your life, even while you can’t control fated circumstances, because you recognize the legitimacy of the concept of what goes around comes around.

Various forms of unique, unavoidable personal adversity exist and they always dump an ice-cold bucket of reality on the “anything is possible” belief.

I love inspiration too, such as the inspiration I derive from music, mainly because it’s instrumental in goal-achievement. But it’s important that your inspiration is grounded in reality. Otherwise, it’s an unhealthy escape where you end up being smacked in the head with life’s actualities once the “anything is possible” delusion fades.

“Accidents of birth” don’t exist. That’s a poor-me, victim mentality and, or just resentment of those born under more favorable life conditions. On a deeper, spiritual level, it’s a denial of personal accountability involving what your soul (not your current personality) chose for this lifetime. Things aren’t random in this universe, nor are the conditions of your life. This philosophy isn’t about abandoning human compassion. Instead, it allows you to generate more of it, knowing that every single person on this planet is of the same spirit, and worthy of your empathy and unconditional love.

You have free will to make the most of your life, within the unavoidable framework called personal fate. You can’t just delete the tough parts in life, but your perspective can make all the difference in the world.

Copyright © 2012 Scott Petullo

‪”Consciousness” Advocate Disappointed in Election 2012 Prediction–My Response‬

Monday, September 24th, 2012
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Anonymous E-mail:
“Hopefully your mailing list isn’t too extensive, as I was very disappointed in your “political” slant recently…seems you put more weight into handwriting and throwing cards—children’s toys compared to “Consciousness & Power of Intention” from souls who have free will. It created more FEAR as we all know with any bit of consciousness knows to vote for Obama. It surprises me that you call yourselves “mystics” but don’t go deep inside for the answers but instead do such random acts of cards. I have plenty of friends who are very gifted card readers, but truly—-I’ve found over and over that deep inner guidance trumps the throw of cards any day. You would be doing our country a huge favor if you wrote another column on the power of Intention, Prayer and Social Action for this upcoming election…write about how we can hold the field with our prayer and thoughts, how we can effectively change reality with Loving thoughts, not fearful ones…etc, etc, etc…you get the point….Your article only contributed to the problem, attempting to be “neutral” but using children’s toys for the answer…What about the hundreds and hundreds of conscious beings who are in prayer each and every day for our planet, children, etc, etc..and praying that Obama get re-elected because their hearts tell them he holds more compassion for all living beings????????”

My Response:
Thanks for your feedback.

You may be even more disappointed to learn that we reach hundreds of thousands of readers through our e-mail list and various article and e-zine sites, and the feedback we’ve received on this column is split about 50-50; some agree with our objective findings, and others don’t.

For those who have not read our Election 2012 column, click here to read it.

The feedback we’ve received from those who are happy with our findings tell us that there exist a lot of spiritually-inclined people who would likely agree that exalting one political figure over his or her opponent because “He (in this case, President Obama) holds more compassion for all living beings…” is a bogus contention.

Both candidates are emotionally mature and compassionate human beings and you can’t measure empathy through your perceived interpretation of a political party’s intent regarding their policies.

True empathy is illustrated by a candidate’s behavior, not what they say in front of the teleprompter for political gain. For example, Governor Romney has consistently donated a much larger percentage of his net worth to charity than President Obama. Also, unfortunately, President Obama was caught on camera early in his term saying he bowled “like a retard.” Momentary lapse of compassion, or a sign of veiled intolerance? You decide.

To say, for example, President Obama is “of the Light” and President Bush is “of the darkness,” while denying their very similar records regarding military action and war, along with ignoring President Bush’s extensive humanitarian efforts (e.g., Africa and aids), shows astonishing political bias.

Presidents Clinton, Bush, Obama, and Governor Romney, for instance, are all decent men who want to make this country better; they just have differing views about how to do it.

As for handwriting analysis, you may want to educate yourself about the topic before you dismiss it.

Federal law enforcement agencies, along with private security firms, successfully employ handwriting analysis, and so do thousands of businesses around the globe because they realize it’s an objective method to accurately assess authentic personality.

Regarding tarot, just as my work with handwriting analysis, Stephen simply reports his findings. The results of an accurate analysis or reading merely reflect predestined events and circumstances. His system offers, consistently, very high accuracy rates. It doesn’t matter if you don’t like them, just like it doesn’t matter if you don’t like the weather or the inherent polarity of this universe. It is what is, and no amount of “Consciousness & Power of Intention” will change the outcome of an election; predestination, otherwise known as fate, is not negotiable. There is a lot in life that you can’t change, no matter how inspired you get.

How “Conscious Intention” Becomes Black Magic

There’s a dangerous fine line between “Conscious Power of Intention” and outright manipulation that is too often crossed by New Age spiritualists. After you do everything you ethically and legally can toward the accomplishment of your goal, a much better idea is to, spiritually speaking, shine a bright white Light on the situation, including yourself, willing truth and justice to prevail. Otherwise, dabbling in dark energies will set you up for disaster, no matter how justified you believe your actions to be. More about the dangers of black magic and how it can enslave you is here.

The Economy Matters More Than How Compassionate a Candidate Appears to be

Robust American economic growth is of the utmost importance at this time and if you allow the American economy to perish the resulting poverty and chaos, worldwide, would make most other political issues seem pointless and trivial. American capitalism (not crony capitalism) is the most spiritual economic model and the candidate whose actions and policies do more to support and grow the U.S. economy, rather than undermine it, certainly has a big heart, in our opinion.

Unfortunately, “consciousness” in the New Age, all too often, involves multiple political initiatives (often of the far extreme left, including Communism) cloaked in feel-good prose. It ensnares the well-intentioned who don’t bother to look beneath the surface. The authentic definition of consciousness is detaching from all bias, rising above fear-based attachments, and therefore being able to see the self, thus the world, as it really is, beyond all illusion. Daily meditation helps enormously in achieving a higher state of consciousness, particularly for those who have a problem with impartiality and lack a strong, innate sense of discernment.

New Age poets speak of the “shift from duality consciousness to unity consciousness,” but it’s pure fantasy and myth. See this article for more information.

“The top 10 11-11-11 myths:…There has never been a more perfect time to pull back the veil that separates us from universal consciousness, but it will be painful…We are moving at light speed toward unity consciousness, from duality consciousness…Notice something unique about most of these assertions? They are intentionally incomprehensible and immeasurable—there is a total lack of tangible meaning. This is the type of language that ensnares the uninformed and the I-would-never-consider-if-it’s-total-nonsense-I-just-like-how-it-sounds-and-feels crowd. Unfortunately, hype and sensationalism drive the majority of the New Age market; it’s not spirituality, it’s escapism.”

2012 and the “shift in Consciousness”–the absolute for-profit hype surrounding the Mayan Calendar and 2012 is a snake-oil salesman bonanza.

“7 Myths surrounding 2012 and the Mayan calendar:…The New Age 2012 authorities speak of ‘transcending many of the worst prophecies already…’ (and if you buy their next book and attend their seminars, you can transcend the others too)…The ‘future of humanity’ is not at stake and there is no ‘critical crossroads, evolutionary jump and shift in consciousness, and radical transformation,’ in connection with the Mayan calendar and 2012.”

Note: whenever you hear of an astrologer placing a lot of emphasis on “consciousness,” stop and consider if that person is actually a New Age storyteller and cheerleader and not a real astrologer of the ancient tradition. Authentic astrologers won’t snow you with New Age cosmic fu fu, the results they offer are easy to interpret (they don’t speak in riddles), they do actual personality and compatibility analysis, and interpretation of personal adversity and fate (including predictions).

Additional, related articles:

War and Peace–Conflict and Strife Will Always Exist

Personal Adversity Will Always Exist

Why Inequality is Not What it Seems

5 Falsehoods About Spirituality and Money

5 Major New Age Spiritual Mistakes

Is Your Bias Creating Negative Karma?

13 Other Spiritual Laws Besides the Law of Attraction

Appearing Spiritual vs. Being Spiritual

Karma Quiz

Karma, Predestination, and Fate

The Karma Trap

An Elephant is an Elephant

New Agers’ Futures Less Fixed?

Idealism vs. Realism

Copyright © 2012 Scott Petullo

The Secret Reason Behind Success and Failure: What You Can and Can’t Control in Your Life

Monday, May 7th, 2012
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The concept that “you are in complete control of your destiny” is, in one way, true yet, in another, completely false.

Five very talented entrepreneurs with similar successful backgrounds, all about the same age and intelligence level, embark separately on similar investment projects. Two succeed wildly, two lose money, and one fails miserably. Why, because of luck? My view is that personal fate is disguised as luck, no matter how diligent, adaptable, and resourceful you are.

I’m not talking about a situation where someone prepares so well, such as a farmer taking the time to learn how to more efficiently run his operation, that he boosts his yield commensurately over the previous years.

I’m talking about situations and conditions beyond your control, that conventional thinking hastily labels “luck.”

While it’s accurate to say that you have power over how you decide to deal with the circumstances and events in your life that arise, to believe you can always shape-shift the results into exactly the reality your ego-self demands, like you’re some sort of superhero, is delusional.

Two things you can’t control:

1. The undercurrent of your overall personal karma that symbolically shapes everything in your life and the resulting occurrences. This includes your collective timing, relative to specific areas of your life (e.g., finances, career, love life, etc.).

2. The level of unique, innate strife or harmony between you and another person. Your compatibility with any given person is measurable, and that includes the level of rewarding or challenging energy, professionally or personally.

One thing you can control:

How you react, how much compassion and unconditional love you generate, which can go a long way in enhancing your destiny. You are in control of how you respond, yet your level of resourcefulness (making the most of every situation) is limited to the innate quantity you possess–some people have much more than others.

This doesn’t leave you helpless, but rather it’s a dose of reality so you are that much closer to accepting that which you can’t change in your life, thus making your life more enjoyable and meaningful.

Every action and thought has personal consequences that shape your future karma, much of it in future lives. In that sense, your level of control is profound.

But you must also acknowledge that your control over your current fate is very limited in this specific lifetime and that there will always be parts of your life that you can’t manipulate.

The collective current of your behavior (i.e., “karma”) from previous lifetimes and current life shapes your present like an unyielding force-field and there’s nothing you can do about it besides constructive and ingenious reaction.

Three of the five entrepreneurs mentioned above, had they sought and heeded my advice, would have realized that their personal conditions were brutally perilous at that time, calling for great caution, and they would have avoided financial loss.

Comprehensive astrology and numerology successfully outline personal fate, the overall inclinations in your life, and handwriting analysis uncovers hidden personality features, allowing you to dramatically reduce your risk.

Related article:
http://scottpetullo.com/blog/2011/05/fate-vs-free-will-you-can%E2%80%99t-choose-your-tests-in-life-but-you-can-prepare/

Copyright © 2012 Scott Petullo

Business and Personal: Identifying Acceptable Risk vs. Dangerous Risk

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
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Prudent risk-taking in business and your personal life is a major component of success.

Taking a chance is far less risky if you’re well informed. Below I list five examples of how you can identify, through handwriting analysis and comprehensive astrology and numerology, whether an opportunity is right for you or if it’s likely to be problematic.

  1. You’re tempted to accept an offer involving a business partnership, but you don’t know the person very well. Is he reliable and what are his true motivations?
  2. You formulate what you believe is a fantastic business plan and you’re considering a specific launch date. The approximate time you thought of the original idea, when you plan to launch, and your collective timing speaks volumes about its success. Will this be a great success, a learning experience, or even a disaster?
  3. You’ve met what you believe to be the romantic interest of your dreams. The approximate time and date you met, the compatibility discerned between you, along with your overall timing will tell the truth of the matter: great reward, terrible connection cloaked in illusion, or somewhere in the middle?
  4. A valuable employee is up for a promotion, but are the new responsibilities you have in mind for them appropriate? Failure could really harm this person’s career, not to mention the company.
  5. Confidentiality is extremely important to you. You’re considering three different new associates and they all have appropriate abilities and backgrounds. Which one of them can be trusted the most? Are there any major professional compatibility red flags between you and any of the three candidates?

Exposing unsafe risks through handwriting analysis and comprehensive astrology and numerology gives you a huge advantage, increasing your peace of mind and level of success.

Copyright © 2012 Scott Petullo

Capitalism is Spiritual

Monday, January 2nd, 2012
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In response to this blog post, http://scottpetullo.com/blog/2011/12/2012-end-times-movement-5-red-flags-to-watch-for/, I received the following feedback:

“I must ask about #3…since when is social justice anti-American? I had always thought that this Democracy was to be a great experiment in assuring “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” for all, not just the 1%…”

“And it appears to me that the European Socialist governments are doing quite well in assuring the well-being of their citizens. Why is Socialism considered the work of the Devil? Thanks, Anne”

My Answer:

Thanks for your feedback, Anne.

Although I acknowledge that writing about politics might turn off many readers, I believe it’s important to continue the conversation on these issues because I too believe in “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness…” for all, and those freedoms are intimately connected with spirituality (e.g., personal fate and free will).

Also, allow me to say that it’s a very attractive proposition: a utopian world where everyone’s needs are taken care of, the government “assuring (all citizens’) well-being…,” and there is no suffering or personal adversity. The problem is that it’s impossible, just as it’s impossible to never have a challenging day or any strife whatsoever in any of your personal relationships.

Equal Rights For Everyone, Not Government Theft of Private Property

While I’m of the opinion that everyone should have equal rights, it’s not society’s or government’s role to divvy up success in equal parts to everyone. You can’t replicate personal destiny, but you can have an equal playing field where everyone is free to seek the opportunities they desire. Please see this article for more information: http://scottpetullo.com/blog/2010/04/measuring-success-you-must-look-beyond-mere-personal-qualities/

The Term Social Injustice is a Misnomer

Thomas Sowell writes eloquently about the topic of “social justice” in this article:
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/09/14/the_money_of_fools_107138.html
“All kinds of chance encounters– with particular people, information or circumstances– have marked turning points in many individual’s lives, whether toward fulfillment or ruin. None of these things is equal or can be made equal. If this is an injustice, it is not a ‘social’ injustice because it is beyond the power of society.”

Free Market Capitalism, Not Crony Capitalism and Corruption

Considering that I interpret what you are saying correctly, I agree that corporate corruption and specifically financial industry zero-skin-in-the-game, reckless profiteering must be adequately addressed. While we’re at it, let’s also eliminate asinine, Marxist federal mandates that, for example, force financial institutions to make housing loans to those who can’t afford them in the name of “equality.”

The truth is that the vast majority of U.S. corporations conduct business within legal bounds, and more burdensome regulations will only make things worse. It’s inefficient and unaccountable government, along with favoritism, that is the problem. Crony capitalism, not capitalism, is what needs to be eliminated.

The U.S. Constitution Matters

The United States of America’s founding fathers mandated in the U.S. Constitution that personal success can’t be confiscated by the government, even though Congress has been legislating just that for decades. According to the Congressional Budget Office, IRS data clearly show that the most wealthy 1% in America paid just about 40% of all federal income taxes in 2009. It was only 18% in 1980.

The Top 1% Doesn’t Owe You Anything

Let’s be fair about the top 1% of wealthy Americans: most of them are honorable and far from being criminals. They don’t owe you or me anything. It’s much better that the rich get to keep their legally and ethically earned money so they can put it to good use instead of surrendering it to the ineffectual, wasteful, government.

Billionaires don’t wage war on the rest of us, politicians do, with misleading, worn out, class-warfare-forwarding agenda catch phrases like “tax cuts for the wealthy” and “social justice.” And why do they do that? Because it gets them votes–the uninformed, the envious and, or those with an unreasonable sense of entitlement eat it up, hook, line, and sinker.

Instead of demonizing multi-millionaires and billionaires, let’s praise them. They donate great sums of money to worthy charitable causes, and they generate job creation through investment. Government does not create private sector jobs or prosperity, as any honest, unbiased economist will tell you.

There Has Never Been a Socialist or Communist Country With Enduring Prosperity

Let’s also consider that countries that have embraced socialism, or worse, communism, for generations (e.g., Cuba, North Korea, etc.) are infinitely poorer than the U.S.

As for European socialist economies doing “quite well,” surely you aren’t speaking of countries like Greece and Spain. Socialist policies have all but destroyed those and several other European economies.

Or, perhaps you are referring to Scandinavian “socialist” countries, which are really far less “socialist” than most people believe, as this author outlines:

“The Myth of Scandinavian Socialism:”
http://mises.org/Community/forums/t/5616.aspx
“Scandinavian nations are not nearly as socialist as leftists claim they are. Although the United States ranks higher than these nations on the Index of Economic Freedom, Scandinavian nations are more free in several decisive areas. Denmark has greater business freedom, monetary freedom, investment freedom, financial freedom, freedom from corruption, and labor freedom while having comparable property rights and trade freedom scores to the U.S. Sweden has greater business freedom and freedom from corruption, while having comparable trade freedom, monetary freedom, property rights enforcement, investment freedom, and financial freedom to the United States. Finland has greater business freedom, monetary freedom, and freedom from corruption than the United States, while having comparable property right enforcement, financial freedom, and trade freedom. Norway, the least successful Scandinavian nation, has greater freedom from corruption than the United States while having comparable business freedom, trade freedom, and property right enforcement. Iceland has greater business freedom, fiscal freedom, and freedom from corruption, while having comparable trade freedom and property right enforcement. In many ways, Scandinavian countries are more “laissez faire” than the United States.”

Capitalism is Spiritual—it Offers the Most Freedom of Any System

The problem with big government is that you can’t violate absurd, oppressive laws (such as raw dairy products prohibition) and regulations without legal problems or the threat of imprisonment.

Free market enterprise, however, allows you to simply avoid a company if you don’t like its business practices. It also supports healthy competition, forces down prices, and cultivates more and more attractive offerings.

America owes its success to free market capitalism. Capitalism is spiritual relative to other economic systems, considering it allows for the most personal freedom.

I believe it’s important to support policies that limit government, and allow for complete personal freedom, as long as those freedoms don’t infringe on others’ rights.

“What kind of society isn’t structured on greed? The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm; capitalism is that kind of a system” Milton Friedman

Copyright © 2012 Scott Petullo