I grew up on a farm in a very conservative rural southeastern Indiana environment. My parents and most of my family were, and still are conservative, and those values no doubt rubbed off on me. But as I look back and began to question things, I realized that those teachings were not only the way I was raised, but those values are the only techniques that “work.”
About the time I was forty , having experienced a good portion of “life” , and not having everything turn out the way I had planned, even though I had tried to do everything the “right” way, (get a good job, join the right clubs, etc.) I began to question my values and look for answers.
The journey I began took me to the corners of the earth, during which time I studied the customs, ways, and beliefs of the Aborigines, the American Indian, the Maya, the Egyptians, and many others.
Time and time again, the same answer keeps coming back to me.
I have found our society has become extremely entitlement conscious, a lot of people want something for nothing and they think that the government should pay for it.
They don’t realize that when the government pays for something, those free benefits become very expensive, and vast amounts of waste and corruption enter into the scene.
We keep inching closer and closer to socialism in the United States, that is not what our founding fathers had in mind. Our country was founded on the principles of a free market and individualism, that is how we became the leading economic country in the world.
The human being thrives best when it is free to choose and make it’s own decisions, most people don’t want to be drones.
Socialism simply doesn’t work, when competition is taken out of the mix and people aren’t rewarded for achieving, all incentive is lost and a lot of the new innovations are never innovated because there is no reward.
Government is never the answer, that has been proven world wide, whenever any government tries to solve a problem, the problem just gets worse.
Everything that can be done by the private economy should be left in the private sector, sure greed enters into it, but when any one company or sector becomes too “greedy” someone with a better idea and a cheaper price comes along and knocks them off their pedestal.
We as individuals have to solve our own problems and take our life into our own hands, that is the only way it works, it is government’s job to stay out of the way.
His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.
He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.
He has published several books about his adventures.
For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.
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America is in serious trouble, many no longer realize what values and principles our country is founded on and have strayed from the common sense and creative thinking of our ancestors, how can we fix it?