Going on Walkabout

Written By; Gary Wonning

A Walkabout refers to a rite of passage during which male Australian Aborigines would undergo a journey during adolescence and live in the outback for a period as long as six months.

In this practice, they would trace the paths, or song paths, that their ancestors took, and imitate, in a fashion, their heroic deeds.

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The life of the Australian Aborigine

Merriam-Webster, however, identifies the noun as a 1908 coinage referring to “a short period of wandering bush life engaged in by an Australian Aborigine as an occasional interruption of regular work”, with the only mention of “spiritual journey” coming in a usage example from a latter-day travel writer.

To white employers, this urge to depart without notice(and reappear just as suddenly) was seen as something inherent in the Aboriginal nature, but the reasons may be more mundane: workers who wanted or needed to attend a ceremony or visit relatives did not accept employers’ control over such matters (especially since permission was generally hard to get).

They must have had an extreme desire for freedom, going on walkabout surpassed everything else in importance.

In the modern day, many people are going on their own walkabout, discovering why they exist and in the process, finding their true relationship to their God and its creation.

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

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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The Saga of the American Indian

Written by: Gary Wonning

Many feel concern for the American Indian and how they were treated by the white men and women when America began to be settled by Europeans.

There were many instances of injustice, not only by the Europeans but the natives as well.

It was a gigantic clash of cultures and I’m not sure it could have been settled peacefully, regardless of how they may have tried. We had two entirely different cultures with two entirely different agendas.

It amounted to a war between a culture that had lived here for thousands of years and had not progressed one iota in that time. The Indians were still living as they had lived for ten thousand years.

I don’t believe God placed anyone on this planet to not progress and try to make life better for those that come after us. We have vast amounts of natural resources, they are to be used for our advancement. God didn’t put them there so they would just lay in waste and not be consumed.

Used, but not abused or wasted, conservation is the key.

People say they were peace loving, some were and some weren’t. There were many Indian wars before the white man came, they were scalping people long before the landing of Christopher Columbus.

People say they conserved the resources, many farmed out the land, killed all the game and moved on to greener pastures. Most would have never joined the Sierra Club or PETA.

Many say we are all immigrants, well, the American Indians are immigrants also, they all came from somewhere else and probably weren’t the first settlers to the western hemisphere. There is much evidence to support this theory.

It would have been nice if the settlers and the natives could have all sat around and sang Kumbaya and lived peacefully, but it didn’t happen.

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In fact, some of the tribes,( Iroquois), did help tremendously in the formation of our country and for that, we own them a debt of gratitude.

The American Indians lost the culture war because they didn’t keep up with and improve their technology. That is an important lesson for us to learn in this day and age, the same could happen to us. Not everyone in this world wants to live peacefully.

The American Indian did have a good spiritual foundation, but so do we Americans, we need to remember that foundation in the days ahead.

To advance in this world, we need to combine our knowledge of the technical world and our spiritual world, and maybe glean some knowledge from our ancient ancestors to make this a better world.

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

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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The Most Important Thing a Teenager Can Do

The most important thing a teenager can do is prepare for life.

I was at a gathering of young senior citizens a while back and as often happens we began discussing the ills of the world and the plight many of our young people, especially girls, find themselves, seventeen, pregnant and no father to be found.

I made the comment that if young people want to increase their chances of having a successful, happy life the most important thing they can do is to follow a path to adulthood and marriage.

Simply, they need to finish their education, whether it be high school, trade school, community college or get a degree at a four-year college.

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The next step is to get a job, then  once their financial path is determined, find a life mate , get married and then plan on having children.

You could have heard a pin drop. I would have been better received if I had said aliens had just landed on the beach.

How did we, as a country get so far off course? This should just be basic common sense.

It isn’t rocket science to understand why so many young kids get off to a rocky start in life when they make bad choices at so young an age.

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

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.

Your comments are welcome

If We Want To Change Our Nation

If we have a desire to change our nation, we must start at the bottom and not at the top.

We must begin electing officials, even at the local and state level who believe in America and have good core values. If we get good people in the local and state levels , it will filter up to the highest levels of government.

People keep saying the root of all our national problems is because of who we have in the white house and  congress.

While this may be partly true, we have to look at the reason these people occupy the high positions of power.

First off, the people elected to public office aren’t our leaders as so many assume. They are our representatives. They represent us in government, we are the leaders of our own lives, that is how our government is set up.

We are in charge of our own destiny, they only are supposed to represent our interests and desires.

The  way to remain in charge of our destiny is to elect representatives to our government that represent the American way of life. So many times, especially since 1960 when television came on the scene, Madison Avenue plays into the mix, we only elect people who look good, we elect pop stars instead of people who would do a good job of governing.

We elect people who promise to give us a free ride, telling us we deserve everything for  free without working for it. We need to begin electing people to public service based on their views toward limited government and self-rule, not about how much free stuff we can get. We need to elect people who believe in personal responsibility, not people who believe in turning us all into victims.

When we become victims, we become dependent on those who would promise to free us. The last thing in the world they want is to set us free, it’s all about control.

The only way to change our nation and government is to once again elect people who believe in following the constitution and limiting government.

Our rights come from God and we give rights to the government , the government doesn’t give us rights.

Only when we get back to the basics, will our country once again be the country it was meant to be.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

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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Why Are The Young So Angry?

Why are there so many angry young men and women?

It seems in today’s society, more so than in any period of time that I can remember, the young are angry. Every age has produced angry kids, but it seems there is an abundance of them in today’s world.

I believe there are many reasons for this. Apart from it being a normal phase most go through on their way to adulthood, today there may be many contributing factors  to make the anger more severe and implanted in today’s youth.

Many  have been pampered growing up. In our haste to create a better life for those that followed us, many parents didn’t want them to endure the same hardships as we did, so they did everything for their kids. I know of parents today who have adult children and are still supporting them and paying for things the kids should be buying themselves.

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This overindulging has done nothing but make them dependent and irresponsible.

Besides, when one is given something, it is never appreciated like it would have been if  worked for.  Often times there is resentment on the part of the recipient and they often think they should have given more.

Many have never had to learn coping skills, parents, teachers, and others have provided for their every whim and sheltered them from life’s hard times.  They get passing grades in school regardless of how hard they work,  as a result, they think the world owes them a living.

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Because of political correctness, no one has ever disagreed with them, so they don’t know how to take criticism.

Suddenly they grow up, enter the adult world and suddenly reality hits and they are criticized, they go to pieces and get angry because someone disagrees with them. Heaven forbid.

We are raising a generation of wussies, raise your kids in the ways of the world, let them experience defeat and hardship, don’t give them everything they want.

If they are going to survive in the real world, it ain’t going to change, they need to get used to it.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

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.

Your comments are welcome

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Don’t Pay for me (Joke)

A little child in church for the first time watched as the
ushers passed the offering plates.

When they neared the pew where he sat, the youngster piped up
so that everyone could hear; “Don’t pay for me Daddy, I’m
under five.”

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

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.

Your comments are welcome

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Our Country was Founded on the Belief in Personal Freedom

Our country wasn’t founded on socialist ideals.

Unlike Europe, we believe in individual freedom and freedom of choice. Our ancestors all migrated so they could practice not only religious freedom but freedom of choice in all areas of their life.

We as a country, or at one time we  believed in individual responsibility.

More and more people are losing the concept of this and more and more are letting the government make all of their life decisions.  Why would a normal thinking human being allow that to happen? This is the same government that couldn’t organize a two-car funeral.

No one can determine what is best for you, but yourself.  It would be bad enough if elected officials were determining our fate, but we are now beginning to have unelected bureaucrats in Washington run our lives.

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When it comes to healthcare the bureaucrats are deciding what is best for us instead of our doctor or ourselves.

When the government finally totally takes over our health care system, they will control one-sixth of our lives. Just with that one action alone. Is that what we really want?

We Americans are headed down a dangerous slope. The only way off the decline is for us to once again take control of our lives.

When it comes to health care, in many instances, we can heal ourselves. There are many natural cures that should and can be tried before resorting to unnatural and unhealthy prescription drugs. Because of the adverse side effects, both known and unknown, they should be avoided like the plague, if at all possible.

Proper diet and exercise would go a long way to prolonging our life. In today’s world, it is often difficult to find good nutritious food. Our soils have in many cases, the soil has been depleted and food processing takes many of the vitamins and nutrients out of our food supply.

Our only recourse it to take good vitamin and mineral supplements to replace the nutrients no longer available to us in our food supply.

If something is broken, like a leg, go to the doctor and get it fixed, for many other diseases, the are better alternatives than prescription medicine.

From what I have seen and heard, socialized medicine isn’t why Europeans are living longer if indeed they are.

Most countries with socialized medicine see long waiting lists for service and medicine, and that is already beginning to  happen in America.

In the final analysis, I don’t want the government to run my life, maybe you do. If you do there are plenty of countries where you can make that happen, it doesn’t need to be a reality in the United States.

If someone screws up my life, I want it to be me , not some bureaucrat in a far off office cubicle. I kind of like freedom, that’s why my ancestors moved here.

That’s a choice each individual needs to make for themselves.

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