Written by : Gary Wonning
I keep running through my mind as to how this country has gotten into the mess it is in.
It all comes down to one question, Where have all the people of honor gone?
Back in the day, almost all males, if they were physically able, joined the military, either voluntarily or by the draft. By doing so, if they hadn’t already been taught these things at home, they were taught discipline, respect, proper dress, and manners.
When they returned to civilian life, they were better men than when they were when they left.
To even be considered for any government job, even working for the post office, the applicant had to have had military experience, most members of congress had been in the military and belonged to fraternal and civic organizations.
From the president on down , government officials, elected and appointed were civic minded and displayed it daily.
Today, that isn’t the case, I would venture to say that less than half have served in the military and most don’t belong to any civic or fraternal organizations.
In their own way, almost everyone believed in God, They didn’t believe in the exact same philosophy, but a belief in a supreme being was almost universal.
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People were far from being perfect, and there were atrocities committed, but most people had a set of core values, whether they practiced them or not, most knew right from wrong.
Today, that is missing, many no longer even try to behave in a civil manner, many times people who are trying to do the right thing are mocked and ridiculed.
Even in today’s world, there are many who still practice, or try to live by the time worn principles that work, the principles that if practiced rigorously, will lead to a lifetime of success and satisfaction rather than a lifetime of despair and regret.
There isn’t a person that hasn’t seen hardship and events in their life that questions their faith, but those times are supposed to strengthen our resolve and faith, not tear it down.
Living by a strong moral code doesn’t guarantee a life of ease, or that we will live a perfect life in which we don’t make so-called mistakes or do wrong.
However, by living a just life, it is easier to recover when we do fall and have to get back up.
It is time we start looking to the positive forces and people in the world for guidance, instead of glorifying bad behavior.
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.
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