We Have A Prosperity Disease

photo fo two people, a child and an adult looking at a sunset over the ocean

Life was a lot slower and simpler in the fifties and sixties.

Written by Gary Wonning

It is often said that Americans have become lazy and  fat.

In many ways this is probably true.

The generations before, in comparison to the baby boomer’s and the generations that followed them , grew up in poverty.

In comparison to today’s standards, there weren’t any wealthy people. The work was hard, wages low, even if you owned your own business, and there weren’t many opportunities for a luxurious vacation or lifestyle. Regardless of one’s wealth, life was hard and unforgiving.

After world war two, that all began to change,   new advances in technology brought about a whole new lifestyle for most. Compared to the standards of yesterday, very few people live in poverty in this country.

With the rise in income and opportunity, our wealth as a country rapidly increased, along with it new gadgets and adult toys, cars, etc, took over our lives.

Restaurants sprang up every where. In the fifties, there weren’t that many restaurants, and hardly any were open on Sunday. As we grew tired of eating bare substance food, our diets began enjoying the addition of steaks, high fat and sugary foods, along with a more sedentary lifestyle and lack of exercise, we began to indulge and overeat.

Soon we were gaining weight and consequently out weighed and were taller than our ancestors.

This opulence has created many issues today, health issues being at the forefront.

When traveling to other countries, it is easy to distinguish the Americans from the rest of the world, we are much bigger and fatter than they are.

We have also succumbed to abandoning our values that made our country great, and as many great civilizations before us, we face the danger of being victims of our own success.

But the future is in our hands, we can use our prosperity to our advantage.

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Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while 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 and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures, and is available for book signings, and speaking engagements.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.


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