Common Sense

photo of a distinguished older gentleman

Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

Written by Gary Wonning

A few years ago, while attending a book signing,  someone picked up my book, “Wisdom of our Ancestors” , and asked me what it was about.

When I replied it was about common sense, he gave me the deer in the headlights look and asked; what is common sense?

I was left speechless, I thought everyone knew what common sense was, my parents harped at me about common sense during my whole child hood.

But I was soon to discover many had a slightly different idea than I did, depending on how they were raised, where they grew up and the kind of environment they grew up in.

Their definitions were different but in the final analysis, it was the same, just different words.

I think we could all agree the definition  of common sense would come down to those laws of nature and Natures  God that, which if we followed would lead to a healthier, happier and more prosperous life than if we just wandered helter-skelter through life.

These laws are  gently displayed in all spiritual writing and scriptures, all cultures have a version of the golden rule, the ten commandments and other virtuous quotes written in our holy bible and Masonic ritual.

Teachings  such as was  taught in the Egyptian times such as storing our surpluses in the seven years of feast , preparing for the seven years of famine.

Life always travels in a cylindrical fashion, we prepare for famine when we are prospering.

From more modern times:

Make hay while the sun shines is another.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Treating people with respect

The list goes on and on.

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,


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