The Entitlement Generation

Written by: Gary Wonning

Much has been said in recent years about the younger generation being the “Entitlement” generation.

This certainly doesn’t allude to everyone in this generation, there are many fine young people in the world today, people who will carry the weight and lead us into the future, but regretfully, many young people have been lead astray.

They have been called snowflakes, cupcakes and other such terms to illustrate the tender state of their feelings and emotions. They can’t seem to handle any amount of stress whatsoever.

Anything that doesn’t go their way and give them what they want sends many of them into emotional shock, resulting in crying, emotional outbursts or flocking to the streets to decry some great social injustice.

The general consensus is that what has caused this is they were raised to expect a trophy just for showing up in life, they didn’t have to do anything, just be there.

Many have never been told “No”, and have never experienced rejection, they have been shielded from every negative event that has ever crossed their path and thus have no coping skills.

While most of this is true, they cannot keep blaming their parents and society for their misconceptions.

As a human soul, they knew full well at birth what they were getting into, they volunteered to experience the life they have now, to learn lessons needed for the advancement of their soul. We all have free will, that free will covers every phase of our life, not just deciding if we are going to have a hot fudge sundae or a pizza. You can’t decide not to have free will.

They were born into life situations that would benefit them and enable them to experience challenges necessary for their continued growth.

Their ancestors, for the most part, had good intentions. Many grew up in a time when material possessions were few and far between. They grew up fighting wars and poverty. When the prosperity boom of the sixties came about, they seized the opportunity to provide a life for their families no one even envisioned was possible.

Along with it, most still maintained the spiritual values taught them by their ancestors. Over time, those values began to fade away, not so much by the previous generation, but by the one’s who followed. soon they were forgotten.

With this degradation of the values that made us great, it suddenly became fashionable to treat everyone fairly and not hurt someone’s feelings, to treat everyone like a winner.

The everyone’s a winner mentality is what has brought about the current dilemma.

It’s past time to abandon this philosophy and go back to teaching the core values that are more likely to bring about a happy and successful life.

The sooner the entitled generation realizes it is their responsibility to fix their own life, regardless of the circumstances that lead to their current situation the sooner they will begin to lead a happier life.

They volunteered to experience the events they are going through, they can’t blame someone else forever.

Gary 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

It’s Time To Return To Electing the Most Qualified Person For Office

The election is finally over!

In spite of her best efforts, Hillary did not become the first woman president. Maybe now we can get back to choosing the best candidate regardless of race, gender, or creed.

Every since affirmative action has been in place, it seems everything we have done and every person that has been placed in a position of power or authority have been based on race or gender, the very thing affirmative action was supposed to eliminate.

The last two elections were nothing but affirmative action in action. I’m not saying neither candidate was qualified or not, but the deciding factor in both elections has been electing someone from a minority, qualifications had nothing to do with it. It’s time to stop the nonsense, no one deserves to be president, it is too big of a responsibility to base it on such frivolous requirements, it doesn’t matter what race or gender they are, the the only requirement is that they are the most qualified.

It matters not if they are black, white, brown, red, or yellow, it doesn’t matter if they are male or female, that was the supposition of affirmative action.

We don’t necessarily need a female or black president, the presidency is gender and race neutral. It matters not if you are a man or woman, white or black, only if you place the welfare of the nation above party politics or special interests.

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

 

The Hypocrisy Of the Left

Every since I was a small pup, the republican political elected officials have been portrayed as stupid, bungling idiots who want only to take away grandma’s social security and start a war. Although there have been wars started by GOP presidents, wars have been started by democrats as well, and grandma’s social security is still intact.

Goldwater was portrayed as a war monger, if we had followed his advice, maybe Vietnam wouldn’t have gone on so long.  Nixon was a crook for recording conversations, I’m not saying it was the right thing to do but something that both Kennedy and Johnson did before him.

Reagan was an idiot, Quayle couldn’t spell, GW was stupid, and now Trump is crazy.

I got news for you, the GOP doesn’t hold a monopoly on politicians doing dishonest and immoral actions.

LBJ called Vietnam his war, and his discretions against Lady Bird were numerous, committing immoral acts on Air Force One with his wife present. He openly bragged about enabling voter fraud creating a Kennedy win in 1960.

Kennedy was a womanizer and totally messed up the Cuban era  Bay of Pigs in which hundreds of Cubans were slaughtered on the beach after he promised military aid and didn’t follow up on his promise. It is hard to find any Cuban over the age of sixty that has a favorable opinion of JFK.

Carter was another story.

Clinton had the famous blue dress, Al Gore of global warming fame, thought the Texas Eagle was a bird when in fact it was an Amtrak train.

The gaffs of Obama are too many to mention, among the largest, Obama stating he had been to 57 states with two more left to visit.

Biden’s fondling and inappropriately touching women also comes to mind, not to mention the hundreds of times he misspoke.

Inappropriate behavior by politicians isn’t limited to one party, it happens on both sides of the aisle, but the liberal press covers up the times it happens on the left and magnifies it on the right until the naive public believes the worst of one party while they excuse anything that happens on the left, hypocrisy at it finest.

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

 

 

The Baby Boomers

Written By: Gary Wonning

Little did we know, the negative elements of society that were emerging would someday lead to the possible downfall of our country.

The baby boomer era ended in 1964, those born after that date were from a different time.

And with the passing of 1964, the world began to change. The age of innocence transformed into a time of rebellion, drugs, and discontent. People didn’t realize how good they had it.

The world had opened up endless possibilities and most ignored it and began to only look at what was wrong with the world and what was in it for them.

With the prosperity that followed, we began to forget where we came from, and what had made us a great nation. In retrospect, we were victims of our own success.

Return with me to the days of yesteryear. Discover how it was, why our values disappeared and maybe learn what we can do about 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

 

Wrapping Christmas Presents: those Were The Days

Written by: Gary Wonning

The following is an excerpt from my book, Those were the Days

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.

Grandpa would wrap gifts such as a packet of chewing gum, using newspaper, tape, wire, glue, etc, until that packet of chewing gum was as big as or bigger than a basketball. It was pretty cool as a kid, there were a lot of gifts to unwrap, it took most of the afternoon, and when we were done, we didn’t really have much as far as cost was concerned, but we had a lot of stuff. We never realized the gifts weren’t expensive, just that there were a lot of them.

It seems he got better and better every year and the wrapping became more and more involved. Finally my brother and he got into a contest to see who could wrap the hardest gift to unwrap. I think my brother Paul finally got the last laugh, he nailed together a box with inch boards, wired it shut and taped 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

The Vietnam Conflict

Written By: Gary Wonning

Like many my age, the Vietnam war came about during my late teenage years and I was faced with a difficult decision.

The conflict was, to say the least, controversial. I assume all wars are controversial, but this one seemed more so because many couldn’t justify a reason for going to war in a foreign distant land. Many didn’t even know where Vietnam was or had even heard of it.

The biggest case for engagement was to prevent the spread of communism. We were in the middle of the cold war and the threat of nuclear war was ever present with Russia continuously threatening our way of life and our very existence continuously.

The year before, it was discovered Russia had placed missile silos in Cuba, only ninety miles from our shores. The conflict ended one October evening after we stood up to them saying the missiles  had to be removed. many of us went to bed that evening, not sure if we would wake up in the morning.

The ultimatum had been given, the warships put in place, and we waited.

Many of us went to bed that evening, not sure if we would wake up in the morning.

Someone once told me that if we were dead and pinched oursleves we wouldn’t feel it, upon waking , I pinched myself, it hurt so I got up and went to work.

The crisis had been averted.

I was at the legal draft age and a prime target for the draft, not wanting to go to college or get married, I would soon be bound for the military.

Many questions entered my mind, did I want to serve , and if I did which branch did I want to serve in.

I didn’t really want to kill anyone, even in defence of my freedoms and my coutry.  I decided that if it came down to that , I would, but I had done that so many times in past lifetimes, I really didn’t want to do it any more. But I knew that if push came to shove and it was necessary to defend my way of life, my country and my family, there was no question I would do it.

Many went to Canada to escape the draft, that was totally out of the question and the thought only entered my mind as an after thought. There wasn’t any way that would be an option.

I finally decided that I wanted to serve my country  and the Air Froce seemed to be the best option for me.

Hence I joined the Air Force on Reserve status and began fulfilling my obligation.

As time went by, the Vietnam War heated up and it seemed more likely I  would be called to active duty.

And then it happened, in the spring of 1968, during the Tet offensive, we were called to active duty. There probably never is a good time to be called to fight in a foreign land, but I was getting married and we had bought a hosue, with only a year and a half to serve I was looking forward to getting discharged.

More contemplation, I , like most never wanted to go to war, but I decided to let it up to God, if he wanted me to serve, I would go, and began mentally preparing to serve.

I began comtemplating the reasons to defend one’s country. In the United States, we don’t fight for a King or Queen, we don’t fight to gain foreign lands for the homeland, we fight for an idea, the ideas of what America was founded on, freedom and the right of the idividual to choose the life they desire, without interference from a government.

Even if we don’t approve of our president, or what our government is doing, we fight for the sublime ideas our country was founded on.

My bags were packed and I was ready to go, when word came down three days before my departure. 

I had been deactivated, God didn’t want me to serve in that manner.

It’s best to think things  through, decide what you would do in the most extreme situation, and let God make the final decision.

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

Christmas Shopping

Written By: Gary Wonning

In those days, living in the country as we did, there were no large department stores nearby. I don’t remember ever being in a large store until I was in my teens.

Therefore, our Christmas shopping was out of a Sears and Roebuck catalog. I couldn’t wait until the Christmas catalog arrived in mid-October and would anxiously shuffle through it to find things Santa could bring. Of course, I was always threatened, if I misbehaved, Santa would bring a lump of coal, It seemed there was always someone we knew would get lumps of coal on Christmas morning instead of presents.

Relive live life in the fifties

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.

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

photo of the Pilons

The Pilons, historic landmark in St. Lucia