I Want My America Back

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

Written by Gary Wonning

I grew up in the middle of a corn field in southern Indiana. Like everyone else I knew, we didn’t have much money, living on a small dairy farm, it was often a day to day existence, with no money for extras.

We were poor, but we didn’t know we were poor because everyone else was poor  to.

I often felt sorry for my cousins who lived in Indianapolis, they were better off financially then we were, but they didn’t have the freedom I had, I could roam anywhere without the fear of evil coming upon me. Plus I had the farm animals, a creek with all kinds of playthings in it, fish,crawdads, snakes, tadpoles, you name it.

Growing up, and graduating high school in 1962, I couldn’t wait to get a good job and start making money doing something besides baling hay.

We didn’t know it at the time, but we had landed in my opinion, in one of the best times to be alive.

New technology and jobs were everywhere, and life was simple, so we thought.

I had this vision of leading the same life as an adult I had as a child, only with more money.

I just wanted to live the American Dream, two car garage, white picket fence, 2.5 kids and a chicken in every pot.

It started to become a reality, I got a good job, made good money, and began accumulating all the stuff I wanted.

By the age of thirty-eight, everything I had was paid for, house on acre of land, swimming pool, cars, everything.

One day I  looked around and said,”That was easy, there must be more to life than this.”

Oops, should never had said that.

Three years, I was divorced, and broke.

I still had my job, but everything else was gone.

How did that happen, and why?

In such circumstances, many turn to their church or pastor, which I did, the standard answer, when no one has an answer, It’s God’s Will, wasn’t cutting it for me.There had to be  a reason why myself and others face these trials while many others seems to skate through life virtually untouched.

I wasn’t whining or feeling sorry for myself, I just wanted an answer.

I had joined the masonic lodge a few years previous, and I kept hearing about the secrets of masons in masonry, what was that all about?

Even though my lodge brothers were well versed in masonic ritual, and history,  they had no answers either.

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The Masonic Influence on World History

So I began my own search, after asking the universe many times what were the hidden mysteries of masonry, I began to get answers.

My search took me  to most of the United States, Egypt, Canary Islands. Belize, and Australia.

In the process, I talked with aboriginal leaders in the outback, Mayan Medicine men, visionaries, and many others.

Through it all, I took on a different perspective of life, and how maybe some of life’s problems can be understood and thus made easier to deal with.

But what does this have to do with the state of affairs in the United States and the moral decline that worries each and every one of us?

Let’s go back in time.

I remember standing out in my front yard as a child one evening, I was probably about six years old.

At the time I lived in southern Indiana and looking towards the east, I saw Washington D.C. going up in flames. I hardly knew what Washington D.C. was, I had heard it was our nation’s capitol, but being as young as I was I didn’t realize what the city stood for.

I just knew our government was in trouble and it seemed as if it was a few years after the turn of the 21st century. It seemed to be really troubling times.

This was about 1950, so it seemed really far off, and I pretty much forgot about it.

Several years later, in the late 80s, I had to opportunity to speak with a very knowledgeable and intuitive lady. Someone who should have been famous, but wasn’t.

She gave me the same information about the coming turmoil, repeating what I had heard in my youth.

I listened to what she had said, but it never really registered how bad it could get, we had just survived the protests of the sixties, how much worse could it be?

She said there would be much rioting and discontent, but it would be confined to the major cities and if we stayed out of them we would be fine.

She said the problems would come from the way the majority of our children had been raised after the sixties, the permissiveness and lack of control many parents had over their kids, and the  way American society had forgotten what had made us great.

Soon after that, I went to  a motivational seminar, where Zig Ziglar was speaking, he said the same things, I still didn’t heed the warnings.

Most of us were raised in a different world, and we raised our kids in that world, but somehow things changed and people forgot, or didn’t think it was important to remember any more.

This is how most cultures decline and finally disappear, being taken over by a more barbaric society, until they no longer exist.

I took it with a grain of salt and went about my way as many others had done who had heard the same warnings, after all, our parents and grandparents had been saying the same thing for years, the world was going to hell in a handbasket.

Soon it was the turn of the century, and suddenly, the things I had seen and was told about began coming true.

It seemed chaos was everywhere, no self control or discipline, no respect for the law, or others, profanity, everything that was right was wrong , and everything that was wrong was right.

Bad behavior became condoned and accepted, anyone who disagreed and remembered the values taught them at a younger age, were condemned and ridiculed.

The world had been turned upside down, and all the problems of the world somehow seemed to be the fault of the United States.

You hear constantly on the media and from some politicians how horrible a place the United States is, how cruel we are to minorities, the disabled, etc.

I found during my travels, this is not the way the average person across the globe feels, that is only media and political rhetoric, designed to sell ads and garner votes by pandering to humanity’s basic trait, fear.

While in the outback of Australia, I got into a conversation with a nineteen year old girl from Switzerland, she couldn’t understand why I would travel somewhere besides America, she made the statement that if she lived in America, she would never leave, in her words,”America has everything a person could ever want or need.”

A few days later, we entered the tiny town of Daly Waters in the Northern Territory. They were celebrating the 4th of July, being appreciative of how the yanks saved them from the Japanese during WW2.

I’ve been on an Italian cruise ship with about 4000 passengers and only about 20% Americans, they sang our national anthem and everyone stood up placed their hands over their heart and sang, giving us a two minute standing ovation when the song was completed.

Most thinking people appreciate and respect what America has done over the last 200 hundred plus years.

America has endured a lot, and I believe it has a manifest destiny. We would have never become a nation, or survived without what George Washington would call, Divine Providence and Divine Intervention.

Fighting against impossible odds, he often gave credit to Divine Intervention for his successes.

Adhering to the basic tenets of our country, the constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence and the ten commandments we have weathered the many storms that have befallen us.

Now we face a new challenge, maybe the most critical challenge in our history.

Before, the threat to our country has come from without, now it comes from within.

Many have forgotten what made us great as a country, or no longer seem to think it is important.

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They seem to believe they can do and think as they please, without regard to anyone or anything else.

We have lost our way.

As I soon discovered in my travels, everyone worships God in their own way , that is what our founders wanted, we have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.

We have the God given right to express our religious beliefs in public or any where we chose, not to force them on anyone, but to express them as we see fit, as long as it doesn’t harm someone else, and we respect what others feel, and not infringe on their space.

The Maya, Egyptians, and Aborigines of Australia were more in tune with their  creator than we are today.

Many of the aborigines still are, even though some of them have become radicalized and developed an entitlement attitude because of what the Australian government has done to try and  help them.

All three cultures have regressed, the Egyptians went from calling their   leaders, Gods, To Pharaohs, then kings, and now presidents.

The Maya have all but disappeared as a culture, and the aborigines are slowly dying off and trying to adapt, in the process turning to drugs and alcohol.

I see the same thing in the United States, many here are also turning to drugs and alcohol because they no longer have a spiritual foundation to rely on.

We have a drug epidemic stretching from Times Square to the cornfields of Indiana.

In an area where the Friday night entertainment was a basketball game, now several people wind up in the hospital from a drug overdose. It happens weekly.

It doesn’t even make the news anymore, it’s not uncommon for the emts to run out of narcan.

Earlier this year,the morgue in Dayton Ohio ran out of room, an airline pilot for a major airline overdosed with his wife while their young child watched.

The list goes on and on,there seems to be no end to it.

We shove Ritalin down their throats at three, instead of allowing them to express themselves and then  wonder why they shoot people at nineteen.

The bad behavior, lack of respect, a sense of entitlement, profanity, and people sit at home watching mindless TV while ignoring their churches, social,fraternal and civic organizations.

In spite of it all, I still believe there are many good people out there, I think the majority of Americans still have their heads on straight, their voices get silenced  and their cause doesn’t get good TV ratings or sell ads in your local paper.

Many are worried , they see what is going on and feel helpless.

Over the last several years, America has been fundamentally changed, because of  negative influences from many politicians and the media, we have forgotten where we came from and what America once stood for.

But we really can’t blame anyone but ourselves, we could not have been fundamentally transformed if we hadn’t let it happen.

We stood by silently as our country was changed from within, no one, or not many even said a word, and few noticed.

Some thought it was wonderful, thinking the world has changed and we need to just go along with the flow.

Many  no longer adhere to the Wisdom of Our Ancestors, that knowledge that was once  passed down from generation to generation, from time immemorial.

The very things we got so tired of hearing and we swore to never repeat to our descendents, we never wanted to sound like our parents, how wrong we were.

This is how great cultures rise and fall, they become great through their deeds and beliefs, they then reach a pinnacle and bergin enjoying the fruits of their labor, allowing decadence to overcome their common sense, becoming a victim of and falling to their own success.

They forget about God and become focused on their own self importance, until they once again fall into subjugation and poverty, completing the cycle, waiting for someone to save them, while forgetting no one will save them if they don’t save themselves.

They forget the spirit of self sufficiency and self reliance that enabled them to become successful.

We have reached a turning point in our evolution. Many of the old ways are once again being thrown out, and new ways of doing things are coming into fruition.

This always occurs in society as we continuously evolve into a new way of thinking.

So where do we go from here?

What is the next step?

Many of the old ways of doing things do need to be discarded, they have long ago outlived their usefulness and no longer are acceptable in society.

This is all well and good, but we need to remember not to throw out the baby with the bathwater.

As we are cleaning house, many want to discard everything, and make changes just for the sake of change, without any regard to to the value of what they are discarding and not considering the unintended consequences of their actions.

Many of our institutions have failed us, and many times we have failed our institutions.

People no longer value what our civic, fraternal and church organizations have to offer, and only look at the negative press some of them receive.

Church attendance is down, I believe that issue might be resolved if the churches started teaching about the God within, instead of the God without.

We need to move past the idea we need to have a savior.

The Maya and Aztecs were looking for a savior, look what that got them.

Jesus was a great man, a great teacher, his message rings true even today,  But, it is for us to save ourselves, no one can do it for us.

We need to learn to discover the God within, that Christ consciousness, our higher self that connects us to the God without, the God who we are a part of.

Until we return to our spiritual and patriotic roots, and remember the values that made our country what it is today, we will continue to be going down the wrong path.

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.

While we have advanced technically far superior to those that came before us, we have lagged behind in 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.

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

Your comments are welcome

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Masonry’s Role in the 21st Century

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The Masonic Influence on World History

Written by Gary Wonning

Sometimes we forget how lucky we are to live in the country we do, and how important Masonry and the Shriners has been in creating the world we live in.

We often attend lodge and partake in the degrees, leave lodge and forget how they can help us in our daily lives.

We just need a reminder, in my former life, I drove for UPS for 27 years without a chargeable accident.

I would like to think that accomplishment had something to do with my outstanding driving abilities.

That may have had something to do with it, but UPS also played a major role also.

Every morning before leaving on our on time delivery missions, we attended a three minute safe driving meeting where safe driving procedures were taught, because of those constant reminders, we sometimes achieved five,ten, or fifteen thousand consecutive safe driving days.

It would be hard to determine how many lives those simple meetings saved.

Regardless of who we are, we all need constant reminders to keep our mission fresh in our lives, so it is with masonry and the Shriners, it is so easy to forget how we came to live in this great country, and how easy it would be for it all to slip away.

Looking back, I remember one evening, I was standing in my front yard as a child, I was probably only about six years old.

At the time I lived in southern Indiana and looking towards the east, I saw Washington D.C. going up in flames. I hardly knew what Washington D.C. was, I had heard it was our nation’s capitol, but being as young as I was I didn’t realize what the city stood for.

I just knew our government was in trouble and it seemed as if it was just a few years after the turn of the 21st century. It seemed to be really troubling times.

This was about 1950, so it seemed really far off, and I pretty much forgot about it.

Several years later, in the late 80s, I had to opportunity to speak with a very knowledgeable and intuitive lady. Someone who should have been famous, but wasn’t.

She solved her first murder when she was 9, and Duke University did studies on her brain to try and discover where she gained her intuitive abilities.

She gave me the same information about the coming turmoil, repeating what I had heard in my youth.

I listened to what she had said, but it never really registered, how bad it could get, we had just survived the protests of the sixties, how much worse could it be?

She said there would be much rioting and discontent, it would be mostly confined to the major cities and if we stayed out of them we would be fine.

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She said the problems would come from the way the majority of our children had been raised after the sixties, the permissiveness and lack of control many parents had over their kids, and the  way American society had forgotten what had made us great.

Soon after that, I went to  a motivational seminar, where Zig Ziglar and others were speaking, he said the same things, I still didn’t heed the warnings.

I took it with a grain of salt and went about my way as many others had done who had heard the same warnings, after all, our parents and grandparents had been saying the same thing for years, the world was going to hell in a handbasket.

And we all swore that we would never sound like our parents.

Most of us were raised in a different world, and we raised our kids in that world, but somehow things changed and people forgot, or didn’t think it was important to remember any more.

When the changes came they were so subtle, hardly anyone noticed.

This is how most cultures decline and finally disappear, being taken over by a more barbaric society, until they no longer exist.

Soon it was the turn of the century, and the things I had seen and was told about began coming true.

It seemed chaos was everywhere, no self control or discipline, no respect for the law, or others, profanity, everything that was right was wrong , and everything that was wrong was right.

Bad behavior became condoned and accepted, anyone who disagreed and remembered the values taught them at a younger age, were condemned and ridiculed.

The world had been turned upside down, and all the problems of the world somehow seemed to be the fault of the United States.

You hear constantly on the media and from some politicians how horrible a place the United States is, how cruel we are to minorities, the disabled, etc.

That isn’t reality,

I found during my travels, this is not the way the average person across the globe feels, that is only media and political rhetoric, designed to sell ads and garner votes by pandering to humanity’s basic trait, fear.

Many today have forgotten how to think, or reason, and logic, forget it.

Today, I would like to discuss logic and how it leads from one phase of our life to another, often without even our knowledge and how applying logic to our lives we can restore faith in America.

Logic teaches us to guide our reasoning discretionary in the general knowledge of things, and directs our inquiries after truth. A regular train of argument whence we infer, deduce, and conclude according to certain premises laid down and we are given the facilities to conceive and reason where we are able to move from one graduation to another until the point in question is finally known or determined.

Sometimes life, guided by an unseen friend, unknowingly follows logic beyond our comprehension and we wind up somewhere and learn something other than what our original intentions may have been.

Such was the case several years ago when I had the opportunity to spend some time in the outback of Australia. Originally, the purpose of the expedition was to photograph various areas of the country with the goal to publish a photo book on the life of the Australian people, including the aborigines.

This particular morning, we were on our way to Ayres Rock, or Uluru as the aborigines call it. A giant monolith in the middle of Australia, the largest sacred site in the world. It’s about five miles in circumference and about 1300 feet tall.

The bus picked us up at about 6 AM and as it made the final stop at another hotel to pick up the last two people, a cute young lady and her brother boarded the bus.

By the time the young lady boarded, the only remaining seat was next to me, being quite shy, she reluctantly sat next to me.

More interested in getting some sleep than starting up a conversation, it was nap time.

A few hours later I woke from my nap and discovered the young girl had fallen asleep on my shoulder.

Being the perfect gentleman that I am, and quietly deciding what my next  move would be , I never moved so as to not disturb her.

Here I am, on a bus , 10,000 miles from  home,in the middle of nowhere, with a bunch of people I’m never going to see again, and I have a cute young girl sleeping on my shoulder, thank you God.

Soon she woke up, and realizing where she was, she was quite embarrassed.

Wanting to strike up a conversation, I asked where she was From. “Switzerland”  was the reply. She said she was traveling around the world with her brother and her final stop would be in the United States to visit her fiance who was a cadet at the Air Force Academy in Colorado.

So much for my well thought out evil plans.

She then asked about me and I informed her I was from the United States.

She then asked rather rudely, I thought,”What are you doing over here in Australia?”

Picking up my shattered ego, and searching for an answer, I replied that I was with a group of 150 photographers that were photographing various parts of the continent and were planning on publishing a book.

I asked her why she asked why I was in Australia.

Her reply,”If I lived in the United States I would never go anywhere else, you have everything there anyone could ever want or need.”

“WOW” I had never thought that before.

A 19 year old kid from Switzerland just told me something I had never really totally  realized before.

I never forgot that.

A couple of weeks later, nearing the end of our journey, we entered the tiny town of Daly Waters in the Northern Territory, a couple of hundred miles south of Darwin.

After spending nearly a month in the outback, removed from the rest of the world, most of us had forgotten what day it was , it really didn’t matter as long as the driver got us where we needed to be when we needed to be there. By that time most of us didn’t want the adventure to end and remembering the day just made the time seem shorter.

As we entered the tiny village with a population of seventeen, I noticed an old C-47 with U.S. markings sitting on an abandoned runway. At the time I never thought much of it.

We entered the pub, looking for something to quench our thirst.

To our surprise, the pub was nearly full, this was unusual , even by Aussie standards. It was the middle of the afternoon in the middle of the week.

I wasn’t sure what day it was, but I knew it wasn’t the weekend, we were scheduled to be in Darwin on Saturday, this wasn’t Darwin, so it had to be the middle of the week.

Getting a drink, someone asked an older gentleman what they were celebrating.

  He replied they were celebrating the fourth of July.

We were startled, why would they be celebrating this America holiday?

His answer was that Australia was really appreciative about how the Yanks had bailed the Aussies out during WW2 when the Japanese attacked them.

Totally unprepared, Australia would have fallen had it not been for help from the United States.

It was gratifying to see people appreciate what America had done in the past.

It was sure a far cry from the rhetoric from the media.

I could go on and on, there have been numerous times the same theme has been conveyed to myself, and I’m sure to others as well.

Most people, even today realize, in spite of our faults, what a force for good the United States has been in world affairs.

Our local Shriner’s center has a weekly luncheon for the nobles who are able to attend.

A few years ago, a visiting noble from Massachusetts introduced himself and related how he was ninety-three years old, a world war two and Korean war veteran and how he was concerned about the direction the country was headed.

As he walked back to his seat, he stopped, put his hand on my shoulder and with a tear in his eye, said,”I just don’t want to leave this world in the shape it’s in.”

Here is a retired veteran, who has already given more to his country than most of us would even think about doing, wanting to do more.

That’s something you can hang your hat on.

In this country, We don’t fight for a president, a congress or a government, we fight for an idea, an idea born several thousand years ago and carried down through the ages by men seeking light. An idea that finally reached fruition by a group of about two hundred men a couple hundred years ago in a hot humid room in Philadelphia .

The idea of freedom and liberty, the idea that men and women should be able to choose how to live and run their lives with the least amount of government interference possible.

That is what our men and women in the military and law enforcement fight for every day of their lives.

We Americans sometimes forget how lucky we are to live in the country we do, and enjoy the freedoms most others in the world can only dream about.

The same can be said for masonry, and its appendant bodies, masonry or a version of it has been around since the dawn of time. The secrets of masons in masonry will tell you everything you need to know, to not only lead a good life, but improve the lives of others and our country.

Aside from the 13 masonic signers of the Declaration of Independence

Our country had an impressive beginning during the inauguration of George Washington as our first president.

Those who accompanied Washington during the inauguration ceremony, Roger Sherman, Alexander Hamilton, Baron Von Steuben, General Henry Knox, and John Adams, all were masons, except for Adams.

Reportedly, there were many more present, the governors of all 13 states, and many in Washington’s administration.

Many didn’t keep good records in those days, but many more were probably masons and some thought to be masons, even though there were no records to prove it , many conclude Jefferson was a mason , judging by his writings and conversations he had with others.

What do we need to do to restore faith in America?

America has lost it’s spiritual foundation, many are seeking, but they don’t know what they are seeking, the young want answers, when things go bad, as they always do, they aren’t satisfied with the answer, that it’s just :God’s Will.”

The church’s only teach about the God without, many today are looking for the God Within.

I believe that masonry teaches that.

The planet is rebooting as we did in the 60s, some things are disappearing and many others are appearing.

Many of the old ways, thankfully, are falling by the wayside, making way for a new and better version.

All we need to do is to not throw the baby out with the bath water, discard what doesn’t work and keep what works.

How do we know what to keep?

How do we change to keep up with the times and still keep what is important?

Our rituals, and basic tenets and landmarks are unchangeable.

Remember what made this country great and all the good we as Americans  have done in the world.

As I try to explain in my book, “The Wisdom of Our Ancestors,” I list 39 different principles we were taught growing up that are no longer taught to many of our young people, I’m sure there are more, but that is all I could think of.

All we need to do is get back to the basics and apply the time worn principles of masonry.

The laws of nature and nature’s God,

The Ten Commandments

The golden rule.

Obviously, there were no masons as such, in times of ancient Sumeria and Egypt, but many carried the ideals of masonry, Ancient Egypt even had their version of Hiram, and there is strong evidence that rituals similar to the masonic rituals were performed in some of the pyramids, such as the Giant pyramid of Giza and the pyramid of Unas in Saqqara.

Every religion and culture has some version of these basic values, there must be some truth to them.

How do we, as masons, return our country to its rightful standing in the world and before God?

I don’t think anyone has the complete answer.

We just use logic

We can only influence those who are in our circle of influence, our family and friends by living the values that were taught us by our ancestors, and masonry.

Sooner or later, people get it. I woke up one morning and realized how smart my grandparents were, they never graduated from elementary school and had more common sense than most Harvard graduates.

Masonic tenets and symbols have always played an important part in world history, many of which have been in existence since the beginning of time.

We will never have all the answers, we just take one step forward, and follow our guide, the answers will be given to us at the proper time.

Masonic teachings have carried the world through time immemorial.

We walk by faith, not by sight.

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.

While we have advanced technically far superior to those that came before us, we have lagged behind in 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.

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

Your comments are welcome

 

 

  

 

We Need To Quit Taking Sides In Our Elections

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

Written by Gary Wonning

Our founders were totally against political parties, and rightfully so, they soon, as we have discovered become self-serving.

Politics have become all about teams.

Many relate to what kind of job a politician is doing according to whether he has a D or an R by his name.  Folks, this isn’t the Super Bowl or the World Series, those are fantasy, this is real life.

Probably over 90% of the politicians today could care less about their constituents or how their decisions affect life in America.Their sole purpose of their existence is to decide the best action they can pursue to get reelected.  Everything they say and do is based on what the party wants,  they no longer have views or opinions of their own. 

On top of that, most of the decisions that affect our daily lives are made by unelected bureaucrats, people sitting in an office in Washington who have never been west of the Potomac River.

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There was a day, in the distant past, when eighty percent of our elected officials were military veterans,  it was almost a requirement to be a veteran to get a government job.  These days, less than twenty percent of elected officials are veterans and those same bureaucrats mentioned above, the percentage is probably less than that,  being a veteran is often a detriment to getting a good civil service job.

When our brave men and women came home from Vietnam, they were spat on, cursed at, and after  that, many were denied jobs because of their military service.

A free society can only survive if it is an informed society, today, too many only remember what the latest sound bite was on last nights news, and never think any further than that.  Critical thinking has gone completely out the window.

People have become so accustomed to finding the answer to daily questions on Google they no longer think, they have lost the ability to make up their mind about anything, they don’t have to. We have become a society of robots.

It’s time to become informed, pay attention, and believe that  your vote counts, it does. Some elections are decided by one vote per precinct. If the candidate of your choice doesn’t perform, there is anther election in two years, vote him or her out.  

These politicians aren’t our leaders, they are our representatives, they aren’t rock stars or our personal heroes, they don’t need to be treated as such. 

They are private citizens, just like us, and the are supposed to be performing a public service, it isn’t supposed to be a lifetime job. 

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.

While we have advanced technically far superior to those that came before us, we have lagged behind in 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.

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

Your comments are welcome

 

A Sobering Thought

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Written by Gary Wonning

A sobering thought: Back in the day, just a few short years ago, almost everyone opposed gay marriage. Every state the issue was put to a vote, it was turned down, The polls all were against supporting gay marriage, suddenly, one judge, struck down millions of votes and said it was unconstitutional to not allow gays to marry, suddenly the polls reversed and favored gay marriage, all in about two weeks. I don’t think so. Now if you oppose gay marriage you are deemed racist, a bigot, and many other unflattering terms. All for believing what millions of people believed just a few short years ago.

Regardless if you are for or against this issue, this shows what one unelected official can do to sway the opinions of a nation, not good.

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

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.

While we have advanced technically far superior to those that came before us, we have lagged behind in 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.

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

Your comments are welcome

 

God Is the Conscious of the State

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“The church must be reminded that it is … the conscience of the state …” and “It must be the guide and the critic of the state. … If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.

Martin Luther King Jr.

So it is, the state is a form of government controlled by mortal men, and women, who often have a distorted view of right and wrong.

All humans need a moral compass to guide them along the path of life. Without that, many often sink into thoughts, words, and actions unbecoming of a leader.

Our founding fathers realized this, and even though they were by no means perfect in all their thoughts, words, and actions, they were all guided by a moral compass that eventually guided them on the correct path.

This is why they emphasized time and time again the importance of a spiritual leader in our countries founding and continued success.

They emphasized many times, the part God played in our country, they often said we would not survive if we abandoned God.

During the American Revolution, General George Washington prayed daily, and it is obvious to the student of history how many times, as the General himself stated, “the Divine Intervention of God”, aided us in winning our independence.

A country cannot survive without a spiritual leader. In the United States, we have no designated spiritual leader,   that choice is left up to the individual citizen, but almost all have some reference to God in their daily living.

Someone they look to for guidance when the going gets tough, and give thanks when life is good.

In this country, you can say the Freddie the rock is your God, and no one should question that. Maybe he is, that rock is a part of creation.

There is a duality to life, good/evil, night/day, darkness/light, male/female, etc.

There is also a duality to a nation, the physical leader, and the spiritual leader, we need both.

Once God is Abolished, The Government Becomes God.

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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.

While we have advanced technically far superior to those that came before us, we have lagged behind in 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.

photo of a distinguished older gentleman

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

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

Your comments are welcome

 

 

 

Fear leads Us To Socialism

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

Written by Gary Wonning

In the United States, our country was founded on the idea of personal freedom and a rugged individualism. Many brave souls have fought and died so that we might enjoy the many freedoms we have.

Unfortunately,  over the years, many of those freedoms have evaporated right before our eyes.

There are many reasons for this but the most obvious to those who are paying attention is our natural desire to be taken care of and have someone else become responsible for our lives.  It seems much easier than being responsible for our lives, this and an underlying fear that we don’t have the knowledge to survive on our own.

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This fear is often brought on by parents not teaching their kids survival and coping skills. When children are raised with someone providing every basic need, being protected from every conceivable danger,  with no fear of consequences if they fail or do something wrong, how do you think they are going to act when they grow up?

It is a natural response after a few generations of improving our lifestyle. People become lax and in a sense lazy, they seem to think that it is easier to let the government provide for their every want and need, by giving others responsibility for their health and welfare, the individual is freed up to enjoy more pleasurable pursuits, such as watching mindless TV, video games or enjoying their favorite beverage at the local pub.

Soon people lose all sense of responsibility and personal welfare, thinking government will have their personal interests in mind as they listen to and believe every politician promise to look after them and give them everything free they could possibly ever want or need.

The general populace soon forgets that politicians only have one thing in mind, the only thing they are really good at, getting reelected, and forgetting they will say or do anything they need to accomplish that end and continue to live on the gravy train they have provided for themselves.

Soon citizens have become slaves to the government, depending on it for their very livelihood.  They have lost all desire to be free and independent, and don’t even realize what has happened.

It happened so slowly, it was like putting a frog in a pan of warm water and slowly turning up the heat. The frog will soon die, not realizing that the temperature of the water was increased until the frog could no longer survive.

During this process, many have lost sight of the idea of being independent,  constantly being fed by twenty-four-hour news all the horrors of living, the constant commercials describing every disease one could possibly conceive, slowly people become fearful of everything that could possibly harm them, they soon lose faith  in their own abilities to ward off danger and disease.

As the fear increases, so does their dependence on government and the medical field to protect them from all the dangers of life.

Thye have forgotten every value, moral and ethical principle their country was founded on. The foundation of a once great nation is gone.

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The Masonic Influence on World History

They become totally paranoid, thinking they could die from something terrible at any minute, losing all sense of reason and common sense in the process, then it is just a short small step to becoming totally dependent on government and allowing socialism to totally take over civilization, they have become slaves to the very government that originally set them free.

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.

While we have advanced technically far superior to those that came before us, we have lagged behind in 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.

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

Your comments are welcome

Why We Should Pray In Public

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

Written by Gary Wonning

Although many would disagree, I believe we should all pray in public.

It is our right as American citizens of this great country.  We do have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion as most would try to have you believe.

The founding fathers were very explicit in their belief that we should practice our spiritual beliefs in public as was done almost automatically in our country until just a few short years ago.

Out of respect for others who may not believe as we do, we do need to practice restraint and not try to force our beliefs on others or pray in such a way as to make it appear as if we are trying to convert the whole world.

You see many proclaiming their beliefs to the world every day, and that will turn many people off to the whole religion thing, it is their right to do so and my opinion is to just let them do their thing, it is their right and it interferes with my rights in not even the slightest.

If we do not express our beliefs in public, how does anyone know how we feel, if enough people fail to express themselves, then a false narrative is portrayed and people begin to believe that no one believes in God anymore.

That opens the door for all sorts of negative philosophies to stumble in.

To survive long term, a nation needs a moral compass. There isn’t a perfect person on the planet, and many will stumble on their walk through life, but we all need a guide and moral compass to inspire us to live a better life, without it, we will most certainly stumble more than we do now.

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