We Have A Prosperity Disease

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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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In Our Culture: We Create Victims

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

Written by Gary Wonning

In our culture, we create victims.

By looking at someone as a victim, It makes  us feel good to be able to help someone who is downtrodden and oppressed.

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By feeling as though we are victims, it gives us an excuse for acting and behaving the way we do without taking responsibility for our actions.  It is easier to blame someone else and remove all responsibility. 

After all, it is always someone else’s vault.

Many of our politicians keep getting elected over and over again by continuously blaming someone else for their actions, and by creating victims by teaching them to rely on government to be their savior by continuously telling people that government is the one who can solve all your problems and give you the life you deserve, when the truth is, the government is the main cause of most of our problems.

When humans are left to solving their problems, using their own God given free will and initiative they are quite capable of solving any issue that may come before them .

All the government needs to do is just get out of the way.

Liberalism only survives by creating victims, promising to give you the things you need, in order to further the cause of victim hood.

To further their cause and increase the size of government, they  need to take up the the fig leaf of victim hood. The liberals need to create more victims to depend on “free” handouts. 

Conservatives believe that every one is in charge of their lives and can do what they want as long as it doesn’t infringe on the rights of others.

They just go on and live life staying out of others peoples business and go on to create a better life for ourselves.

Mind your own business, do what is morally and ethically right, and if you become wealthy you make others wealthy too.

When ever I got into a jam, my dad would always say, ” You were smart enough to get into this mess, I’m sure you are smart enough to get yourself out of it.”

He would then turn and go home, saying, “I’ll be there if you really need me.”

In other words, he was telling me it was my karma and I was the only one who could fix it.

No one else can fight your battles, when you finally learn that, your battles will vanish.

As long as we try to sidestep those issues that keep springing up in our lives, they will continue to plague us.

Many times, we do others the biggest injustice by helping them, they will never grow past their issues until they stand on their own two feet and get to the root of their problems.

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.

The First Amendment Does Protect So-Called Hate Speech

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The secrets our founders knew

Written by Gary Wonning

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

I think it is pretty plain. When you read the first amendment of our Bill of Rights, it is quite obvious the first amendment contains no provisions for limiting so-called hate speech.

Many times, especially in today’s society hate speech is defined as a particular idea someone does not agree with and it has no correlation whatsoever with being hateful. Take for instance Face Book banning such people as Dennis Prager and Franklin Graham.

Neither of which has ever said anything that could be determined as hateful.

Criticizing someone’s different philosophy about life is not hate speech as long as it is done in a polite and courteous manner.

It is our American right to respectfully disagree with someone.

Once you begin banning hate speech, where does it end?

Who determines what hate speech is, the U Tube and Face Book people certainly have a different perspective than over half of the people living in the United States.

The first amendment guarantees free speech to everyone, regardless of their perspective and opinions, race, creed, national origin, gender, etc.  and cannot be denied to anyone.

Unwritten but something that also applies, we also have free listening, we are free to listen or not to listen, that is our choice.

The first amendment does not limit free speech, but something else does.

Common sense and decency, somethings need not be said in a public forum, regardless of or our rights, there is such a thing as discretion and good judgment.

The real meaning of hate speech falls under this definition.

In my humble opinion, using names and words that your grandmother would not approve of, should not be used in public.

A little common sense goes a long way, there is nothing wrong about trying to act like a civilized human being.

photo of a distinguished older gentleman

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.

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.

 

 

Living Our Core Values

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 Common Sense is a disappearing trait

Written by Gary Wonning

Suppose your daughter came to you and asked you to go to a daughter/father dance.

In today’s culture, you knew there would be foul language, drugs, bad behavior and song lyrics straight out of weird land, with negativity, depression, violence and all the many other negative aspect of today’s society.

To support her, would you go?

You know deep down this is not the culture you would like for her to be exposed to, but you want to show her your support and that you are actually very hip and understanding.

If you decide to go, you are condoning and approving her behavior, if you don’t go you are old fashioned and square.

If you don’t go you stand the possibility of alienating your daughter and being looked at as old fashioned.

Most would cave to their core values and go just to be hip and looked upon by their daughter to be progressive and modern, ignoring what would be best in the long run for his daughter.

So, which is the best option?

I think we all know what the best option is, but how many would actually choose that option? 

If we, as parents choose to go to the dance, how can we expect our young to grow up with a decent set of values when they see us bending in the wind and caving to what is popular in society today? 

While kids will always be subject to the whims of society and we cannot and should not shield them from it, we need to create options, where decency and good ethics are practiced. 

That is where our churches and fraternal organizations come into play. Those very organizations we have taken out of our daily lives when we became a secular society.

Those organizations that were at the very heart of the founding of our country, especially the teaching of our Christian churches and the masonic lodges. In those days almost everyone professed a belief in God, and many of the founders were of the masonic order, whose principles our  nation was founded upon. 

Those values that have been carried down from time immemorial to the present day, the ethics of morality and brotherly love upon which all lasting societies are founded. 

Those values, which when lost, a great nation can no longer long endure. 

We can see in our own life how much our country has deteriorated, how much longer do you want it to continue? 

The only way for our nation to continue in the long run is for us to return to what made us great, and soon it will be up to our descendants to carry the baton. Are they equipped with the proper tools? 

Most of us feel helpless to do anything. We all can do something, regardless of how insignificant it may seem. 

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The Masonic Influence on World History

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.

 

 

 

 

 

You Finally Reach A Point In Time Where You Make A Decision

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

Written by Gary Wonning

There comes a point in time when one finally makes a decision to act on your instincts rather than the conventional wisdom of the time.

I had been attending a small gathering of people from a supposedly free thinking open minded church in town.

I had been attending this church for some time and for a while I enjoyed to the  friendship  I found there.

But the church began to change. One of the changes I began to notice was they began slowly to take God out of the service.

The monthly discussions began quite innocently discussing topics many in the church and I agreed with, but after time I began to notice the discussions always followed the same train of thought and generally followed the same particular line of thinking . 

But as with most groups, the tendency is to stay within safe boundaries and not venture from the accepted norm, not discovering any new ideas: even when discussing “new thought”. 

After a while, I thought it was time to move on and delve a little deeper into the various topics we were discussing. I soon discovered there are limits to even “New Thought”.

I soon found my input wasn’t accepted if it didn’t follow the line of thinking of the group, whenever I brought something up a little beyond what everyone else believed, the topic was suddenly changed, or I was cut off in mid sentence.

I don’t mind, and welcome a different opinion, but when I am completely blown off and my views aren’t even considered, that is when I draw the line, it’s time to move on.

I believe in freedom of speech and our right to express our feelings regardless if anyone else agrees with us or not. When someone starts infringing upon that right, I get my dander up real quick.

I also noticed in this group, a lack of faith and maybe even a lack of a belief in God. It seemed many were always afraid of something. 

There was certainly a common belief that the United States was not founded on a belief in God and that our founders and early settlers all believed in God and prayed regularly.

I’m not sure if I will continue to attend these meetings, but I have learned  a lot and if I go back I will continue to learn from those I feel are misinformed, sometimes it is amazing what we can learn from those who disagree with us. 

They can actually think we agree with them ,when we don’t at all, perception is everything. 

And regardless of how open minded they believe they are, they are only open minded when one agrees with them, or don’t step too far out of the box; nothing is going to change that.

Through it all, I have decided I will state my beliefs and stand by them regardless of the opposition, while deciding the correct time to state my opinions. There is a time and place for everything, sometimes direct opposition settles nothing.

We need to keep those of  alike mind close, those who think differently, closer. 

Enough is enough.

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.

 

 

Is God Still Relevant in Today’s World?

 

Written by Gary Wonning

Entering a new era of human evolution brought on by the shifts before, during and after December 12, 2012, people are exploring new avenues of thought.

Many of the old ways and customs are falling by the wayside, and to many of those thoughts, it is good riddance.

But there are many of the old ways of thinking that need to be preserved.

Just as many believe the civil war monuments need to be torn down, the way we previously thought also needs to be destroyed.

This is not necessarily true. Although those civil war monuments may be perceived  offensive to some, many of those perceptions have been brought about by many who are distressed by everything.

I’m a northerner and have no skin in the civil war controversy. However, it is a part of our history, an important part, It symbolizes the end of a slavery and needs to be remembered. The old wise quote states, “When we ignore the lessons of history, we are certain to repeat it.”

I am certain no one wants to relive the slavery era, we need reminders of that particular time in history to remember how far we have come as a civilization, and to never repeat that atrocity. 

Many of our old traditions and knowledge also need to be remembered.

Just because something is a new idea, doesn’t necessarily mean it is a good idea. 

It is for us to decide which teachings need to be preserved. 

America has risen to be a land where we can safely practice those values, and our nation’s history of believing in God, regardless of how we individually worship a Supreme Being should be the guiding light for the world.

We have many teachings from the past that need to be preserved, the teachings that carried us through history from time immemorial. They are irreplaceable.

 

photo of a distinguished older gentleman

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.
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.

It’s Time For A New Way Of Thinking

Journey to enlightenment

Searching beyond conventional wisdom. Open new avenues in your spiritual search.

Written by Gary Wonning

Are you tired of the same old narrative?

Are you ready for something new, a new way of thinking which combines old common sense values and  new thought ideas.

Have you reached a dead end with your religion and the way people try to resolve the problems of the world and the issues in their life?

It seems every conversation ends in the same old time worn ideas that no longer work.

Are you tired of getting the same answers to the same questions, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”

“It’s God’s Will.”

To me that is a non answer.

The only one who can give us the answers to our questions is ourself. The answers lie within, and my answers may not be your answers. Your answers today may not be your answers tomorrow or the next day.

Many of the answers to today’s issues are thought to be hidden in some secret document. The answers are not hidden, they are right out in plain view for those who seek them.

All we need to do is to look within and get our egos and old thoughts out of the way.

It can be quite a journey.

photo of a distinguished older gentleman

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.

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.