Equality For All

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

Both sides of the race issue have to realize this.

“Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war and until there are no longer first-class and second-class citizens of any nation, until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes. And until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race, there is war. And until that day, the dream of lasting peace, world citizenship, rule of international morality, will remain but a fleeting illusion to be pursued, but never attained… now everywhere is war.” – – Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia – Popularized by Bob Marley in the song War.

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

 

 

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The NFL Dilemma

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

The NFL, National Football League, has a tremendous problem.

The kneeling incident, created by several black players. protesting the actions of police who have upheld the law by arresting and sometimes shooting activists who have resisted arrest and threatened the lives of police officers, is backfiring on the league.

Fans are getting tired of the continuous protests, especially since they are based on a lie.

There was no police brutality, and in most cases, no racism. Just police officers upholding the law and protecting their own lives.

But it is a bigger problem than that, and it has been coming for a long time.

At one time, athletes were role models, someone a kid could look up to and emulate, someone to model their life after.  Athletes lived to a higher standard, they avoided trouble, and tried to live a good moral life.

That time has disappeared, especially in the NFL and the NBA, in today’s world many have fallen from grace and are no longer role models.

About half of the NFL players have some sort of police record and many have served time in jail.

Except for congress, no organization has this high of a crime rate.

I wonder if this is why they don’t like the police?

In any profession, you only hire the best people you can find, and their criminal record is taken into account. How many businesses would hire someone with a criminal record?

Most corporate executives know that to hire people of that caliber, you are only asking for trouble, so they shy away from them and never employ them, thus avoiding trouble.

The NFL ignores this issue, and cater to them because of their talent.

They are discovering that regardless of their talent, these people are becoming a liability.

The few trouble makers are destroying the game for everyone, the players, teams, and the fans.

Where are the Peyton Mannings and Tim Tebows?

Remember when Tim Tebow was scorned for praying on the field?

Now players are praised for exercising their so-called first amendment rights.

The fans go to the games to be entertained, they are trying to forget all the political garbage in the world today, and a vast majority of fans are extremely patriotic, the last thing they want to see is an over paid entitled Prima Donna protesting about how hard life is when they are making millions of dollars a year throwing a football.

The only way this is going to get settled is for the decent athletes to stand up to the nonsense and once again return some common sense and decency to the sport.

If they don’t, the sport will be ruined beyond repair.

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

 

Should Healthcare Be Paid For By Corporations or Government?

 

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

The debate goes on, should the government be responsible for providing our health care?

There are many arguments for and against national healthcare. 

At one time, everyone was responsible for their own health, there was no insurance. In that day and age, medical care was a lot less expensive than it is today, even taking into account the rate of inflation over the years.

The rise in cost has in part is because of all the new technology available today, but to a large degree, the rising cost is due to increased demand. 

Because of the change in our national mentality, in a large part due to negotiated union contracts, everyone thinks their health care is free. Most have come to believe it is a right, a right no one pays for. 

I’m a firm believer that affordable healthcare should be available to everyone. 

However, because of the present system, very few people realize the cost of health care, and because it is presumably free to them, they go to the doctor for every little sniffle they get. Many visits are unnecessary and costly. People go to the emergency room for a skinned knee, or a splinter in their hand, these emergencies could be taken care of at home. 

It has become “fashionable” to go to the emergency room. 

Health insurance should be paid for by the individual. If each individual was responsible for their healthcare, they would become more knowledgeable on what “works” and what doesn’t. 

Most companies that provide health insurance allocate a certain amount of wages for the payment of benefits including health insurance, whether they tell the employee or not.

The individual employee should be made aware of this, that money should be allocated to the individual so they can purchase their health care on an individual basis.

Thereby eliminating any corporate influence the company could exert on the insurance company, and it would open the insurance industry to more competition, that is always a good thing.

That would enable the individual to have more control over his health and ensure his right to have or not have insurance.

In some cases, when both spouses work and are covered by their individual company insurance,  both companies are providing and paying for health insurance and only one health plan is needed.

Therefore, money is wasted by the couple because they don’t use the insurance provided by one company. If the money was allocated to the employee, he or she could decide how to best use the money in a way that would benefit the couple instead of the money being flushed down the drain.

It would make the individual more responsible for his own health and welfare, and it would be his choice to have or not have health insurance.

If he chooses not to have health insurance, then he would be responsible for any charges incurred, and pay the consequences for not having insurance.

By cutting down on the demand by eliminating people going to a doctor or emergency room unless necessary, then the cost would naturally come down, and people would find the alternative, less expensive, better forms of treatment. 

Of course, there will always be an element of society who are unable to care for themselves and they should be provided for, but there are far too many people abusing the system.  

The only way to prevent that is for people to be in charge of their own health.  Regardless of what you believe, no one, including the government will look after you like you will.

This is America, our country was founded on the idea of the individual being able to make his or her own choices concerning how to run their lives, it’s time we returned to those ideals and get government out of life management.

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The Vietnam War Memorial with the Washington Monument in the background

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

More People Live In Fear Than Live In Faith

 

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A Journey For A Greater Understanding of Life.

Here in Florida, we once again survived another hurricane season with a couple of near misses in Florida, especially Irma.

There was a reason for concern, Governor Scott declared the whole state a disaster area before the hurricane was even close to making landfall.

In part, because of the overreaction of the Weather Channel, and CNN, people immediately went on a buying frenzy, buying enough supplies of food and other survival goods to last for months.

While there is nothing wrong with being prepared and cautious, many lost all resemblances of faith, completely freaking out at the possibility of losing everything and even their lives.

This is somewhat natural, as we all want to preserve life and live long and healthy.

But there are limits as to how we should let fear run our lives and many have lost all faith in a Supreme Being and forget there is always a hand watching over us, to protect and guide us through all adversity.

When we remember there is a Divine Intelligence and it guides us if we only listen, and we remember that in all actuality, we never die, the soul lives on, it can relieve the fear and enable us to weather the storm , so to speak, and go on with our lives and take what comes in stride.

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

Growing Up In Indiana: Entertainment on a Saturday Night

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

Times were simple, it was an uncomplicated life back then.

Growing up in the 50s, we were the fortunate ones. Little did we know what lie ahead of those innocent times.Life was hard but good. Money wasn’t an issue, nobody had any.

Our entertainment was simple, we either went to see friends and ate popcorn, or we went shopping in a grocery store with two aisles and stopped at grandmas on the way home. Or we stayed home.

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

 

We Have Created Our Reality

 

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

Many dispute the fact that we humans create the reality we live in, most just shrug their shoulders and attribute everything that they experience as fate and search no further for answers.

Look around you, look at the current condition of the world, all the violence, the corruption, warfare, discontent, where did that come from? Did it just happen?

The world has always been a pretty cruel place, but it is an awfully beautiful planet as well. There have always been negative events in the world, but in this day and age, things are different. 

People condone bad behavior, it is accepted and no one judges or has an opinion.  This has lead to a general downfall of morals and values, and we have abandoned God.

What have we, as a country been thinking the last sixty years?

We wonder where God is, and how could he let these things happen to a righteous people?

Many look to an outside force for the cure to our ills, but the simple fact is, as a nation, we have become unrighteous., we no longer believe or try to uphold the values that this country was founded on and made us great.

Many discount any reference to people being able to create their reality, they believe it is all up to God.

Things go wrong and they ask,”Where is God?”

God was taken from the equation.

What has our thinking been the last several decades, where have our thoughts been?

Most have forgotten about what is important in life, worrying more about if they can afford the latest smartphone than they are about doing the right thing, or raising their kids in a good environment, teaching them good values and trying to lead them down the correct path in life.

As a nation, our values and ethics have gone down the toilet. If you casually mention how people thought or believed sixty years ago, you are looked at and scorned as if you came from a different planet.

A football player is ridiculed for praying on the field of battle while others are praised for disrespecting the American flag.

The democratic party booed God at their national convention in 2012, and we have kicked him out of the public arena.

Mass shootings are common in this era, all sorts of unnatural behavior is condoned and encouraged, and we wonder what happened.

We created our own reality.

A man reaps what he sows.

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

 

1950s Values and Morals

Many people express the desire to go back to the fifties and the values people had back then.

What do they mean by that? Obviously, people weren’t saints back then and many wrongs were committed.

When people talk about going back to the values of the fifties and sixties they are referring to the things we were taught, whether we listened or not. 

Values such as hard work, self-discipline, marriage, self-reliance, respect for authority, studiousness, patience, the values that ultimately would lead to a happier more productive, successful life than one would have if they don’t follow these principles.

The idea that one should first finish their education, get a job, then get married and once established, then have children. 

Believe it or not, at one time, if a couple couldn’t afford to have more kids, they didn’t have them.

When you start a family before you are financially or mentally prepared, you are only asking for trouble. 

Life is hard enough when you try to do things in the proper manner, it just gets harder when you break the rules.

No one is ever guaranteed a successful life that has no problems, but when a person follows these simple rules of success, the likelihood of having a good life greatly increases. 

Even if issues do come along, which they will, if you have followed the game plan, you will have reserves, financially and spiritually to carry you through the rough spots.

These are time-honored traditions that were carried down through the ages, by responsible people have guided people since time immemorial. 

They are just good common sense values to be followed by everyone, regardless of race, creed or national origin. 

They have nothing to do with white supremacy or racism, sexism or any other ism.

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