Caring For the Less Fortunate

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

Written Gary Wonning

There is always a debate concerning the homeless and less fortunate.

Does it really do any good to feed someone who will inevitably go back to being homeless the very next day we leave them on their own. 

There is the argument that we have been sending trillions of dollars to places like Africa and the people there are still hungry and poor, what good are we doing? And are we spending our money needlessly?

This is a valid argument, and one can argue that there must be a better way and it is a total waste of money to continue doing what we are doing, however, you can’t just let people starve to death if you are able to help them.

There is some validity to this argument, the definition of stupidity is to continue doing what we are doing and expecting different results.

When one keeps doing the same thing over and over, the results are always going to be the same, that is a law of nature.

Many things enter this  dilemma, there is also the karmic factor, people come here to planet earth to solve various personal and/ or karmic issues.

Some people come here to experience hunger and deprivation, some come here to help others through those situations. Both roles are valid and we as individuals choose the kind of life we want or need. 

We just need to realize why we are here and if what we are doing is to the benefit of all those participating in the earth experience.

If we are helping those, that is a good thing if our intentions are pure and we aren’t doing it to create a victim or make someone dependent on us for their existence.

We need to realize why they may be hungry or homeless, there is always a reason for everything and nothing happens by chance, we all have free will and by having free will, we chose everything our soul experiences, regardless of if it is determined to be a positive or negative experience, all experiences are for the highest good.

Being a positive or negative experience is just how we judge based on our perception.

Some may not chose to participate in this particular human endeavor, and that is OK too, those souls have just chosen something else in their life, and it doesn’t make them a bad person for not participating in social justice, they may just look at it from a different perspective and are probably just as concerned about their fellow man as the active social justice warrior.

Many do feel it is a matter of personal choice and each person is free to experience life as they choose, and it really is for the individual to determine how to best deal with their current life situation and to interfere would be to interfere with their karma or life challenges. 

Isn’t that what life is all about, isn’t that the American way, to let each individual soul determine his or her lot in life and take from it the lessons they came to earth to learn in their particular way, belief and in the time they choose?

We all have free will and by having free will we chose everything that occurs in our life, either consciously or subconsciously.  I suppose by having free will we can chose to not have free will, but in my humble opinion, free will is something you can’t decide when to have it and when not to have it, if you choose a hot fudge sundae over a banana split, you are choosing free will, if one has free will in that instance, then it just stands to reason free will would play a part in every life decision we make. 

You can’t have free will one moment and not have it the next. But by choosing to not have free will, it is you free will that determines not to have free will. 

I like the words of Patrick Henry, “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend with my life you right to say it.”

I think it’s time we engaged in a little critical thinking and not always follow along with the narrative created by the press and conventional wisdom.

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.

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

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The Bullying Never Ends

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

People speak about bullying like it is something new.  It has always  been present and will go on forever .

Because we are human beings, we are pat of the animal kingdom, as a result, we humans as well as all other members of the animal kingdom have  a pecking order.People complained  about bullying when I was in school and that was over sixty years ago.

In other words, we all, on an individual choice,  determine where we belong on the hierarchy of human interaction, or how we inter-react with each other.

They say bullying is worse now, but so is global warming, or so they say.

The only one who can put an end to victim hood is the victim. The parents, teachers, etc, can and should make an effort to create a safe environment for all of us, but, they can only do so much.

Our teachers, parents, ministers, etc, can only do so much, they can’t be there all the time protecting us, in the final analysis, it is up to the individual to find a solution.

It doesn’t always mean a physical solution, many times the conflict can be solved more diplomatically.  The bully just has a basic human need that isn’t being filled in his life, or he feels jealous of what someone else has . 

Many times it is a self image issue, whatever the cause, regardless of how much we try to understand, there is only so much we can do. 

 

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.

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

Should We Give Reparations To Those Discriminated Against

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

Written by Gary Wonning

There is a new drive to give African Americans reparations for the slavery they endured for centuries.

This is just another ploy by the democratic party to add to their voter base.

The democratic party is losing the black vote, after years of loyalty to their party, many blacks are waking up to the fact the democrats don’t really do anything for them, they are just soliciting their votes so they can get reelected.

The democratic party relies on creating victims who depend on them and government for their daily needs, they want to create people who think they can’t survive without the assistance of government.

The black race is just as intelligent as anyone else and are just as capable of creating a successful life as anyone else. They don’t need the government any more than the rest of civilization to give them the life they desire.

In reality, the life the liberals are trying to force upon them will only lead them back to that which they are trying to escape, servitude.

In reality, no slaves are alive today that suffered under that horrible system, and the slaves were first sold into slavery by people of their very own race.

It’s all about the politics.

Why should they receive reparations for something they never encountered, by the same token, no one is alive today who harbored slaves, why should whites, many whose ancestors fought and died to end slavery be forced to pay even more.

My family lived in the north and never owned slaves and was against slavery, should I have to pay?

What many forget is that there were black plantation owners who harbored slaves, American Indians,had slaves, so did the Chinese, many whites were indentured servants,  Indians tortured Indians, Blacks often times tortured blacks, where does it end?

In many case, as have been proven by the Australian Aborigines  were given much to compensate for the atrocities of the Australian government. Many of them  have become bitter and often resent what was given them and become jealous because they perceive someone else received more, and then themselves want more, they become dissatisfied and bitter. and in the process become more dependent on government, and less willing and able to support themselves and their families. 

The best thing we can do is to remember the past, don’t dwell on it, we have all been discriminated against and treated unfairly many times in our lives, it is called a leaning experience, time to move on.

Lets give people a hand up, not a hand out, teach them to succeed by the sweat of their brow, all races can succeed in America. 

It’s the American way.

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.

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

 

Get Them A Driver’s License: Let them Grow Up

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

Recently, at a dinner gathering, two of the couples sitting next to  my wife and I  were talking about how their teenage kids always wanted them to drive them to school functions and other events they were going to .

I have heard this scenario before, with parents talking about how their kids had no interest in learning how to drive. Really !

I wonder why?

As long as mom and dad will drive them, why should they learn how to drive and accept any responsibility?

Then the normal response is, “I get tired of arguing with them , they don’t want to do it.”

First off, who is the boss in your family?

Next, they like to go places don’t they?

What is wrong with just making the statement, “I don’t have time to take you everywhere, you are all grown up, if you want to go, you will have to learn how to drive. It’s time you accepted some responsibility and started driving yourself. “

Start thinking of somewhere you need to go when they need to go somewhere, they will get the point.

Unless you want them living in your basement until they are thirty, it’s time to lay down the law and make them grow up. if you want to raise responsible mature people, you can’t be afraid of hurting their feelings or making them feel inferior. Feeling inferior is a decision they make on their own, you are not in charge of their feelings, and you  have no control over their feelings. 

You aren’t doing them any favors by patronizing  them and keeping them under your wing. If they don’t learn to fly, they never will, and chances are your grandchildren won’t either.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.

Australian Aborigine Dream time

The aborigines of Australia

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.

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

 

Save For A Rainy Day

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Written by Gary Wonning

The recent government shutdown has brought to the forefront how little people save for a rainy day.

Many were complaining after only missing one paycheck they didn’t have money to buy food.  Most of these employees make really good money.

Where did it all go ? If they are making good money and both spouses are working, a week without a paycheck, to me doesn’t look like it’s Trump’s fault, or even congress.

Regardless of the issues with congress not  approving a budget for the last 13 years, this issue boils down to individual responsibility.

I’m just as guilty as many others, I haven’t saved like I should, but that doesn’t make it the fault of the government.

A sudden illness or downturn in the economy can give the same results.

Some where in the bible it talks of saving and filling our granaries during the seven years of plenty to provide for us during the seven years of famine, something each and every one of us is sure to encounter at least once during our long lives.

Many of our parents lectured us on the importance of saving money for a rainy day, somehow, that wise advice seemed to have gotten lost in the dust and disappear forever, but why listen when we can blame government for all our problems?

Some where, we have forgotten, caught up in all the modern conveniences and electronic toys, quick easy credit, and with most, job security, those lessons from our elders have slipped away into oblivion. 

So we can sit around , scratch our heads and wonder what happened. We can blame others, and look for difficult answers. The solution isn’t difficult, we just need to go back to what works, go back to the basics in life and learn from the wisdom of our ancestors. 

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.

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

Can We Win the Argument

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

I found this somewhere, I thought I would repost it. 

CAN WE WIN THE ARGUMENT?

Do we want Socialism, Marxism, or Democratic Republican Government with Capitalism (Free Markets) as the cornerstone of our government?

The Bible in Deuteronomy 6 tells Parents to talk of these things when you rise up, walk by the way, eat dinner, family get-togethers, (okay, I’m ad-libbing) when you go to the ball games or watch the super Bowl together, you must constantly be reminded of what is good, right, proper and beneficial.
It is not being made on the campaign trails by many politicians.
Most Mom’s and Dad’s aren’t extolling the virtues of the Country as Founded anymore.

POINT! If the argument isn’t made, rationally, positively and compassionately we won’t win.
I’ll add consistently!!

The Bible in Deuteronmy 6 tells Parents to talk of these things when you rise up, walk by the way, eat dinner, family get-togethers, (okay, I’m ad-libbing) when you go to the ball games or watch the super Bowl together, you must constantly be reminded of what is good, right, proper and beneficial.

Will you try it out?
I am and will continue doing so.
It’s the truth and it can’t be abandoned, only ignored to our own hurt.

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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.

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

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

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

Written by Gary Wonning

How often have we heard that comment?

Probably not very often these days. There seems to be a popular misconception held among many that before we can correct someone else’s behavior, we need to be perfect in every way and never have committed an act that was below what is acceptable in society. 

How many of us can do that? 

Often times the individual who makes the statement that we shouldn’t criticize his actions is committing an act that is unacceptable and is looking for an excuse to justify his actions.  

One of my mother’s favorite expressions was, “Do as I say, not as I do.” 

It would be made after she told me not to do something, normally a minor offense and a few minutes later she would do the same thing, and I would catch her in the act. 

She would just look at me and say, “Sometimes you need to do as I say and not as I do,” meaning that it was my decision to do the right thing regardless of what someone else does. 

It most often would be followed by her saying,”Two wrongs don’t make a right.”

This means that just because someone else does it, that doesn’t give you the right to do. That just makes the offense double bad. 

You are responsible for your actions, regardless of what someone else does. 

I often think she did those acts to teach me a valuable lesson. Too many times she would do this for it to be a coincidence. 

Mom was pretty smart. Like many in her generation, she never finished school. She only had an eighth grade education, but knew many things college graduates of today don’t know or understand. 

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.

Art Prints

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.

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