America Doesn’t Have A Mental Health Problem

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Written by Gary Wonning

In light of the recent school shootings and the continuous effort by the hard left to abolish our right to defend ourselves, the new mantra is that America has a Mental health problem and that issue is at the heart of our country’s ills. 

I won’t disagree with that statement, there are many individuals who do have mental health issues brought on by a variety of reasons. and there needs to be facilities and professional care available to help these individuals. 

But there is a larger problem. Mamy of our young have not been taught to cope with the problems that inadvertently come into our lives. Life is what life is, and into every life some rain must fall. We cannot avoid this, regardless of how we prepare. 

In many cases society, and parents no longer provide the needed training for our young. Kids are often sheltered from these adversities by well meaning adults and never given the opportunity to grow from those experiences. 

At the  first sign of  rowdy behavior, or a young child showing a lack of focus, they are given a drug to calm them down. They are just young children, that is what young children do, they don’t focus, let them be a kid, there is nothing wrong with them. 

To be successful in life, and deal with the hardships that come our way, kids need to be taught how to lose, that art has been taken away, these days everyone gets a participation trophy, making everyone a winner. 

There are no participation trophies in real life. How can kids learn to lose if they are taught to be winners regardless of how they perform? How are they ever gong to learn to improve themselves, if they don’t ever have to? 

Political correctness has destroyed what was once the core of our American value system. Self reliance, hard work, personal responsibility, and teaching our children how to deal with adversity have disappeared from the play book of child raising. 

Some parents and families still teach their children the age worn values that made our country great, but they are becoming few and far between.

Because of this,  America now has a moral health problem, our values, as a country have sunk so far below what they were when our great country was founded, its not even the same country anymore. 

Many of the reasons for our kids inabilities to cope are created by the societal changes in our culture and have nothing to do with the individual. Children are no longer raised with the same values instilled in the kids of an earlier era. Many of the values of a time gone by are forgotten and are deemed no longer applicable in today’s modern world. 

Only when our moral health issue is resolved, only then will our mental health issues disappear, and many of the multitude of issues facing us as a country will also fade away and become insignificant once again. 

Only when we once again return to the teachings of our ancestors will our country return to greatness.

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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, 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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Live and Let Live: The Right Way To Live

Common Sense goes a long way in this world

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

Written by Gary Wonning

Many on the left honestly believe that most conservatives are narrow minded and want everyone to live by their values. 

They think that just because those on the right have a stronger moral code than many on the left, that those on the right are hypocrites and want every one to walk the straight and narrow.

While this may be true in some instance, and while I think many would like every one to try and live a moral and upright life, most on the right know this isn’t going to be the case, none of us are perfect and it is unrealistic to believe any of us can live a life unblemished, but that doesn’t keep us from trying. Just because we fail occasionally doesn’t make us hypocrites, it makes us human.

Most people I know who are conservative are of the opinion that each person is responsible for his or her  actions, the choices he makes are his own, and it is none of our business what they think, feel or act, as long as it doesn’t affect my life or decisions. 

We have no business trying to control their thinking, from what I have seen controlling others actions and thoughts  is a trait of the left. 

If we don’t believe in something, or  think something isn’t the correct thing to do, we don’t do it, or don’t buy it, and in most cases we don’t try to take it away from someone else, that is their choice. 

Sure, we often state our opinions and beliefs, that is our right and obligation to do, we have freedom of speech.

The left also has the freedom to listen or not to listen and not try to control our thinking.

Many on the left can’t understand how we can oppose an ideal or action and not hate the person who expresses that particular opinion. 

It has nothing to do with the person, his race, religion, creed, sex, or any other physical attribute. It is only what he states as his belief, we have a perfect right to disagree, it has noting to do with being racists, a bigot,  or sexist, it is only because we disagree with his or her opinion, we would disagree regardless of their physical appearance.

I’m not sure why that is  so hard to understand. 

Read my book, The Wisdom of Our Ancestors to learn more of the values that make us what we are today.

What do you think?

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

The Islamic Terrorist Threat

 

 

Restoring the values that made our country great.

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

One of the major issues in today’s world is the threat of Islamic terrorism.

While many think the threat of Islamic terrorism is something new, it isn’t, conflicts between Islam and Christianity is nothing new, there has been a conflict since the beginning of Islam.

In an indirect way, this conflict lead to the discovery of America.

During the conflict in the middle ages, the Turks hadn’t cut off the trade routes to the far east, as a result, Europeans could no longer trade with countries in the far east and could no longer get the spices they desired without traveling around Africa.  This was a long and treacherous journey, the cost of such a journey drove up the prices of the goods to make them unfordable to the Europeans.

In response to this issue,  the European countries needed to find an alternate route to the Far East. 

Columbus came to the rescue and may have never been able to convince Spain to fund this dangerous mission for his world-changing voyage and America may not have been discovered for another several hundred years hadn’t there been an urgent need.

it is true, not all Muslims are terrorists, in fact, the majority aren’t, they are good people just like most people in every other ethnic group. In reality, probably ninety-five percent of the people in the world are good people , regardless of culture or background. 

However, if only ten percent of Islamics are terrorists, by sheer numbers, they still outnumber any other group and by this factor, create a problem for the rest of us. 

The issues of Islam stems from the extremists in the religion who only want to terrorize and control all who disagree with them.

They will do anything to further their agenda, including killing infidels, or anyone who disagrees with them, including those in their own religion.

It is time the world deals with this tremendous problem.  It isn’t going away, and won’t be resolved by ignoring it, pretending it doesn’t exist, or trying to be politically correct, afraid to insult or humiliate anyone. We need to face up to the facts and deal with it. 

The problem won’t go away by not calling it what it is. 

As I explain in my new book, The Wisdom Of Our Ancestors, we can once again bring America to greatness by restoring the values that made America great!

Let me know what you think.

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

 

The Right To Bear Arms

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The secrets our founders knew

The debate continues to rage concerning to our right to bear arms.  I refer you to an excerpt written by  Bill Federer, well known columnist concerning this subject. 

As you can plainly see, there ins’t any doubt in the minds of our founders concerning our right to bear arms. 

On March 5, 1770, a mob formed in Boston to protest. In the confusion, British troops fired into the crowd, killing five, one of which was the African-American patriot, Crispus Attucks. This became known as the Boston Massacre. Paul Revere’s popular engraving of the Boston Massacre fanned flames of anti-British sentiment.

On the second anniversary of the Boston Massacre, 1772, the president of Massachusetts’ Colonial Congress, Joseph Warren, who would later send Paul Revere on his midnight ride, stated: “If you perform your part, you must have the strongest confidence that the same Almighty Being who protected your pious and venerable forefathers … will still be mindful of you. … May our land be a land of liberty … until the last shock of time shall bury the empires of the world in one common undistinguishable ruin!”

America was like ancient Israel in that every man was in the militia, armed, and ready at a moment’s notice to defend his community.

On the fourth anniversary of the Boston Massacre, 1774, John Hancock, who would be the first to sign the Declaration of Independence, stated: “Will not a well-disciplined militia afford you ample security against foreign foes? We want not courage; it is discipline alone in which we are exceeded by the most formidable troops that ever trod the earth. … A well-disciplined militia is a safe, an honorable guard to a community like this, whose inhabitants are by nature brave, and are laudably tenacious of that freedom in which they were born. From a well-regulated militia we have nothing to fear; their interest is the same with that of the state. When a country is invaded, the militia are ready to appear in its defense; they march into the field with that fortitude which a consciousness of the justice of their cause inspires. …

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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

Guns in America

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

Written by Gary Wonning


Growing up in the fifties and sixties, we had four of five shotguns and rifles in the corner of the kitchen, the ammunition was in the kitchen cabinet.

The kids knew better than to pick up one of those guns without permission from our parents.

We were lectured almost daily on the proper use of firearms.

I normally walked around with a couple of cap guns on my hip, if I even pointed one of those at something that moved, a dog or a cat for example, my mom was on my case and the guns was taken away until I learned the proper use of a firearm.

Many times there were guns in the cars at school, often times we went rabbit hunting on our way home from school, the thought never even crossed our minds to shoot someone,.

Of course we didn’t watch videos about how to kill our parents either.

We weren’t perfect, and we did get into trouble occasionally, but we knew what the boundaries were and for the most part, never crossed those boundaries, if we did, we were severely punished.

We were taught respect and there was such a thing as discipline, in the home and in school.

If you care to see what the problem with society is, it isn’t a weapon, those guns in our kitchen were there for over ten years and never killed anyone.

If you want to see where the problem lies, the next time you walk past a mirror, look into it.

The violence won’t stop until we once again return to instilling honor, respect, discipline and a life purpose into our kids. Government can’t do that, laws won’t, it is up to the individual.

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

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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

Why are They Called Goose Bumps?

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

I found this somewhere, I thought it interesting

Goosebumps are a physiological phenomenon inherited from our animal ancestors, which was useful to them but are not of much help to us. Goosebumps are tiny elevations of the skin that resemble the skin of poultry after the feathers have been plucked. (Therefore we could as well call them “turkeybumps” or “duckbumps.”) These bumps are caused by a contraction of miniature muscles that are attached to each hair. Each contracting muscle creates a shallow depression on the skin surface, which causes the surrounding area to protrude. The contraction also causes the hair to stand up whenever the body feels cold. In animals with a thick hair coat this rising of hair expands the layer of air that serves as insulation. The thicker the hair layer, the more heat is retained. In people this reaction is useless because we do not have a hair coat, but goosebumps persist nevertheless.

In addition to cold, the hair will also stand up in many animals when they feel threatened–in a cat being attacked by a dog, for example. The elevated hair, together with the arched back and the sideward position the animal often assumes, makes the cat appear bigger in an attempt to make the dog back off. People also tend to experience goosebumps during emotional situations, such as walking down the aisle during their wedding, standing on a podium and listening to a national anthem after winning in sports, or even just watching horror movies on television. Quite often a person may get goosebumps many years after a significant event, just by thinking about the emotions she once experienced, perhaps while listening to the romantic song to which she danced many years ago with the love of her life.

The reason for all these responses is the subconscious release of a stress hormone called adrenaline. Adrenaline, which in humans is produced in two small beanlike glands that sit atop the kidneys, not only causes the contraction of skin muscles but also influences many other body reactions. In animals, this hormone is released when the animal is cold or facing a stressful situation, preparing the animal for flight-or-fight reaction. In humans, adrenaline is often released when we feel cold or afraid, but also if we are under stress and feel strong emotions, such as anger or excitement. Other signs of adrenaline release include tears, sweaty palms, trembling hands, an increase in blood pressure, a racing heart or the feeling of ‘butterflies’ in the stomach.

So now you’ve heard the rest of the story.

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

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

http://www.travelnsnap.com

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Should We Play a Religious song At A Football Game?

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

Written by Gary Wonning

Someone mentioned that during a college football game in Florida, on Veteran’s Day, the band played Amazing Grace and played “Taps”.

They thought it was inappropriate.

I remember, not too many years ago, something like that would have been not only appropriate but expected.

This just goes to show how far our once great country has declined., all in the name of political correctness.

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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