Take Me Back To the Sixties

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Written By: Gary Wonning

Many times we hear people say they would like to go back to the way things were in the sixties. What do they mean by that?

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In many instances, things weren’t so good back then, for one we never had the modern conveniences that are available to most today, and we certain didn’t have the employment opportunities that are available today. Back then you had two different fields you could enter, work in a factory and farm. Owning a small business was limited in many cases by geographic location and lack of variety of businesses one could enter.

Going into business was in many cases limited to owning a small independent store in a small community.

There were also many social issues that had yet to be resolved, many people were perceived as  second class citizens.

So besides the older generation just wanting to go back to their youth when they were probably more foot-loose and fancy-free, what makes so many want to go back to a so-called simpler time?

The main driving force is the decline of values in our society that has occurred over the last forty years.

Even though many people treated others unfairly, there was a moral sense to not go too far, there were lines that were not crossed. In most cases, people still believed in God and most went to church at least semi-regularly. If they didn’t go to church, many would go out in nature and worship God in their own way.

God was in our daily lives and even though in many ways people weren’t Godly, they still contemplated what God would want them to do.

Political correctness hadn’t been invented yet, we could still call a spade a spade and state our opinion without risk of personal harm or humiliation, in most cases.

Neighbors were neighbors, and acted like it, always willing to lend a helping hand if need be. Families still got together often and really knew each other, for better or worse. There was respect,for each other, especially respect for the elders. You may not always agree with them, but you respected what they said and thought they might accidentally know something since they had lived on this planet longer than you had.

If you disagreed, you either remained quiet or discussed it in a respectful manner without ridicule.

People were trustworthy, you didn’t need a six-page contract to buy a car or a house. Often times purchases were made on someone’s word and a handshake.

Most people were honest, some weren’t, but they were in the minority.

This is quite different than it is today.

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

That is what people refer to when they express a desire to go back to the sixties.

The author 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.

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We All Have Free Will

 

Written By: Gary Wonning

There are always outside influences that you feel you simply cannot control. It is how one reacts to these circumstances that determine the final outcome. It is these choices that determine our success or failure. Everything happens for a reason. Seemingly on a physical level, we don’t seem to be able to control our reality, however on some subconscious level, we choose to participate in every single event that comes our way. We may not be aware of it, but that is how the universe works.

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It’s called free will, and it plays a part in every facet of our lives. You simply can’t have free will only in certain areas of your life. If we have free will to choose our professions and a mate, then we also have free will as to when we are born, who our parents are, and when we die. Free Will is an absolute truth! It doesn’t come and go with the wind.

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The author 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.

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Never Give Up

“If there’s just one piece of advice I can give, it’s this: when there’s something you really want – fight for it, don’t give up no matter how hopeless it seems. And when you’ve lost hope, ask yourself if ten years from now, you’re gonna wish you gave it just one more shot…because the best things in life don’t come free.”

If you “feel” that you’ve made mistakes and missed some of the best years of your life, remember: It’s never too late to start again.
You have to set your mind on and believe that you have a lot of living to do so this time, ” do it good”!
Remember, every day is a chance to start over and make your life amazing. It begins with your positive attitude and determination. ~Brigitte Nicole —

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The blogger 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 Separation of Church and State

Written by: Gary Wonning

What did our founders mean by the separation of church and state?

Although the separation of church and state is never mentioned in our founding documents, how did the founders feel about religion and God?

Today, there are many misconceptions about what they believed and how they felt.

It is said our country was founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs. is this true?

The ten commandments of the Christain bible are the basis of our laws. In those days, most people went to church and worshiped on a somewhat regular basis. The country at that time was mainly settled by people from England. The Church of England was the Anglican church.

Most, if not all religions and beliefs, American Indian, Hindu, Aborigine, Maya, all had a code of behavior like the ten commandments, and most follow the same principles as the Christian religion, so all beliefs are similar in that respect. But, the fact remains, the founders were brought up, for the most part as Christians. That doesn’t mean they wanted to exclude all other religious beliefs from enjoying the freedom they sought.

During the American Revolution, the colonists received help and financial assistance from the Jewish community and the Iroquois Indian nation also offered much help and advice. It was a team effort.

The only schools available in colonial America were church schools, hence anyone who went to school and received a formal education would have received it from a church school, so they would have been educated in the Christian religion. Religion and God was a very important part of their life.

Were the founders all died in the wool, born again Christians who believed that Jesus was their Savior and he would save them from their sins?

Of course not, their beliefs were  varied and many changed their minds as to what they believed over their lifetime. As we learn and grow throughout life, we should adapt and change our beliefs according to what we learn, that is what life is all about.

The did believe in freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. There is a big difference.

They believed, especially Thomas Jefferson, that we should display and discuss our religious beliefs on the public square. He believed all sides should be given an opportunity to discuss and believe what they wanted without any interference from government.

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It was the ministers of the day that insisted on the separation of church and state. They realized that a government that could dictate what and how we believe and gave us those rights could also take them away. They insisted the government stay out of it and let the citizens decide the correct way to proceed.

The government has no right to say we can’t have a religious display on public property. That property belongs to the citizens, not the government. Contrary to what’s happening today, you don’t want the government telling you how to worship, where to worship, or when to worship.

When Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia, he insisted that studying religion was a requirement and made sure professors from different religions were on the staff to provide such education.

At one time, church services were held in the  Capitol building, rotating weekly between the different religions that desired to participate.

In Thomas Jefferson’s home state, Virginia, church services were also held in the state capitol under the same protocol.

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So, yes, most , if not all of the founders were of the Christain religion, but just like today, they all had a different opinion about what they believed.

They never said everyone had to believe as they did, quite the contrary. Most, if not all believed we should be free to worship as we please, and where we please, and how we please.

More importantly, they followed a more eclectic belief, a belief in universal truths, free from religious dogma, they believed in the fatherhood of God, and the brotherhood of man.

They believed that the people were more capable of governing their lives than someone in government, they believed people should be free to do and worship as they please, as long as it doesn’t interfere with the rights of others.

If you are offended by what some else says, does or believes, then it is you that has the problem. We can all believe as we want, we don’t have to fight about it.

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The author 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.

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Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother

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Written by Gary Wonning

The  fifth of the Ten Commandments  has  been forgotten in today’s world. 

How many of the young people of today honor this commandment? 

Many don’t. I know it’s been said of every generation, but more so than ever people no longer respect each other and particularly those who are our elders.

It was drilled into us to respect our elders, especially our parents and grandparents, regardless of what they did, and we were reprimanded when we didn’t show respect.

That didn’t mean we agreed with them all of the time or approved of everything they did and said.

It meant that we respected their opinion and would consider what they believed and why they believed it. Their life experience meant something to us, and it was a manner of common courtesy.

We may have been thinking it for a short time, but we would never have said what some say to their parents today.

Of course, they were quick to remind us that we weren’t dry behind the ears yet, and when we grew up, we would think differently. 

Maybe that is where we went wrong, we didn’t remind them that they were young and inexperienced in life, soon life would teach them differently.

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Society has taught us to be extra sensitive to others feelings, so sensitive we have neglected to be tough when we needed to be, for their own good. 

Just another indication of how political correctness is destroying our way of life.

The author 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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Wisdom lost through the ages

There are always outside influences that you feel you simply cannot control. It is how one reacts to these circumstances that determine the final outcome. It is these choices that determine our success or failure. Everything happens for a reason. Seemingly on a physical level, we don’t seem to be able to control our reality, however on some subconscious level, we choose to participate in every single event that comes our way. We may not be aware of it, but that is how the universe works.

Universal Truths are the Only Truths

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It never ceases to amaze me how many people believe something that is totally untrue and makes no sense whatsoever, they go online to find  verification of what they believe, they find it and  then think it is the gospel truth.

Just because you believe something doesn’t make it true. You can find something on the internet to backup anything you believe, that doesn’t make it true, you are only parroting what someone else believes. They just happen to believe what you think to be true. That doesn’t prove anything except for the fact that two or more people believe the same thing, regardless of it being true or not.

Truth is elusive and hard to find, there are so many illusions out there. How can we ever determine what is true and what isn’t? If we can’t find the truth on the internet, where can we find it?

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The only truths are Universal Truths or the Laws of Nature or Nature’s God. They are the truths that have survived the test of time. They are the laws that state if one does a certain action, you will get a certain result, such as gravity, or if you overspend as a person or country you will suffer the consequences.

These laws cannot be changed by congress or the supreme court. They are unchangeable, regardless  if you believe them or not. If you disobey the laws, you will be punished, no if’s and’s or but’s.

These are the laws handed down by God, and preserved through the ages by many of the so-called “secret” societies. These are the laws that are given in the bible as well as many other religious and spiritual writings.

There is nothing mystical or secret about them. The only reason they are secret is because so many people are never exposed to them or if they are, they ignore them and think the laws don’t apply to them. Boy are they in for a surprise!

The sad part about it, one doesn’t even need to go looking for them, they are buried deep inside each and everyone of us.They are the God Within, or our conscience. All we need to do is look within and they will be revealed to us.

How simple is that? Just park your ego at the door and go with what deep down  inside you know to be true. Follow that simple rule and you will never go wrong.

The author 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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Throughout man’s long history on earth, there has been one group of people who have carried the torch of liberty and freedom throughout the ages, from time immemorial until the present day. In these days, their counsel is needed more than ever.