Christopher Columbus and History

Written by Gary Wonning

On a recent trip to the Dominican Republic, I was subject to a tirade by the tour director of a tour I was on.

He went on for twenty minutes about all the evil atrocities that Christopher Columbus performed. Obviously, since he had such an issue with Columbus and because I had gone on the trip to relax and enjoy a foreign culture, not to talk politics,  I somehow forgot to leave a tip.

Without doubt, Columbus did commit some acts that it would have been better if they had never been performed.  In those days people were cruel to each other, regardless of race, creed, religion or national origin. 

The American Indians also are not innocent, there is much evidence of war, rape and even cannibalism before the white man appeared on the scene, they didn’t need any lessons from the white man in that regard.  Regardless of where we look, there are two sides to everyone and everything. No one can go without blame. 

These days the rhetoric is all about blaming someone for our own short comings. The media and most politicians are quick to jump on the band wagon when they can blame someone for an issue for ratings or political gain, regardless if the story is true or not. 

Christopher Columbus began the Columbian Exchange where dozens of plants and animals were introduced to  new cultures. The new world gained horses, cattle, and many grain crops and sundries.  The Europeans and Asians gained potatoes, maize, sweet potatoes and many other important crops.  

One writer argues that Columbus is the most influential man in history because of the changes he initiated with his four voyages, I agree. 

Many want to ignore history and only focus on the negative aspects of a particular event, many times to satisfy their own agenda. 

Christopher Columbus did contribute much to the world, despite his short comings, There are always two sides to an issue, that is the case in most turning points in history. 

Obviously, it did not turn out well for the Indians. Columbus and others did bring disease  to the new world, and the 

Europeans were introduced to tobacco and syphilis, so there were negatives on both side of the ocean. 

The Indians were displaced from their land , that is no small thing, but the horse and cattle and the many food crops greatly benefited their lives. 

A world was created that would give them the opportunity for a better life if they so desired.

But when cultures collide, one wins and another loses, especially when the cultures are so different.  It happens throughout history, If we Americans don’t remain vigilant, some day our culture will be replaced.

It is time for the universities and schools begin teaching history as it actually happened and to give credit where credit is due, many great events took place because of the actions of Columbus and those that came after him. 

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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.

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Where Did the Idea of Our Government Originate?

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

Written by Gary Wonning

I have read the bible a couple of times, but I’m not one who can quote scripture or carry my religion around on my sleeve, I discovered the following verses and thought they related to our current government officials, and other leaders as well. 

I think the verses are in Matthew.

James and John met with Jesus and wanted him to do what they asked,

They wanted to sit with him, one on the left and one on the right

Jesus replied, “You don’t know what you are asking,Are you able to drink from the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”

They replied, “We are.”

Jesus said,”The cup I drink from you will drink and with the baptism I am baptized, but to sit at my right or left hand is not mine to grant, but it is for those whom it has been prepared.”

Jesus said, “Among the gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. but among you whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, whoever wishes to be first among you must be a slave of all.”

In other words, those chosen to lead are servants to those they lead. Their mission is not to force their will upon us, but let us determine our life plan and goals, and enable us  to follow our destiny. 

Isn’t that what America is all about?

The founders of our country were all religious and spiritual people, they were schooled in church schools. They had high ideals for the future of our country, and they knew that power corrupts. 

The people we elect to office are not supposed to be leaders, they are representatives and are charged to doing our will, they are not supposed to be there for personal gain, or to feed their tremendous egos. 

From the founders  intentions, it is obvious they received much of their inspiration from the bible and other spiritual documents of the time. 

It is there in plain English how our government should be run.

 

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The truth about what Thomas Jefferson believed

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 We Want A Nation Of Walls or Laws

Copied from the Rush Limbaugh Website

So to me it’s entirely reasonable that poor people, especially as close by as Mexico, would want to get into this country. That’s not the crisis. It’s common sense. The crisis is the American left. The crisis is the Democrat Party, and to a certain extent certain elements of the Republican Party, who look at these people as nothing more than serfs, pawns, people to help them maintain current economic status or political status. They’re either cheap labor or they are guaranteed voters. They’re not looked at as anything other than that.

Now, I’m convinced — and I have people telling me that I’m wrong about this every time I mention it. But I’m convinced that when Trump as a candidate kept talking about the wall, I think it’s always been symbolic.  But the way things have evolved, it has now become real.  We already have fencing in a lot of places and we have certain areas of our border where walls and slats have been built, and it is a reality, and they work.  I’m not arguing that walls don’t work and I don’t want to… In fact, I’m not even arguing against the wall here.

the real focus as it is in most everything else that we find ourselves engaged in — is liberalism.  The left, communism, socialism, the Democrat Party.  That’s why we have a crisis here.  We cannot unify around the idea that there ought to be a defend border and that there are laws determining who is and who intent eligible to become a citizen, and until people follow that route they are not gonna be let in.  We can’t even come to unity on that?

We’ve gotten to the point where the Democrat Party and certain Republican interests want there to be open borders because these people are needed for others in the Democrat Party to maintain their status, their political power, and their economic circumstances.  I think a lot of people are this way and they’ve gotten to the point now the wall is the only thing that’s gonna work since there isn’t a unified objective here of defending a country and maintaining our sovereignty.  I just…

It’s a challenging thing because when I hear these people tell me, they almost sound pained to think that there’s gonna be a gigantic wall.  But then, folks, if you look around the world, there are walls everywhere.  They’re going up and they’ve been going up since the beginning of time  — and they work is the reason why they’re going up.  There’s a gigantic wall in Syria to keep certain elements out.  The Israelis had to build a wall.  The Vatican has a wall.

You know the drill about how all these people are hypocrites because they use walls to defend and protect their property and themselves, but somehow the same thinking doesn’t attach itself to the country at large.  I think… Don’t misunderstand. (chuckling) I’m not trying to talk Trump out of this.  Do not misunderstand.  I’ve gotten to the point where whatever it takes to defeat the left — within civilized boundaries, of course.  I’m not off the deep end on this.  I just think they’re the problem. More and more people out to be aware they’re the problem.

No, no. Look, don’t misunderstand me, folks.  We would not need a wall if we enforced the law!  We wouldn’t need a wall if we enforced E-Verify and illegals could not get work.  We wouldn’t need a wall if we would simply prohibit welfare, health care, and education payments to illegals — even children. It’s $630 million, I think, in California alone.  We wouldn’t need a wall if we would close the loopholes in our amnesty laws and in the asylum laws, the loopholes in asylum.  We wouldn’t need a wall if we would prohibit free health care to every illegal who arrives here.

We wouldn’t need a wall if we would prohibit free education to illegals, and we wouldn’t need a wall if we would prohibit free housing.  But the reason we have a crisis is that the Democrats would never agree to any of those things — and, by the way, if we started enforcing all that, the numbers of people trying to get here illegally would be reduced by a factor of I don’t know what. If there was no benefit to getting here illegally, they wouldn’t try.  This is on us.  This is on the Democrat Party.  This is on everybody benefiting from the suffering of these people and the pretending there are no laws here.

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

Minority Privilege

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

Written by Gary Wonning

We hear a lot today about white privilege, I grew up poor and worked for everything I have, I’m not sure what white privilege is. 

There have been times I felt I was discriminated against and shunned because of some “flaw” in my being, there are other times I was favored because of some characteristic I have. Over time, the “good” and the “bad” have pretty much evened  out. 

Few would argue that certain minorities have been discriminated against in the past, not just in the United Sates but around the world. Realistically, I believe each and every one of us has been discriminated against at some point in our life, regardless of race, gender , religious affiliation, nationality, etc. 

Undoubtedly, the Jewish population has been discriminated against throughout history more than any other group of people, and you hear them complain the least. In fact, I have never heard one of them complain. As a group, they don’t dwell in the past, they just take it for what it is, pick themselves up by their boot straps and try to create a better life for themselves and others. 

Whatever life gives us, we need to overcome it and make a better life for ourselves and those around us. That is what our life is all about, there isn’t anyone who leads or were born into a perfect life. 

Without a doubt, there are some bad cops, just like there are bad people in any occupation, however, probably 99.9% of the law enforcement officers are good people who are only trying to do the right thing and keep our communities safe. 

This narrative of the police always being wrong became popular around 2010, the Trayvon Martin incident and the incident in Ferguson Missouri,  the actions taken by some of our elected officials who publicly condemned law enforcement and others for the actions of law beakers created an environment and a narrative from the media that cast a negative light on all first responders, it was all done for political gain and TV ratings. 

There is also an element of our society that wants to break down the moral fiber of our country by destroying all our time honored values and traditions. 

Some would say it even began earlier with the Rodney King incident in California, a video was shown of the incident that showed police violence, the only problem was the video didn’t show the whole story of what happened before the cameras rolled. Most often, the law breakers have arrest records as long as their arm, that is seldom brought up.

Your police record follows you around, the local police know you and deal with you daily. In most instances, the police will only deal with you if you cause a problem, they have enough issues without going out and looking for  more. The old adage, “If you have the name , you get the Blame” plays well here. Keep your nose clean and in most cases you will not be harassed. If you cause them problems, they without a doubt will be watching you, it only makes sense. 

All of this has created an environment where minorities are favored and assumed innocent without people even giving it a second thought.

You see it every day, in a case such as the Covington school kids being attacked by the Native American, the press’s automatic knee jerk action was to blame the kids, because of a partial video of the incident. When a video surfaced that showed the entire incident it became apparent who was to blame, and when the facts started coming out it was discovered the Native American had never been to Vietnam as he claimed, he was a refrigerator repairman, not that there is anything wrong with being a refrigerator repairman. He was AWOL three times while in the military. He made false claims about the incident, and had committed these very same actions before. 

If the second video hadn’t surfaced, these kids lives could have been ruined forever by this fake news promoted by the media, as the Duke La Cross players lives were affected several years ago. 

In South Africa, where apartheid was such an issue for so many years, the pendulum has swing and is gotten to the point where whites are being persecuted because of their skin color, many are being raped and killed, many have had their land taken from them. I personally know of three families who have left and migrated to the United States because of the violence and threats. 

This issue needs to be addressed, two wrongs don’t make a right. 

Just as white privilege is wrong, if it exists, so is minority privilege, I thought we were supposed to be judged by the content of our character, not the color of our skin. 

We are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty and not tried in the court of public opinion. 

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 We Need A One World Government Or One World Religion

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

Written by Gary Wonning

Many today believe that to solve the world’s problems we need a one world government or only one religion.

Somehow they believe that one more level of government , a government that is governed on a world level would bring about peace.

How can one more level of corrupt government officials solve anything? It has been proven that the farther removed from the people our governments become, the more corrupt and uncaring they tend to be.

That is why our founders believed in placing most of the power of government in the state and local governments, another level of government would only remove the leaders even more from the people and place more power in the hands of a select few. 

I think most believe a new world order would include combing all religions into one, anyone who believes this hasn’t thought it through. 

We all have different beliefs, and many times in life our beliefs change as we age. We all come to the earth plane to learn different lessons and to experience different realities, If we are to grow spiritually, different beliefs are necessary. None of us is exactly like anyone else, and not one of us believes exactly as someone else believes.

When we study history, we find the idea of one religion failed miserably in Europe many times over.

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.

 

 

The Church Needs To Begin Teaching About the God Within Instead of the God Without

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

Written by Gary Wonning

It is time humanity learns to listen to their own inner self or knowledge rather than always relying on someone or something else .

If nothing else, all the fake news circulating today should have taught us that we can’t really believe anything anyone tells us, and we can only believe  about half of what we see.

Many church leaders have the same agenda as most politicians, they want to keep us under their control, the last thing they want is for us to begin thinking on our own and use our own common sense instead of listening to them.

We have all the knowledge and answers we need right within our own heart, its called intuition.

When facing difficult decisions in life there isn’t anyone who can tell us what we need to do, they can only give advice, it is the God within who has all the answers.

The common go to  answer that religious figures give when asked why bad things happen to good people is , its “God’s Will”, that is a non answer, most people today aren’t satisfied with that answer. They want real answers, not some one else’s truth , their own truth and that truth can only come from within.

It is often asked why church attendance has fallen off, one of the reasons is that we don’t get satisfactory answers to our questions, and many them turn to other sources, or resort to drugs and alcohol  for an alternative.

We need to learn to discover, on an individual level, why these so called bad things happen to us, it is only then we can turn those issues into something positive in our lives. 

It is only when we discover the God within us, can we reunite it with the God without to cause positive change in our lives. 

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.

 

The Politically Correct: Who Are They?

 

 

Do you ever wonder who “they” are?

In this day of political correctness, “They” are always saying something, and normally what they say has no connection whatsoever to what we at one time called “common sense”.

Society today places a lot of trust in what “they ” say, and we don’t even know who “they” are. We automatically assume just because someone says something, and it is in print, it is true and a bit of universal wisdom.

How can we be so naive when presumed trusted sources like the main stream media can’t even get it right?

“They” can say anything, there isn’t any way to prove what they say, we don’t even know who to question.

“They” can never be believed or taken at face value, “They” are fake news.

The only person we can really believe is ourselves, deep down, our inner knowledge and inner guidance tells us what is true, and what isn’t true.

When we really stop and think, instead of listening to some knee jerk reaction, That inner guidance goes beyond what we have been conditioned to believe by society, I believe it is time to start believing in ourselves more than believing in others.

Common Sense has become very uncommon

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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, 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.