Who Is Right and Who Is Wrong

photo of a distinguished older gentleman

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

Written by Gary Wonning

Politically, it would seem most people lean to the liberal side of politics.

Half the population and almost all the media, which generally control the narrative all lean extremely left.

It is almost physically impossible to get a different view point with out making  a serious effort. Most people don’t even try, they just believe whatever is told them on the evening news. Most on the left don’t even want to discuss it, if one makes an opinion different than theirs, they often come back with the statement they don’t want to argue about it. Immediately shutting off any dialogue.

As a consequence, most of what that is done and believed in today’s world is extremely slanted towards liberal views and policies.

Conservatives are practically shut out of the dialogue and ignored. As a result, many believe they don’t exist or even have a right to be heard.

Many people from the liberal states are leaving and moving to states that have more favorable tax laws and better all around living conditions.

Many from the states with obscene tax and regulations  come to Florida and other states because it is too expensive to live there, and when they come to Florida , they  start doing the same thing over and over that created the problems where they came from. 

The once again begin wanting more government services, control, taxes and everything they tried to get away from,  expecting different results.

Consequentially , it is believed most people would disagree with conservative policies, most of the media,  politicians and general public all agree on liberal ideas, even though those policies are what they are getting away from when they move to less liberal states.

Their liberal ideas are what is being implemented where they came from and obviously aren’t working. 

This all being true, why do they continue to believe this way when they migrate somewhere else?

The definition of stupidity is to keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

It is a law of nature, regardless of how many times you do the same thing, you will get the same result.

It only makes sense to me, if something isn’t working for you, you change what you do and try different ideas.

Why would you move from somewhere  because of government policies and try to mold the area you moved to  be like where you came from?

If the conservative plan is to reduce taxes, regulations and as many government controls as possible, and liberal polices of more control, taxes and regulations does’t work, who is right in their thinking?

Sell Art Online

People can make decisions affecting their lives a lot more sensibly than government can, and these decisions are a lot less costly when people are using their own money than when using  taxpayers money.

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, and is available for book signings, and speaking engagements.

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

 

Advertisements

The First Amendment Does Protect So-Called Hate Speech

photo of the book Liberty's secrets

The secrets our founders knew

Written by Gary Wonning

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

I think it is pretty plain. When you read the first amendment of our Bill of Rights, it is quite obvious the first amendment contains no provisions for limiting so-called hate speech.

Many times, especially in today’s society hate speech is defined as a particular idea someone does not agree with and it has no correlation whatsoever with being hateful. Take for instance Face Book banning such people as Dennis Prager and Franklin Graham.

Neither of which has ever said anything that could be determined as hateful.

Criticizing someone’s different philosophy about life is not hate speech as long as it is done in a polite and courteous manner.

It is our American right to respectfully disagree with someone.

Once you begin banning hate speech, where does it end?

Who determines what hate speech is, the U Tube and Face Book people certainly have a different perspective than over half of the people living in the United States.

The first amendment guarantees free speech to everyone, regardless of their perspective and opinions, race, creed, national origin, gender, etc.  and cannot be denied to anyone.

Unwritten but something that also applies, we also have free listening, we are free to listen or not to listen, that is our choice.

The first amendment does not limit free speech, but something else does.

Common sense and decency, somethings need not be said in a public forum, regardless of or our rights, there is such a thing as discretion and good judgment.

The real meaning of hate speech falls under this definition.

In my humble opinion, using names and words that your grandmother would not approve of, should not be used in public.

A little common sense goes a long way, there is nothing wrong about trying to act like a civilized human being.

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, and is available for book signings, and speaking engagements.

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

 

 

Many Want a Utopia On Earth

photo of a distinguished older gentleman

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

Written by Gary Wonning

Since the beginning of time people have talked of a heaven on earth. Many have this illusion that living a life of peaceful bliss would be utopia, and something to look forward to.

Isn’t creating a heaven on earth the same as creating a Utopian society?

Utopian societies never work and actually go against human nature,  we aren’t created to enjoy a life with no challenges and live blissfully for several years. To be content and happy, our souls need to be challenged , and we need to learn and understand this.

When one becomes idle with no purpose in life they become bitter, restless and bored. This is the kind of environment a Utopian society creates.

We all need challenges in life and the ability to succeed, often against seemingly impossible odds. The human soul needs to overcome challenges to realize it’s full potential.

If  society takes away those challenges, there is no need to excel, we all become the same regardless of what we do,  with no need or ability to succeed.

Many, through time and even today look for a savior to save us from ourselves. The ancient Meso-Americans often spoke of a great man who would come from the east and make a better world for them. When that great savior, {Quetzalcoatl}, shows up, guess what, he killed them.

The Australian government in an effort to “fix” past atrocities, have over compensated the aboriginal culture, trying to right a wrong. 

In spite of their good intentions, what they have accomplished, is to make many of the aboriginal culture dependent and resentful.  Many get resentful if they believe the government has given someone else more than they themselves have received, instead of being thankful for what they have been given. They have become dependent on the Australian government, and lost the desire to improve their lot in life, because their basic needs have been met by government. 

The best course in life would have been to let bygones be bygones and move forward to make life better for everyone. 

In today’s world, many look for the return of Jesus to save us from our sins.

I have the utmost respect for Jesus, I believe he did in fact walk upon the earth and spoke great truths.

Following his teachings would give each and every one of us a chance to enjoy a life we could only imagine, while looking for a heaven on earth would only create discontent and jealousies. 

Would Jesus’s return create a promised heaven on earth as some  mystics prophesize? 

I doubt it, we, each and every one of us has free will, and everyone has a side for good side and a side for evil, there is good and evil in each and everyone of us, consequently, we all need to experience the good and evil of life. If we never have a so-called negative experience in our life, we cannot recognize good when it comes. 

We live on a planet of dual polarity, there are always two sides of an issue, good, evil, male, female, rich, poor, light, darkness, etc.

You can’t have one without the other.

This will always be true. No one can change that . I believe that is what Jesus was trying to teach us.

Instead of looking to Jesus as a savior, we need to look to his and other mystics  teachings for wise counsel. 

The best we can hope for is that humanity will reach an understanding that we are all different individuals with different needs and desires, and different life plans.

People need to understand this and accept the fact that no two people will ever think alike on everything.

Its OK to disagree, live and let live, let each person believe as he desires.

As long as his or her beliefs don’t affect me, it is none of my business what they believe.

It is also none of my business what they think of me.

It is only the fear that their thoughts will harm  us  that drives these insecurities. I have never seen a thought harm any one.

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, and is available for book signings, and speaking engagements.

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

 

 

 

 

Group Discussions Concerning Politics or Religion Always Turn Out the Same

Journey to enlightenment

A journey into the unknown. Open new avenues in your spiritual journey. Learning outside the box.

Written by Gary Wonning

I have been a part of many group discussions and regardless of how they are structured, they become biased and opinionated.

Most people come , not to learn anything, but to strengthen their own beliefs.

I find that most who want to think outside the box trip over the cardboard and never go beyond a certain self imposed limit. There is a limit to what they are willing to believe or consider and not willing to go beyond that. 

That’s OK, spiritual growth can be slow and painful.

I recently began attending one such discussion lead by a church here in town, a church that was purportedly open to new ways of thinking.  After a very short time, I soon discovered that I was the only one with my particular view, either religious or political.

They weren’t really open to ways of thinking that didn’t conform to their particular beliefs. I had t change the way I thought about continuing attending the meetings.

I began going with the attitude that even though no one really agreed with me, I was open for debate. After all the purpose I came was to gain a different point of view and learn something in the process.

After a few meetings it was pretty obvious that my thoughts didn’t matter. Whenever I decided to chime in with a different thought I was immediately interrupted and the subject was changed, when someone offered a viewpoint that was a similar to what everyone else was thinking, the point would be discussed.

Most people don’t want to think outside their comfort zone. It hurts to much, not only a physical hurt, but it hurts their ego also. 

I have been outside my comfort zone so much, I don’t even know what my comfort zone is anymore.

I did hear different points of view, but what I became aware of more than anything else is that  people come to these events, not to learn anything new but to reinforce their believe and to try and force their beliefs, many times unconsciously, down other peoples throats.

Sorry, but listening to what they think and believe only reinforces what I know and believe.

I came, I listened , I saw, I have learned.

Going to these meetings, I discovered we will never agree on what we believe, but they give me a lot of information to write about , and a new perspective and understanding of what I believe.

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.

sphinx at dusk

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.

Caring For the Less Fortunate

photo of a distinguished older gentleman

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.

New Masonic Thoughts

photo of shriner walking up masonic stairs

The Masonic Influence on World History

I found this some where, it would be hard to improve on the message. 

As masons, we have an identity problem. We’ve all heard the mantras, “Freemasonry is a peculiar system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.” or “We make good men better.”, but that doesn’t quite explain to the average man what we really are about. Reliance on a catchphrases to bring in potential members doesn’t convey what we as an organization are trying to accomplish. In fact, I think it is a banal attempt at marketing ourselves. If you want people to know you exist as an organization, the organization needs to be actively marketing itself and it has to agree on a definition of what it wants to represent. We can’t expect bumper stickers that say: “2B1Ask1” to send potential members to our doors. We can’t continue to take a passive approach and expect our membership numbers to reverse, we need to actively market ourselves and what we represent.

Furthermore, as part of this advertising, we need to stress how important the below values are for men today. As the MSANA report says when discussing the benefits of Freemasonry in the 21st century world: “Masonry offers an opportunity for a principled way of life rooted in the following Masonic values: 

  • Integrity
  • Diversity 
  • Inquiry 
  • Community 
  • Vitality


Masons are men who build community through brotherhood that is based on a principled lifestyle. A Mason’s life is deeply rooted in a system of values. Masonry cannot be kept inside the individual; it is a philosophy of fraternity that must be shared in action through numerous experiences, which are lodge-based, personal, and professional.“

I would substitute personal development in place of inquiry. I don’t see the act of asking for information as being one of our values. Instead, I see personal development more in line with our values. Personal Development covers the activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance the quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations. I personally have observed in my children a lack of certain life skills, for example, although I’ve shown him numerous times, I doubt highly that my 18 year old son could change a tire. As another example, my 16 year old son can’t cook a simple meal for himself. Sure he can microwave a meal, boil an egg, and do other simple kitchen tasks, but if I asked him to cook me a hamburger or pancake for instance, there’s a good chance that he couldn’t do it. Freemasonry can be marketed in such a way to younger generations to show them that Masonry can help teach them these life skills, either from the experience of being with older men who know these things, or by outright setting up workshops to teach them.

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.

photo of the two pillars

Shriner carrying a child up the steps of masonry

Should We Give Reparations To Those Discriminated Against

photo of a distinguished older gentleman

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.