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.

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.

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.

Are You Being Bullied?

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

Written by Gary Wonning

Are you being bullied?

According to the present day definition, I tend to believe everyone on the planet has been bullied at some point in their life.

It happened to me when I was a little bitty squirt. 

In today’s world, some think that if another disagrees with you it’s bullying, or if they try to get you to actually do your job. 

Kids as well as adults can be pretty mean and uncaring at times. That is just a part of life.

Like it or not , we are all human beings and being such we are part of the animal kingdom, and all animals have a pecking order, it has always been this way and will always be this way.

Nothing is going to change that. There are times as a final act, after all forms of diplomacy is tried that physical acts are necessary. Bullies are cowards, Most often if one stands up to them , they will back off and go pick on someone else. 

If you are being bullied with just words, it’s no big deal. 

It’s just a matter of having enough self esteem and confidence in yourself to know that what they are saying isn’t true. When you have that self confidence, the words will bounce off you like water off a duck’s back and mean nothing. 

Maybe the reason someone is picking on you is so you will finally “get it” and realize you are not what they say you are, and you are above that kind of thing and you finally begin to stand up for yourself.

Many times the one being “bullied” likes the drama and popularity that comes with it, being a victim has become very popular these days, it can draw a lot of attention to someone, and it also shifts the blame for your short comings to someone else, it is their fault. 

In this day and age, anyone can succeed if they have the desire and ability, it isn’t based on race, gender, creed or national origin, to think differently is just placing blame for your actions on someone else.

Once you build some self confidence and rise above that, the bullying will stop. 

In the journey of life, people can and will help you, but in the end, it is your responsibility to solve your own problems, no one can do that for you. 

As long as you belief you are a victim, life will treat you like a victim. 

You are in control of your life, it is your decision to lead it as you desire, and not succumb to negative forces around you. 

It’s all about you, not them.

There are billions of people in this world, you don’t need those kind in your life. Learn the lessons they are teaching you, and move on. 

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 Cairo Museum

Egypt, Land of Pharaohs

Mysterious Egypt, land of a thousand years

Written by Gary Wonning

The Cairo Museum.

A person  could spend a week in the Cairo Museum and not see everything.

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Ramses two in Cairo Museum

Located in the heart of Cairo and despite the horrendous traffic, visiting it is time well spent and the experience of a lifetime. 

On display in this building is found some of the most amazing artifacts man has ever seen. Herein contained are objects from ancient Egyptian history dating back as far as 5,000 years. If you are planning on visiting Egypt, plan on spending as least three days in this incredible building.

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World famous Cairo Museum

Not one who is normally fascinated with museums, I was blown away by what I saw. Objects are on display from practically every dynasty and era of Egyptian 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.

Cocoa Beach Florida

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A photo story of the sunshine state, Florida

Cocoa Beach is  south of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It’s a gateway to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The city is known for its beach and surf breaks. Inside a surf shop, the Florida Surf Museum traces the sport’s local history. Nearby Cocoa Beach Pier has eateries and shops. The maritime forest at oceanfront Lori Wilson Park attracts birdlife.

 Named for the chocolate brown sand,the city of Cocoa Beach’s roots are said to lie in the hands of freed slaves in the post-Civil War era.  Ais Native Americans once inhabited the area, a family of freed slaves established the first colony on Cocoa Beach, according to city of Cocoa Beach records. The documents state a hurricane displaced the original settlers.

 

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.