The Easter Bunny and Easter Sunday

 

When I was a small pup and began to realize that everything I was being told may not be true, I began to have serious doubts concerning the Easter Bunny.

At the time, I was growing up on a small Midwestern farm. We had cows, horses, turkeys, chickens and pet rabbits.

In my then limited experience, I had seen rabbits give birth several times, and consequently, had never seen one lay an egg.

I didn’t say much, I kind of liked the tradition and all the candy and hard boiled eggs that Mr. Easter Bunny left. I wasn’t going to mess that up, even though the tradition really didn’t make much sense.

Sometimes it is best to just leave sleeping dogs lie.

As time went by, I began to realize there may be a method to the madness.

In ancient cultures, the egg often symbolized a rebirth, in ancient Sumeria there was a spring festival resembling Easter. It was the barley harvest festival, a celebration of the harvesting of the barley by giving thanks to the creator for a bountiful harvest.

From what I understand the egg symbolized  rebirth in Sumerian culture because a live chicken would eventually emerge from the egg, thus symbolizing rebirth.

I still haven’t a clue how the bunny enters into this equation, unless because the bunny reproduces in large quantities, it may symbolize a plentiful harvest.

I’m not even sure if there were bunnies in Sumeria.

Ah, the mystery continues.

That may be one of Hugh Heffner’s marketing ploys.

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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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I Never Knew Evil Existed

 

Written by Gary Wonning

Everyone remembers where they were the morning of Sept.11, 2001.

I was at Indianapolis International Airport returning to Sarasota Florida after visiting my mother in a nursing home.

As I attempted to pass through security, I was informed that security was closed, thinking they just meant that checkpoint, I went to another security scanner and was once again informed the whole airport was closed.

I inquired as to why, it was a beautiful bright sunny autumn morning in  Indianapolis, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.

I was told the Pentagon had been bombed and as a result, every airport in the United States was being shut down and all the planes were directed to land at the nearest possible airport. 

It was only later, while driving back to my dad’s home, that the reality began to sink in. 

I kept watching the newscasts, I couldn’t believe a human being would voluntarily fly an airplane into a building that could possible  contain 20,000 people or more.

As I sat in my dad’s living room it was hard to comprehend. Through it all , it finally sunk in that there really was evil in the world.

I had always known that people did evil things , but I had never seen pure evil before.

Islamic terrorists performed this horrible act.

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I realize there are many fine and good Muslims in the world and the evil side of Islam only includes about 20 percent of the Muslim population, but that 20 per cent totals about as many people that live and reside in the United States.

That fact alone, makes it a huge problem.

Evil will never be eradicated,  we need to be ever vigilant. There will always be evil and it comes in all genders, races, nationalities, and religions.

It’s all about the duality of life on earth, you can’t have good with out evil, no light without darkness, etc. 

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.

Who Is Right and Who Is Wrong

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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?

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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.

 

The First Amendment Does Protect So-Called Hate Speech

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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.

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

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

 

 

Living Our Core Values

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 Common Sense is a disappearing trait

Written by Gary Wonning

Suppose your daughter came to you and asked you to go to a daughter/father dance.

In today’s culture, you knew there would be foul language, drugs, bad behavior and song lyrics straight out of weird land, with negativity, depression, violence and all the many other negative aspect of today’s society.

To support her, would you go?

You know deep down this is not the culture you would like for her to be exposed to, but you want to show her your support and that you are actually very hip and understanding.

If you decide to go, you are condoning and approving her behavior, if you don’t go you are old fashioned and square.

If you don’t go you stand the possibility of alienating your daughter and being looked at as old fashioned.

Most would cave to their core values and go just to be hip and looked upon by their daughter to be progressive and modern, ignoring what would be best in the long run for his daughter.

So, which is the best option?

I think we all know what the best option is, but how many would actually choose that option? 

If we, as parents choose to go to the dance, how can we expect our young to grow up with a decent set of values when they see us bending in the wind and caving to what is popular in society today? 

While kids will always be subject to the whims of society and we cannot and should not shield them from it, we need to create options, where decency and good ethics are practiced. 

That is where our churches and fraternal organizations come into play. Those very organizations we have taken out of our daily lives when we became a secular society.

Those organizations that were at the very heart of the founding of our country, especially the teaching of our Christian churches and the masonic lodges. In those days almost everyone professed a belief in God, and many of the founders were of the masonic order, whose principles our  nation was founded upon. 

Those values that have been carried down from time immemorial to the present day, the ethics of morality and brotherly love upon which all lasting societies are founded. 

Those values, which when lost, a great nation can no longer long endure. 

We can see in our own life how much our country has deteriorated, how much longer do you want it to continue? 

The only way for our nation to continue in the long run is for us to return to what made us great, and soon it will be up to our descendants to carry the baton. Are they equipped with the proper tools? 

Most of us feel helpless to do anything. We all can do something, regardless of how insignificant it may seem. 

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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, 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

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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.

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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 Twin Towers Of Good and Evil, Of Government and Of Men.

 

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The truth about what Thomas Jefferson believed

Written by Gary Wonning

On September 11,2001 our world changed.

The day the towers fell.

The twin towers represented not only the financial world of the west but many other facets of our life as well.

The twin towers also represented our form of government, as is all things in life there is a duality to our American constitutional republic. 

We have two distinct elements of our government, there is the physical government and the spiritual government, in a constitutional republic one cannot exist without the other. 

We are a free society, our country was founded on a belief in  a supreme being. 

Our whole government is patterned after a belief that our rights come from God, not government, the ten commandments and golden rule was used as a guide. Studying the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence illustrate this. 

It cannot be denied, the same tenets of freedom are illustrated in all of the above documents, without a belief in a supreme being our documents of independence are useless, since we believe that our rights come from God, if there is no God, there is no one from whom to be given our rights. 

In the United States and the United States alone, we have two leaders of government; the President and Congress, and God. 

We don’t have a state religion, it isn’t allowed in our constitution, but we as a nation have a strong belief in a Supreme Being. 

We have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion as many believe. We have the right to practice our faith in the public arena, in fact Thomas Jefferson insisted on it.  In the early days of our country, Sunday church services were held in the U.S. Capitol.

When the state capitol of Virginia was formed, Thomas Jefferson insisted that Sunday services be held in the Virginia State Capitol building.

Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia and insisted that religion professors be on staff to teach the various religions practiced of the day.  

There are many, many times throughout our history that a strong belief in God has snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and enabled this great country to continue to prosper and enjoy freedom. 

Several times General Washington returned from battle with bullet holes in his uniform  jacket , but he was unharmed. Several times a wind would keep the enemy at bay in New York Harbor, and at Yorktown as well. He escaped several times leading thousands of troops under the cover of darkness while undetected by enemy troops. How do you move thousands of troops without being discovered by the enemy.

During the War of 1812, a sudden tornado in Washington D.C. kept our nation’s capitol from being burned to the ground.

The story goes on and on, through the civil war, and both world wars. 

The two pillars also represent life on this planet, there are always a polarity or duality to life, good, evil, male, female, light, dark, physical government leader, spiritual government  leader.

In the case of America, our government leaders are actually representatives, they are supposed to represent us, the American people. We are a self governing people.

Our only leader is God, it is to him we pledge allegiance and loyalty.

You cannot have good without evil, they always balance out.

It is a law of the universe.

 

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The Five Thousand Year LeapGary 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.