What Do Masons Do?

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The Masonic Influence on World History

Written by Gary Wonning

We are often told the main function of a masonic lodge is to make good men better. It has been repeated for so many years that it has become the standard “Go to” answer when a stranger asks, “ What do Masons do?”

In reality, this is only partially true and it isn’t what we really do.

What we as masons do is to provide the working tools so the individual man can make himself better. We cannot do that for him, it is his responsibility, he must walk alone and find the resources both inside and outside the lodge in order for him to accomplish that goal.

We can only assist, even though our counsel should be wise and always willing to lend a helping hand, it is for the individual alone to improve his moral lot in life on his journey to perfection.

Back in the day, when a brother joined the lodge, he was expected to join one of the Masonic Rite bodies, and the Shriners, his lady was expected to join Eastern Star and the kids were expected to join DeMolay, Job’s Daughter or Rainbow Girls. We no longer demand that, instead opting to participate in  sports. Sports are important but by eliminating spiritual growth for our kids we have created athletes who no longer stand for the national anthem.

A few years ago, I made an early Sunday morning trip to Fort Lauderdale, and while driving home, I happened to pass by a large soccer field in Fort Myers visible from I-75. It was about twelve noon and I couldn’t help but notice what seemed like a hundred kids playing soccer. I wondered why these kids weren’t in church instead of on a soccer field.

I love sports, but there is a time and place for everything.

 

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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America is a Healthy Body

Values that made America great

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

Written by Gary Wonning

America is a healthy body and it’s Resistance is three fold:

Patriotism, it’s morality, and it’s spiritual life.

If  those three areas are undermined, America will collapse from within.

This quote often attributed to Joseph Stalin has been circulating the Internet.  I have done extensive research and apparently Stalin never said it. (No surprise.)

However, truer words have never been spoken.  The individual who coined this phrase would have been well advised to have taken credit it.

Today, probably more than anytime in our nation’s history we need to remember what made this country great and pass it on to our descendants.

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The Masonic Influence on World History

There is no option. We live in the greatest country known to mankind. In spite of our differences and shortcomings, there is no where on the planet where an individual has the freedom to practice what he believes and become whatever he desires, based on ambition and ability. That must be preserved. 

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 Illuminati in Today’s World

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

Written by Gary Wonning

Regardless of how it appears in today’s world, the earth is going through a social and spiritual change the likes of which haven’t been seen in a millennium. This is causing many to change their whole belief structure and many times create a situation in which many no longer know what to believe.

For many, right has become wrong and wrong has become right.

Much of it has to do with how we have not only raised our children, but the general breakdown in the moral fiber which joined us all together. 

Maybe it has been also preordained in the natural order of things to enable us to enter into a new dimension of reality, a dimension where a new understanding will be reached and how important it is to follow God’s Laws or the Laws of Nature.  

About 1976, the planet entered the Age of Aquarius, and the earth entered into an new era of enlightenment.

The end of the Mayan calendar, as well as several other ancient calendars, the Hopi, Cherokee and others, and many ancient sages predicted such an occurrence, as we can see, it is coming about.

The Mayan calendar and others didn’t predict the end of the earth, just the end of an era and the beginning of a new age of enlightenment and understanding.

Many old customs and ways are falling by the wayside, and rightfully so, and are being replace by new ideas and customs. What we must remember in these trying times, don’t throw out what is irreplaceable, the time worn values that have carried mankind through the ages, the laws of nature and nature’s God, these values have been carried down from time immemorial by many who have stuck by them and made sure they survived through the ages.

The duality of life teaches there are always two opposing forces, one for good and one for evil, and they normally balance the scale, you can’t have good without evil. 

If there is no evil, one doesn’t understand good. 

In these times there are forces of evil and people who would like to destroy those values that have stood the test of time , they would  have the world descend into chaos, they have created a cabal of world leaders to try and make this come about. Along with these many others are willing to join in, either through a blind of a lack of knowledge: or as many think they are dong the right thing, many of them believe they know how to make the world a better place by imposing their will on others, they actually believe they know how to better run someone’s life than the actual person does.

A cabal is a secret plot, or a small group of people who create such a plot.

Some conspiracy theories are based on the idea that governments worldwide are in the hands of a powerful cabal.

Cabal comes from the word cabbala (also spelled kabbala), which refers to a Jewish tradition of interpreting texts.

In spite of what many believe, they have rules, they have to tell us what they are going to do, and we have to give permission, if they tell us and we do nothing , we are giving them permission. It is our duty to act to prevent them from carrying out their dastardly deeds.

Freedom is something one has to fight for every day of their lives.

In the past few years, they have told us what they are going to do, they have warned us they were going to stack the deck, so to speak and there would only be one political party, thus there would be no opposition to their ideas and agendas, they almost accomplished that.

They have gone after the young, they are trying to destroy our culture and everything we believe in, from religion to professional sports, so far it’s working.

Many of us study other cultures and wonder at how marvelous they are, we, in America also have a great culture, one that needs to be preserved. W seldom realize it because our culture is so young and familiar to us but we have a culture that is the envy of most of the world.

Without America, the world would be an entirely different place.

They have told us they would resort to whatever means necessary to carry out their dastardly deeds, that is now occurring, violence, fake news and smearing good people with lies and half truths are prevalent. They take no prisoners, it’s all about destroying their opposition, their lives, their fortunes and their good names all to further the agenda.

Regretfully, this isn’t limited to one political party, several on both sides of the aisle openly speak of a one world order and destroying freedom and society as we know it.

Many speak of receiving campaign funds from persons bent on destroying our way of life and replacing it with a socialist or communist way of life. They no longer listen to the will of the people, they have forgotten they are our representatives, not  our leaders. 

They openly admit to wanting to create sanctuary cities, open borders and allowing non citizens the right to vote. Illegals are continuously deported, only to be let back into the country until they commit some heinous crime against a law abiding citizen and causing countless grief to people who only want to live the American dream.

Without borders, there is no country. 

Rarely does anyone speak against this, for fear of being ridiculed or the recipient of bodily harm.

Mob rule is becoming the norm. 

They will go to whatever measures necessary to accomplish their mission to destroy freedom, and prosperity and return the world to a reality of oppression and lawlessness.

When are we going to stop them, and at least speak out?

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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.

While we have advanced technically far superior to those that came before us, we have lagged behind in acquiring  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.

Your comments are welcome

 

We Need To Quit Taking Sides In Our Elections

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

Written by Gary Wonning

Our founders were totally against political parties, and rightfully so, they soon, as we have discovered become self-serving.

Politics have become all about teams.

Many relate to what kind of job a politician is doing according to whether he has a D or an R by his name.  Folks, this isn’t the Super Bowl or the World Series, those are fantasy, this is real life.

Probably over 90% of the politicians today could care less about their constituents or how their decisions affect life in America.Their sole purpose of their existence is to decide the best action they can pursue to get reelected.  Everything they say and do is based on what the party wants,  they no longer have views or opinions of their own. 

On top of that, most of the decisions that affect our daily lives are made by unelected bureaucrats, people sitting in an office in Washington who have never been west of the Potomac River.

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There was a day, in the distant past, when eighty percent of our elected officials were military veterans,  it was almost a requirement to be a veteran to get a government job.  These days, less than twenty percent of elected officials are veterans and those same bureaucrats mentioned above, the percentage is probably less than that,  being a veteran is often a detriment to getting a good civil service job.

When our brave men and women came home from Vietnam, they were spat on, cursed at, and after  that, many were denied jobs because of their military service.

A free society can only survive if it is an informed society, today, too many only remember what the latest sound bite was on last nights news, and never think any further than that.  Critical thinking has gone completely out the window.

People have become so accustomed to finding the answer to daily questions on Google they no longer think, they have lost the ability to make up their mind about anything, they don’t have to. We have become a society of robots.

It’s time to become informed, pay attention, and believe that  your vote counts, it does. Some elections are decided by one vote per precinct. If the candidate of your choice doesn’t perform, there is anther election in two years, vote him or her out.  

These politicians aren’t our leaders, they are our representatives, they aren’t rock stars or our personal heroes, they don’t need to be treated as such. 

They are private citizens, just like us, and the are supposed to be performing a public service, it isn’t supposed to be a lifetime job. 

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.

While we have advanced technically far superior to those that came before us, we have lagged behind in 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.

Your comments are welcome

 

God Is the Conscious of the State

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The Masonic Influence on World History

Writtten by Gary Wonning

“The church must be reminded that it is … the conscience of the state …” and “It must be the guide and the critic of the state. … If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.

Martin Luther King Jr.

So it is, the state is a form of government controlled by mortal men, and women, who often have a distorted view of right and wrong.

All humans need a moral compass to guide them along the path of life. Without that, many often sink into thoughts, words, and actions unbecoming of a leader.

Our founding fathers realized this, and even though they were by no means perfect in all their thoughts, words, and actions, they were all guided by a moral compass that eventually guided them on the correct path.

This is why they emphasized time and time again the importance of a spiritual leader in our countries founding and continued success.

They emphasized many times, the part God played in our country, they often said we would not survive if we abandoned God.

During the American Revolution, General George Washington prayed daily, and it is obvious to the student of history how many times, as the General himself stated, “the Divine Intervention of God”, aided us in winning our independence.

A country cannot survive without a spiritual leader. In the United States, we have no designated spiritual leader,   that choice is left up to the individual citizen, but almost all have some reference to God in their daily living.

Someone they look to for guidance when the going gets tough, and give thanks when life is good.

In this country, you can say the Freddie the rock is your God, and no one should question that. Maybe he is, that rock is a part of creation.

There is a duality to life, good/evil, night/day, darkness/light, male/female, etc.

There is also a duality to a nation, the physical leader, and the spiritual leader, we need both.

Once God is Abolished, The Government Becomes God.

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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.

While we have advanced technically far superior to those that came before us, we have lagged behind in 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.

photo of a distinguished older gentleman

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

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

Your comments are welcome

 

 

 

Fear leads Us To Socialism

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

Written by Gary Wonning

In the United States, our country was founded on the idea of personal freedom and a rugged individualism. Many brave souls have fought and died so that we might enjoy the many freedoms we have.

Unfortunately,  over the years, many of those freedoms have evaporated right before our eyes.

There are many reasons for this but the most obvious to those who are paying attention is our natural desire to be taken care of and have someone else become responsible for our lives.  It seems much easier than being responsible for our lives, this and an underlying fear that we don’t have the knowledge to survive on our own.

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This fear is often brought on by parents not teaching their kids survival and coping skills. When children are raised with someone providing every basic need, being protected from every conceivable danger,  with no fear of consequences if they fail or do something wrong, how do you think they are going to act when they grow up?

It is a natural response after a few generations of improving our lifestyle. People become lax and in a sense lazy, they seem to think that it is easier to let the government provide for their every want and need, by giving others responsibility for their health and welfare, the individual is freed up to enjoy more pleasurable pursuits, such as watching mindless TV, video games or enjoying their favorite beverage at the local pub.

Soon people lose all sense of responsibility and personal welfare, thinking government will have their personal interests in mind as they listen to and believe every politician promise to look after them and give them everything free they could possibly ever want or need.

The general populace soon forgets that politicians only have one thing in mind, the only thing they are really good at, getting reelected, and forgetting they will say or do anything they need to accomplish that end and continue to live on the gravy train they have provided for themselves.

Soon citizens have become slaves to the government, depending on it for their very livelihood.  They have lost all desire to be free and independent, and don’t even realize what has happened.

It happened so slowly, it was like putting a frog in a pan of warm water and slowly turning up the heat. The frog will soon die, not realizing that the temperature of the water was increased until the frog could no longer survive.

During this process, many have lost sight of the idea of being independent,  constantly being fed by twenty-four-hour news all the horrors of living, the constant commercials describing every disease one could possibly conceive, slowly people become fearful of everything that could possibly harm them, they soon lose faith  in their own abilities to ward off danger and disease.

As the fear increases, so does their dependence on government and the medical field to protect them from all the dangers of life.

Thye have forgotten every value, moral and ethical principle their country was founded on. The foundation of a once great nation is gone.

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They become totally paranoid, thinking they could die from something terrible at any minute, losing all sense of reason and common sense in the process, then it is just a short small step to becoming totally dependent on government and allowing socialism to totally take over civilization, they have become slaves to the very government that originally set them free.

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.

While we have advanced technically far superior to those that came before us, we have lagged behind in 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.

Your comments are welcome

Why We Should Pray In Public

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

Written by Gary Wonning

Although many would disagree, I believe we should all pray in public.

It is our right as American citizens of this great country.  We do have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion as most would try to have you believe.

The founding fathers were very explicit in their belief that we should practice our spiritual beliefs in public as was done almost automatically in our country until just a few short years ago.

Out of respect for others who may not believe as we do, we do need to practice restraint and not try to force our beliefs on others or pray in such a way as to make it appear as if we are trying to convert the whole world.

You see many proclaiming their beliefs to the world every day, and that will turn many people off to the whole religion thing, it is their right to do so and my opinion is to just let them do their thing, it is their right and it interferes with my rights in not even the slightest.

If we do not express our beliefs in public, how does anyone know how we feel, if enough people fail to express themselves, then a false narrative is portrayed and people begin to believe that no one believes in God anymore.

That opens the door for all sorts of negative philosophies to stumble in.

To survive long term, a nation needs a moral compass. There isn’t a perfect person on the planet, and many will stumble on their walk through life, but we all need a guide and moral compass to inspire us to live a better life, without it, we will most certainly stumble more than we do now.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

Your comments are welcome