People Shape the Truth To suit Their Needs

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

Written by Gary Wonning

How many times have you said something to only have it misconstrued and misinterpreted by the person you said it to?

This seems to happen continuously, especially in today’s world. 

I have found that people only hear what they want to hear, or what suits their needs or agenda. They already have a preconceived idea about what you are going to say, and regardless of what you say, they will hear something entirely differently. 

Then, many will hurriedly tell others what they thought you said and before you realize what has happened , the rumor has spread and it becomes common knowledge, much to your dismay. 

Once it has gone this far, it has become common knowledge and  the accepted truth and regardless of how you try to explain or change their thoughts, it is almost impossible to change their opinion and many times you will spend the rest of your life living under the false assumptions of others. 

This is way too common in the political arena. 

There really isn’t much you can do about this, the only option is to know in your heart what is truth and live by it and the knowledge that you did the right thing and what others think or believe has no bearing on your life. 

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.

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Common Sense

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

Written by Gary Wonning

A few years ago, while attending a book signing,  someone picked up my book, “Wisdom of our Ancestors” , and asked me what it was about.

When I replied it was about common sense, he gave me the deer in the headlights look and asked; what is common sense?

I was left speechless, I thought everyone knew what common sense was, my parents harped at me about common sense during my whole child hood.

But I was soon to discover many had a slightly different idea than I did, depending on how they were raised, where they grew up and the kind of environment they grew up in.

Their definitions were different but in the final analysis, it was the same, just different words.

I think we could all agree the definition  of common sense would come down to those laws of nature and Natures  God that, which if we followed would lead to a healthier, happier and more prosperous life than if we just wandered helter-skelter through life.

These laws are  gently displayed in all spiritual writing and scriptures, all cultures have a version of the golden rule, the ten commandments and other virtuous quotes written in our holy bible and Masonic ritual.

Teachings  such as was  taught in the Egyptian times such as storing our surpluses in the seven years of feast , preparing for the seven years of famine.

Life always travels in a cylindrical fashion, we prepare for famine when we are prospering.

From more modern times:

Make hay while the sun shines is another.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Treating people with respect

The list goes on and 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, and is available for book signings, and speaking engagements.

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

A New Perspective On Life

 

Written by Gary Wonning

In 1982,  three events took place in my life that made me question everything I thought I knew.

Two young friends were killed in separate farming accidents.  Both men were young, nice guys and recently married, and both men’s wives were pregnant.

The first instance occurred on the farm where my ancestors settled in southern Indiana in eighteen fifty-three when migrating from Germany.

It was in the autumn and they were busy filling the silo with corn to feed the cattle during the Midwestern  winter.

The silo was one of the older ones constructed out of cement and held together with iron bands around the sides. The young man was up in the top of the silo when one of the bands suddenly broke and the silo came crashing down with the man inside.  A freak accident, if the band had broken just a few minutes before or a few minutes after it did, no one would have been injured.

The next incident involved another friend of mine, he was driving a self propelled combine into a corn field when a wheel fell into a rut he had not seen.

The combine tipped over and he passed away when his head hit the side of the cab on the combine. In reality, this should not have happened as the rut wasn’t that deep.

About this same time, because of an incident in my life, I began questioning the existence of God and if he did exists, why did he let these things happen to good people.

I talked to clergy from which I always received the same answer, “It’s God’s Will.” To me that was  a non answer. Why would God will that one person had to endure this when the next person didn’t?

I belonged to the Masonic Lodge and I began asking what the hidden meanings of masonry were. Even though the brothers were well versed in ritual, no one really knew what the hidden mysteries were.

After much research, I discovered there were no hidden mysteries, they right out there in plain sight, ready for us to understand them when we reach a level of understanding to fully comprehend them.

The same with the “Will of God.” When we are ready to understand, the answer will come.

Each person will come to a different understanding, based on his knowledge and the situation in his life.

But through it all, I reached a new understudying of life, God , and the challenges we all face.

A new perspective on life. 

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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.

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.

Those of a Liberal Persuasion Are Driven By Emotions

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Written by Gary Wonning

I’m sure you have noticed as I have the extreme difference in our two political parties in today’s world?  Never have I seen the differences so obvious.

Conventional wisdom tells us that liberals are more forgiving and generous. However true of false this may be, the perception is advanced by those on the left and the media.

I liken it to relating the two parties to the male and female energies of the human existence, females are more emotional and their existence is stereotypically more emotional, while the male isn’t governed as much by emotions.

In our personal life as well as politics, we need balance, this includes balancing our emotional and practical life.

When our lives are ruled by our emotions, life can only be a roller coaster, changing with every hill and curve we encounter .

When our lives are too male influenced, our life can be mundane and slightly boring, so we need balance.

Over the last several centuries, the earth has been controlled by mainly male energy, this has now changed.

Nature is always attempting to maintain a  balance and as a result we now are faced with an overabundance of female energy, resulting in an over supply of emotional energy and not enough of the balancing self control energy.

Thus we have chaos, we undoubtedly need to express our emotions, it would be a pretty boring world if we didn’t, but we have reached a point where feelings are controlling life and there is no balance.

In the human race, feelings are the dominant trait, the one that can most  easily control our life and turn it into chaos. In order to make our life into something admirable, we need to control our passions and not let them lead to all sorts of destructive habits such as over eating, drug and alcohol abuse, overspending, and the many other vices in life.

It’s a never ending struggle. 

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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.

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 Advantages of White Privilege

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

Written by Gary Wonning

Today, in many circles it is thought that because a person’s skin is white, they have lead an easier life and not been exposed to some of the hardships many have seen, only because they are white.

There are many, many whites who have lead lives just as tumultuous as any other particular element of society. To discover the truth in this, one just needs to look around at all the various lives people of all colors lead and not just look at the stereotypical person

While stereotypically, there may be some truth to this, I believe that each particular race, ethnicity, religion and genders have certain advantages to their particular station in life.

There are definitely certain advantages to being male or female,  despite what many think, in the end they balance out. If one realistically looks into this, with an open mind, they will discover this is true.

I believe the advantage to being white, especially a white male, is that white males have no one else to blame their misfortunes and shortcomings on.

Every other sector  of society has an excuse for failing. For many it is always someone else’s fault, a reason, however unfounded , can always be found to rationalize their shortcomings or lack of desire. They can blame it on their gender, their race, religion, or various other factors, and not face up to their own personal responsibility in resolving the matter.  It is always easier to blame someone else.

We come into this life choosing our station in life and a general path we will follow, it is called free will. We subconsciously choose the so-called hardships we will face in order for our soul to evolve. Once we understand the hardships we chose, we can then decide to change our life for the better.

Without taking personal responsibility for our life by blaming others, our lives will never get better. We can’t depend on others to give us a better life.

It is up to us, individually, and us alone; sure we may attract people into our life to help with this, but it is our responsibility to bring those individuals and opportunities to the forefront. Until we are ready to learn and grow, no one can help us.

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To me, white privilege speeds this process along. Being white, especially a male ensures that we have no excuses, we have no one to blame, it is for us to do. There are no excuses.

Can you see a white male blaming a woman or someone of a different color for our shortcomings and getting any sympathy?

It ain’t gonna happen. And it shouldn’t.  This is our white privilege, because we have no excuses, other than ourself, we are compelled to take action and stand up for ourselves.

That is a privilege, it enables us to have the opportunity to improve our lives.

We are each responsible for our actions and our lot in life, if  your lot in life isn’t what you would like, get up off your duff and change it.

Especially in the United States, we have free will and freedom, we are free to chose our destiny, based on desire and ability.

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.

 

 

 

In Our Culture: We Create Victims

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

Written by Gary Wonning

In our culture, we create victims.

By looking at someone as a victim, It makes  us feel good to be able to help someone who is downtrodden and oppressed.

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By feeling as though we are victims, it gives us an excuse for acting and behaving the way we do without taking responsibility for our actions.  It is easier to blame someone else and remove all responsibility. 

After all, it is always someone else’s vault.

Many of our politicians keep getting elected over and over again by continuously blaming someone else for their actions, and by creating victims by teaching them to rely on government to be their savior by continuously telling people that government is the one who can solve all your problems and give you the life you deserve, when the truth is, the government is the main cause of most of our problems.

When humans are left to solving their problems, using their own God given free will and initiative they are quite capable of solving any issue that may come before them .

All the government needs to do is just get out of the way.

Liberalism only survives by creating victims, promising to give you the things you need, in order to further the cause of victim hood.

To further their cause and increase the size of government, they  need to take up the the fig leaf of victim hood. The liberals need to create more victims to depend on “free” handouts. 

Conservatives believe that every one is in charge of their lives and can do what they want as long as it doesn’t infringe on the rights of others.

They just go on and live life staying out of others peoples business and go on to create a better life for ourselves.

Mind your own business, do what is morally and ethically right, and if you become wealthy you make others wealthy too.

When ever I got into a jam, my dad would always say, ” You were smart enough to get into this mess, I’m sure you are smart enough to get yourself out of it.”

He would then turn and go home, saying, “I’ll be there if you really need me.”

In other words, he was telling me it was my karma and I was the only one who could fix it.

No one else can fight your battles, when you finally learn that, your battles will vanish.

As long as we try to sidestep those issues that keep springing up in our lives, they will continue to plague us.

Many times, we do others the biggest injustice by helping them, they will never grow past their issues until they stand on their own two feet and get to the root of their problems.

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.

Is God Still Relevant in Today’s World?

 

Written by Gary Wonning

Entering a new era of human evolution brought on by the shifts before, during and after December 12, 2012, people are exploring new avenues of thought.

Many of the old ways and customs are falling by the wayside, and to many of those thoughts, it is good riddance.

But there are many of the old ways of thinking that need to be preserved.

Just as many believe the civil war monuments need to be torn down, the way we previously thought also needs to be destroyed.

This is not necessarily true. Although those civil war monuments may be perceived  offensive to some, many of those perceptions have been brought about by many who are distressed by everything.

I’m a northerner and have no skin in the civil war controversy. However, it is a part of our history, an important part, It symbolizes the end of a slavery and needs to be remembered. The old wise quote states, “When we ignore the lessons of history, we are certain to repeat it.”

I am certain no one wants to relive the slavery era, we need reminders of that particular time in history to remember how far we have come as a civilization, and to never repeat that atrocity. 

Many of our old traditions and knowledge also need to be remembered.

Just because something is a new idea, doesn’t necessarily mean it is a good idea. 

It is for us to decide which teachings need to be preserved. 

America has risen to be a land where we can safely practice those values, and our nation’s history of believing in God, regardless of how we individually worship a Supreme Being should be the guiding light for the world.

We have many teachings from the past that need to be preserved, the teachings that carried us through history from time immemorial. They are irreplaceable.

 

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.