What is Common Sense

Written by Gary Wonning

A few weeks ago I was at a book fair displaying some of the books I have published. A gentleman stopped and picked one of my books , “Wisdom of Our Ancestors” and asked me what it was about.

I replied it was about common sense, something no one has any more.

He then asked,”what is common sense?”

It was one of those wth moments, especially when I discovered he was a psychiatrist with several years of higher education .

Dumbfounded, I stumbled through an explanation .

But then, I began to wonder what common sense really is, we all have a different definition , according to how,when, and where we grew up ,it’s one of those things that we all know what it is, but find it hard to define.

I contemplated that perplexing question for quite a while.

When suddenly the answer came out of the clear blue sky.

It’s a set of moral and ethical values that have been passed down from time immemorial, a set of values that not only allude to our spiritual or religious values, but principles that affect every minute of our lives, they influence our financial values, and how we treat our fellow human beings.

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The Masonic Influence on World History

How many of us actually examine our masonic ritual to discover what those ceremonies really mean? Most often we go through, memorize certain passages, perform the ritual and never give it anther thought. But when you really think about the phrases we recite daily, they do indeed allude to common sense principles we should apply to our daily lives, they aren’t secret, they are right out there in the open for everyone to study and apply.

Passages like, maintain a tongue of good report, maintain secrecy, acting on the square, and meeting on the level. Things like keeping our word, living by example and teaching the young good values.

None of us are perfect, we all sometimes act in a manner unbecoming of a brother, or sister, but if we strive to do the right thing, most times we will strive towards perfection.

Even the seven liberal arts and sciences in the second degree teaches us to look at life through a scientific perspective.

If we only look to the ancient teachings, to the Wisdom of our Ancestors, we will find the answers we need.  Every answer we would ever need can be found in those sacred documents, The Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights and the bible and masonic teachings.

It seems people are always talking about the good old days, when the values we upheld were  different, maybe it’s time to quit talking about the way it was and start talking about the way it’s going to be, applying the lessons from the past.

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

 

 

 

 

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Do As I Say, Not As I Do

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

Written by Gary Wonning

How often have we heard that comment?

Probably not very often these days. There seems to be a popular misconception held among many that before we can correct someone else’s behavior, we need to be perfect in every way and never have committed an act that was below what is acceptable in society. 

How many of us can do that? 

Often times the individual who makes the statement that we shouldn’t criticize his actions is committing an act that is unacceptable and is looking for an excuse to justify his actions.  

One of my mother’s favorite expressions was, “Do as I say, not as I do.” 

It would be made after she told me not to do something, normally a minor offense and a few minutes later she would do the same thing, and I would catch her in the act. 

She would just look at me and say, “Sometimes you need to do as I say and not as I do,” meaning that it was my decision to do the right thing regardless of what someone else does. 

It most often would be followed by her saying,”Two wrongs don’t make a right.”

This means that just because someone else does it, that doesn’t give you the right to do. That just makes the offense double bad. 

You are responsible for your actions, regardless of what someone else does. 

I often think she did those acts to teach me a valuable lesson. Too many times she would do this for it to be a coincidence. 

Mom was pretty smart. Like many in her generation, she never finished school. She only had an eighth grade education, but knew many things college graduates of today don’t know or understand. 

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.

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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.

 

Remember the Sabbath

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

Written by Gary Wonning

The Sabbath has been called a day of rest for many reasons besides the obvious reason; that time to worship God.

There was a time when no business was conducted on Sunday, except for the almost mandatory occupations to keep the world moving and to protect us from harm and provide a service if harm did come to us.  Even most restaurants , what few there were, were closed on Sunday.  Sunday dinner was around the family table, with as many relatives  as possible. 

In most families, going to church was mandatory, and was only missed if weather or other circumstances mandated.  

I grew up in Indiana, basketball country. Hardly a day went by where I wasn’t shooting hoops dodging cow pies in the ban yard. 

Neither snow, nor rain or dark of night kept me from my daily routine. In the winter, Friday nights were spent at the local high school gym rooting on our favorite team.  It was unpatriotic to miss the weekly highlight. 

The only thing that put a stop to shooting hoops, was church on Sunday, or some other event at the local church. That took priority over everything else. 

A few years ago, I took some friends to Fort Lauderdale to sail away on a seven day cruise. Normally, people need to be at the cruise port around noon or earlier, this was no exception. As a result I was driving I-75 on my way home through Fort Myers about twelve-thirty, (noon). I noticed a large soccer field near the freeway and probably about a hundred kids playing soccer. 

Because of my upbringing, I was surprised, and thought,” why aren’t these kids in church?”

Thinking back, I remembered, my mom would have strangled me if I even thought of picking u a basketball on a Sunday morning. I never even considered it. 

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Life was a lot slower and simpler in the fifties and sixties.

Growing up on a dairy farm, the weather always played a factor in our daily lives, everything evolved around the weather, even with that, very little work was done on Sunday, except necessary chores , like milking and tending to the cattle.

The most critical and frustrating times were during the hay harvest. The hay(cow feed) had to be cut down and left to cure in the field for three days before it could be baled and put in the hay mow for the winter feeding of the cattle.

The hay consisted of clover, alfalfa, and timothy, if it was baled too soon, it would still have too much moisture content and would soon mold and rot, rendering it useless, in that condition, it could catch on fire and burn the barn down, and kill any animals in the barn. 

Dodging the weather, it seems it never rains when you need it, and always rains when you don’t need it,  we always timed the cuttings so as to not have to bale hay on a Sunday. 

It is one of the hardest and dirtiest duties on a farm. Despite all of our planning, the rains would come and delay our work, making the first day available Sunday. Even though it is eminent to process the hay as soon as possible, the longer it lays in the field and is exposed to the elements, the condition of the hay deteriorates and can become practically useless. 

Even under those circumstances, I don’t remember ever baling hay on a Sunday. We took the chance, and normally the next day the weather would break and the hay was harvested. 

Even today, Chick-Fil-A is closed on Sunday due to religious considerations, and it is the most successful fast food franchises in the United States.

You gotta wonder.

We are told time and time again to keep the day holy, besides the obvious spiritual connotations, there are other factors to consider. 

Regardless of our vocation in life, we all need a break and time for rest and refreshment. We do need time to reflect on our relationship to a supreme being, and we need time to pursue other more enjoyable and relaxing interests than our job can provide, we need time to connect with friends and family, and a Sunday afternoon nap while we pretend to watch football.

Many work on Sunday and take another day off to have that time, it may be a good option but I have done that. It isn’t the same. When you work on Sunday, you miss a very important part of 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.

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

 

 

 

 

Do We Want A Nation Of Walls or Laws

Copied from the Rush Limbaugh Website

So to me it’s entirely reasonable that poor people, especially as close by as Mexico, would want to get into this country. That’s not the crisis. It’s common sense. The crisis is the American left. The crisis is the Democrat Party, and to a certain extent certain elements of the Republican Party, who look at these people as nothing more than serfs, pawns, people to help them maintain current economic status or political status. They’re either cheap labor or they are guaranteed voters. They’re not looked at as anything other than that.

Now, I’m convinced — and I have people telling me that I’m wrong about this every time I mention it. But I’m convinced that when Trump as a candidate kept talking about the wall, I think it’s always been symbolic.  But the way things have evolved, it has now become real.  We already have fencing in a lot of places and we have certain areas of our border where walls and slats have been built, and it is a reality, and they work.  I’m not arguing that walls don’t work and I don’t want to… In fact, I’m not even arguing against the wall here.

the real focus as it is in most everything else that we find ourselves engaged in — is liberalism.  The left, communism, socialism, the Democrat Party.  That’s why we have a crisis here.  We cannot unify around the idea that there ought to be a defend border and that there are laws determining who is and who intent eligible to become a citizen, and until people follow that route they are not gonna be let in.  We can’t even come to unity on that?

We’ve gotten to the point where the Democrat Party and certain Republican interests want there to be open borders because these people are needed for others in the Democrat Party to maintain their status, their political power, and their economic circumstances.  I think a lot of people are this way and they’ve gotten to the point now the wall is the only thing that’s gonna work since there isn’t a unified objective here of defending a country and maintaining our sovereignty.  I just…

It’s a challenging thing because when I hear these people tell me, they almost sound pained to think that there’s gonna be a gigantic wall.  But then, folks, if you look around the world, there are walls everywhere.  They’re going up and they’ve been going up since the beginning of time  — and they work is the reason why they’re going up.  There’s a gigantic wall in Syria to keep certain elements out.  The Israelis had to build a wall.  The Vatican has a wall.

You know the drill about how all these people are hypocrites because they use walls to defend and protect their property and themselves, but somehow the same thinking doesn’t attach itself to the country at large.  I think… Don’t misunderstand. (chuckling) I’m not trying to talk Trump out of this.  Do not misunderstand.  I’ve gotten to the point where whatever it takes to defeat the left — within civilized boundaries, of course.  I’m not off the deep end on this.  I just think they’re the problem. More and more people out to be aware they’re the problem.

No, no. Look, don’t misunderstand me, folks.  We would not need a wall if we enforced the law!  We wouldn’t need a wall if we enforced E-Verify and illegals could not get work.  We wouldn’t need a wall if we would simply prohibit welfare, health care, and education payments to illegals — even children. It’s $630 million, I think, in California alone.  We wouldn’t need a wall if we would close the loopholes in our amnesty laws and in the asylum laws, the loopholes in asylum.  We wouldn’t need a wall if we would prohibit free health care to every illegal who arrives here.

We wouldn’t need a wall if we would prohibit free education to illegals, and we wouldn’t need a wall if we would prohibit free housing.  But the reason we have a crisis is that the Democrats would never agree to any of those things — and, by the way, if we started enforcing all that, the numbers of people trying to get here illegally would be reduced by a factor of I don’t know what. If there was no benefit to getting here illegally, they wouldn’t try.  This is on us.  This is on the Democrat Party.  This is on everybody benefiting from the suffering of these people and the pretending there are no laws here.

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

What If We Volunteer For The Life We Lead?

 

My dad used to have a saying he would utter whenever I got myself into a really big jam, and I hated it .

He would just tell me, “You were smart enough to get yourself into that mess, I guess you are smart enough to get yourself out of it. Let me know how it turns out.” And then leave.

I hated it when he said that, but I did learn how to solve my own problems.

What if we do volunteer for the life we lead, and what if we do create our problems in order to solve life’s lesson and make us a better person?

To me, it never made much sense to blame God for everything that occurs in our life, why would God decide to punish one person and not the other?  He is supposed to be a just God. 

That one question lead me on  fantastic journey to discover the truth, or my truth

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My conclusion was that we do actually create our own reality and we do create the events that mold and shape our lives. 

We create these events to resolve karma brought on by past actions and to grow beyond them to create a better life in the future. 

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.

It’s Time To Stop Creating Victims

Common sense for the modern world

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

Written by Gary Wonning

Most politicians, and especially liberals make us believe they are concerned about the downtrodden of society, and realistically some are, but for many, the downtrodden are being used to garner votes and to further the politicians, or their party’s agenda.

Most politicians today only know how to do one thing, that is to get re-elected. That is their sole mission in life.

Many will use any means or any one to accomplish that goal and remain in their cushy ego satisfying life.

Even the ones with more altruistic goals are not accomplishing what they set out to do.

They keep believing that to improve the improvised life, we  must keep giving them more and more to make their life better.

However noble this may seem , it always has a negative effect on the beneficiaries life. When a person keeps having their needs met by an outside force, they soon become dependent on that individual or group, and lose the ability or desire to provide for themselves.

The politicians know this, that is why they continuousness want to provide more and more government services, by doing so they are guaranteeing their own job security.

There are laws against feeding deer and other animals in the wild, by doing so the animals grow to depend of being fed and taken care of and soon lose the ability to hunt and gather on their own, it also places them in great danger from the very people who provided the food, it makes the animal an easy target to wind up on someone’s dinner table. I contend the same things happen to human beings.

How many times have people been led down a similar path and became hostages or killed by their Savior?

The Mayas and Aztecs come to mind.

Humanity would be better served if we would  finally learn the road to personal growth and independence is through teaching people to fish, not giving them free fish.

The humane, and I believe the Christian thing to do is to enable people to stand on their own two feet and provide for themselves and their families.

There are many groups in this world that feed on victim hood, it is the easy way out, the victim wants someone to take care of them, it gives them a free pass if they can blame someone else for their problems. and it gives them a certain amount of power over others without having to do any thing. they believe it provides security.

It is a false security, there is no security in trusting others for your survival and freedom.

Some need to forget the atrocities of the past, we have all been discriminated against at some time or anther, the lesson to learn is to learn from it and design a life where it doesn’t happen again.

Take what we need from the experience, be thankful for the lesson 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.

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.