Caring For the Less Fortunate

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

Written Gary Wonning

There is always a debate concerning the homeless and less fortunate.

Does it really do any good to feed someone who will inevitably go back to being homeless the very next day we leave them on their own. 

There is the argument that we have been sending trillions of dollars to places like Africa and the people there are still hungry and poor, what good are we doing? And are we spending our money needlessly?

This is a valid argument, and one can argue that there must be a better way and it is a total waste of money to continue doing what we are doing, however, you can’t just let people starve to death if you are able to help them.

There is some validity to this argument, the definition of stupidity is to continue doing what we are doing and expecting different results.

When one keeps doing the same thing over and over, the results are always going to be the same, that is a law of nature.

Many things enter this  dilemma, there is also the karmic factor, people come here to planet earth to solve various personal and/ or karmic issues.

Some people come here to experience hunger and deprivation, some come here to help others through those situations. Both roles are valid and we as individuals choose the kind of life we want or need. 

We just need to realize why we are here and if what we are doing is to the benefit of all those participating in the earth experience.

If we are helping those, that is a good thing if our intentions are pure and we aren’t doing it to create a victim or make someone dependent on us for their existence.

We need to realize why they may be hungry or homeless, there is always a reason for everything and nothing happens by chance, we all have free will and by having free will, we chose everything our soul experiences, regardless of if it is determined to be a positive or negative experience, all experiences are for the highest good.

Being a positive or negative experience is just how we judge based on our perception.

Some may not chose to participate in this particular human endeavor, and that is OK too, those souls have just chosen something else in their life, and it doesn’t make them a bad person for not participating in social justice, they may just look at it from a different perspective and are probably just as concerned about their fellow man as the active social justice warrior.

Many do feel it is a matter of personal choice and each person is free to experience life as they choose, and it really is for the individual to determine how to best deal with their current life situation and to interfere would be to interfere with their karma or life challenges. 

Isn’t that what life is all about, isn’t that the American way, to let each individual soul determine his or her lot in life and take from it the lessons they came to earth to learn in their particular way, belief and in the time they choose?

We all have free will and by having free will we chose everything that occurs in our life, either consciously or subconsciously.  I suppose by having free will we can chose to not have free will, but in my humble opinion, free will is something you can’t decide when to have it and when not to have it, if you choose a hot fudge sundae over a banana split, you are choosing free will, if one has free will in that instance, then it just stands to reason free will would play a part in every life decision we make. 

You can’t have free will one moment and not have it the next. But by choosing to not have free will, it is you free will that determines not to have free will. 

I like the words of Patrick Henry, “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend with my life you right to say it.”

I think it’s time we engaged in a little critical thinking and not always follow along with the narrative created by the press and conventional wisdom.

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

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

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

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

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

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

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Should We Give Reparations To Those Discriminated Against

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

Written by Gary Wonning

There is a new drive to give African Americans reparations for the slavery they endured for centuries.

This is just another ploy by the democratic party to add to their voter base.

The democratic party is losing the black vote, after years of loyalty to their party, many blacks are waking up to the fact the democrats don’t really do anything for them, they are just soliciting their votes so they can get reelected.

The democratic party relies on creating victims who depend on them and government for their daily needs, they want to create people who think they can’t survive without the assistance of government.

The black race is just as intelligent as anyone else and are just as capable of creating a successful life as anyone else. They don’t need the government any more than the rest of civilization to give them the life they desire.

In reality, the life the liberals are trying to force upon them will only lead them back to that which they are trying to escape, servitude.

In reality, no slaves are alive today that suffered under that horrible system, and the slaves were first sold into slavery by people of their very own race.

It’s all about the politics.

Why should they receive reparations for something they never encountered, by the same token, no one is alive today who harbored slaves, why should whites, many whose ancestors fought and died to end slavery be forced to pay even more.

My family lived in the north and never owned slaves and was against slavery, should I have to pay?

What many forget is that there were black plantation owners who harbored slaves, American Indians,had slaves, so did the Chinese, many whites were indentured servants,  Indians tortured Indians, Blacks often times tortured blacks, where does it end?

In many case, as have been proven by the Australian Aborigines  were given much to compensate for the atrocities of the Australian government. Many of them  have become bitter and often resent what was given them and become jealous because they perceive someone else received more, and then themselves want more, they become dissatisfied and bitter. and in the process become more dependent on government, and less willing and able to support themselves and their families. 

The best thing we can do is to remember the past, don’t dwell on it, we have all been discriminated against and treated unfairly many times in our lives, it is called a leaning experience, time to move on.

Lets give people a hand up, not a hand out, teach them to succeed by the sweat of their brow, all races can succeed in America. 

It’s the American way.

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 Advantages Of Small Town Living

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

Written by Gary Wonning

Many years ago, a very wise person told me that I would eventually travel extensively and would learn many things. She also told me to never forget where I came from, to never forget what was important in life.

At the time, I didn’t understand what she meant.  I grew up and was still living in a small town in southeastern Indiana. It seemed rather insignificant to me, about the only thing there were corn fields and basketball hoops.

There were very few of what we now consider the modern necessities of life, restaurants, theater, etc, the finer things in life. It took several years for me to finally realize  that wise person was correct.

Many say that people who live in small towns are narrow minded , old fashioned, stubborn, and many of the various negative traits we attach to people who are different than ourselves.

Having lived in both communities, large cities and small towns, I have found it doesn’t matter where you live or how you grow up, there are narrow minded, stubborn people on both sides of the aisle, conservative or liberal, black, white, male female,rich, poor, it doesn’t matter . Often times the ones claiming someone else is narrow minded is the one who is the most narrow minded.

Having said that, there are many advantages to living in a small town.

The most important things in life are the small things, and many believe  living in a small town is a small thing , home to small minds.

Living in a small community naturally keeps you closer to the land, closer to nature.  In this world, many adhere to the American Indian philosophy that says we are losing our way because people no longer live close to the land or nature.  I believe this is true, and it is awfully hard if not impossible to live close to the land when living in a ten story high rise in the middle of a large city, sure you can go to a park and co-mingle with a thousand other people, it isn’t the same as being in the middle of nowhere.

The most important things in life are friends and family, and the times we spend with them.

This culture is most likely to be cultivated in a smaller community, where people live close to each other, and have time and actually take time to cultivate these relationships.

My high school graduating class had a total of fifty-three members.  For a large part, we have remained close over the years, even though many of us now live many  miles apart in different areas of the country.

I still consider them to be some of my closest friends, that’s something most who grew up in larger communities can say, many can’t even remember one person or have seen them since their high school graduation.

While it is true we can and often do make friends along the way, they don’t replace the ones we grew up with and have the most connections.

I still have lifelong friends in that small community even though I don’t get back there as much as I would like.  Regardless of when I would walk into the Napoleon Tavern or the Osgood Grub Company, I will find lifelong friends.

That is priceless. 

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.

 

 

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.

 

Where Did the Idea of Our Government Originate?

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

Written by Gary Wonning

I have read the bible a couple of times, but I’m not one who can quote scripture or carry my religion around on my sleeve, I discovered the following verses and thought they related to our current government officials, and other leaders as well. 

I think the verses are in Matthew.

James and John met with Jesus and wanted him to do what they asked,

They wanted to sit with him, one on the left and one on the right

Jesus replied, “You don’t know what you are asking,Are you able to drink from the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”

They replied, “We are.”

Jesus said,”The cup I drink from you will drink and with the baptism I am baptized, but to sit at my right or left hand is not mine to grant, but it is for those whom it has been prepared.”

Jesus said, “Among the gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. but among you whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, whoever wishes to be first among you must be a slave of all.”

In other words, those chosen to lead are servants to those they lead. Their mission is not to force their will upon us, but let us determine our life plan and goals, and enable us  to follow our destiny. 

Isn’t that what America is all about?

The founders of our country were all religious and spiritual people, they were schooled in church schools. They had high ideals for the future of our country, and they knew that power corrupts. 

The people we elect to office are not supposed to be leaders, they are representatives and are charged to doing our will, they are not supposed to be there for personal gain, or to feed their tremendous egos. 

From the founders  intentions, it is obvious they received much of their inspiration from the bible and other spiritual documents of the time. 

It is there in plain English how our government should be run.

 

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The truth about what Thomas Jefferson believed

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

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

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

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

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

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.