Morality: Where Did it Go?

People often wonder why the world is in such a mess. I just comes down to the fact many people have their priorities all messed up. I was watching a documentary by John Stossel the other day and I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.

It was a documentary concerning all the subsidies people, groups, and companies in the United States receive from the government, both federal and state. It seems as though everyone is getting government aid except for me. He went on to explain how farmers, African-Americans, Indians, corporations ,etc. all receive aid for something. One of the most ridiculous examples showed an individual planting a tomato in his back yard and getting farm aid.
It doesn’t seem to matter one’s financial status, race, creed or national origin, every one is getting a hand out. this is costing the taxpayer trillions of dollars. The most ridiculous part is we are all tax payers, so we just wind up paying ourselves back money we have given the government. Of course we only get back a small portion as the government has to get their commission out if the bounty.

The biggest problem with all of this is the recipient see nothing wrong with getting  a hand out from the government for planting a tomato in his back yard. People have become so dependent on big brother supporting them , they now expect it and think they deserve it.  It is illegal to feed wild animals because soon the animal becomes dependent on the free food and when the food disappears, they animal no longer knows how to fend for himself and soon dies, people have become the same way, when
the government handouts end, many people won’t know how to survive. Many will become spiteful and get mad because some one isn’t providing them a free lunch, in fact that is already happening. It happens all the time, when people are given too much, they become resentful of the provider and will bite the hand that feeds them.

Mr. Stossel asked several of the recipients of free money if they felt guilty about taking the money, they all assumed it was their God given right. He even asked one if he thought it was wrong morally to take the money. His response was ,”What is morality?”

How does one grow up in this country, attend school and college for at least 16 years and not know what morality is?

This last statement tells us what is wrong with the country and world for that matter.When people expect someone else to continuously pay their way, even though they are capable of providing for themselves and their families and when people don’t know right from wrong and their whole life is driven by the almighty dollar something is wrong. There is nothing wrong with making money, there even is nothing wrong with making a lot of money, just as there is nothing wrong with helping the needy, but when that becomes one’s sole purpose in life with no regard for any one or anything else that is a problem.

Many people no longer have a solid spiritual base to build their life on Rain falls in every life,and we all fall off the wagon occasionally, but if there is a solid spiritual base, one survives a lot quicker and happier than when an individual has no spiritual foundation and thus flounders around turning to  to drugs and alcohol.

Although in the end each individual is responsible for his or her own actions what we are seeing is a direct result of spirituality and religion taking a back seat in our culture, not only in the United States, but the world as well.

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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.

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If You Can Feel It, You Can Receive It.

 

Everything in the universe, including our bodies is magnetic and as such has a magnetic frequency. This is true of even our thoughts and feelings, this is what attracts people and events to us. I always compare it to a radio, just as whatever kind of music a radio station plays, it attracts listeners to the station that are compatible to what is being projected out of the speaker. So it is with us humans and  animals as well, what ever thoughts and emotions we are projecting out bounces right back to us in the kind of events and people we are attracting to us.

That is why it is so important, especially when one is going through one of life’s challenges to remain positive. If we remain positive, we will attract those people and circumstances to us that will lessen the blow. We can not always avoid every so called negative experience in life .  Many lessons and growth possibilities arise from these times.

It is so important in these times to remain enthusiastic, I know it is not possible to be positive at all times, when those times come , remove yourself from life as much as possible  for a short time to allow yourself space to regroup. Keep thinking about a positive outcome and leave no doubt about it, especially to yourself. Soon you will be able to put on a happy face and resume the fight projecting an aura of positive frequencies that will attract to you the results you desire.

Life is all about choices, some we make consciously, and many that are made on a subconsciousness level. I believe we choose to participate in everything that comes our way, either consciously or subconsciously. We were all born with free will, and as such free will is a full time event. We simply cannot have free will to choose to have a hot fudge sundae or banana split and not have free will concerning other more important decisions in our life.

There are always many things in life that come our way we simply do not understand how we can endure  and most of us think we would never choose  for ourselves. However it is by enduring such times,and making decisions  on how to best deal with the issue is what determines our future and how we deal with the next crisis in our life.

Thus, if we can realize we are in charge of our life and realize we are responsible for everything in it, are we able to look to the challenges with enthusiasm by realizing they are an opportunity for us to grow and reach higher levels of understanding.

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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.

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Wisdom

Written by: The Bashful Country Boy
It is often said that we gain wisdom by what we experience, and that experience is the best  teacher.  How do we gain experience? By making what some would call mistakes. However,looking at these circumstances from the proper perspective, they really aren’t mistakes, they are more like learning experiences. After a while we begin to realize there are no so called mistakes in life.

Wisdom has nothing to do with a formal education, it doesn’t matter which college you may have gone to, or if you went at all. In fact , only learning what someone else thinks they know can be a detriment to our own advancement. Only by critical thinking and determining the truth in our own mind can we grow in wisdom. Only in getting outside the box of conventional thinking can our knowledge increase beyond what is assumed correct.

No where is this more apparent today than in the political and pop culture arena. Decisions are made today based on ideas and principles that are not only wrong, but have no moral of logical basis whatsoever. One who follows these principles have very little or no chance of becoming healthy , wealthy or wise, quite the contrary.

Every event in our life is an opportunity to wake up and find what really matters in life. Looking at things from this view point , one can determine there are no bad or negative events in our life, there are all only events, it is us, the individual who determines whether it is a bad or good experience and even then  can only be determined after all the corresponding events from that particular circumstance is known, thus it can be years before all the facts are in.

As humans, we don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are, as our knowledge or wisdom grows, our perspective also changes, thus our outlook on life changes and grows in a more positive direction. As we grow , we leave behind the attitude that life is a struggle and replace it with a knowing that if we wait patiently and remain positive, the things we need and desire will be presented to us effortlessly and without struggle, as we learn to go with the flow our life will become more prosperous and enjoyable .

Acquiring wisdom is a lifelong pursuit, it can only be attained by diligently seeking out your truth by exploring all avenues of knowledge and  most importantly using the good common sense that is embedded in all of us  to determine the truth that will stand the test of time.

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He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

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You Finally Get It

You Finally Get It

So, you’ve spent your whole life trying to figure it out.  You’ve spent thousands of dollars on esoteric studies, consulted with hypnotists, psychics, climbed Mount Everest, and talked to the Dali Lama, all to no avail!

Then one morning you wake up and it hits you like a ton of spinach. It don’t matter. All the status symbols people hold near and dear to them don’t mean squat. It doesn’t matter what car we drive, the size of the house, or the gorgeous arm charm by our side.

You suddenly learn to look at people as they really are and not as you would want them to be,as people grow and change you suddenly realize that not everyone will love you the way you would want them to. You have no control over what some one thinks of you. It is their own perception and their reality that determines their opinion of not only you , but everyone else in their reality.

Even though karma plays a big role, in the final outcome, even the karma that has been created lifetime after lifetime is determined by the individual’s own perception and vision of reality. We are each unique and because of that our perception of reality is different, even different than the ones closest to us, and because of this we each will react differently to any given circumstance.

We do not have to justify our actions to anyone if we desire not to, just as they don’t have to justify their actions to us. This leaves us with the choice also of being able to discard someone from our lives if we feel they are not being honest and upright with us. We have the choice to let them go their own way.

By doing this, we only have people in our lives who are in tune with our way of thinking and have a positive influence on our lives. Sure people will still come into our lives who think and act differently than we do, this is fine, this will always be, but you also have the choice as to how much influence they have on you and when to let them go, to discover their own wants and desires.

It is in this way we gain wisdom as we travel through life, each encounter or circumstance we face gives us the opportunity to grow and learn, thus becoming more enlightened and aware of the challenges life bestows upon us.

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Dare to Take Risks

”Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is
wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others
think is possible.”
Claude Bissell

How often do people go through life being afraid to risk anything for fear of being hurt, harmed financially or even killed? No doubt these are all natural concerns, and there are certain things the average person obviously should not attempt. I’m not talking about skydiving or putting your safety at risk if that isn’t your thing. However if one never ventures outside the box, we never realize how much we can accomplish in life.

Most of what we fear as humans never comes to pass.Many times fear holds us back from achieving something that would create much happiness in our life, often times this fear has nothing to do with physical harm or injury, more often than not it has to do with a fear of being embarrassed or even failing. Many times it even has to do with a fear of succeeding and then having a fear of being unworthy of our own success.

I often feel as though our main mission in life is to overcome fear and thus be able to reach a personal satisfaction from doing whatever it is we never thought we could accomplish.The only way to accomplish this is to take risks, as we take risks, we grow, we try and sometimes we do fail, so what, we learn from the experience and try again, we keep trying until success is finally attained.

Through it all we learn we can achieve anything we set out to do, if our desire and determination is great enough.Somewhere in this world there is a need for the talent you have. The only way you can find your passion and the need for it, is to take a risk, no matter how large or small the step must be taken. Once you have achieved your goal you will look back and wonder what the big deal was, and why you were afraid, this is the time to silently pat yourself on the back for a job well done and move on to the next challenge.

As we progress through life the challenges get larger and larger, kit is only by meeting each challenge that we evolve and become able to positively affect our future by realizing we have grown and now possess the ability and knowledge to be able to control our thoughts and actions sufficiently to create the future we want and desire.

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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.

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Controlling the Events in Your Life

I think everyone would like to be able to control the events in their lives. How many of us would like for only so-called “good” things to happen? While we can control some of the events in our life, to do so all the time is not only impossible, but not even desirable. Often times , we learn the most and grow as an individual through the adversity we face each and every day.

Every thing that comes our way, we choose on some level of consciousness.  In that respect, we are choosing our destiny. Keeping that in mind helps us understand how and why certain things happen. Sometimes it is hard to understand why we would let certain events come into our life, they are certainly not what we would want on a conscious level as they often bring hardship and suffering our way.

But it is through that hardship and suffering we learn, sooner or later the lesson sinks in and the path gets easier. To fully understand, we need to realize it is more important how we think about an event than the event itself.Consciously, we can’t always control what happens in our life, we can only control how we think about it and and our reaction to it. In this sense, we do control our destiny.Once one comes to a realization of why we need to experience this particular happening and the lesson that can be gleaned from it, life goes on and we actually create a new future void of having to experience that again.. The lesson has been learned.

Thus by thinking positive, even in the most dire of circumstances, our thinking influences and  affects every one and everything around us,and our world changes. Our thoughts as humans are so powerful that what we think and how we react to a given situation is more important than the event itself, in this sense we are creating our own reality and destiny.

We were given free will, not only in whether to have  a hot fudge sundae or a banana split, but free will to choose how to live our life. We have free will 100% of the time , in all situations, it isn’t a part time thing, can’t work that way. This being true, it only makes sense we are choosing every day of our life, we choose by deciding how to handle every situation in our life and our attitude towards it.

People and events respond to our attitude, if we expect the best in people they will respond, if we expect things to turn out for the best, they eventually will, if you don’t believe me , try it. Be grateful, give thanks for what you have and don’t focus on lack, if you focus on lack, that is what you will receive.

Don’t forget – your perception is your reality. Your perception is what you project. And what you project is what comes back! What goes around ,comes around.

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I have found over the years that there is no such thing as reality, it is only how we perceive it. Each of us may have a different view of it because of our different beliefs and experiences. Two individuals can be sitting side by side, looking at the same event and “see” two entirely different outcomes based on their individual perceptions. 

The First Day of School

On the first day of classes in 2011:

To the students and faculty of our high school: I am your new principal, and honored to be so. There is no
greater calling than to teach young people.

 


I would like to apprise you of some important changes coming to our
school.
I am making these changes because I am convinced that most of the 
ideas that have dominated public education in America have worked against you, 
against your teachers, against your parents, and against our country.Therefore: First, this school will no longer honor race or ethnicity. I
could not care less if your racial makeup is black, brown, red, 
yellow, or white. I could not care less if your origins are African, Latin 
American, Asian, or European, or if your ancestors arrived here on the 
Mayflower or on slave ships. The only identity I care about, the only one this 
school will recognize, is your individual identity — your character, your 
scholarship, your humanity. And the only national identity this school will care 
about is American. This is an American public school, and American public 
schools were created to make better Americans.If you wish to affirm an ethnic, racial, or religious identity 
through your school, you will have to go elsewhere. We will end all ethnicity-, 
race- and non-American-nationality-based celebrations.. They undermine the 
motto of America , one of its three central values — E Pluribus Unum — 
“from many, one.”And this school will be guided by America’s values. That includes all
after-school clubs. I will not authorize clubs that divide students 
based on any identities. This includes race, language, religion, sexual 
orientation, or whatever else may become in vogue in a society divided by political
correctness. Your clubs will be based on interests and passions — not
blood, ethnic, racial or other physically defined ties. Those clubs 
just cultivate narcissism — an unhealthy preoccupation with the self — 
while the purpose of education is to get you to think beyond yourself. 
So, we will have clubs that transport you to the wonders and glories of art, music,
astronomy, languages you do not already speak, math, carpentry, and 
more. If the only extracurricular activities you can imagine being 
interested in are those based on ethnic or racial or sexual identity, that means that 
little outside of yourself really interests you.

Second, I am not interested in whether or not English is your native
language. My only interest in terms of language is that you leave this
school speaking and writing English as fluently as possible. The 
English language has united America’s citizens for more than 200 years, and 
it will unite us at this school. It is one of the indispensable reasons 
this country of immigrants has always come to be one country. And if you leave this
school without excellent English-language skills, I will have been 
remiss in my duty to ensure that you are prepared to compete successfully in the
American job market. We will learn other languages here — it is 
deplorable that most Americans only speak English. But if you want classes 
taught in your native language rather than in English, this is not your school.

Third, because I regard learning as a sacred endeavor, everything 
in this school will reflect learning’s elevated status. This means, among other
things, that you and your teachers will dress accordingly. Many 
people in our society dress more formally for a meal at a nice restaurant 
than they do for church or school. Those people have their priorities backwards.
Therefore, there will be a formal dress code at this school.

Fourth, no obscene language will be tolerated anywhere on this school’s
property — whether in class, in the hallways or at athletic 
events. If you can’t speak without using the “F-word,” you can’t speak. By obscene 
language I mean the words banned by the Federal Communications Commission plus
epithets such as the “N-word,” even when used by one black student to
address another, or “bitch,” even when addressed by a girl to a 
girlfriend.
It is my intent that by the time you leave this school, you will be 
among the few of your age to distinguish instinctively between the 
elevated and the degraded, the holy and the obscene.Fifth, we will end all self-esteem programs. In this school, 
self-esteem will be attained in only one way — the way people attained it 
until the state of California decided otherwise a generation ago — by 
earning it.
One immediate consequence of this is that there will be only one class
valedictorian, not eight.Sixth, and last, I am reorienting the school toward academics and 
away from politics and propaganda. No more time will be devoted to scaring 
you about smoking and caffeine, or terrifying you about sexual harassment or 
global warming. No more semesters will be devoted to condom-wearing and 
teaching you to regard sexual relations as only or primarily a health issue. 
There will be no more attempts to convince you that you are a victim 
because you are not white, or not male, or not heterosexual, or not Christian. 
We will have failed, if any one of you graduates from this school and does not
consider himself or herself inordinately lucky — to be alive and 
to be an American.Now, please stand and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to the 
flag of the United States of America. As many of you do not know the words, your
teachers will hand them out to you. Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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