The First Amendment Does Protect So-Called Hate Speech

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The secrets our founders knew

Written by Gary Wonning

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

I think it is pretty plain. When you read the first amendment of our Bill of Rights, it is quite obvious the first amendment contains no provisions for limiting so-called hate speech.

Many times, especially in today’s society hate speech is defined as a particular idea someone does not agree with and it has no correlation whatsoever with being hateful. Take for instance Face Book banning such people as Dennis Prager and Franklin Graham.

Neither of which has ever said anything that could be determined as hateful.

Criticizing someone’s different philosophy about life is not hate speech as long as it is done in a polite and courteous manner.

It is our American right to respectfully disagree with someone.

Once you begin banning hate speech, where does it end?

Who determines what hate speech is, the U Tube and Face Book people certainly have a different perspective than over half of the people living in the United States.

The first amendment guarantees free speech to everyone, regardless of their perspective and opinions, race, creed, national origin, gender, etc.  and cannot be denied to anyone.

Unwritten but something that also applies, we also have free listening, we are free to listen or not to listen, that is our choice.

The first amendment does not limit free speech, but something else does.

Common sense and decency, somethings need not be said in a public forum, regardless of or our rights, there is such a thing as discretion and good judgment.

The real meaning of hate speech falls under this definition.

In my humble opinion, using names and words that your grandmother would not approve of, should not be used in public.

A little common sense goes a long way, there is nothing wrong about trying to act like a civilized human being.

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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, and is available for book signings, and speaking engagements.

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

 

 

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Many Want a Utopia On Earth

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

Written by Gary Wonning

Since the beginning of time people have talked of a heaven on earth. Many have this illusion that living a life of peaceful bliss would be utopia, and something to look forward to.

Isn’t creating a heaven on earth the same as creating a Utopian society?

Utopian societies never work and actually go against human nature,  we aren’t created to enjoy a life with no challenges and live blissfully for several years. To be content and happy, our souls need to be challenged , and we need to learn and understand this.

When one becomes idle with no purpose in life they become bitter, restless and bored. This is the kind of environment a Utopian society creates.

We all need challenges in life and the ability to succeed, often against seemingly impossible odds. The human soul needs to overcome challenges to realize it’s full potential.

If  society takes away those challenges, there is no need to excel, we all become the same regardless of what we do,  with no need or ability to succeed.

Many, through time and even today look for a savior to save us from ourselves. The ancient Meso-Americans often spoke of a great man who would come from the east and make a better world for them. When that great savior, {Quetzalcoatl}, shows up, guess what, he killed them.

The Australian government in an effort to “fix” past atrocities, have over compensated the aboriginal culture, trying to right a wrong. 

In spite of their good intentions, what they have accomplished, is to make many of the aboriginal culture dependent and resentful.  Many get resentful if they believe the government has given someone else more than they themselves have received, instead of being thankful for what they have been given. They have become dependent on the Australian government, and lost the desire to improve their lot in life, because their basic needs have been met by government. 

The best course in life would have been to let bygones be bygones and move forward to make life better for everyone. 

In today’s world, many look for the return of Jesus to save us from our sins.

I have the utmost respect for Jesus, I believe he did in fact walk upon the earth and spoke great truths.

Following his teachings would give each and every one of us a chance to enjoy a life we could only imagine, while looking for a heaven on earth would only create discontent and jealousies. 

Would Jesus’s return create a promised heaven on earth as some  mystics prophesize? 

I doubt it, we, each and every one of us has free will, and everyone has a side for good side and a side for evil, there is good and evil in each and everyone of us, consequently, we all need to experience the good and evil of life. If we never have a so-called negative experience in our life, we cannot recognize good when it comes. 

We live on a planet of dual polarity, there are always two sides of an issue, good, evil, male, female, rich, poor, light, darkness, etc.

You can’t have one without the other.

This will always be true. No one can change that . I believe that is what Jesus was trying to teach us.

Instead of looking to Jesus as a savior, we need to look to his and other mystics  teachings for wise counsel. 

The best we can hope for is that humanity will reach an understanding that we are all different individuals with different needs and desires, and different life plans.

People need to understand this and accept the fact that no two people will ever think alike on everything.

Its OK to disagree, live and let live, let each person believe as he desires.

As long as his or her beliefs don’t affect me, it is none of my business what they believe.

It is also none of my business what they think of me.

It is only the fear that their thoughts will harm  us  that drives these insecurities. I have never seen a thought harm any one.

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.

 

 

 

 

You Finally Reach A Point In Time Where You Make A Decision

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

Written by Gary Wonning

There comes a point in time when one finally makes a decision to act on your instincts rather than the conventional wisdom of the time.

I had been attending a small gathering of people from a supposedly free thinking open minded church in town.

I had been attending this church for some time and for a while I enjoyed to the  friendship  I found there.

But the church began to change. One of the changes I began to notice was they began slowly to take God out of the service.

The monthly discussions began quite innocently discussing topics many in the church and I agreed with, but after time I began to notice the discussions always followed the same train of thought and generally followed the same particular line of thinking . 

But as with most groups, the tendency is to stay within safe boundaries and not venture from the accepted norm, not discovering any new ideas: even when discussing “new thought”. 

After a while, I thought it was time to move on and delve a little deeper into the various topics we were discussing. I soon discovered there are limits to even “New Thought”.

I soon found my input wasn’t accepted if it didn’t follow the line of thinking of the group, whenever I brought something up a little beyond what everyone else believed, the topic was suddenly changed, or I was cut off in mid sentence.

I don’t mind, and welcome a different opinion, but when I am completely blown off and my views aren’t even considered, that is when I draw the line, it’s time to move on.

I believe in freedom of speech and our right to express our feelings regardless if anyone else agrees with us or not. When someone starts infringing upon that right, I get my dander up real quick.

I also noticed in this group, a lack of faith and maybe even a lack of a belief in God. It seemed many were always afraid of something. 

There was certainly a common belief that the United States was not founded on a belief in God and that our founders and early settlers all believed in God and prayed regularly.

I’m not sure if I will continue to attend these meetings, but I have learned  a lot and if I go back I will continue to learn from those I feel are misinformed, sometimes it is amazing what we can learn from those who disagree with us. 

They can actually think we agree with them ,when we don’t at all, perception is everything. 

And regardless of how open minded they believe they are, they are only open minded when one agrees with them, or don’t step too far out of the box; nothing is going to change that.

Through it all, I have decided I will state my beliefs and stand by them regardless of the opposition, while deciding the correct time to state my opinions. There is a time and place for everything, sometimes direct opposition settles nothing.

We need to keep those of  alike mind close, those who think differently, closer. 

Enough is enough.

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.

It’s Time For A New Way Of Thinking

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Searching beyond conventional wisdom. Open new avenues in your spiritual search.

Written by Gary Wonning

Are you tired of the same old narrative?

Are you ready for something new, a new way of thinking which combines old common sense values and  new thought ideas.

Have you reached a dead end with your religion and the way people try to resolve the problems of the world and the issues in their life?

It seems every conversation ends in the same old time worn ideas that no longer work.

Are you tired of getting the same answers to the same questions, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”

“It’s God’s Will.”

To me that is a non answer.

The only one who can give us the answers to our questions is ourself. The answers lie within, and my answers may not be your answers. Your answers today may not be your answers tomorrow or the next day.

Many of the answers to today’s issues are thought to be hidden in some secret document. The answers are not hidden, they are right out in plain view for those who seek them.

All we need to do is to look within and get our egos and old thoughts out of the way.

It can be quite a journey.

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.

 

New Masonic Thoughts

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The Masonic Influence on World History

I found this some where, it would be hard to improve on the message. 

As masons, we have an identity problem. We’ve all heard the mantras, “Freemasonry is a peculiar system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.” or “We make good men better.”, but that doesn’t quite explain to the average man what we really are about. Reliance on a catchphrases to bring in potential members doesn’t convey what we as an organization are trying to accomplish. In fact, I think it is a banal attempt at marketing ourselves. If you want people to know you exist as an organization, the organization needs to be actively marketing itself and it has to agree on a definition of what it wants to represent. We can’t expect bumper stickers that say: “2B1Ask1” to send potential members to our doors. We can’t continue to take a passive approach and expect our membership numbers to reverse, we need to actively market ourselves and what we represent.

Furthermore, as part of this advertising, we need to stress how important the below values are for men today. As the MSANA report says when discussing the benefits of Freemasonry in the 21st century world: “Masonry offers an opportunity for a principled way of life rooted in the following Masonic values: 

  • Integrity
  • Diversity 
  • Inquiry 
  • Community 
  • Vitality


Masons are men who build community through brotherhood that is based on a principled lifestyle. A Mason’s life is deeply rooted in a system of values. Masonry cannot be kept inside the individual; it is a philosophy of fraternity that must be shared in action through numerous experiences, which are lodge-based, personal, and professional.“

I would substitute personal development in place of inquiry. I don’t see the act of asking for information as being one of our values. Instead, I see personal development more in line with our values. Personal Development covers the activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance the quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations. I personally have observed in my children a lack of certain life skills, for example, although I’ve shown him numerous times, I doubt highly that my 18 year old son could change a tire. As another example, my 16 year old son can’t cook a simple meal for himself. Sure he can microwave a meal, boil an egg, and do other simple kitchen tasks, but if I asked him to cook me a hamburger or pancake for instance, there’s a good chance that he couldn’t do it. Freemasonry can be marketed in such a way to younger generations to show them that Masonry can help teach them these life skills, either from the experience of being with older men who know these things, or by outright setting up workshops to teach them.

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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Shriner carrying a child up the steps of masonry

The Bullying Never Ends

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

People speak about bullying like it is something new.  It has always  been present and will go on forever .

Because we are human beings, we are pat of the animal kingdom, as a result, we humans as well as all other members of the animal kingdom have  a pecking order.People complained  about bullying when I was in school and that was over sixty years ago.

In other words, we all, on an individual choice,  determine where we belong on the hierarchy of human interaction, or how we inter-react with each other.

They say bullying is worse now, but so is global warming, or so they say.

The only one who can put an end to victim hood is the victim. The parents, teachers, etc, can and should make an effort to create a safe environment for all of us, but, they can only do so much.

Our teachers, parents, ministers, etc, can only do so much, they can’t be there all the time protecting us, in the final analysis, it is up to the individual to find a solution.

It doesn’t always mean a physical solution, many times the conflict can be solved more diplomatically.  The bully just has a basic human need that isn’t being filled in his life, or he feels jealous of what someone else has . 

Many times it is a self image issue, whatever the cause, regardless of how much we try to understand, there is only so much we can do. 

 

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