Why do People Think Like They Do?


For a long time I have tried to understand why people think the way they do.

To me, some people’s line of reasoning is so far out of line , it is incomprehensible how they can believe what they do and think it makes sense.

I understand that not everyone thinks the same,no one thinks they should, but for some, their line of reasoning is so far out of line , there is no way what they believe can work or be useful in the real world.

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I happened to be watching a movie tonight and a statement was made that made it all make sense.

The movie was called “Premonition” and Sandra Bullock was asking a priest for advice about a premonition she had.

During the conversation the priest remarked,” People who have lost their spiritual beliefs are taken over by a force greater than themselves.” I’m paraphrasing , but that was the meat of the statement. The priest went on to say that they then begin to belief absurd things.

When people fall away from their spiritual foundation, they begin to believe anything. Thier reality changes.

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Nature abhors a vacuum, when a person loses their individual beliefs, a vacuum is created and something is going to rush in and fill that vacuum. This is a natural event and happens to many people. Most of us at some point in our lives question what we believe and many times we change our perspective completely.

As this is happening in our lives it is important to remember to keep one foot planted firmly on the ground as we are reaching for the stars. What is real must always be kept in mind.

If one foot isn’t grounded in reality, we tend to create an unrealistic reality, and begin believing everything and anything. That is what is happening to many souls, they actually begin to believe their absurdity, they no longer think objectively and they don’t even realize it.

We are living in a changing society and nothing can be done to stop many of the adjustments that are being made to our lives. Having said that , we need to hold onto the basic truths and knowledge that has guided society from the beginning of time, those unchanging truths that are called the Laws of Nature, Nature’s Laws, or the Laws of God, or Nature’s God.

Many are living in an entirely different universe, they have replaced God with government , and mistakenly believe all solutions come from elected officials.

They have lost their birthright, God provides the answers, the God within, not government.

Even the founding documents of our country state this.

You have to believe in something bigger than yourself.

 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

Your comments appreciated

George Koritzer

There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world, When looking back in history, I soon discovered this has always been a problem, Benjamin Franklin once said, ”Of all the senses, common sense seems to be the one that is used the least.” As obvious as it may seem, many seem to be totally oblivious to it. Most, if not all of the problems the world faces today could be solved if people would just sit back and think about what would seem to be the most obvious and simple solution to any issue. Often times people tend to over complicate the issues. I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice. It is now evident they were a lot smarter than we gave them credit for. Many times, in today’s world, the schools and universities can no longer be counted on to teach truth and values that will guide someone through life.

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The Separation of Church and State


People are continuously saying that in the United States, we need to keep church and state separate.

In many instances this is true, we certainly don’t need a country where everything is decided by a church or our whole government is run by a religious figure. The founding fathers took many measures to insure that  wouldn’t happen. They saw what had come about in Europe because of those issue,and were determined to not let that happen here.

However, that doesn’t mean we should shut God or religion completely out of government. We are seeing first hand what becoming a secular government has done for our country. In the last several years, we have abandoned the basic principles of decency and common sense that made our country great.

We no longer adhere to the universal laws that our founders based our constitution and bill of rights on. Our founders were deeply concerned this could happen.

Our constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence rank right up there with the Holy Bible and the Magna Carta as sacred documents. If followed, they guarantee rights and freedoms unparalleled in human history.

Although we don’t need or want a country governed by a religious zealot, we do need a president who believes in a supreme being, or God.It is essential, If one doesn’t believe in God, they naturally believe in government. 

Our rights as humans come from God, no government should have authority over us. We have power over government , we are the ones telling them what to do not the opposite as is happening in today’s world.

It is important we get back on the right track.

 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

Your comments appreciated

church and state

There has been much debate over the years about what the founding fathers meant about the separation of church and state. In recent times there has been much disinformation about how they actually believed, especially George Washington. In this short Ebook the author tries to explain how they actually felt.

 

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Militarizing the Local Police (Part 2)


Written by; Gary Wonning

The riots in Missouri bring back many memories of such events in the past, the riots of the 60s,from which Detroit has never recovered, The Rodney King incident, and like several others, the full story was never told.

The O.J.Simpson trial, where riots broke out in Los Angeles, which would have been a lot worse had he been convicted. Even the  Trayvon Martin incident could have gotten a lot worse in short period of time.

There have been several such events in the recent past that has brought major destruction to the property of law abiding citizens.

I don’t think anyone wants to see their cities and homes burned to the ground, these types of incidents have to be controlled very quickly. We saw what happened in Ferguson, in many cases it was more about looting and robbing than it was about someone’s civil rights, or race.

Most people, and the press jumped to conclusions. The press and certain  so called civil rights leaders actually threw gasoline on an already explosive situation, having only their own selfish agenda in mind.

Our civil rights are important and protecting the Bill of Rights is of the utmost importance.

Having said that, we don’t live in the era of Barney Fife anymore. The world has changed. There is a real imminent threat to our way of life, our liberties, and our security like never before.

Technology has made it possible for almost anyone to create a weapon of mass destruction. Because of the actions of our own federal government, we have thousands flooding across our southern border daily that threaten our security and our way of life.

I don’t want to be an alarmist,but our country probably has hundreds, if not thousands of terrorists living within our borders. They are walking amongst us , many supposedly leading so-called normal lives.

We face threats on many levels, we will be attacked again, it is just a matter of time. When we are, it will be up to the local authorities to control the situation until, and if help arrives. There may come a day when we are glad our local police forces are armed as they are.

If things get really ugly, the federal government won’t be able to handle it, it will need to be taken care of on a local level.

Our second amendment rights need to be preserved, that is a major necessity, but we may need more firepower than the citizenry can provide, plus the local police force can gather much needed information and coordinate it, something the local citizenry cannot do.

Thankfully, most law enforcement officers have their heart in the right place and are dedicated to their mission.

There are always some bad apples in the barrel. The best way to ensure we have dedicated people in our local law enforcement is to hire the best people , regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation,etc. It is time to stop hiring people to fill some quota, and fire and prosecute them if they overreach.

Like everyone else, I am concerned about the military build up of our local police forces, but I am equally concerned about the dangers facing our nation and our ability to face them. Our local police force may be our first line of defense.

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

Your comments appreciated

thinking

America is in serious trouble, many no longer realize what values and principles our country is founded on and have strayed from the common sense and creative thinking of our ancestors, how can we fix it?

Militarizing the Local Police


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Written by: Gary Wonning

The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri has once again raised the issue of militarizing our local law enforcement officers to a semi-military status.

Like everyone else I am concerned to see this sort of thing come about. I get concerned when I see unmarked government cars, and some with Homeland Security stickers on the door driving down our expressways.

Not long ago I saw an unmarked suv with a “Special Forces” sign on the front window visor. He had a computer mounted on the dash like a police officer would have, he took a photo of a nondescript community sign and drove off ,raising the visor so no one could see it.The back of his suv had tourist type stickers on it like a normal tourist would have.

I see a lot of such things that concern me. It makes me wonder what this country is coming to , and why the police and other law enforcement are gearing up they way they are.

I get concerned there may be a takeover of our country by an overextending government who is hell bent on destroying our liberties.

I think many well meaning Americans, like myself are becoming concerned. However, there are always two sides to a story.

Continued next week.

 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

Your comments appreciated

masonic

Throughout man’s long history on earth,there has been one group of people who have carried the torch of liberty and freedom throughout the ages , from time immemorial until the present day. In these days their counsel is need more than ever.

The Plight of the Postal Service


Written by :Gary Wonning

Much has been written about the plight of the postal service. 

The latest mantra is they are losing money because of email and the internet. Their claim is because more and more people are receiving and paying their bills on line , their revenue has dropped and thus it is impossible for them to show a profit. 

There is probably some validity to that point, however , businesses have to adjust to changing environments all the time. Every business that thrives faces challenges everyday and most have competition, the post office has no competition in the first class mail business.

Thus, they can can raise their rates whenever they want and suffer no consequences. They continuously raise their first class rates, while keeping their rates for parcels low. They have competition in the parcel business from companies such as UPS and Fed Ex, so they try to undercut their rates. 

Aside from the normal business challenges,UPS and Fed Ex face challenges and pressure from congress all the time, and they continue to make money on a business that the post office gave away because they said they were losing money on it.

UPS , operates with a union presence and they still maintain a healthy bottom line, in spite of paying the highest wages and having one of the best benefits packages available in the nation. They even provide health care,vacations, and extremely good pensions. 

Besides lower rates for smaller packages, the post office also give away free boxes to their customers. These boxes have to cost at least a dollar apiece,when you subtract this dollar from the rate they charge, it reduces the price even more. 

The postal service has continuously lost money at least for the last sixty years.  I can’t remember a time when they showed a profit.

In the early 1970s, they blamed their woes on parcel post and willingly gave the parcel business to UPS. As a result, UPS grew by leaps and bounds, enjoying some of their best years of expansion. The post office then discovered how much money UPS was making from the parcel business , and complained that UPS stole the business from them. It wasn’t stolen , the post office willingly gave it to them. 

It comes down to the basic principle that the government , and it doesn’t matter who’s government, are not good business managers. Why should they be? It isn’t their money, when they run out of money all they need to do is go crying to congress and congress will give them more “free” taxpayer money to operate on. 

They have a pretty good scheme going, keep losing money and get more free money from the unsuspecting taxpayer. All government run  businesses operate on this principle, and the taxpaying public never seem to catch on. 

 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

Your comments appreciated

George Koritzer

There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world,
I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice more often.
It is in this light I have decided to publish some of my random thoughts based on the views of our ancestors

Available in hard copy and EBook format.

A Video, Journey towards Enlightenment.

 

The Masonic Influence on World History


From time immemorial, one group of people have preserved the tenants of freedom from tyranny, can we count on them again?

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Throughout man’s long history on earth,there has been one group of people who have carried the torch of liberty and freedom throughout the ages , from time immemorial until the present day. In these days their counsel is need more than ever.

The Islamic Terrorist Threat


Written by: The Bashful Country Boy

In today’s world the greatest threat to peace we have is Islamic terrorism.

Their murderous armies are spreading world wide, even to the United States , where many have come legally, but many more have entered through the porous U.S. /Mexican border.

Many see no problem with the number of illegals who have gained access to our country, and many welcome it as a humanitarian project. Many compare it to a time when people came here from Europe for a better life and see it as a way of offering many the opportunities we all enjoy as Americans.

However, there is a huge difference between immigrants from the past and those of today. In the past, most came for a chance to improve their lives and create an environment that contributed to the American way of life which offered life,liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

In today’s environment , that is not always the case.

Many now come to live off our system, thinking they are entitled to our privileges without contributing to it. They have forgotten that with rights come responsibilities.

And sadly, many come to destroy our way of life in order to spread a religion of hate. This wave of  hate is mainly , but not always, coming from the Islamic world.

Are all Muslims hateful? Of course not. It has been estimated that about ten percent of all Muslims are extremists. Even if that figure is correct, that ten percent can out number the total population of the United States, and it only takes a few from that ten percent to create havoc on a world wide level.

It is this ten percent that is given the Islamic world a bad name. How can this be reversed and not only spare the world a future filled with terrorism, but create a better understanding of the Islamic way of life?

There is only one group of people who can do it, the Muslims themselves. They are the ones who have to stand up and be counted. Just like in the black community, they are the one’s who need to stop condoning bad behavior. They need to call out members of their own race about their unacceptable behavior. 

Bad behavior is bad behavior, it matters little what race, creed, or religion you happen to be. It is time to stop taking sides , if someone is not acting properly they need to be called out on it and appropriate action taken. 

No one can do it for the Muslim community, if someone of a different races criticizes them or makes a statement, they are only called racist and an insensitive bigot.

They need to police themselves. This is the only way the world attitude will change, these wars have been going on for thousands of years, do you really want them to continue?

We can all exist in the world community, and practice whatever religious or spiritual belief we have. We don’t need to conquer others and force them to belief as we do. 

Many times our own individual spiritual beliefs can change during a lifetime, who knows what you will believe tomorrow? As we gain in knowledge, rightfully so, our beliefs change to accommodate our newly learned information, we need to adjust our spiritual believes accordingly, it is the only way we can grow spiritually. 

Let’s create a world where that is the norm.

 The author 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

Your comments appreciated

thinking

America is in serious trouble, many no longer realize what values and principles our country is founded on and have strayed from the common sense and creative thinking of our ancestors, how can we fix it?

 

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