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

Written by; Gary Wonning


Because modern technology has resulted in an easier life style, America as well as much of the rest of the world has moved away from being an agrarian society. Societies before ours lived much closer to the land, their whole life centered on the weather, and the abundance or lack thereof, of the annual harvest. When the harvest was bad, people grouped together because of a need to survive. The ancient aborigines didn’t even reproduce during years of severe drought.

With all of our modern advances, we have theoretically eliminated starvation and need in modern society. If one is willing to work and place their priorities in the proper perspective, one can achieve anything his or her heart desires as long as they have the human capabilities to do it.

In most cases this is a good thing, however, there is a down side also. By eliminating much of the hardships our ancestors endured, we have also eliminated the sense of community and dependence on each other, as well as our closeness to the earth and our natural world.

Even our native cultures, what is left of them, have moved away from their basic moral structure and become less spiritual than in previous generations. Many have lost their way and have resorted to drugs and alcohol as a means of dealing with life’s problems.

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I don’t think there are many people alive today that if they had a choice, would want to live in a teepee or a “humpie” in the outback of Australia and many people no longer have a spiritual foundation, as is evidenced in their life style. Having said that, there are still many people who would like to be able to follow the customs and beliefs of their native peoples, while maintaining their current lifestyle.

Civilization, as we know it started with a high spiritual base and slowly moved to a more materialistic society, with it came an easier, safer life with more comfort than our ancestors could have imagined in their wildest dreams.

Along the way, we have lost sight of what is really important in life, we, as a whole have lost sight of our moral values, the values which built this great society in which we live. It is now time to return to the beliefs of our forefathers, they knew what they were talking about.

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as 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 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,

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