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Life was a lot slower and simpler in the fifties and sixties.

Written by: Gary Wonning

It seems that every day, the news is filled with reports of people overdosing on drugs and alcohol.

This problem seems to affect every age and social group, from the very rich to the very poor, men , women, and children.

We live in the greatest nation ever conceived by modern day man, we have opportunities available that were unimaginable even just a few years ago. We have luxuries and conveniences available to almost everyone that were once reserved for only the elites and privileged.

So, why in the presence of all these niceties of life, when life should be a piece of cake , do so many people resort to drugs and alcohol to drown their sorrows? Most people should be living life as if they have nothing to worry about.

There is one thing everyone has forgotten about, an issue that began to appear many years ago when our prosperity began to blossom.

As our material life improved by leaps and bounds, our spiritual life began a decline, people forgot about the things that made this country great. In many cases, people quit going to church and supporting the many fraternal, civic, and social organizations that were once the fabric of our society. People quit talking to each other, many times moving to various parts of the country for income opportunities, where like-minded people didn't exist.

When people from different parts of the country live in one community, they no longer share a common background or history, thus they often have nothing in common, and along with that many differences of opinions, beliefs, and social structure.

It's nice to have diversity, but too much of a good thing often has negative effects. We can all socialize with people from different backgrounds, but to build long-term lasting relationships is a horse of a different color. It's never the same as when we are around like minded people who we share many common interests with and who we have known all our lives.


All of this, plus the theory that our religious organizations in many cases no longer satisfy the needs of the populace, has lead to a moral breakdown of our country

Many people are asking questions about their spirituality that the churches can't or won't answer. Too many people who ask why bad things happen in their lives, the standard answer, "It's God's Will" no longer suffices, people want answers as to why "It's God's Will."

Thus, they have fallen away from any kind of spiritual teachings, leaving a void in their lives.

Instead of searching for answers in unconventional ways, they have given up and resorted to an easier course, drugs, and alcohol to drown their sorrows and misery.

However short term and destructive this may be, it is a quick fix and before long they are so removed from their spiritual foundation, they no longer care, or are even aware of their precarious position.

Over a  period of time, and after a couple of generations, many forget about the time-worn principles of life taught them by their forefathers. The guiding principles that have guided mankind from the beginning of time, the laws of nature , and nature's God.

Sometimes we need to find new ways to learn old things, sometimes we just need to go back and learn the old ways, get back to the basics.

People have lost sight of God and made government their God. When government fails them, which it will, they are disillusioned and have nowhere to turn. They have no confidence in themselves and feel hopeless.

They then rely on another false God, drugs.

Because of all this, our country has gotten into one mell of a hess.

Do yourself and your country a big favor, get up off your duff and do something besides stare at a computer screen sixteen hours a day.

Join a fraternal, civic, or social organization, get active in a church, put some purpose in your life, soon you will be so busy you won't have time to take any drugs or alcohol and you will be helping not only yourself but others as well.

By doing so, you can get this once great country back on track.


photo of a distinguished older gentleman
Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

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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