When Men Were Men


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You often hear women complain that men just don’t act like men anymore. They complain that men won’t open a door for them, or pay for a meal or accept responsibility,  or get married.

In defense of the men, it has become politically incorrect for men to act like men. There has been a complete wussification of men.  When the equality movement began in the seventies, anyone who disagreed with the feminists were shouted down and called names like chauvinists or bigots. The women that didn’t agree with the extremists were also silenced and afraid to say anything.  There isn’t anyone who likes to be called names and humiliated.

Often times it is completely acceptable for women to be bossy or a bi—. While men are supposed to be more sensitive. How is that supposed to work? You want to be bossy and you expect someone to buy you lunch?

Most men liked to and still do give special treatment to ladies,  however, women now  consider themselves equal, why should anyone open a door for them? If they make the same money as a man,  why should men always buy? How is that fair?

Relationships have become partnerships more than relationships., the whole balance has been upset and put in disarray.

When women no longer are expected to act like women, and don’t want to act like women, then how can they expect men to act like men?

I think everyone agrees there should be equal pay for equal work , and over all more equality in society,however, if you want men to act like men , women will need to act like women, and realize that with equality comes sacrifices. You can’t have it both ways.

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.

 


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Bring the Past and the Future Together


Many long for the good old days, the days when life was simpler.

Anyone over the age of sixty remembers life in the 1950s, simple but good. Everyone one was poor by today’s standards, we had time to  visit our  neighbors and looked out for each other. We didn’t lock our doors , because you could trust almost everyone and we didn’t have anything of value to steal.

The only property we had that was worth anything were our guns which were stacked neatly in the kitchen corner. They weren’t loaded, but the ammunition was in the kitchen cabinet,handy if we needed it. Even a thief had enough dignity about him, that if he did come into our house, he wouldn’t steal our guns, they were needed for protection and hunting, in many cases our livelihood depended on them.

The youngsters were disciplined and lectured daily about not touching one of the guns, I wouldn’t even want to think about what would have happened to me if I touched one. I grew up in the days of playing cowboys and indians, my mom would have a fit if I even pointed a cap gun at the dog, I only did it once. She always told me not to point a gun at something unless I wanted to kill it.

There were  only a couple sheriff’s deputies in the whole county and they were probably twenty miles away, the couple times we called them because someone was stealing gas we used for the farm tractors, they didn’t come, too busy breaking up a bar fight.

It’s no different today, even if you live across the street from a police station, whatever crime an intruder commits is going to be accomplished before you can get a police officer there. The only thing the police can do is file a report and hope to catch the perpetrator later, all the while hoping no harm has come to the victim.

The American Indian lived in the past as did the Australian Aborigine along with many other native cultures. They lived in the past and present with no thought for the future. They told stories about their history to their children so they would remember. Thier connection to the earth and the creator have become the admiration of many in today’s world.

Since they never thought about their future, they had no future. they are still living today like they did several thousand years ago. They developed no technology and as a result they were overrun by people that developed all the latest and newest technology,weapons included.You snooze, you lose.

We live in the future with no thought to our past or present.  We don’t tell our children about our family culture and our history, the last thing a baby boomer wants to do is sound like one of their parents, by repeating what their parents told them. The baby boomer generation has accomplished a lot, this is one area they fell down on and never realized the consequences.

We have developed the most advanced civilization the world has ever known, at least for the last ten thousand years. Looking back  twenty years, even that minute time in history seems archaic and primitive.

Fifty years ago,none of us could even imagine what life would be like in the twenty-first century. We scoffed at the idea of going to the moon, computers were the size of a Cadillac, and we never ever ate in a restaurant.

Times have changed , even though we long for the good old days or think it would be cool living like the indians or aborigines, I really don’t know anyone who would want to live full time in a teepee or sleep in a humpie in the outback of Australia. For most of us a few days camping and we are once again ready for our air conditioned homes , our computer and the flat screen TV.

In the last forty years we have created a society unparalleled in achievement , our technology is the admiration of the world.

We have forgotten to tell our young about our past , not only our family and cultural past , but our past as a nation. Lets learn from the errors of our ancestors, let’s combine the spiritual awareness of our ancestors with the technology of the present. We can have the best of both worlds.

We need to keep the traditions alive, or we won’t have a future .

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

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Bringing America Back

 


Happiness is a Journey


Borrowed from an online site, most of the material on this blog is my own, but occasionally I borrow something I think is really good.My thanks to my unknown author.

Happiness is a Journey

This is not a journey into getting more. It is a journey into having more and being more, beginning by claiming the riches you already own and are.

Happiness is a choice you make, an attitude you step into, a state of being that runs deeper than conditions. It is more available than impossible. Can you and I find a way to be at peace with ourselves and our lives right now, even before the mortgage is paid, we resolve our differences with our ex, or terrorism is eliminated?

I have wanted many things in my life, and I still do. It had always seemed that I would be happier if I found my soul mate, lived in a bigger house, saw my book on the bestseller list, or toted the latest-generation iPad. Then I met a man who turned my belief system upside down. Shin-ichiro Terayama is a Japanese physicist who radiates joy more brilliantly than any soul I have ever met. He wears a perpetual smile and lights a room simply by entering it. I have never known someone so genuinely happy.

When Shin was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he was catapulted into deep soul-searching. He went to a Japanese garden and considered what would make his life meaningful, whether he lived one more day or another 40 years. His answer was: to be grateful for everyone and everything—including his cancer, as a wake-up call. From that day on, Shin said, “Thank you” for every event and experience that showed up in and around him. Within a few months, the cancer disappeared. That was 25 years ago. Now Shin teaches others to find health and happiness by practicing the lost art of appreciation.

The word content holds the secret of how to attain this consciousness. Content means “to contain.” You contain what you seek. It is in you, as you. No thing and no one outside you can give you or make you more than you already are. The treasure you seek, you already own. The treasure you seek, you already are.

We have all engaged in relationships, business situations, and living arrangements that demean us or lack integrity. Upon recognizing that we have sold out to fit in, we must say no to what does not serve us so we can make space for what does.

You cannot afford to settle for any situation that dampens your spirit. When you discover you have “detoured,” you must do whatever it takes to return to the path of joy. Putting your foot down is a prerequisite to stepping ahead.

The sage Sri Nisargadatta stated, “In my world all is well.” In what world did he live? Was it the one we see on the news, or was he watching a broadcast the rest of us are missing? Can we take up residence in the domain he described? Can we experience wellness even before the economy turns around, our spouse understands us, or wars come to an end?

Let’s take that adventure together. This is not a journey into getting more. It is a journey into having more and being more, beginning by claiming the riches you already own and are.

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

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What are Your Fears Telling You


 

I didn’t write this , but it’s good advice.

What Are Your Fears Telling You? 

It’s common to belittle our fears and try to pre-maturely cleanse them away. But just because we’re afraid, doesn’t mean we’re toxic or failing or falling off the spiritual wagon. Fear is one of the many colors in our emotional palette, and it’s often there for a reason. There’s nothing weak or less evolved about being frightened. And guess what, you’re not alone. We’re all scared. No one is fearless.

Fear contains powerful messages. When we’re courageous enough to be with what scares us, we can awaken our intuition and create a new path for healing. Whether you’re worried about getting sick, you’re currently dealing with a health issue, or you’re scared and struggling in other areas of your life, don’t judge your fears, invite them to tea.

Managing Your Fears

Anyone who lives with cancer will tell you that managing fear is an ever-evolving practice. Sometimes the shifts happen quite easily; other times our fears refuse to be rushed (and they really hate being trivialized). It took me over ten years to have a realistic perspective about my own health terrors. And let me be honest, I’m still working on it. Though I had the same information that I have now, time and experience have had a tremendous impact on how I work with my fears.

Fear is normal and, to a certain extent, it’s important. We can thank fear when it makes us get a lump checked or tells us not to get into a van with that guy. We can have gratitude for fear when it shakes us awake or jolts us from complacency. But while fear can play a very valuable role in igniting action, we can’t let it run our lives—especially if our fears are totally unfounded or irrational. Once we receive the message (the ah-ha!), we need to disable the fear alarm, turn it off, and cool it down because no one can thrive in a constant state of panic. Our bodies aren’t built for that, and neither are our spirits.

When fear becomes your lighthouse it will perpetually lead you to darkness.

Give Your Fears A Voice

So how do you get what you need from fear without letting it pull you under? Bring yourself back to the present moment. The here. The now. The pillow under your butt. The ground under your feet. The real reality. Unplug the movie in your mind and pet your dog. That’s real. That’s what’s truly happening.

Being afraid doesn’t make you inadequate. Many of us feel embarrassed and ashamed of our fears. We’ve been conditioned to believe that fear makes us weak. “Grow up. Man up. It’s not cool to be scared. Don’t be such a cry baby.” But stored up fears never make us stronger. Quite the opposite, stored up fears break us (emotionally and physically). If you want to set a powerful example for yourself and others, give your fears a voice. Talk it out. Call a friend. Chat with the friend within. Book a session with that good therapist. Pray. Ask for help. It’s all around you.

Lastly, sometimes fear is much easier to understand than we think. It may not have anything to do with being useful or not. It may not even really be fear. Perhaps we’re just really uncomfortable with change. New things. New information. The unfamiliar and all that goes with it. Give yourself a break. You’re human. You have many valid emotions. The trick is to stop being so critical and start applying more compassion and kindness to all aspects of you. Now go put on some cute heels or a snappy fedora and dance with your dragon (I promise you won’t get burned).

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

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