“What would be the answer to the answer man?” Grateful Dead

Why? I am sure it is a question that every human being has asked in their life time. Why do bad things happen to me? Why in this world is there so much suffering in pain? Why does it seem that the good people suffer but the bad people prosper? Why can’t I find love? Why this and why that, the list is almost endless.Destruction photo

My friend once told me this story of a philosophy class. The professor had only one question on the final exam. The question of course was ‘Why?’. If I am to believe the story as true, one brave student answered with a solitary word as well, ‘Because’. I am told that student received an ‘A’.

If we consider everything in this world to be a blessing then we are at a good starting point. The list of things that we enjoy every day are vast and quite significant. There is food, drink, clothing, sunshine, air to breath, people who care about us, I think you get the idea. To look at everything with an attitude of gratitude is a good place to begin. Start acting like you are entitled and you will bring misery upon yourself.

Another concept of the general why question is this, ‘Why would a God of Love allow evil?’ I cannot adequately answer the question in it’s totality but I can give you some thoughts. First of all is the concept that we have free will. We can do anything that we want to. However with our choices come with consequences. I really don’t have to work, but if I don’t then I won’t get any pay. Also we have to understand that the majority of suffering and pain comes because of human decisions. That is war, famine, poverty, racism, hatred are all generated by human beings acting in a malevolent way.

This understanding that we reap what we sow and that we can change the world for the better is very empowering. If mankind can raise their consciousness, that what they do and the way they do things, has a profound impact on the word, thoughts can be transformed into action. There is a saying “Think globally, act locally”. I can’t feed all the starving people in Africa. But I can take care of my neighborhood, maybe in a very small way. If every week you bought a person a cup of coffee in the morning did you change the world? Perhaps not in the grand scale but I am certain the man receiving the coffee will feel blessed by your good deeds. Multiply this act of kindness by eight billion and we got ourselves a real good start don’t we?

We are living without a doubt in evil times. In fact I don’t think there has ever been a time on planet Earth where the times weren’t evil. However today’s challenge is unprecedented because mankind has the weapons and means to eliminate all life on planet Earth. A nuclear war in unwinnable. Also it seems that the ‘powers that be’ are trying to enslave the world for their own selfish needs. The environment is under attacked as Mother Earth is being gang raped. Endless war goes on.

So allow me to turn the tables on you. When forty years from now arrives and your grandchildren come to you to talk and they ask you ‘Why?’, what will you say? What have you done to make this world a better place? You see we all hold a common responsibility. We are interlocked with one another. Your prosperity is my prosperity and your demise is my demise. Yes, I know that many selfish, egotistical, greedy people only look out for number one. Still two evils don’t make a right they make life living hell.

Like so many issues of life I addressed it poetically, as in my book “Poet To The Poor, Poems Of Hope For The Bottom One Percent.”


By John Kaniecki

I hear a battle cry
Soldiers ordered to kill and die
Women’s lives shatter
Husbands, fathers, children
Victims of darkest sin
For a cause that does not matter
The moving of an imagined line
That wicked men design
A concept of nations to create
To separate us with patriotic hate

With our eyes we see
The pain, the torment, the agony
Our hearts also perceive
And with deepest hopes believe
This world we can change for the better
If we simply would work together

So sister, brother, daughter, mother
Love one another
Your skin be dark, your skin be white
Our souls possess the same guiding light
I will lay my life down
A cross to carry of sacrifice
For the joys of Earth that could be found
I would pay the price

Skeptics scowl scorn in doubt
“Mankind is doomed” they rudely shout
I say nay, there is a way
To live to give, it shall transform night to day
For greed, hate, evil it can be forgot
On bended knee I solemnly pray
And ask
Why not?


John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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APA Reference
Kaniecki, J. (2017). Why?. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 19, 2018, from


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Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 16 Nov 2017
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