“If the blind follow the blind they will both fall in the ditch” God

Do not let the world define you! Do not let them tell you that you have no worth. You are a child of God and a human being and due to those sole facts you are worthy of love and respect. 

This world has a good way of twisting things around. We are taught to covet what really doesn’t matter. I once saw the bumper sticker which read “He who has the most toys at the end wins”. Truth of the matter is death is the great equalizer. In the end when we stand before God all

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our material possessions will matter not. What will count is how we treated our fellow human beings.

I get calls every now and then from people trying to take a poll. They ask you a question and then give you a choice of three or four answers. When I tell them that the answer I want to give isn’t on the list, they tell me that I have to pick one of the choices given. It is at that time that I protest the honesty of the poll and hang up.

Not only should we question the answers that we are given in life to the questions, but we should also question the questions. You decide in your own life what your priority it. John Lennon as a youth was asked once ‘What do you want to be when you get older in life?’ He replied ‘Happy.’ The teacher replied ‘I don’t think  you understand the question.’ John replied ‘I don’t think you understand life’.

We live in a violent and hostile society. We are engaged in an endless war on terror, where in fact we are the terrorists. If you doubt that fact simply, count the dead and who killed them. Our society has mantras such as ‘Look out for number one’ and ‘Every man’s home is a castle’. I bring up the second because if you analyze it, the statement expresses an innate desire in European culture for longing to have total control, that is to be the king of the castle.

I often look down the row of houses that form my block, about ten on either side. I reflect how selfish we are because if we all had some collective community we could duplicate what we have in half the space. But now everybody needs a private kitchen, a private set of bathrooms, a private living room, a private laundry room. It doesn’t have to be that way.

As a person who suffers from mental illness your thoughts and ideas are outside of what is considered ‘normal’. This does not necessarily mean that your psychological problems are any greater than those who function in society. We live in a cruel world dominated by cruel people. In New York City you could fall to the ground dying and people would simply step on right over you not bothering to help you. I do not exaggerate it has happened. Don’t let the world trivialize what you are. Don’t let them tell you what you are is of no worth. A good job does not make a person a good human being, not by a long shot.

So with rapid succession I will point out qualities of people who suffer from mental illness that the world is in dire need of.

We are compassionate.

We are loyal.

We are willing to listen to another and be a friend.

We are humble.

We are not judgmental.

We are giving.

We are thoughtful.

We have been through extreme hardship and appreciate the little things of life more.

I want to present to you a poetry book I wrote about the time I was a psychiatric patient in a state hospital called Graystone. It is called Murmurings Of A Mad Man. The book is written in strict rhythm and rhyme. Please check it out. https://johnkaniecki.weebly.com/murmurings-of-a-mad-man.html