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It’s Money That Matters

“I don’ t care too much for  money, money can’t buy me love”   John Winston Lennon / Paul James Mccartney

“It’s money that matters, Hear what I say, It’s money that matters, In the USA” Randy Newman

Sad thing in the United States money, or the lack of it, is a very important factor. 

I reject greed. I’m in good company as the Bible says that “The Love of money is the root of all evil”. My dad once told me that all wars are for economic reasons. As a foolish youth I took exception to this and vehemently disagreed. Later in life I understood this reality. Not that soldiers go to war with the concept that they are enriching corporations. Rather Wall Street and the banksters manipulate the government and the public to wage endless war. The United States has been at war for the 222 of the 239 years it existed. And our government has the audacity to point to Iran and North Korea as  hostile.

I don’t believe in money. I would in fact love to create a society where there is no money. That is the ultimate dream. That people exist in a bond of Love and based on our humanity alone their needs are met. Today is you don’t have the money you will be denied the benefits of society. My wife suffers from dementia. There are programs that could help, in fact one is four blocks from our apartment. But I can’t afford to pay the eighty dollars a day they charge. I know it would help her tremendously and it breaks my heart.

The whole system needs to be changed and that will not be done by those on top. Faith in the ‘Democratic’ party is ridiculous. After all it was on Obama’s watch that Libya was destroyed coupled with massive deportations of illegal aliens. The left wing and the right wing are parts of the same bird. We only have two candidates that have a chance to win elections and both are bought out by the rich. This was clearly demonstrated by the bailout of Wall Street of 2008 when over ninety percent of the public was against it. Adding insult to injury there was 1.6 billion dollars going to bonuses for executives.

Of course the government bailout goes one hundred percent against the fundamentals of capitalism. A true capitalist would not want any interference by the government. After all Social Darwinism is the theory and the fittest must survive. Yet when the bankers and executives saw their own ruin they became hypocritical. In America it is a tragedy when rich people will become poor, but poor people being poor is fine.

The accumulation of material possessions is detrimental to the survival of mankind on the planet. First and foremost in the name of ‘progress’ and ‘profits’ our natural resources are being destroyed. The oceans are polluted, the Amazon is being clear cut, we cannot drink from the rivers, animals are hunted to extinction, endless wars are being waged, poverty is inflicted, the list goes on. As human beings we should put the priority of our actions in helping other human beings. The societies that lived in harmony with nature have been destroyed for all intents and purpose. However their vision and philosophies are very much alive in people like me.

Where are we headed as a people? We are on a road to nowhere where hatred, manipulation, lies and greed are the normal practice.

At this point I would like to point out that to some degree you are a slave. Unless you have enough money to live off of without ever working again you have invisible shackles on you. You can chose your master but you still need a plantation. Unless of course you start  your own plantation and exploit your fellow human beings. Most people can only recognize this to a certain degree. The real test comes when one espouses political or social positions that conflict with the norm. Also, tell your boss at work that you refuse to do some task, no matter how trivial, and you will quickly find the extent of your freedom.

I am far from wallowing in my pity. I dream of a better day. I promote methods and policies that I hope will lead to a better day. I just know my wife could be better off and that hurts me real bad. But maybe tomorrow somebody will be in my place and have better options.

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It’s Money That Matters

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. (2018). It’s Money That Matters. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 15, 2018, from


Last updated: 14 Mar 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 14 Mar 2018
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