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Thinking About It

“I think therefore I am” Rene Descartes

“Intelligence in the accumulation of knowledge, wisdom is the application” FeatherLeaf

If one thing long stays in psychiatric wards affords is plenty of time to think things over. 

We are thrust into this world like being plunged into a river with furious currents. At first there is so much to learn that we can barely stay above water.  Than as life continues we have the opportunity to investigate the things that we have been taught.

The information that is given people is skewed at best, if not outright lies. Religion is a great example of this as every religion teaches contradictory lessons. Not all of them can be right, that’s an impossibility. So it is with history and many other things. In fact to discover the truth is quite a difficult and laborious project. In all honesty it is easier to go along with the program and not question things.

But I refuse to live a lie. In the United States we are taught that we are all created equal. This simple statement taken for granted is contradicted by the documents this nation was founded upon. Native Americans were merciless savages. African Americans three fifths a person. Women didn’t have the right to vote. So if essence what the founding fathers meant were all ‘European men’ were founded equal. Even then they tried to keep the vote only in the hands of land owners. These things can be investigated and it is not hard to do so.

In the Land of the Free  you would think that we don’t have political prisoners. After all freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of politics is all guaranteed by the constitution. Unfortunately the government doesn’t act that way. Whether it was the interment of the Japanese Americans during World War 2 or the systematic destruction of members of the communist party or other radical groups, our history is filled with glaring acts against our ideals. In fact the severity of punishment for some has even been death.

So am I bashing the United States? If telling the truth upsets you than perhaps you should check yourself. I am fairly certain that all societies from some extent to another oppress peoples inside their domain. That too is something to think about. I focus on the land that I live because I can do something about. It’s great the Jimmy Carter can speak about the situation in Palestine, yet he remains hauntingly silent on Native American rights. I see many identical parallels and the lack of addressing the American injustice seems hypocritical.

We are told we are a nation of law and laws must be upheld. So we unleash the ICE agents to deport ‘immigrants’ while we violate the treaties with the Native Americans. What the country does is selectively enforce laws as they see fit. And even if the Supreme Court sides with you, you may, like the Cherokee be marched from Georgia to Oklahoma in the middle of winter with inadequate supplies in a Trail of Tears.

Thoughts too involve us internally. How does one conduct their lives? I recall in college where I was lost in the world. I saw people partying and from the outside it looked like they were having a wonderful time. When I was enticed to join them I saw from the inside that things were not so good. In fact these people were doing nothing but living a lie. Some lessons in life we only learn by trying and failure, after all you won’t know how hot the fire is until you get burned.

And so go many thoughts about life. I have written a book called “Letting It Out”. It merges the world of poetry with philosophy. The book is full of ‘prose poetry’ or ‘poetic utterances’. Above all it is a book of thinking. I invite you to explore it. Today is it’s release date.

Thinking About It

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). Thinking About It. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 23, 2018, from


Last updated: 31 Mar 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 31 Mar 2018
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