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The Coming Storm

“As long as I remember, The rain’s been comin’ down, Clouds of mystery pourin’, Confusion on the ground, Good men through the ages, Tryin’ to find the sun, And I wonder, still I wonder
Who’ll stop the rain” Glenn Gregory / Ian Marsh / Martyn Ware
I would be negligent of my duties if I didn’t inform you that there is a storm on the horizon. It is in fact the mother of all storms. Clouds never seen since Noah’s time and all filled with fire.

Thunder Storm photoPutting in mental health terms ‘How does one stay sane in an insane world?’

Insane Things The World Does

  • Build nuclear weapons that if ever used it would end all life on the planet.
  • Poison and pollute the environment for profits, to the point that the Earth cannot sustain our population.
  • Wealth concentrated into a handful of people while others live in abject poverty.
  • Genetically design plants and foods not knowing the full consequences.

 

Let’s try to follow the recent logic. Syria gassed their own citizens, though this has not been proven. We don’t want Syrian people to die so we launch missiles killing even more Syrian people.

I can understand the argument, that what the United States, England and France did will stop the ‘evil dictator’ from doing more ‘evil’. I’m sorry but at some point we’re going to have to break the cycle of war or we will all collectively plummet into that  horrible abyss of blackness. We will reap what we sow, just give it some time, the chickens will come home to roost. Killing people indiscriminately in some ambiguous war on terror will only create more terrorists.

The government claims it has no money to give teacher’s a pay raise yet we can launch over a hundred missiles at a million dollars a piece. I guess that sums up our priorities. Of course war is a very big business and perhaps what the United States is best at. It is a tragedy that we spend so much of our resources on organized murder and destruction. Those minds devoted to thinking of a better way to kill could be solving other problems. The poor soldiers who fight the battles come back both physically and mentally damaged for life. You know something is wrong when twenty veterans a day commit suicide!

So what can we do?

Solutions To Making The World Better

  • Treat everybody right regardless, of race, nationality, economics, politics, sexual orientation.
  • Always seek peaceful non violent solutions even if it puts yourself in jeopardy.
  • Move away from a materialistic world view to a spiritual world view.
  • Organize with like minded people and become active in contributing to the community in practical manners.
  • Understand the power in patience, humility, meekness and listening.

I don’t buy the idea that these people fighting overseas are in any way making us safe or are defending our rights. How does killing some illiterate Afghani who probably couldn’t point to the United States on a map protecting my right to free speech? From the Afghanistan point of view we are just another invader of their homeland among a long list. But there is opium there and plenty of mineral resources so we sacrifice our men and women.

Who then defends America’s rights? It is the brave people who stood  up to oppression and spoke for what they believed in at great personal cost. There are many heroes of the workers’ movement and the civil rights movement. There were brave people who spoke out against slavery, the genocidal slaughter of the Native Americans and war. Eugene Debs during the time of World War 1 ran for president for the Socialist Party. The United States government had him thrown into jail for saying “World War 1 wasn’t a war to defend freedom”. After the war the government not only released Eugene Debs but admitted that he was right.

Think about the  hypocrisy of World War 2. The United States wanted ‘African Americans’ to fight for freedom when they didn’t even have freedom in their own country. Vietnam was even worse. Muhammad Ali said it best, “white people sending black people to fight yellow people to protect the country they stole from the red people.” Except sadly there was no threat from the Vietnam people, they simply wanted to live as they wanted to.

Finally I want to say that you have a personal responsibility in doing something to help the world. God gave you talents and you are expected to use them, not to enrich your selfish self, but to bless others. Perhaps you even hate politics, that just tells me you possess wisdom. We live in a sick and twisted world seething in hatred and we need to show some real and genuine love. And to motivate you I’ll tell you why, one day the drones may be flying over your town and you’ll be relegated to collateral damage.

As always I try to sell one of my books. https://johnkaniecki.weebly.com/poet-to-the-poor.html

The Coming Storm

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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Kaniecki, J. (2018). The Coming Storm. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 21, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/fragments/2018/04/the-coming-storm/

 

Last updated: 17 Apr 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 17 Apr 2018
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