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Where Does Reality End?

“You cried with fear, the point was near, Was it you that said,  “How long to the point of no return?” Ehart Phil / Robert Steinhardt / Steve Walsh

Exactly where does reality end? That might seem like an odd question but it has a great impact on our lives. We are limited by what our mind limits us to. Allow me to explain. 

End of the world photoAt one time European society thought that the world was flat. Thus they refused to sail their ships far out west fearing that they would fall off the edge of the Earth and perish. Then along came Christopher Columbus with his round Earth theory. A little-known fact is that he miscalculated the size of the Earth and felt China was much closer. And so he set sail and history was made. But if in his mind he knew that the world was flat he never would have ventured out.

So what are we being limited to today? Some things are apparently steadfast reality. Like gravity for example. You can deny gravity exists but when you jump off of the cliff you are going to get a harsh lesson in reality. I write this obvious tenet to prove that there is an absolute out there. That even if our minds were fully convinced that gravity did not exist it still would bind us.

So much of life is psychological. Sports, business, relationships, all take a healthy matter of confidence to succeed in. It is not always the best athlete the wins the contest. It is not always the smartest person who becomes successful. In fact, it is the person who defies normal conventions that might flourish. Entrepreneurs often fail but sometimes they hit it big, like Microsoft and Facebook.

We can apply these ideas to society in general. Is it possible to live life on planet Earth without constant warfare? Can a socialistic or communistic society flourish? I can use history to both support and contend the answer to those questions. The Native Americans had a communal society which existed without jails and psychiatric hospitals. They also had very little warfare and when they did have conflict it wasn’t all-out war as the Europeans had. But if we are stifled from the get-go and are told that our goal is impossible, we might never strive to achieve.

So much of scientific achievement comes from those who dared to dream the impossible. The light bulb, satellites, the computer, the automobile, why the list goes on. But the question is where does mankind get their inspiration from.

The dreamers of the world are fueled on by literature. Writers are not only those who dream of new and innovative things but put them down in the context of exciting tales. Like George Orwell’s  “1984” they may warn of societal dangers. I use “1984” as an example because so much of what was foretold has come to pass. We live in a world where ‘doublespeak’ has become reality. Civilians killed in warfare are no called ‘collateral damage’. History is being rewritten to manipulate the nation. Both sides of the issue are claiming the other side’s view as baseless or ‘fake news’.

Of course, the powers that be know that the media is a powerful means of controlling the population. All the major news companies are controlled by a handful of people. That is why you can put on any major network for the national news and they’ll all be covering the same stories. What we see on the news is done be design to manipulate our minds.

In the world of literature, the same effect if to a lesser extent. An idea is a very powerful thing. Once it gets into somebody’s head there is no telling where it will go. In fact, one simple anomaly can defeat the most methodically thought out plans. But if the major publishers aren’t going to present things which challenge the core of society, where is one to get innovative ideas from.

Small independent publishers are now flourishing as if self-publishing. These authors are not bound by corporate giants and can speak their minds freely without censorship. But of the millions of books out there where to start? Might I humbly suggest my science fiction anthology “From Chaos To Cosmos?” It is on sale for this week on Kindle of under one dollar. Open your eyes and expand your mind.

Where Does Reality End?

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). Where Does Reality End?. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 22, 2019, from


Last updated: 29 Apr 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 29 Apr 2018
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