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They Couldn’t See

“And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.” God 

Sometimes the answer to all our problems is right in front of us screaming for recognition but we don’t see or hear. 

blind photoWhen Jesus came to Earth there was a whole host of prophecies in the law, psalms, and prophets that he fulfilled. Yet, the Pharisees, the experts in the law totally missed the significance, that Jesus was indeed the Christ. They were so far off that they crucified, not only an innocent man but a sinless man. The answer they were seeking was right in front of their eyes yet they rejected him.

A great part of mental health is feeling good about one’s self and inner peace. Those are the two qualities that will lead somebody to a healthy mind. Conversely, when somebody is inflicted by society and those two qualities are violated mental health problems manifest. Things like bullying, mocking name-calling, and abuse are the primary categories of the evil manifestations.

I was one who suffered from those detriments in life. There was a lot of hurt and pain. People made me feel that I wasn’t any good. But life went on and despite my bipolar disorder I kept living. And in that living, I found both knowledge and wisdom. So I can speak with a tone of expertise.

First of all, anybody who engages in bullying, mocking name-calling or abuse aren’t good people. In fact, they aren’t even happy people. Rather they are small people who need to boost their own selves by pulling others down. There are two ways to go in life, trying to elevate self or humbling self. Mockers, scorners, and their lot attempt to elevate themselves at the expense of others. I can say with certainty that those who engage in this behavior are in fact inferior. The need to exert superiority is, in fact, a sign of true inferiority. So when I reflect on my past and see the offensive behavior I realize the quality of those who engaged in the offenses.

Why is this important? Because the bullying, mocking name-calling and abuse are just symptoms of a deeper problem. I know what those problems are. They are materialism, selfishness, hatred, and greed. These qualities may do well in making a business executive but they fail in making a good person. So when I reject the obvious malevolent behavior of my former peers I also reject their philosophies in life which led them down the path.

One thing I will always remember is the disparaging remarks made about minorities especially African Americans. In hindsight, I realize that those making those remarks probably had zero interaction with people of darker skin. Their hatred and prejudice were but another of their tactics to make their own sorry selves feel better. When I encountered what some of my peers mocked I found quite a different reality as their foul jokes suggested.

Rejecting the bad is only half of the equation, one must also fill themselves with something better. For me, this brings me full circle back to the teachings of Jesus Christ. That not only must we love our neighbors but we also need to love our enemies. This love cannot be in thought and word alone but must manifest itself in significant and tangible actions. That is knowing the war, starvation, poverty and such things are wrong is only the beginning. One must become an agent to effect change in this world. Even if our greatest efforts are slight there is always the power of example. In fullfilling the call to love others we in fact fullfill our own life and find our true purpose.

Everybody’s life is full of problems. I don’t want to be disparaging but some people’s problems are trivial compared to others. Some people have to make a hard decision of whether to use their meager resources to pay for the rent or pay for medicine. Other people have headaches regarding how poor the service was at the restaurant last night. I know one man that was a reporter for a radio station. He was overlooked for a promotion. He was already making nearly two hundred thousand dollars a year if not more and this was years ago. In the same environment, I knew people living in homeless shelters. To both their problems were consuming and real. But in fair judgment, the weight of the problems was far from equal.

There is a key from your chains. It comes from embracing the spiritual and rejecting the material. I believe one can see that in an honest examination of life. Unfortunately, people are not even secure enough to take a look. When somebody looks inward and they don’t like what they see, instead of courageously trodding forward, they retreat into some hideous dogma or drugs and alcohol.

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They Couldn’t See

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). They Couldn’t See. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 24, 2019, from


Last updated: 3 Jun 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 3 Jun 2018
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