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The Reality Of Evil

“I set out running but I take my time, A friend of the Devil is a friend of mine”  Jerome J. Garcia / John C. Dawson / Robert C. Hunter

“And the parting on the left, Is now parting on the right, And the beards have all grown longer overnight” Peter Townshend

The problem of evil is a stark and very painful reality. There is no getting around it. 

torture photoI believe that in every human being is the natural tendency to do good and to love. This can clearly be seen in little children. It is extremely important to note that in their innocence children are also blatantly honest. Truth and Love go hand in hand, you can’t have one without the other.

I do not believe in a  perfect society as no man is perfect. Thus whatever we create on Earth will be naturally flawed. However, we can strive for an ideal society. The direction for an ideal society will be determined by what you value. If you are a materialistic person, who wishes to ingratiate their selfish selves at the cost of all others, I suggest you look around.  This hellish life is your dream come true.

The great extent of mental illness in our society is the ramifications of the social environment that we created. We live in a cruel world. Soldiers are sent to the other side of the world to kill and destroy. Great pressure is put on the common person to produce. Racism, sexism, homophobia and other fears abound. If a person doesn’t have money they are forced to suffer the wickedness of poverty. Meanwhile, there is a parasitical class that sucks the majority of the resources to serve self. Is it right in a society that some children go hungry while others have more possessions than they could possibly use in a hundred lifetimes?

If one pays attention to the news one can be overwhelmed. Tragedies, horrors, and scandals abound.  It seems that lying and cheating are the norms of the day. With so much gloom and doom, what is the common person to do? Once again I must express the potent power of personal kindness. In your microcosm create the community that you desire.

Democratic socialism is a term that is emerging. As somebody on the left, I do not see Bernie Sanders as an honorable heir to this title. Sanders is far from Eugene Debs who is perhaps the ideal socialistic candidate. Debs was a rare man of generosity, motivated by love of the poor, and willing to sacrifice greatly for the cause. If you aren’t intimate with Debs he ran for the office of president of the United States during World War 1. One thing Debs said was that World War 1 was a war for profits and not freedom. Debs was put in jail. If you support a war, any kind of war than you have failed the litmus test and are worthy of the trash heap of vanity. Especially today as the United States is inflicting the world with wars of aggression.

That is the sad story of the United States. You have certain liberties. I can write this blog and be conveniently ignored by the masses. But if I had millions of followers who are active in society trying to exert our collective will, things would rapidly transform.  The history of the United States is full of oppressive hard handed tactics. This goes well beyond revolutionary groups. The Quakers, most of which are pacifists have a watchful eye from the government on them. Why? I want you to think about it very hard.

In my lifetime there are not very many well-known people advocating social change. Rather one has to dig deep to find somebody trying to change the world for the better. There are a host of pundits who give lip service to social change. But these are just patsies of that state as they are compensated with material riches for their efforts. What we have in the United States is called control opposition. If the organizations’ source of funding is from billionaires that group will never carry out the necessary work.

Controlled opposition siphons off the energy of genuine people wishing to change the world. That is why a personal commitment is so important as you have total power over self.

Finally, a word of caution about politics. People who seek power tend to be the worst of the lot. If a candidate makes you a promise hold them hard to their word.

In the end, it is the forsaking of hatred and materialism and the embracing of Love and spirituality that will have the greatest impact. Try it you will see.

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The Reality Of Evil

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 Reality Of Evil. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 17, 2019, from


Last updated: 28 Jul 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 28 Jul 2018
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