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Thinking Independently

“Welcome my son, welcome to the machine, What did you dream?, It’s alright we told you what to dream’ Roger Waters

“Well, we bursted out of class, Had to get away from those fools, We learned more from a three-minute record, baby, Than we ever learned in school” Bruce Springsteen

“When I think back , On all the crap I learned in high school, It’s a wonder , I can think at all” Paul Simon 

Well, these are the opinions of three certified geniuses. For what it is worth I agree with them completely. 

Thinking photoWhy do you think the way that you think? Why do you follow your religion? Why do you have your political views? Why do you love or not love your country?

In my personal experiences, I was educated by the state. That is I went to public schools. The teachers were trained and needed college degrees to practice their trade and they had to pass certain tests. Also, the curriculum was selected by certain criteria. Are you seeing a problem yet?

Some things are universal. Math and science are based on reality. History is extremely subjective. With only a limited amount of time to teach somebody judgment decisions must be made. At best there is a prejudice based on what is most necessary. English class is another glaring example. Why did you read the books that you read in high school? After all the world of literature is quite broad and there are thousands of good selections out there.

What exactly is the goal of high school? In reflection, to me, it seemed more like a low-security prison than a learning institution. One had to report at a certain time. If a person failed to come in before the bell rang there would be some sort of punishment. Walking in the halls outside of the time period of changing classes was forbidden without a pass written by somebody in authority. In study hall, one couldn’t talk, even if nobody was studying. If one declined to go to school the truancy officer would go into action. Unfortunately if one was going hungry there wasn’t some official to ensure they were being fed. You couldn’t even leave the building during school hours.

Furthermore, students were required to take certain classes. If somebody wanted to be an artist or a musician they had to take the math courses and science. The argument is that one should get a well-rounded education. Perhaps that is a valid point but that well-roundedness is forced upon the student.

Also, things change in the process of one’s education. Thanksgiving turns from a harmonious get together into an episode of genocide. Columbus ‘discovered’ America when two hundred million human beings inhabited the land. ‘Manifest destiny’ nowhere to be found in the Bible was mandated by God.

We are taught that we live in a ‘democracy’ and then it switches to a ‘republic’. We are told that we have political freedom, but then we learn how the communists were persecuted. We are taught that we have freedom of speech but radical groups are eradicated.

Here’s a good one, we’re taught that we’re all equal. But then we look at the original documents written by the ‘Founding Fathers.” Native Americans were ‘merciless savages.’ African Americans were three fifths a person. Women didn’t have the right to vote. They even wanted to make owning property a prerequisite to voting but the populace was armed and wouldn’t stand for it. So according to the original documents and reality the ‘Founding Fathers’ never taught we were all equal. The United States was designed for rich, white, males of a particular descent. It says so plainly in the documents they wrote if you take the time to read them and think about it.

Jesus said if you want to be perfect, sell all you have, give it to the poor and come follow him. Funny how extremely rare it is that one wants to be perfect. In fact, these preachers practice the antithesis and accumulate massive amounts of wealth. It is almost as if they are anti Christ. 

Questions are good and true answers are hard to come by. These answers will be quite disturbing. But searching for the truth is better than living a lie.

Hey if you like this article you would love my book “Letting It Out.” This book of poetic utterances are philosophical musings.


Photos by Wiertz Sébastien,

Thinking Independently

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 Independently. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 17, 2019, from


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