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Your Voice Matters

“And there are voices that want to be heard. , So much to mention but you can’t find the words.”  Rolf Letekro / Tony Harnell

“We’re on a road to nowhere, Come on inside, Taking that ride to nowhere, We’ll take that ride” Chris Frantz / David Byrne / Jerry Harrison / Tina Weymouth

Who decides what voices you hear? Do you agree with what is being crammed down your throat? What do you have to say in the matter? 

ear photoYour opinion is just as valid as anybody else. Some people flaunt their degrees of higher learning and claim an expertise in life. I categorically reject this approach. After all, those who possess those degrees are currently in charge and on all fronts, they are doing a terrible job.

What is going on? Well, first of all, we have endless war. This serves two purposes, it feeds the military industrial complex with masses amounts of money and it steals the resources of other countries. Pollution is rampant where the nature of Earth is being destroyed, a sacrifice on the alters of profit. The masses are enslaved through neo-colonialism. There is a general attitude of indifference among mankind. And finally, worst of all capitalism puts the worth of mammon over the worth of a human being.

But of the eight billion or so people who inhabit planet Earth, we all have our own voice. Some of us, maybe the majority, parrot the official position of those who hold the power structure. Many fear speaking how they feel as they are oppressed. But in the cowardice of intimidation, we are throwing away the key that can free us. I firmly believe that if everybody got up and spoke their mind that things would change for the better.

I want everybody to know that there are different ways and different ideas. What you take for granted as the way things are is not etched into the eternal stone of reality. Civilizations rise and fall and socially there are trends and movements. Just because things are bad now doesn’t mean they have to be that way. And if we can’t fix the world we can deliver a better one for our children and grandchildren.

Part of speaking your unique voice implies that you will listen to the voice of others. After all, if you want to be heard it is only natural that you should listen. Many people fail to examine anything beyond their own culture’s perspective. This is doubly true if one is amongst the ruling class. So in the United States, we are taught the point of view of the rich, European, male. Even when the world is examined it is taught from the perspective of the ruling class. I once had a friend who wanted to learn about ‘white privilege’. I suggested several African American authors who touched on the subject. His response was that since ‘white privilege’ was a ‘white’ thing he should go to a ‘white’ author.

New ideas are like eating new foods, the taste will be startling and unsettling and because of unfamiliarity, we are inclined to reject them. But part of exposing oneself to other ideas is examining them and giving them some consideration. If nothing else you will learn to talk to others in a manner they can understand.

Do you know that we as a planet are on a precipice and if we don’t walk wisely the fall will be so tremendous that the devastation will make everything in history look relatively minor?

Pride comes before the fall. Arrogance is the fuel of discontent. God is not to be mocked. These so call ‘evangelicals’ are against about everything that Jesus ever stood for.

You see the voices they have been speaking, shouting and crying out in desperation for thousands of years. They have been speaking wise words of warning that those in power have mocked and disregarded as foolish.

Finally, position and power have nothing to do with being correct on matters. The United States is the most powerful military might and has the greatest economy. That does not mean that it is the ‘best’ country in the world. Should we applaud the neighborhood bully for being the toughest kid on the playground as he treats his fellows as prey to rob them of their lunch money?

As I said in one of my poems “Black Elk speaks same as Moses.”

Please check out my book of revolutionary poetry “Poet To The Poor, Poems Of Hope To The Bottom One Percent”

Your Voice Matters

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). Your Voice Matters. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 24, 2019, from


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