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Living A Lie, Life As A Number

“The silicon chip inside her head, Gets switched to overload, And nobody’s gonna go to school today, She’s going to make them stay at home”  Bob Geldof

“A Single Death is a Tragedy; a Million Deaths is a Statistic” Joseph Stalin?

We must understand that society is made of individuals, that every number is a heart and a soul. 

numbers  photoWhat is a think tank? Think tanks are groups of people who are experts in certain subjects. Think tanks will hire very intelligent people and analyze all sort of things. For example, there are think tanks that specialize in different countries or regions. Unfortunately, these think tanks don’t seek to create policies and strategies to serve the better good, rather they serve the bidding of their masters or employers. As such many wicked and evil things are thought up all in the name of maximizing profits.

Currently, I was reading how the currency of Turkey is being devalued. This is obvious action by the powers that be. The oligarchs that rule the world control and manipulate by any means at their disposal. War and subversive tactics are the norm and lies are the natural language of the tongue. There is always some new angle involved another way to put one over on somebody else and in the process getting a little or a lot of profit from the low down deal.

It is estimated that in the embargo of Iraq a half a million children perished. Madeleine Albright, when asked about the horrific crime, was asked if the embargo was worth the price. Without hesitation, the witch answered “Yes.” I can almost guarantee you that if it was her grandchildren or kinfolk perishing she would have had a different point of view. You see the numbers don’t touch us until we become one of the statistics. When your neighbor is out of work it is a recession but when you are out of work it is a depression.

In all honesty, it is very hard to keep up with all the awful, heartbreaking news that is crammed down our throat day after day after day. We are so used to war that we accept it as a normal function of life. It is both immoral and unnatural to wage war the way we are doing. When the United States holds four point four percent of the world population and houses twenty-two percent of the world’s prisoners something is wrong. But unless you know somebody like a refugee, or a family of an inmate most likely all these things are simply abstract numbers to you.

We must put a face of humanity upon reality. From my observation, the most covered aspect of the war is when the father or mother returns from overseas and surprises their child with being home.  This is blatant propaganda. We don’t see the flag-draped coffins of the fallen soldiers. We don’t see the mangled bodies of the victims of our cluster bombs.

Mental illness for some is but a number. Certainly for me before my illness I never considered the world of psychology, at best it was academic. Being committed to a hospital and being diagnosed with bipolar changed my world permanently and profoundly. Mental illness was no longer a statistic but a reality. Suddenly as my world collapsed I was thrust into a different existence.

My friend Peter at work once said that if we all threw our problems out that we would feel better. Peter’s father died when he was very young and at an early age, he had to work to support the family, giving up the dreams of college. The others in attendance too had their difficulties. It was true that we all have our crosses to bear. All the more reason we should care for one another.

So when you hear those numbers rattled off on the television news show understand that each and everyone is a human being just like you. One day the number is going to be you.

“If a picture is a thousand words a poem is a thousand pictures.” Invite you to explore my poetry book “Polishing The Fragments.”  Remember that I am in my great campaign to sell a hundred books in a hundred days and there are fantastic prizes. So if you buy any of my books leave me a note in the comments saying which one.

Living A Lie, Life As A Number

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). Living A Lie, Life As A Number. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 26, 2019, from


Last updated: 14 Aug 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 14 Aug 2018
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