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Power Of Perception

“Come in here dear boy, have a cigar, you’re gonna go far, You’re gonna fly high, you’re never gonna die”  Roger Waters

The best example of the power of perception is perhaps a placebo. 

optical illusion photoA placebo is, of course, fake medication given to a person. However, the person is kept ignorant of this important fact. The ‘medicine’ is administered just as if it had some chemical potency. Remarkably, despite having no medicinal values, people get better when taking placebos.

I am up early this morning and the financial news is on. They are talking about the worth of various companies. The whole financial system is, of course, a house of moldy cards propped up with manipulative psychology. Money, for example, has no real value, it is simply a piece of paper with no intrinsic worth.  The value of companies sold on the stock exchange is highly inflated. If you took the assets of the company it would be far below it’s worth on the exchange.

To illustrate this recall how ‘Facebook’ lost one hundred billion dollars in one day. Was there some massive fire that burned down the computers? No, nothing happened except the perception of the investors changed. If it can happen to Facebook it can happen to any organization including the government of the United States, the world central banks or the Catholic Church.

The financial news blaring on the television is beyond sickening to me. They are talking about real life crisis and how these calamities will affect their money. Unfortunately, in this diabolical world, we live in the bottom line to everything is money. Again this is down by perception. If people had spiritual core values instead of materialistic ones the world would not be this way.

Let’s us be perfectly clear and break it down to a real level. Workers produce everything. All those people who push papers the bankers, the Wall Street investors, the insurance companies they don’t produce anything tangible. Look at a man who trades futures. At the end of the day, he has nothing more to show for his efforts than at the beginning. The only thing that changes is people’s perceptions of things. Unlike a worker in a factory who could nicely pile up the fruits of his labor that all could handle and touch.

The unfortunate thing is that the people who don’t do any necessary work take the majority of the financial leverage. Of course, somebody will claim that the parasites who suck the blood dry from the worker’s productivity are essential. That without owners and management that nothing would be produced. I only have to point to the society that existed in what is called the Americas pre European to prove that postulation as inaccurate.

But let’s be fair about things and for a moment suspend reason and say that the owners and managers are necessary. Without a doubt, they are not as important as the workers. With no management perhaps you get low productivity but with no workers, there is zero produced. Yet, when it comes up to dividing the ‘profits’ the management take the majority. Even worse a great share goes to the ‘owners’ who do absolutely zero.

Let’s look hard at that Utopian world that visionaries seek. It would be a place no only without war, but without weapons. There would be no prisons or psychiatric hospitals. Poverty also wouldn’t exist. Once again we are describing what is called the ‘Americas’ pre-European, a society which was far from materialistic.

When people look at the world with the perception that money is the most important thing wickedness abounds. We are literally destroying the biosphere of planet Earth in a mad rush to accumulate something that at its core is fictional. The skies are being polluted, the waters we can’t drink from, the forests cut down, the mountains and hills mined. At the end of every day, the end result is damage. Mankind is slowly committing suicide. Well, a small group of people is getting very rich from the deal.

Finally, I just walked outside to chat with my neighbor. We noticed that they are cutting the grass by the railroad tracks. The town owns some property while the railroad owns the adjacent lot. Physically, looking at the hill one could not discern this invisible line. Yet the men cutting the grass stop at the exact line. We can all agree that it is a benefit to all that the grass gets cut. So why not cut the grass?

Well somebody must pay for those people to cut the grass! Why should the town pay for the labor instead of the railroad?!!?

The simplistic answer is because it would benefit everybody if they did and it is convenient for them to do so as they are physically out there with their machines.

Perhaps you cannot perceive the insanity in the matter but if you tried I think you could. I don’t want to live in a selfish world of technicalities I want to live in a giving world of ideals.

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Power Of Perception

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). Power Of Perception. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 20, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/fragments/2018/08/power-of-perception/

 

Last updated: 20 Aug 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 20 Aug 2018
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