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When Darkness Dominates

“Hello darkness, my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again” Paul Simon

You look around at the world and if you are perceptive you see the evil. Not some dirt staining of a uniform but a wickedness saturating society maligning down even to the bone. What’s a poor boy to do? 

eclipse of the sun photoRacism. Let’s start with that evil. While many people of  European decent feel that it is a thing of the past let me assure you that it is both real and rampant. Whether the manifestations are being sold a house in a certain neighborhood, being pulled over by the police for no legitimate reason or to be watched while shopping in a store, people of darker skin tones can never escape racism’s chilling grip. Of course, the CIA is pumping drugs into the hood to destroy people of color as the FBI sits back and does nothing.

War. The United States is involved in ‘endless’ war. It is not a war on terror it is an aggressive war to steal resources from other nations. Even if you believe the official story of 911, which I do not, according to the report the majority of the hijackers came from Saudi Arabia. But since, at the moment, that country is in the favor of the United States the government doesn’t care. Instead, we are supplying Saudi Arabia with military equipment and military assistance in their onslaught in Yemen. Yemen is a country where millions are facing starvation. In addition, there is the wounded returning home both physically and psychologically damaged. Over twenty veterans commit suicide every day, and that is a tragedy. But instead of addressing the root cause of that problem the president of the United States wants to build a space force.

Greeed abounds and if you look hard enough you will find that the lust for material possessions is the root cause of the evil that permeates the world. I believe that the majority of business people and politicians are corrupt and are enriching themselves by illegal means they have access to because of their position and power. I believe that these people are very perverse as well, indulging in all sorts of immoral sexual practices even those forbidden by the law. The cost of living is going up where taxes and rents rise but the pay does not. Thus the economic power is being taken away from the poor into the hands of the rich.

Cruelty, which is exhibited day by day is atrocious. I observe people interacting with others and I see that they treat their fellow human beings as if they were some kind of automaton. Human beings should be treated with respect and dignity no matter their position. Instead, the clerk at the store is given orders to fetch a bagel as if they had no feelings whatsoever.

So is there anything we can do, I mean after all it is a big problem.

First of all, we must recognize that things are not right. That this is not how God intended us to live. We see society breaking down day by day, whether it is in crime, suicides, mass shootings, or other desperate acts. We must stop trying to fix the system and start trying to change the system. I will allow you to create your own vision of a Utopian future but for me, I believe in a society where the welfare of a human being is valued more than material possessions. A place where cultural bonds create a spirit of cooperation and assistance. An egalitarian existence.

Secondly, we must organize. Understand that your problem is not only a personal one but a societal one as well.  One voice is conveniently ignored while collectively we are unstoppable. If all the workers got together and stopped working society would shut down in an instant. All that is stopping such a movement is lack of vision and cooperation. When ordinary people get together good things happen. If the world is to change for the better we need grass root actions. Following leaders won’t do as those in power will buy out the majority of them.

Finally and most importantly one must understand the power of example. That is that you should be the change that you want to be. Perhaps the person of Jesus Christ has had the most impact in the whole world. Hospitals, orphanages, and other organizations do wonderful things inspired by the example of Jesus Christ. Yet Jesus held no position of power, he didn’t travel extensively, and at his death, he had only a small number of followers. Yet his example has been emulated and has impacted perhaps everybody who has lived on this planet. What you do in your life is a testimony to what you are, for good or bad. Other people are watching and other people will change their behavior to follow something better.

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When Darkness Dominates

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). When Darkness Dominates. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 26, 2019, from


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