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From Your Neighbor’s Eyes

“You can go to church and sing a hymn, You can judge me by the color of my skin, You can live a lie until you die, One thing you can’t hide, Is when you’re crippled inside” John Winston Lennon

I wonder if John Lennon himself was crippled inside? Fame, fortune, success they don’t always bring self-satisfaction. But today I want to talk about point of view. In understanding that we see the world in different ways is key to getting along with one another in life. 

native american photoI want to say that there is, of course, an absolute truth. After all, there is only one series of events that have occurred on planet Earth that is without debate. I throw out the idea of alternative realities. However, the world is perceived very differently and it is important to note that people often act on lies rather than truth. In fact, I believe that it is impossible to know the truth in some circumstances no matter how discerning one is.

There is something I call the myth of nations. That is in every nation the citizens are taught some mythologized history of their country. In the United States, the little children are told that George Washington chopped down the cherry tree. When he was asked if he was guilty he replied with the line “I cannot tell a lie.” The story is one hundred percent fabrication. To the discerning adult mind, this is readily apparent. But to the child who cannot tell fact from fiction, it is another story. I was told my friend that in mainland or communist China she was told how Lenin was such a good little boy.

I recall reading the book of Josephus which talks about the history of Israel. Being intimate with the Old Testament I knew the history of Isreal well. It became obvious that Josephus was writing a very biased historical account and I stopped reading. There was no point as I felt it wasn’t accurate.

The question is then how can one get an accurate view of life. To trust just one point of view is extremely foolish. The news is biased and full of falsehoods and it is used to manipulate the countries. My neighbor told me about accounts she heard about people visiting North Korea. She said that it was nothing at all like what is portrayed on the news. Also, I was reading a science fiction book called Analog. In an article, the writer talks about his experience with North Korea. He was shocked that North Korea viewed America as an aggressor. In honest estimations, I cannot see it any other way but to view the  United States as a nation on conquest. If you disagree simply count the wars and military action that the United States have been involved in.

I will caution you that an honest look at the world will shake your reality, especially if you are an American male of European descent. In fact, American males of European descent tend to be the most clueless category. The reason being is that history is told from their bias. Some ‘whites’ question why the United States needs a black history month? The truth is that every month is a ‘white history month.’

It is funny that in our fictional movies we often represent the enemy as being some evil empire seeking to enslave the world. We tend to sympathize with the rebels who are fighting this aggressive monolithic evil. Unfortunately, a great many people that view the world cannot correctly understand who the ‘evil empire’ on planet Earth presently is. If you want to find out I suggest you count the dead and destruction, who did the wickedness and where it was.

How do Native Americans view the United States? How do African Americans, in particular, those who descended from the slaves view the United States? You may be able to guess the answers but can you quote orators and leaders of those groups who articulate their points of view. I would imagine from the rudimentary education given in this country that those groups would know the ‘white’ point of view along with their own.

So if you have the dominant role why should you even care? After all, if you are in charge what does it matter? The world is a keg of dynamite ready to explode as is the United States. Conflicting dynamics are pushing their agendas and the resulting synthesis is going to push the world in a new direction. It isn’t hard to see at all if you are willing to take a look. Sure the boat is sailing on the high seas just fine but the wind is changing direction. Riots are one more murder by a police officer away. People are getting desperate and desperate people tend to go to extremes.

A good place to begin a journey of discovery would be my poetry book “Poet To The Poor, Poems Of Hope For The Bottom One Percent.” In this book, if you are not astute, you will find names you are not familiar with. It would be wise to investigate these people who have influenced the world, especially the world outside of yours.

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From Your Neighbor’s Eyes

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). From Your Neighbor’s Eyes. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 25, 2019, from


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