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What Is Normal?

“They say I’m crazy but I have a have a good time, I’m just looking for clues at the scene of the crime, Life’s been good to me so far” Joe Walsh 

What is normal? Perhaps a better question to ask is ‘What is the best way for one to live one’s life?’

jester photoI will humbly submit to you the proposition that this whole world is insane. It as Jesus said the blind leading the blind into a ditch. We spin our wheels on an icy road to nowhere. Mankind is perpetually at war. We have a very select few who possess as much wealth as the bottom fifty percent or so. In our quest for profits, the Earth is being destroyed. We can no longer drink from the oceans, there is massive pollution in the ocean, nuclear power plants exist with no viable solution for long-term containment of their radioactive waste. There is a general atmosphere of antagonistic cruelty that prevails society. Many of the United States are simply looking out for number one. It is insane and very unhealthy.

The Native Americans had it right when they had a supportive community. They lived in harmony with nature, taking the minimum of what they needed. They respected the Earth with the wisdom that the planet provided for all of their needs. If somebody in the community was elderly or in need they would be taken care of.

To illustrate the madness of today I want you to extrapolate into the future. If nothing changes where will this world be in fifty years? On its march for conquest, the United States is going to inevitably get into wars with Iran, Russia, North Korea, and China. Not only will this bring the deaths to millions but it will irrevocably change life in the United States. Even if we can someway avoid war, which defies all historical precedence, the Earth is being poisoned and the population rapidly growing. Droughts in Africa, which some allege is done by man using weather control, threatens the lives of hundreds of millions of people. Also, our resources are finite and our fuel supplies will become exhausted. If mankind is to survive we must repent and reform.

So what is normal? The Wall Street businessman living in his huge house with a life of privilege? Engineers, who suggest that they work together for mutual benefit? African American drug dealers, dealing in the hood where their most likely future is death or jail? I mention those three because I have an intimate look into their lives and lifestyles. All three are foolish and misguided because they are materialistically based.

But I have seen something better in the little community of Christians and reformers that I am associated with. I have seen people getting involved in the lives of others and striving to improve things for the general lot of humanity. Little acts of kindness go a long way. Distributing free clothes, food, and school supplies to those in need, visiting the sick and imprisoned, getting involved in positive change in communities. Not that the people who do these things are by any means perfect but they see themselves with the purpose of helping their fellow man. They chose the role of servant to lift others up.

Contrast this idea to the selfish who only do things to enrich themselves. I understand that in this world money is a very important thing. Yet to put one’s faith into money is very misguided and in fact dangerous. I have seen many people who have sacrificed their moral consciousness in their lust for mammon. Engineers who are more concerned with getting paid than their projects ever being constructed. Drug dealers dispensing their poisonous goods only caring that they get paid. These Wall Street people who are so parasitical in nature, doing nothing constructive while taking the lion’s share of the wealth. If you want to an honest exploration get to know some of these people intimately and you will see how miserable and wicked their spirits are.

At the end of the day when one is reflecting upon the events of their lives, they should do a self-examination. What have I done today? Who have I helped? How can I improve myself? Instead, some cannot stand the reality they have created and self-intoxicate themselves into oblivion.

Mental illness is so widespread in our society because we are living unnaturally. Our society is sick and eventually, it is going to implode.  You see how the mass shootings are growing with alarming speed. If we could reach the state where we care more about people than about money then things will go well. As it is Damocles Sword dangles dangerously overhead when it falls it will pierce the heart of the beast.

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What Is Normal?

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). What Is Normal?. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 16, 2019, from


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