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The Theater Of The Absurd

“And I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free.” Lee Greenwood

Well, those are some mighty fine words but are they true? Let’s looking into this thing a bit shall we? 

mime photoI am very concerned about Donald Trump’s challenge to Obamacare. Apparently, he is going to go to the Supreme Court and have Obamacare repealed. He plans to do this with no backup plan in place. Tens of millions of people, this writer included, could lose their healthcare. Everybody in the mentally ill community has a preexisting condition. Why would somebody be so foolish? Why would somebody be so cruel? It is absurd! But alas, so much of life is as well.

In school, we are taught that the United States was created to be a free country for all people. Really? Let’s look at those documents carefully. In the Declaration of Independence, the Native  Americans were reduced to ‘merciless Indian savages.” In the Constitution African Americans were three-fifths of a person. Women were denied the ability to vote. In fact, the founding fathers wanted only rich males to have the privilege of voting. So to say that the original intent of this country was to promote the ‘freedom’ of everybody is a lie. This conclusion is based on their own documents.

What about the legalization of marijuana? Does the government have the right to tell a person what they can or can’t do with their own bodies? Perhaps somebody will object to the legalization of smoking pot as dangerous. But what about medical marijuana? We use opiates now and they are highly addictive, so much so we are having an epidemic.  The tragedy goes further. There are many promising cancer cures that are illegal in the United States. Why is that? Why can’t Medicare bargain with the drug companies over prices?

I am active in community evangelism. In my hometown, it is illegal to put door hangers on doors. In the next town over one must pay for the ‘privilege’ to be allowed to knock on somebody’s door. Furthermore, all material that is to be handed out must be submitted beforehand for review. Why are there limits on free speech?

I was at the blood lab today and they recently set up an automative check-in. I had just been called in when an elderly couple arrived and they were having a difficult time working the computer. The woman left helping me to assist them. When the worker returned I said, “You have to be patient with the older people.” The worker, in turn, told me that it was mostly the younger people who had problems with the machine, “they lacked patience.” What is happening to our youth?

It seems we live in a world where either we don’t know what it means to go without or having the bare minimum is all we know. In New Jersey, we are segregated. All I have to do is take a drive around and see who lives where. I am not exactly sure how this system is kept in place but their methods are very effective. Yet I know many people who feel that racism is dead and will go as far as to feel there is reverse racism. It is as if we live in different worlds and in many ways we do.

I was in the store today and the computers went down. The poor young lady at the check out machine was totally powerless to help us. The woman behind me commented on how our society is so dependent on technology. She suggested that people should keep a supply of cash just in case the computers break down. I pointed out that when society degenerates to such a low state, paper money will be worthless too. If there is a major war our electronic way of commerce will be destroyed.

People in the mentally ill community tend to think outside of the box. We have a different set of priorities. We notice things that other people won’t notice. Like at the pharmacy. Some people won’t even say hello. If they do say hello it’s not said in a genuine way. They rarely interact with the worker. They’ll go up to the worker and announce their last name and date of birth. They act like the worker isn’t a human being but simply there solely to fulfill their whims. Don’t these people understand they are being rude, or do they simply not care?

I think it is high time that people started to think for themselves. Where are we now? Where are we headed? We are in a crisis. We live in a state of constant war. Mass shootings are a weekly occurrence. Suicides by veterans are over twenty a day. Poverty abounds. Just because the stock market is at record levels does not mean the country is doing well. People work two jobs just to make ends meet. Finally the ranks of the mentally ill or swelling. Sadly this last thing might not necessarily be negative for society. People need to chill out, think things over and correct our path. If not Armegedon is around the corner.

Please check out a  book of my thoughts called “Letting It Out”

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The Theater Of The Absurd

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. (2019). The Theater Of The Absurd. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 9, 2020, from


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