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Where Are We Now?

“The silicon chip inside her head, Gets switched to overload” Bob Geldof

As I am writing this I am hearing Louis Farrakhan talk about the assassination of Malcolm X. Life is a tangled web which is choking us dead. 

Malcolm X photoIf you want to find the cause of mental illness then look at how we treat one another. We are killing one another gunning down each other, but that is not the whole story, not even close.

Reality is that there is a power structure in this world. This power structure functions on oppression. The people on top oppress those that are on the bottom. The idea is that if the top can keep the poor disorganized, fragmented, and fearful they will not be able to claim their ‘fair share’ of the pie. The people on top don’t care about the people on the bottom. In fact, the powers that be would be happy to get rid of the masses and depopulate planet Earth.

Malcolm X was a fearless leader, a champion of human rights. He was an oppressed human being who fought to remove the shackles that bound him. More than that he fought for all oppressed people throughout the world. It is a rare man to have ability yet to keep his solidarity with the poor and disenfranchised. The idea of racism is destroyed by the fact that many people of all races have done incredible things. Also, it is true, that people of all races have embraced each other in a bond of love. We can exist harmonious as one people, all we need to do is to accept one another and be tolerant.

“Accept one another and be tolerant,” that is the first step in reducing the stigma of mental illness. What do you think of when you hear the words mentally ill? Do you see a serial killer? Do you say that man on the corner dressed in filthy with spittle running down his unshaven face, dressed in shabby clothes? I hear a commercial played constantly on the television that one in five Americans suffers from some form of mental illness.

I recall at my job with the engineering company certain coworkers would call me “Crazy John.” I suppose I could have got them in trouble over that if I wanted to. When I eventually left the engineering company none of my coworkers except one ever reached out to me. This despite that I left to go into the psychiatric hospital. I probably could have sued the ownership at the way they terminated my position. Let me put it bluntly that they were far from compassionate at the end of my seven years of dedicated service. In fact, what the owner was primarily concerned with was that his company had a certain number of people so I didn’t qualify for compensation when I was sick.

Sometimes it is good to cut your losses. I don’t regret leaving the engineering company. Though the work ‘paid the bills’ it was a dead-end job. It was a bunch of self-centered people caught up in themselves, caring more about their egos and their money than anything else. The best thing about working for the engineering company was that it made me realize that it was good I never became an engineer. I enjoyed the experience and learned a lot about life from it, but it wasn’t something to commit my life to.

Now in my little microcosm, the person in charge of the engineering company was the oppressor. He wasn’t mean or cruel but he demanded that the work gets done no matter what. He was also a liar if the occasion called for it. I recall hearing a conversation with an engineer that worked for him. The engineer was going to be interviewed about designing a bridge for trains. The engineer said, “I designed bridges for cars but never for trains.” The owner’s response was “Just lie about it. ”

I doubt the owner would have resorted to murder to enhance his business. The rewards wouldn’t be great enough for him to do it and he probably didn’t have the guts. But when we look at the world in large the nations commit murders and far worse. In the process, people’s lives get crushed and destroyed. Mental illness in the byproduct of our wicked existence. When a sane voice like  Malcolm X comes along the system will do anything and everything to silence it.

The biggest lunatics of the world sit in the positions of power. They are destroying the Earth for personal gain. They do anything to keep their power. In the process we suffer.

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Photos by Daquella manera,

Where Are We Now?

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). Where Are We Now?. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 9, 2020, from


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