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I Still Have Something To Say

“If you said goodbye to me tonight, There would still be music left to write” Billy Joel

When my friend Frank went to school he studied political science. After a couple of semesters, he came to the conclusion that the people he was studying were men just like him. 

Thinking photoIn many fields, we take the ideas of men as authority. Sigmund Freud is an excellent example. Can somebody please prove to me scientifically the existence of the id, ego, and superego? It’s not like physics where I can measure the rates of speeds or make physical measurements to prove the theories proposed. So let me ask the question, why listen to these people?

We are of course straying from the realm of the divine. As a Christian, I recognize the Bible as the Word of God. (Not the capital letters.) Yet, even then, when I read the Bible and others read the Bible we come out with radically different conclusions. Our views are so different that you wouldn’t think that we had any common source at all. But let us stray away from religion, because if we contradict that we are fighting against God.

My biggest argument against those who control the world is the state of the world itself. That is these well-educated people are doing a pretty crappy job in their positions of authority. It is high time that we had a breath of fresh air and bring in some people to give it a try. We are destroying the environment, waging ‘endless’ war, and have huge wealth disparities. I think almost anybody could do a better job, why not you?

Of course, when somebody does come up with some kind of alternative the establishment seems threatened. The history of the United States domestically and internationally is one of oppression. Where people who want to change the status quo are systemically destroyed or assassinated. I could write a long list of names, which are obscure. They are obscure because the powers that be fear the ideas that these people had championed.

There has to be a better way because we are far from perfect. It brings me to the question ‘Why is mental illness so common in our society?’ There is an obvious answer and that is the unnatural way that we live. In life in the United States, we are kept under constant pressure. Most people live paycheck to paycheck. Personally, I am living off of my savings and taking care of my sick wife. I am trying to get her into a nursing home. There is a host of paperwork I had to submit.  Then after that is done I get a notice that they need more paperwork. This notice gives me only a week to get it done with the ominous warning of my application could be terminated if I don’t get in contact with the people. I called the number several times and nobody answered. I looked up another number and called where they gave me a third number. I called the third number and a machine said they were too busy to talk. Honestly, taking care of my wife is demanding enough without this frustrating wall of bureaucracy. Stress fuels mental sickness.

I recall working in the customer service business. I would answer the phones and order parts from the warehouse to meet the customer’s needs. I recall one time that a customer needed foot caps for his patio furniture and I ordered them. Foot caps are the tiny plastic pieces that go at the bottom of the legs of the furniture. Anyway, I ordered the wrong foot caps. The customer called irately and I ordered the wrong parts again. The third time the customer wanted me to get fired, all over parts that didn’t stop him for using the furniture and cost less than a dollar. My manager stepped in and personally went to the warehouse to ensure that the right parts got sent. She discovered that all the foot caps for the furniture were identical so the customer actually got the right parts the first time. What kind of twisted, sick, demented individual wants somebody to lose their livelihood over a trivial error? Worst of all the customer was too stupid to put on the correct foot caps, so it was all his fault.

But here is the story I wanted to tell. I would eat lunch with the workers in the warehouse. During January it was a very busy time because they would do inventory and have a lot of orders. As such they would hire temporary workers to meet the demands. The warehouse people said that if they just put off the inventory for a couple of months they wouldn’t need extra help. But that warehouse people were never consulted about how they perform their own jobs. They were treated as if they didn’t have brains. We live in a world where we cannot even think for ourselves but need to follow orders.

Do we have free speech in America? I recall the one worker at the store who was strictly told not to talk politics because it would be bad for business. I guess she didn’t have free speech, did she? Putting a muzzle on people only harms them.

The murders, rapes, robberies, they are all the symptoms of something gone wrong in our society. The only difference between you and say Plato is the reputation you have. You have a mind, have the confidence to use it. Just because things are a certain way doesn’t mean they need to be that way. We need a change in the world and your thoughts and ideas are as valid as anybody’s else.

Here is a book which is my thinking out loud in a poetic way. It’s called “Letting It Out”


I Still Have Something To Say

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). I Still Have Something To Say. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 9, 2020, from


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