The most remarkable fact of Trump’s world, population 62 million, is the vaporization of facts. We feel crazy, as, 24/7, Poof! there goes reality. The five senses are not the problem, continuously streaming data. The brain, a physical organ, has suffered no damage. The impairment is one of judgment, and that is the province of mind.
Brain evolved through nature, mind evolves through other minds. Mind is like sourdough bread – it always needs a starter. Some 80% of Foundlings without a mother-surrogate, abandoned to a mindless world, died before two years of age. Only humans create humans. We become human through other minds. From birth, this ongoing interaction not only shaped our internal world; it kept and keeps us alive! “God is infinite, but we cannot imagine the infinite. We must have some finite person. I feel someone is standing behind me. I feel always the hands on my shoulders.”
What is the relationship between Trump and the mind of his 62 million voters that vaporizes the factual world? That is our problem. It is not trivial.
A suicidal, depressed man jumps off the Golden Gate bridge. He survives. As he plunges to his “death,” his mind suddenly becomes bombarded by a thousand searing lights, illuminating sorrow, regret, terror, grief, a torrent of sadness breaking the heart. “What have I done!”
What he has done is throw light on the workings of mind. At the moment he leaped off the bridge, his mind was throttled by one thought, that of suicidality. His mind had been narrowed to one channel. No input from other points of view modified that thought. The enormous pain of depression had silenced his mind, reducing his inner world to one dimension. As he plunged to his death, the vast emotional richness of his inner world re-awakened from which depression had exiled him. He had become sane. This astonishing turn-around is well known. One treatment with electro-shock therapy can, at least temporarily, restore the powers of mind.
What narrows the mind of 62 million Trumpians?
which denudes mind to one dimension, that of
OMNIPOTENCE AND THE POWER OF FANTASY!
“When Moses didn’t come back down the mountain right away, the people went to Aaron. ‘Look,” they said, ‘make us a god to lead us, for this fellow Moses who brought us from Egypt has disappeared, something must have happened to him.’
“Give me your golden earrings,” Aaron replied. So they all did – men and women, boys and girls. Aaron melted the gold, then molded and tooled it into the form of a calf. The people exclaimed, “O Israel, this is the god that brought you out of Egypt.”
Anxiety had denuded the mind of the Israelites to one dimension, that of fantasy. They imagined a golden calf with the powers of a god. They could not think. A colleague describes Trump as “1/3 P.T. Barnum, 1/3 Liberace, 1/3 Mussolini.” Mind discriminates. Fantasy can imagine whatever it pleases. It gives the delusion of omnipotence. It disregards fractions and arithmetic.
Trump doesn’t communicate through stone tablets brought down from a mountain top. He tweets from the golden heights of Trump Towers. For unnumbered millions he whispers messages with the authority of someone speaking with god. He does as he pleases. He will run his business and the country at the same time. The Presidency of the United States is not a big enough responsibility He is ruthless and vindictive, amping anxiety.
The political system that brought us through the last 240 years is threatened. That is a terrifying realization. It generates anxiety. That threatens our capacity to think.
Mind recognizes that our country has suffered a grievous injury with the election of Trump. Mind also recognizes that Trump is 1/3 P.T. Barnum, 1/3 Liberace, 1/3 Mussolini.
Mind will exercise its full powers of judgment.