Envy is the deadliest of the Seven Deadly Sins. It can’t abide another’s powers, accomplishments or fame. Fueled by intransigent hatred, it is the great destroyer. Jealousy, on the other hand, suffers the loss, real, imagined or threatened, of the “Good Object” and continues to long for it. Envy goes down happily in flames, just so the envied one suffers the same fate.
So when Donald Trump attacks Meryl Streep, it is her brilliance as an actor that he singles out for contempt. She has a valued gift, widely recognized. John Lewis is a man of action. He marched at Selma. He was at Martin Luther King, Jr’s side in the great battle for civil rights. What Trump turns on its head is John Lewis’s legendary courage to take action. With hateful contempt, he dismisses him as merely a man of “words, words, words.” W-h-a-a-a-a-t! And when the cast of Hamilton, the brilliant and smash hit, addressed Mike Pence after a performance the Vice President attended, Trump tweeted that the play is not that good.
Trump’s envy underlies his utter contempt for women. Judging by the turn-out at the marches all over the world this past week-end, women read him accurately. They recognize his self-proclaimed delusional superiority gives him license, in his mind, to “does as he pleases” with them. All his life, he involved himself with teen-age girls, grand impresario, their lord and master. He referred to Hillary Clinton as a criminal and promised to put her on trial, if he won the election.
Trump’s self-adulation is boundless. It is a manifestation of his appalling narcissism. However, narcissism is not a roaring volcano of hatred. In fact, a narcissist is so self-absorbed, he doesn’t have the boundless energy for the terrifying hatred that drives Trump.
More and more there is talk of nuclear war. Last night, in his TV series, Resistance, Keith Olbermann warned of this possibility, a war initiated by the President of the country with the greatest nuclear arsenal. Mike Malloy raises the possibility as well. And what has Trump said about nuclear war? We should “greatly expand” our nuclear forces and welcome the resulting arms race because “we will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.”
Trump’s boorishness stains our speech, his lies challenge our sanity, his envy threatens civilization.
Trump’s hatred is an existential threat to the world.