I get it! I finally have some understanding of Trump and his followers. It’s not pretty, but at least it’s something I can wrap my head around.

David Brooks wrote an editorial in the June 2, 2017 New York Times called “The Axis Of Selfishness”. He posits that Trump has a very dark view of humanity and the world. Trump believes that man is motivated solely by selfishness and self-interest. Life is merely a competitive struggle for gain and dominance at the expense of others.

There are only winners and losers. There is a limited amount of ‘stuff’ to be had and everyone has to try to get as much as possible for themselves. You are either on top or you are on bottom beneath someone else’s heel. There is nothing in the middle. No area of compromise, no mutual interest, no sharing, no neutral zone where people coexist in peace, prosperity and equality.

This explains a lot. He is sympatico with brutal dictators because they share his philosophy of life. And they are ‘winners’ who have come out with the most power and the biggest piece of the finite pie. It’s every man for himself, us against them, eat or be eaten, dominate or be subjugated in a dark world with no humanity or humanism.

No touchy feely stuff like morality, good, selflessness, compassion, caring, or justice enter his world. It’s as if those qualities don’t exist for him. That really is sad. If he weren’t screwing up the entire free world I might feel sorry for him — another squishy emotion that he doesn’t recognize.

If this is how Trump sees the world, his behavior almost makes sense. No wonder he’s such a dick! No wonder he’s paranoid. No wonder he thinks all Muslims are out to kill us, that Western European democracies as well as Canada and Mexico are out to cheat us, that all non wealthy, non white Americans exist entirely to mooch off everyone else — and all liberals want only to destroy him.

No wonder Trump can’t let anything go — or stop tweeting. He has to be right and everyone else must be wrong. No wonder he has to demean others. In his mind, the only way you can lift yourself up is by denigrating others.

Brooks says the problem is that Trump’s worldview is self-perpetuating. If you act aggressively, competitively, and selfishly towards all others (people or nations), they will respond to you in kind. Thus your misanthropic attitudes are confirmed and the vicious circle of the worst humanity has to offer goes around and around.

The rest of us acknowledge the existence of greed and venality, but we believe social evolution pushes mankind to be cooperative, empathetic, idealistic, loyal, and righteous. We believe humanity is designed to strive for these ideals in our personal and public lives. We can see the wonderful world we can make if we work together and care for one another.

In our world, Harry Potter beats Voldemort every time. In Trump’s world, Harry Potter is a minor character with little power or even influence. Voldemort is the undisputed king.

I don’t want to live in that world! Neither does most of America.

We have to hope the people who share our better view of life can muster the strength needed to banish Orange Voldemort’s darkness, and bring back America’s light. We have to fight to reinstate compassion, decency, justice, and right as the guiding forces for America.


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18 replies

  1. I am guessing Trump was never hugged as a child. God knows no one would do it now.


  2. WONDERFUL explanation with an encouraging and hopeful conclusion. Where do I get my “Harry Potter Needs to WIN” tee shirt and pin? I’m in!
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
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    • This explanation of Trump’s world view actually clarified everything for me. It was an “ah ha” moment for me when I read the NY Times article I cite. Everything Trump does suddenly makes some kind of perverese sense now. I’m not perpetually scratching my head wondering what is going on and why. It actually helps me to understand how his mind works. And I’m not caught off guard as much by some of his bull shit.

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      • Odd how that works, huh? It certainly allows for a great deal more emotional distance than any of the armchair mental health diagnoses, ‘malignant narcissist’ especially.

        What does that leave the minions who do his bidding – The Pencil in particular? Flying Monkeys? (yes, I know — mixing metaphors)

        How about De Voss? Or the still millions of “Give him a chance, what about Hillary’s emails” supporters? The Party movers, shakers and bosses? The Electoral College? The wives and the kids?

        Shoot – we could come up with am entire League of Villains comic book series. It would, no doubt, sweep the nation faster than the Pet Rock. I can see the tee shirts, coffee mugs and evil character dolls lining the shelves now. If only I were an illustrator! (of course I’d have to hide out like Salman Rushdie)

        It would almost be funny, if the entire situation weren’t so darned ominous.



  3. And tomorrow, we get some serious testimony. Hope your popcorn is ready!

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    • And let’s hope that tomorrow will, indeed, lead to the final banishment of “Orange Voldemort” back to the darkness from which he inexplicably arose. Excellent post!

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      • We live in hope. But somehow, I don’t think it’s going to be quite that easy. We’re on a path, but we’ve never walked it before. So I guess we are going to see where our process might lead.

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        • I agree that this is a path not walked before, although it does resemble the Watergate path somewhat. But back then, even Republicans put country over party. That doesn’t seem to be the case today. And I am so tired of hearing terms like “unprecedented” and “uncharted waters.” A new path needs to be cleared before it’s too late for our country…and for the world.


      • Thank you! Don’t get your hopes up about Comey’s testimony putting the nail in Trump’s coffin. There’s a lot more legal mumbo jumbo that has to go on before anything will actually happen. That is if the Republican Congress will ever do anything about Trump.

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