There is SO much stupidity in the world. Yet the world, remarkably, goes on. That’s why I’m an optimist, not a pessimist.
The key to understanding it: The competent, the thoughtful and the capable, while a minority, matter more than the incompetent, the mindless and the inept. Good matters more than bad.
As long as the good and the productive remain strong and self-confident — this is the key — then all will, for the most part, be well.
The moment the good, productive and thoughtful start apologizing for what they are and making concessions to the stupid is the moment we start on the road to trouble.
That’s why it’s important not to be afraid. Don’t apologize for your strengths or your virtues. Wear them proudly and, if necessary, defiantly. Stupidity — and there’s a LOT of it out there — fears and dreads this. That’s a good thing.
Psychological explanation for Trump Derangement Syndrome: Most people live their lives in “fakery”. They lack the self-confidence, or even the integrity, to be real and authentic with others. They fawn, swoon, pretend, virtue-signal — whatever it takes to avoid conflict and feel liked by others.
President Trump entered the most phony, dishonest, inauthentic realm in our society — politics. And he’s as authentic as can be. It’s not their disagreements with him that send them into near-psychotic rage.
They had the same disagreements with other Republicans on tax cuts, abortion and defense. Bush Derangement Syndrome was NOTHING like Trump Derangement Syndrome. Not even close.
It’s not ideology or policy. It’s psychological.
President Trump shows it’s possible to be REAL — even when people don’t want to hear about reality — and still attain significant success.
They will never get over his 2016 victory, and if he wins again in 2020, it will break them — even those who are not especially political. It’s what he represents.
The people who hate Trump are not authentic or real in their own personal or professional lives. And they despise President Trump precisely because he IS.