I try looking on the bright side of things, finding the hidden benefit in what appear to be setbacks in life or setbacks in the world. Whether those apparent setbacks happen in my personal or professional life or in the world community, with things like natural disasters, bombings, or wars of aggression, of which the United States is currently engaging in several resource plundering exercises. Despite what I perceive to be setbacks, there is always a bigger meaning and hidden benefits that will propel humanity forward in the future.
Donald Trump’s presidency to me is one of those situations that leads to me to search for the hidden benefits that exist to help society grow and evolve for the better in the near and long-term future.
So here’s my list of benefits that I see happening from Trump’s presidency:
- · Tens of millions of people are now aware of the term “Malignant Narcissism,” which I learned last summer after talking to a friend’s father, who has been a practicing Psychoanalyst for 20+ years. People all over the United States will be able to spot a narcissist thanks to Trump, which will allow more people to escape faster from the hold of said narcissist. (Talk to a person who was married to a narcissist and you’ll know how difficult this can be).
- · People’s “BS-O-Meter” is now more highly attuned. We now know it when we see. (“You’re going to be so tired of winning.” “You’re going to have the best healthcare. It’s going to cost a fraction of the cost.” “Everyone is going to be covered.” And on and on the BS goes). On the bright side, more people will know in that moment when they are being lied to. This is a very good thing.
- · People will be better equipped at spotting irony. It’s ironic that a pathological liar like Trump refers to media that calls out his lies as “Fake News”. Now that’s irony. (And the funny part to me is that his loyal followers actually believe that he’s telling the truth. Maybe a few million of these people will wake up and see his irony).
- · The Trump presidency may lead to the people seeking a stronger legislative president in 2020 who has the “inside baseball” knowledge of passing legislation that benefits the citizens rather than personally basking in the spotlight as the center of the media’s attention without possessing any interest or knowledge of legislating (see Malignant Narcissist definition above).
- · Consumers of political entertainment media, of which I hate to admit that I am one, will hopefully open their eyes to the reality that we tune in to shows, read articles, listen to podcasts, etc, that reinforce our beliefs rather than challenge our beliefs. The political entertainment media is tapping into our emotions to keep us coming back for more. Just like religions use the “Us versus Them” and “Good versus Evil” to keep believers coming back every Sunday. We’re simple beings who are easily preyed upon by the media geniuses who know human nature much better than we know our own selves. Or, the will and profit motives of the media companies is much stronger than our own purpose in life, of which we subordinate our goals and higher purpose, to the messaging from someone (media company – remember corporations are people) with a greater, more forceful purpose. Hopefully, millions of us will wake up to this and realize that we are being played for fun and profit by people who know how to tap into our emotions to sell advertising spots to companies that want to sell us alarm systems, gold, and reverse mortgages.
- · With Trump’s ineptitude and Game of Thrones style of leadership, two highly qualified candidates may likely emerge from both parties for the 2020 campaign. Even though the American people have been conditioned to look at politics as entertainment, they may wake up from these four years of Trump and demand that a competent leader be the candidate from their party. (I know this is wishful thinking. The money interests have probably already lined up their guy who will do their bidding for them and there’s not much the voters can do about this). But, one can dare to dream. And I can dare to dream that as a society we’ll wake up and realize that we need experience, competency, and a person who actually wakes up in the morning looking to improve the country (and world) rather than being praised by the fluff news show of “Fox and Friends.”
I believe that as a society and people that we are always improving. Some things appear to be setbacks. Maybe the Trump presidency is a setback. Maybe it is a launching pad for greater awareness and greater progress made. Good things will emerge from these four years, which I’m looking forward to seeing as time goes on. If nothing else, more people will be able to escape faster from a relationship with a partner who has narcissistic personality disorder.