The perpetrator’s father’s entitled paean to contextualize his son’s crime (“20 minutes of action”) put the lens on deeper issues of privilege, entitlement, a society that perpetuates violence against women and sexualization of girls and women, and our endless focus on achievement over compassion. Are parents so bogged down in their children’s “success statistics” that teaching kids the simple goal of being a good human being is being left at the wayside?
And in a world that venerates billionaires, maligns the impoverished, reveres consumerism, and has lost its spiritual true north – Trump will be a shoo-in.
Anyone who has been in a toxic relationship knows that these relationships are likely taking the greatest toll on your health – they are the reason you don’t get enough sleep, that you may rush through meals or eat to cope, that you fall back into unhealthy coping habits such as smoking, drugs or alcohol.
If we elect a pathological narcissist, we are headed for the landscape of a narcissistic relationship and all of its disappointing fallout. By and large narcissistic relationships always follow a similar roadmap. Excitement, entertainment, seduction, promise of a bright new future, followed by disappointment, dashed expectations, desolation and abuse.
The high expectations of the holidays can sometimes make for a shiny wrapped package that doesn’t deliver. Just like a narcissist. The ongoing emptiness of narcissistic relationships can feel like psychological coal in your stocking.
Why do these political pundits keep framing his ignorant and narcissistic behavior as strategy, and gleefully guessing his next move as though he is UNPREDICTABLE? Trump may be the most predictable man on the planet.
When there is little distinction between the antics of a Real Housewife and the future leader of the United States, we should be afraid. The lunatics are now running the asylum.
Life has turned into the granddaddy of reality shows – Survivor. We are spending our days figuring out how to “outwit, outplay and outlast” each other. Is it any wonder that Donald Trump’s vitriol and divisive rhetoric are “trumping” many of the other candidates?
Listening is curative in its own right. To be heard, to be understood, to experience empathy – there is no pill that can do that.
Whether Donald Trump trumpeting hateful vitriol about Mexican immigrants in America, powerful men denying allegations of indecency, or pious families hiding dirty secrets – media is a game of Three Card Monte. If you are going to play (or watch), recognize that you are being had.