Trump Did Not Come Out of Nowhere

Trump Did Not Come Out of Nowhere

People are people.  They have shown, over time and over centuries, that they have good and bad instincts.  It’s the bad ones that history books are replete with.

It is always nice to document how we have evolved from caves to glittering apartments in the sky, from fighting with sticks and arrows to nuclear arms we hope never to use.  We appear, on the surface, so much more savvy than past generations. We pride ourselves on learning from experience, on not repeating horrendous errors of the past. 

We tell ourselves that we are sentient, sometimes wise human beings, and many of us feel for the downtrodden.  We are so proud of being people of the digital age.  We are sure that there have never before been such advances in our world, and we point with pride to the enormous discoveries in medicine, in science, even in the arts.  We have conquered the skies and planted a flag on the moon.  And, in many places, women walk unescorted, skin showing, everywhere.   We are, indeed, so proud of our progress. 

But look again.  We humans have, and have always had through the centuries, a dark, indeed a very ugly side.  Guns abound in more hands than ever before.  People, as vigorously as ever before, hunt down and kill others for some notion of God or something still more menacing.  In the US, at least, Senators and Congresspeople attend to their own needs first and the wealthy hoard in plain sight.  Our cities erupt in fire, people kill people for ancient scores and for no score at all, poverty is as rampant and as ugly as in centuries past, and religious warfare is as much a part of the twenty first century as it was in ancient times.

Recent demonstrations of far right Nazis and other extremists should not surprise us.  It’s time to take our heads out of the sand, to realize that Trump didn’t create these groups today.  It’s just too easy to blame him.

And, Trump himself is not an apparition.  It is stupid of us to pretend to be surprised.   He is simply appealing to all the worst instincts we carry around today, as we have for centuries.  And, the truth is hard to swallow regardless of how real it may be  – we are not much different from early humans.

Trump is an excellent reminder of how little we have evolved.  We should focus less of blaming others and far more on looking in at ourselves. 

There is no reason we could not have evolved more – but we haven’t.   We need to look at ourselves, not at Trump or others.

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