S4 E20 — Living Resiliently Through Domestic and Global Chaos

Polls and polling to him are demonstrations of loyalty, not scientific measures of the country’s mood. When faced with tough challenges, he becomes unglued and bombastic.

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5” Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Don’t leave a situation before the agreed upon ending. It takes patience to hang in for the last bits because your mind will be racing ahead to the next thing, but just hang in there.” Pisces

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s 20th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 3rd day of April in the spring of 2022.

We concluded the three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed — during the “normal” pre-pandemic year compared to the pandemic year, and more recently to the paradoxically normal year. 

Season 4 continues now within domestic and global chaos.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E19The Reason Character and Honesty Don’t Count Anymore; S4 E18Hopelessly Naive or Too Numb to Know Any Better?; S4 E17We Regret to Inform You …;

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E20Celebrate the Anniversary of When Things Seemed So Normal; S3 E19Thought Flickers, Cosmic Swirling and Exacted Costs; S3 E18My Teacher is Sending You to Detention!; S3 E17Guess What? You’re on a Treadmill Just Now Picking Up Speed;

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E20Panic, Fertilizer and Least Expected Meaningful Moments; S2 E19What’s Percolating in Our Collective Unconscious?; S2 E18What is the Truth and How Can You Tell?; S2 E17Shutting Mountain Resorts Down, Closing Boutiques, Kicking Tourists Out;

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E20Day 20 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E19Day 19 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E18Day 18 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E17Day 17 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Miles Taylor, author of “A Warning” by (Anonymous ) witnessed the devolution in the Trump administration.  Mostly driven from the top by the Trumpster. 

He says he doesn’t need to read to make informed decisions because he acts “with very little knowledge other than the knowledge I [already have]”.

Taylor found himself astonished at the president’s sheer level of intellectual laziness. 

And he wasn’t alone. 

Intelligence is one of those qualities that, if you insist you have it, you probably don’t — which is a polite way of putting it. 

Behind closed doors his own top officials deride him as an “idiot” and a “moron” with the understanding of a “fifth or sixth grader.” People normally tack a string of expletives onto the front and back ends of their assessments.

Taylor’s title — A Warning — adds fuel to the fire raging in us, citizens feeling our constitutional democracy will come to an end if Trump is re-elected in 2024, or maybe worse, if he isn’t, given his behavior so well documented.

One core question we voters have to take seriously is he willing and able to change? Consider Taylor’s observations:

      • He has a juvenile view of complex subjects
      • Normal people who spend any time with him feel uncomfortable
      • He stumbles, slurs, gets confused, is easily irritated, and has trouble synthesizing information … with regularity and
      • He can’t remember what he’s said or been told.

In short Trump flunks Cicero’s “fake news” test — “it is dishonorable to stumble ignorantly when it comes to the facts and to be deceived.”

But the beat goes on starting before he was elected.  

He was a regular booster of Alex Jones.  Trump was also one of the most visible adherents of “birtherism,”

Was there a conspiracy theory he didn’t spread? Trump said:

      • Senator Ted Cruz’s dad was involved in the Kennedy assassination,
      • Justice Antonin Scalia may have been murdered, and
      • Vaccines cause autism.

The point is, Trump “doesn’t care if the person spewing them is a fraud, as long as their words serve whatever purpose Trump has.”

Taylor says he goes to bed with Lou Dobbs. a once-respected Fox host, whose late-night show is now riddled with conspiracy theories.

He falls asleep with Dobbs’ ideas floating in his head and regularly brings them to the Oval Office demanding they be implemented the way Lou said they should be.

He’s comfortable being a huckster of half-truths. He spends a lot of time talking to staff about perceived injustices. He will send White House aides on an endless quest to “fix it.”

Begrudgingly you may have to acknowledge his genius — an evil genius — for giving nicknames to his targets as a tactic allowing the president to turn attacks into instant memes. “He road tests the insulting monikers with friends.”

There are no two ways about it. Trump is a bully, explains Taylor.

Trump’s past is rife with allegations of stiffed contractors, unpaid employees, broken agreements, involved in more than 3,500 lawsuits over the span of three decades, included claims by individuals who said he and his companies failed to pay them.

Hardly a day goes by without revealing evidence that Trump is “… a vindictive and self-promoting person, one who spends inordinate time attacking others to advance his interests.”

The president’s modus operandi emphasizes combat over peacemaking, bullying over negotiating, malice over clemency, and recognition over true generosity. His philanthropic history is full of empty words and questionable practices.

Take the Trump Foundation which fits into the shady side of evil genius.

Rather than fund it himself, he solicited outside donors. Why?  It allowed him to write checks with his name on them without diminishing his own wealth.

But, the state investigation in New York accused it of “a shocking pattern of illegality,” little more than a checkbook to serve Trump’s business and political interests.

Exhibit A? 

He used $10,000 in money from his charity to buy a six-foot oil portrait of himself. So much for the spirit of giving.

What happens when you compare Trump to Cicero’s standards? 

A courageous person includes resistance to the mob mentality, avoidance of obsession with money and pleasure, and stability through crises.

Our tweeter in chief survives on a diet of “likes” and “retweets” craving  high approval ratings which Taylor points out is ironic, because he does so little to deserve them.

Polls and polling to him are demonstrations of loyalty, not scientific measures of the country’s mood. When faced with tough challenges, he becomes unglued and bombastic.

Trump is not brave, nor unswayed by the crowd, nor uncommanded by money and pleasure, nor stable through crises. 

“Trump fuels rather than avoids mob behavior,” and that should give everyone pause.

Evidence

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Taste is simply a matter of knowing what you genuinely like and why. Forget about what’s popular, what will sell or any other social concern and get deeply in touch with your own preferences.” Scorpio

I see how this goes.  A constant reminder for that one side of me that ignores which stories I curate because some fictional audience member might not like it, to keep it up.  And there’s that rationalization for not gaining follower and viewer analytics that my Myers Briggs Temperament Indicator profile, INTP, accounts for less than 5% of all types which extrapolates to disappointing 95% of people who stumble upon my work. 

Or, holding up as my hero Leonardo da Vinci for finishing far fewer of his promised projects to his patrons, because he caved in to his infinite curiosity as documented in his sketches and notes.  

Or, Aldwyth as my heroine, who personifies living life as an artist and actually works and lives in her studio.  I want to capture some of the commentary about her for a companion to Joseph Chilton Pearce’s explanation with her concrete examples.  Art for art sake and her finished, and multi-year projects yet unfinished work that totally engages her.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “You’ll get the chance to show what you’ve been up to and get some constructive feedback. If others seem surprised by your work, it’s just because you’ve been doing it so quietly. They had no idea what to expect from you.” Virgo

Really?  When?  How should I position what I’ve been up to?  The fourth season of a natural experiment?

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41; Steven Spielberg, 74: “One way you can tell a true friend: If it’s important to you, it’s important to your friend. If you feel free to share on subjects in which your friend has no other interest except that it matters to you, you’ve found a keeper.” Sagittarius

Don’t you think that this harder or becoming more difficult, because people who used to feel the same way as you and who would just rift with you in a jazz kind of way may have suddenly lost their senses when it came to polarizing politics?

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62; Stephan Patis, 53;  Stephen Hawking (1943 – 2018): “It doesn’t matter how fast you go as long as it’s the right direction, which is to say, forward. Sometimes forward looks like falling down. It always involves getting up again. Things don’t have to be smooth to be right.” Capricorn 

Sure, forward moving is how you want to fall instead of springing back.

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: “You’ve a unique perspective but you don’t realize what it is yet. You can’t find out by asking others. Go inside yourself and direct your questions to your own heart.” Aquarius 

Are you certain?  Haven’t I spent way too much time going inside of myself?  

“5” Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Don’t leave a situation before the agreed upon ending. It takes patience to hang in for the last bits because your mind will be racing ahead to the next thing, but just hang in there.” Pisces

One of the hallmarks of INTPs and most introverts is patience — or maybe better stated as processing time.  Our brains aren’t wired like extroverts.  We need quiet time to recharge our batteries.  But, yes just like Leo da V I feel my mind racing ahead before I keep the agreement with myself.

Today’s Holiday Theme: 

Many cosmologists believe that over 13 billion years ago, the entire universe was condensed into a space smaller than a dust speck. How we’ve grown … an emotion, an appetite and a point of ignition … Something as small as an idea will set off an expansive chain of events.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines, according to my analytics, grew from 12458 this week to 12559 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 212 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” by Alexander Vindman. “We’d long been confused by the president’s policy of accommodation and appeasement of Russia, the United States’ most pressing major adversary. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, seizing the Crimean Peninsula, attacking its industrial heartland, the Donbass, from the capital, Kyiv. By 2019, little had changed, Russian military and security forces and their proxy separatists continued to occupy the Donbass. The biggest change was to Ukraine’s importance as a bulwark against Russian aggression weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.” 
    • David Enrich begins his book with a suicide in “Deutsche Bank Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction” and then meticulously details the bank’s Russian money laundering operations. Deutsche’s Russian business surged after revenues had fallen 50% due to the 2008 financial crisis. Putin’s Russia, poured in to Deutsche from deals it did with VTB Bank, linked to the Kremlin’s intelligence apparatus. Deutsche positioned itself as a crucial cog in “The Laundromat” by doing what couldn’t be done — processing cross-border transactions for banks that were too small  and didn’t have offices outside their home countries.
    • “Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy” by Jamie Raskin recalls one tragedy no parent should endure — the suicide of his son — and then a second tragedy at almost the same time — the insurrection on January 6th 2021, that terrified he and his congressional peers who were tasked by the Constitution to routinely oversee the orderly transfer of power from one former president to the duly elected new President. 
    • “A Warning” by Anonymous (Miles Taylor) written prior to the January 6th Insurrection as an insider’s account documenting how frequently the former President’s behavior and rage without any “guard rails” showed just how far he would go to win the next election at any cost while spinning lies and misinformation on top of each other.  

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