“Why I don’t fear a Donald Trump presidency” by Mike Zonta, H.W., M.

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We are often told that we get the leaders we deserve.  If one understands the concept of “mentation,” the world as an out-picturing of our own consciousness (and unconsciousness), how could it be otherwise?

And as Bernie Sanders said throughout his presidential campaign, change starts from the bottom up, not the top down.  I think that applies to a change in consciousness as well.  And, indeed, the consciousness of Western civilization, if we can speak of such a thing, has been on the ascent for millenia.

Part of that ascent has been the idea of self-government.  What used to be taken for granted, the rule of kings and queens who ruled by divine right, is no longer acceptable.  Democracy or at least a republican democracy has become the order of the day for most of Western civilization.

But democracy requires citizen involvement.  And who has the time these days for citizen involvement?  We don’t live, for example, in some New England village where decisions can be made in the local town hall by people who you know and who know you.

In Thom Hartmann’s wonderful and comprehensive book, What Would Jefferson Do?, he says:  “Up until a century ago, more than half the humans in the world lived in societies that were essentially democratic, and from the dawn of humanity until a thousand years ago, as many as 90 percent of all humans lived in various types of democracies.  We just didn’t (and don’t) call them that.  We call them tribes.”

Some of those tribes rule by consensus.  “Following a tribal tradition that is so ancient its origin is lost in the mists of antiquity, they make decisions by talking around a circular meeting area and if any single member casts a veto, the issue is turned down,” Hartmann says.  “In every case, though, this leadership position was considered a burden and an obligation of service, not an opportunity for self-enrichment or lording it over others.”

Hartmann goes on to report that even amongst animals, democracy prevails.  When a heard of deer need to decide whether to continue grazing or go to on to another site, they make that decision as a group and when critical mass is achieved (51%), the herd moves on (or stays).

So why have an “alpha” male at all?  Hartmann suggests it may be a form of sexual hierarchy, but that when it comes to making decisions outside of sex, he (or she) is just another member of the tribe.

Self-government begins at home.  Self-government begins with governing oneself.  Making the unconscious conscious.  But this cannot be done in a vacuum.  It must be done at the same time as one goes about one’s daily life:  going to work, being part of a family, being part of a community, being part of a nation and a world in crisis.

“To make spiritual truth an effective force for ordered freedom and common good,” the motto of The Prosperos, must at some point become political, that is, part of the polis or city.

So what about the “alpha” male named Donald Trump?  What does his presidential campaign mean as a mentation?  Can he ignore the critical mass which has already decided that black lives do matter, that women are equal in law and in fact to men, that gay relationships have as much legitimacy as non-gay relationships, that climate change is a real problem caused by human activity, that the world has become smaller and more democratic through the international use of social media and the internet, and that spirituality comes in many forms none of which includes megalomania or fundamentalism.

I think the herd has decided to move on and, even if elected, “alpha” male Trump will be just another voice in the herd.  We are the critical mass we have been waiting for.

2 thoughts on ““Why I don’t fear a Donald Trump presidency” by Mike Zonta, H.W., M.”

  1. I agree: we should not *fear* a Trump presidency. We survived two terms of George W. Bush and Darth Vader. We survived as a nation and a people, but we lost 8 years in which an international attitude towards governance was not supported, and we as a global civilization need that to connect up and to deal with immigration, terrorism, and global warming. Bush’s term strengthened those reactionary and anti-progressive forces that have not only approved of a Congress Just Saying No to President Obama *instead of* devising policies to address the basic issues that were not dealt with during the Bush years (immigration, education, climate change, tax code issues). I think that our Congressional stalemate is what created the atmosphere out of which came the FU attitude so successfully parlayed into a political strategy by Mr. Trump.
    Imagine how much better-off we would be as a democracy if it was Jeb Bush that had won the nomination; we would be having a much different political conversation. That he did not says volumes about the state of our national circle of governance–it has fallen almost apart.
    I just hope that now that the Pandora’s Box of the Up Yours attitude has been opened and is now contending for the White House, it will not take over the conversation.

  2. I also must concede because, upon the Sander’s and the so called democratic boondoggle crap going on the disenfranchise the (others) from getting a fair and acknowledged vote in? I’m tempted and probably gleaning toward’s voting on Mr. Trump and let the chips fall where they may? He can’t do anything unless congress and the senate agree, or wait Obama did most his crap by overriding congress, didn’t he? Ever since Kennedy, Johnson and Vietnam, all the for runner’s and so called winner’s of the white house chair have made one or more messes for the incoming chair holder to clean up, plus undoing the disaster’s the previous person created? I’m certainly challenged by Mike Zonta’s post, change my consciousness:>).

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