Yesterday, the President initiated a kerfuffle in conducting an extended beating of the White House Press Corps / news conference. Many were horrified, with others just as delighted in the result. I choose not to engage in political cheerleading here, as Vae Obscurum is a place for ideas, and secondarily for promotion of where you can find more of mine. But as is evident today, many fail to understand what Donald Trump accomplished in those couple of hours, and related implications going forward. Let’s try.
The credo is: Always Cheat. Always Win.
Among the naturalistic rules regulating conflict, this is one of the more important. When winning is the objective, the means to the desired end are secondary. A fight is not a philosophy. The latter justifies in the mind action before it arises, and, as my characters often discover, either provides the strength carrying one through to a successful resolution or weights the crush of karma comprising a spectacular demise.
So why would anyone play by someone else’s rules? Often, it’s because another someone, who got there first, wishes it so. Bruce Lee once opined life to be combat, and at times he is correct. Given the essential choice between the pursuit of lame advantage and excellence, the laws of standard deviation decree a population will always split down the middle between these two camps.
There are a variety of interests to be encountered throughout the world. Self-interest is one. Ideology is another. Humanitarianism is a choice as well. One orients depending on the quality of character engaged in setting one’s priorities, choosing—as Jon Anthony proclaimed in The Anvil of the Craftsman—between love, hate, and indifference.
But once established, a solid set of values and tested beliefs need to be put into action to do anyone any good. And that’s where upright people need to be strong enough to win against the immature, idiotic, barbaric, tyrannical, and reprobative mindsets who comprise the usual suspects of their opposition.
Balance points are a subject of study in the martial arts. Centered, one stands. Taken outside the means of support, one is sometimes airborne and almost always vulnerable immediately after. It is the same everywhere conflict arises. Whether in debate, in governance, in sports, or in the pages of a novel, the same principles of stance and support apply.
Strength arises from testing the foundations of what we believe. Truth is rewarded by success, and delusion by disaster, and each outcome is inevitable subject to the long proof of time in revealing their obvious consequences.
There exist constructs—heavily defended—in society today with the sole objective of securing lame advantage. Discussions are steered and chilled by those unable to rationally defend their premise. Through rally words, social pressures, and even legislation, the effect is to produce a safe zone for indefensible thinking. Standing rules, in effect, are all they have, and once the Oz curtain drops around a pseudo-intellectual alcove, we can see the person behind it is little indeed.
So the President, a businessman rather than a politician, decided to set the rules instead. When Donald Trump showed up packing a rhetorical sledgehammer, people accustomed to previously existing parameters of the bout couldn’t handle what happened next. They were, in effect, disrupted. Antagonists were excoriated, fairness was rewarded, and lessons were learned throughout.
Deconstruction, the ultimate disrupter of a faulted premise and any equally illegitimate extensions, need to become a way of life for free people. The only rehabilitative action available to deal with untruth is rejection and reconstruction. Put off through compromise and “agreeing to disagree,” the initial dysfunction remains instead of resolves, and society continues to suffer as a result.
We are encountering disruption in America via the political process and in the presidency. That this is causing a good deal of anxiety in weak minds is, in the long term, a good thing. Reset in society may come about in two ways. One is reform, where a preponderance of adult thinking imposes order on chaos. The other is the much more painful and brutal correction of natural law, which decrees systemic collapse as the penalty for delusion before everyone begins again, regardless of affiliation.
Choose to love, -DA
In production news, the fourth title of Boone’s File, Meat for the Lion, is thirty-eight percent complete in primary editing. We are suspecting a June delivery, depending on how tax season goes. The Editress, also the Single Candle Press CFO, is given a considerable amount of leeway in scheduling. There are certain lessons one learns experiencing thirty years of marriage, and patience is one of them.