Maybe read it through carefully and then restart it from scratch with main ideas in mind.
I'm not here to tell you that Donald Trump is a crazy asshole. Of course not. Give me some credit. I'm a little more original than that.
What Donald Trump is is a leader. He is. He is one who, when he speaks, people follow him. Right now, more people are following him than many would have ever believed.
And he is precisely why we should never seek out or follow any leaders ever.
That sounds counter-intuitive because that's exactly what it is. The animal within us--our intuition--tells us to follow people who really seem to know what to do. And all it takes to seem like you know what you're doing is an appearance of unwavering confidence. And well, nobody has more of that than Trump.
The confidence is important, but the word that really hammers all of this home is "unwavering."
I think we've all wondered how the fuck someone's approval rating could go up after his comments about McCain. I mean the Mexican comment was bad. The McCain comment was maybe the worst thing I've heard a public figure say in my lifetime.
But that's how you really communicate being unwavering. You say something truly horrendous, and then you don't apologize--even when you so obviously should. Even when literally anybody else in that situation would.
Nothing says, "I am above everyone and I know exactly what should happen," more than saying the most repugnant thing imaginable, and then not showing an ounce of remorse for it. In fact, the worse the thing you say, the more powerful and cocksure you appear when you refuse to apologize, and therefore, the more easily led people will follow you. At this point, Trump would be well served to throw in some n-words and pro-rape commentary. It would actually help his position.
What it comes down to is people don't want to be led by a person. They want to be led by a God. And when you say something objectively terrible, and literally everybody is saying you're wrong, and you just look them in the eye and say "No, I'm not," most people will say "Wow. What a piece of shit. Fuck that guy."
But some people will go "Wow! He must know more than me if he doesn't apologize for that!"
People want to believe an all-knowing person like that can exist. They want someone who can think, deduce, and decide for them and be right every time. They want their lives to be run by a God, and Trump essentially tells us over and over that he is a God. Anybody who steps back for a second can see the cracks in the facade and the hairline, and be like "Oh wait no, he's an insecure, delusional twat." But if you stay up close and look up at him like an IMAX screen, you'll keep believing that he is as grand and amazing as he says he is.
And I know it's hacky to go here, but there really is no better comparison to Trump than Hitler. He said crazy, scary, wildly intolerant shit, but he yelled him from a podium and didn't waver for a milisecond, and because of that, people got the fuck behind him. People believed in him as a God.
And if this isn't a case for a form of cultural atheism then I don't know what is.
We should seek people better than us for sure--which is why we probably shouldn't be supporting a grown man who feels the need to respond every time someone makes fun of his hair on Twitter like he's an eleven-year-old girl. But we should also seek people who act like human beings, because well, anyone who believes they're a God is wacky.
What I'd like to see is a politician who is like Trump with maybe 10% of ideas. They have a few things they really want to try, and are like "No, dudes, I'm telling you, I know this will work." And then with another 50% of positions, they have things they want to try. They can go "Look, this makes sense to me, and there's some historical precedent. I think we should give it a shot." And then for the last 40%, they go, "Fuck. Uh...Job creation? Dude, I don't know."
Because that would actually be real. That would be somebody actually trying to figure things out instead of somebody who pretended to know everything.
I don't have anything to say about anyone's politics. I really don't. But I do believe that if you follow Donald Trump and support him, you are eleven, and incapable of getting a proper perspective on things. You are incapable of stepping back and going, "Oh no wait, he just insulted some unknown stranger because they made fun of his hair, and he wants to run the free world. Maybe pass on that."
We find confidence so alluring, and to some degree, that's okay. We should want someone who believes in themselves and what they're doing. But it's one important thing. We must remember when looking at people that we are human beings with multitudes.
So we have to make sure we don't don't follow a big ball of confidence, just like we shouldn't fall for someone just because they're hot, or just because they're rich, or even just because they're nice.
We have to always look at life's multitudes. We can't get so locked in on one thing that we lose track of everything else. So for instance, if you're supporting a presidential candidate because he's really confident, but he say, also responds to random people insulting his hair like a 12-year-old girl would to somebody saying they have chubby wrists. Or he say, says the worst things you could imagine with zero remorse. Or maybe his confidence that he has is at least pretty demonstrably delusional. Or he say, looks like a squinting carrot...maybe the confidence isn't something worth following.
More on how confidence can be a very misleading thing, more on confidence in relationships, how more often than not, confidence is a function of either delusion for phoniness. More of an intro on leaders, other terrible leaders. Later on about how we become dependent on leaders. More on comparing them to Gods--how a real God (well realish) is productive because you're really controlling that, and it can't lead you astray unless it was already flawed (meaning that the book you're following won't just change some day, and if your interpretation changes, that's on you). Also is the idea that we equate awfulness with truth in here? Does that fit? Or is that it's whole new idea?
Confidence is an absurdly incomplete measure of a person, and ultimately, it's superficial. It's only when we understand that, that we'll get ourselves in the habit of seeing beneath that surface.
This is difficult to see because it's human to follow confidence. It's in our DNA. It's why women are attracted to confidence, it's why people want confident leaders. We want somebody who can tell us what to do because we know we're so afraid, and confused, and have no idea what's going on.
All politicians appear confident for this reason, but Donald Trump has found the next gear of confidence, and because of that, people are flocking to him like birds who think there's a dead animal on his head.
Everybody this high in politics has the gall to say they know how to fix everything, and how to make the country great. Trump is the only one delusional enough to actually believe it.
And because of this, he's found his way towards a new formula to project more confidence than anyone: Say ridiculous, hyperbolic, racist, despicable horseshit with a straight face and don't even begin to apologize.
That is why he can say that McCain isn't a war hero, show zero remorse, and actually see his poll numbers increase. People see this, and there's a subconscious feeling that he's somewhere you can't fathom--that he must know what he's doing so much, that he can say something so horrifying and not apologize for it.
People get lost in the confidence because they've never seen any like it. They've never seen someone so over the top and absurd in their confidence.
What it becomes is similar to people following a God. It's a case of "Well it sure seems to my puny human brain that that's the worst thing a public figure has said in my lifetime, but he's so sure that he's not wrong. He must know more than all of us. He must be a God."
And if that's not a case for political atheism, then I don't know what is.
We shouldn't seek confidence. We shouldn't seek people who claim to be awesome, or even give off an impression that the think they are. We shouldn't seek people who claim to know the answers to everything, because the truth is, nobody has them.
I want a president who on at least 50% of issues is like "Fuck dude, I don't know."
Instead we should look to lead ourselves. We should think for ourselves, follow someone not by the confidence they exude but by the confidence they deserve.