The Difficulty of Morality...and Trump
How often the mind is overcome and bogged down with its untethered addictions to the endless mental processes that overtake its deeper desire for clarity, logic and peace. It needs very little stimulus at all to launch into an aimless and petty argument about something that it knows nothing about...other than its own reaction and belief. Of course, the whole time, the mind believes that what comes out of it is an expression of truth and that its belief is in perfect alignment with that truth. But it isn't. But the mind doesn't know that. Perception is automatic and is taken for truth by the individual.
Morality doesn't go any further than the scope of the individual personality and enlightenment (or lack of). The higher up you go, the less you need or choose the mental limitations of the mind. The higher up you go, the less you need or choose morality as a position of clarity or reason. That's why the Dalai Lama isn't on the nightly talk shows. That's why so many others are.
A love of the sea doesn't endow you with the ability to navigate the oceans. A love of wood doesn't endow you with the ability to build a house. A passion for politics doesn't qualify you to be a politician. Your energy around what is right and wrong doesn't make you right...or wrong. But you better have some other skills and those skills need to be exact skills that allow you to accomplish what you truly desire. Morality is much like this. It is nothing more than a person's "inexactness" posed as "exactness." What is needed, however, is "exactness."
Morality is the imposition of one personality on another personality. It has nothing to do with truth. Because of this, morality is simply a reflection of a person's personality and the JBOPPPs (judgments, beliefs, opinions, perceptions, positions, and projections) that the individual practices. Of course, to the individual, it's the whole truth and nothing but the truth and God is on their side. Draped in the stars and stripes, the cry of patriotism sparks the war that once begun, cannot be reversed.
The earth is orbiting around the sun at 67,000 miles per second. The Hubble telescope estimates that there are over 100 billion galaxies. The Hubble also evaluates the expansion of the universe out to 45.5 miles per second per megaparsec. One megaparsec is equivalent to 3.26 million light-years. So, the distance between cosmic objects should double 9.8 billion years from now! Your outer layer of skin replaces itself every 35 days. Your liver regenerates every 6 weeks. Your stomach lining replaces itself every 4 days and the stomach cells that are used to digest food are replaced every 5 minutes. Your entire skeletal structure regenerates itself every 3 months. Your brain replaces itself every two months. And the entire human body is replaced every 5-7 years. There's a lot going on! And you think your version of morality, of what is right and wrong, matters? If you believe they do matter, I would suggest to you that you're not paying attention. But then, that's just a version of my JBOPPs! Do you get it? Do you see the trap?
So, in terms of morality, if you throw a crazy idea out there and people start supporting your crazy idea, you might start thinking that you're not so crazy after all. Certainly, how can you be crazy if so many agree with you? I mean, you're the one that had the brains to come up with it in the first place! How can hundreds of thousands of people be wrong if they all believe the same thing? But notice with absolute clarity that your version of morality necessarily involves someone other than you being wrong. Notice with absolute clarity that your version of morality allows them not only to be wrong but now, as a result, they can be vilified, disenfranchised, and harmed. And if you start finding that others agree with you, you, too, might start thinking that you're onto something. And so will your supporters.
Charles Manson wasn't the problem. The problem was there were those who supported him. The problem wasn't Hitler. The problem was that there were so many who supported him. Jim Jones was not the problem. The problem was that there were so many who supported him. Wall Street is not the problem. The problem is that there so many whose lives are ruled by money and power and will use whatever means necessary to get that money and power. The problem is not Trump...or Clinton. The problem is the political system that is supported by millions of people who keep voting into power the very people who corrupt the system.
You don't have to go very far (your own backyard) to find the hypocrisy of your personal morality and the injustices that are part of your morale landscape. ISIS is not nearly as much a threat to our country as Wall Street or the NC Legislature has proven it is. But neither Wall Street nor the terrorists in the NC Legislature would not exist if millions didn't want what they offered. Again, the problem isn't Trump or Clinton.
The problem is you (me). Sanity in this country will one day prevail when enough individuals have established sanity in their own "countries" (lives). And that sanity will find its way into the physical world in which you live, regenerating your daily life, your work, and your relationships. The country will find its way out of this mess when you find your way out your own personal mess and not until then. If you have figured out that I am somehow trying to make you responsible for the well-being of this country, then you are correct. When you are willing to be bigger than your mind and get out of the right-wrong / morality business, you may well be on your way. Give it up and let it go because it doesn't work. Plain and simple. The difficulty with morality is that morality doesn't work. Trump is not the problem nor is he the answer. You are (I am).
In the meantime, try to enjoy the show.