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The Trump phenomenon is mostly about redemption. That’s the theme in the video below. But there’s much more than that happening. Trump is talking to people who know very well how “flawed” our criminal justice system can be. He’s tapping into people’s sense of unfairness that supersedes class or station. (Video starts at 47:35.)
The power of redemption and possibility delivered in ritual. Think about being someone who did wrong things and just graduated from a program that helped you and gave you hope. And the President of the United States shakes your hand and presents your diploma. in the moment, you can’t really appreciate something like that, but you have a picture and a memory and that grows. It also lends importance to your learning and goals.
Trump obviously has a special place for people who are turning around their lives. He lost his brother, and it affected him to the point of lifelong alcohol aversion. A very humble and practical epiphany: this could easily happen to me.
He doesn’t judge these people – at least on a moral level. He does judge talent and personality, he feels qualified for that and perhaps rightfully. He knows we are all vulnerable. What’s unique about Trump is he is very humble, in never invoking any hint of moral superiority. You could laugh and say, Because he can’t!
Then there’s real graciousness. This guy, who is supposedly so egomaniacal, is able to do this. In the case that he is being false and phony, then they should be in awe of his acting abilities and discipline.
He’s being “the President” for them. He knows they have this one special moment with the President of the United States.
Perhaps Trump deserves the same kind of second chance too. I like to consider the possibility – a kind-of positive paranoia – that people are conspiring to help me, and everyone in general.
I do for the most part. I want to help people. Doesn’t everyone? Even … Donald Trump? Maybe?
I know too many people and too many things to think that everyone is all good. That certainly includes me. And there’s no one that’s all bad.
So the answer is forgiveness and redemption. And we certainly need it now with so much accusation and public condemnation.Published in