Thursday, 16 November 2017

Gandhi or Trump?

Truth is a pathless land, as Jiddu Krishnamurti famously said. The path to the truth is not so easy to find even when you listen hard, observing all relevant detail. The truth, or perhaps its opposite, can, however, shed an objective revealing light on matters. This light, having been lit by the subject itself, can cast as many shadows, as many shapes and shades which in themselves pinpoint obfuscation or indeed lies by which the truth stands exhibited.

Donald Trump claims his net worth is over $10 billion. Forbes suggests it is $3 billion. Unquestionably a lot of money either way. Donald Trump has had six companies go bankrupt. Donald Trump first registered as a Republican in 1987. He then changed his mind when standing as an Independent in 1999. In 2001 he registered as a Democrat. In 2009 Donald Trump returned to the Republican Party only to state in 2011 “I do not wish to enrol in a party.”

Donald Trump has often spoken about walls. "One hundred percent. They [Mexico] don't know it yet, but they're going to pay for it. And they're great people and great leaders but they're going to pay for the wall. On day one, we will begin working on an impenetrable, physical, tall, power, beautiful southern border wall." He then said "I want a strong border. I do want a wall. Walls do work, you just have to speak to the folks in Israel. Walls work if they're properly constructed. I know how to build, believe me, I know how to build." He then said, "The president of Mexico, or the ex-president, or whatever, whoever, who cares, he said, we will not even consider paying for the wall." He then said "Let me list to you some of the things that we've done in just a short period of time. Again, each of these actions is a promise I made to the American people. We've withdrawn from the job-killing disaster known as Trans-Pacific Partnership." He also said " Mexico is not going to build it [a wall], we're going to build it. And it's going to be a serious wall. It's not going to be a toy wall like we have right now where cars and trucks drive over it loaded up with drugs and they sell the drugs in our country and then they go back and, you know, we get the drugs, they get the cash, okay, and that's not going to happen."

Now, you either believe in television, telephones, satellite dishes, computers, mobile phones, stereo players, videos, hearing aids, the control of diabetes, winning the battle against cancer, space labs, rockets to the moon, submarines, aeroplanes, hovercraft, heart surgery, WiFi, the cure for smallpox, in other words, science as it is science has gifted us all these things and many more and even though science is merely a tool by which we understand ourselves and our place within the eternal, it still is a powerful friend when we need it . You cannot cherry pick. You either trust science, when it tells you a hurricane, is about to hit your homeland or you don't. Donald Trump has this to say about climate change - "We need global warming." "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make manufacturing non-competitive."

Donald Trump has also said, "When someone hurts you, just go after them as viciously and as violently as you can." I cannot help but wonder if Donald Trump has all the prerequisite skills required for the role of President. He has a great many errors yet, in balance, has made some genuinely positive acts. Two that spring to mind are the aforementioned dumping of the TPP. As undemocratic an idea as any I can think of designed only to cement the USA's global hegemony. The second is the way in which he has made a peace with Russia. Some would say he has other reasons rather than this obvious one. That may be so. I'd still rather the two mightiest military nations in the world be on good terms rather than the reverse. Yet does Donald Trump strike me a leader who sets good examples, who is strong within himself? Strong enough to lead the world to a peaceful accord?

Gandhi was flawed. He made mistakes. Yet history remembers him as a great leader. The doomsday clock has recently been set at two and a half minutes to midnight. The first time since the 80's. The probability of global catastrophe is very high, and the actions needed to reduce the risks of disaster must be taken very soon. Who would you want as a leader at this time Gandi or Trump?

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