This Blog is about the three levels of motivation that have been laid down since primates started evolving groups about 52-million-years ago, and this post is about how Donald Trump fits into them.

Justice begets bounty because bounty begot justice

So now we contemplate how Donald Trump fits into all of this. Trump himself seems to be driven by a near “pure culture” of intensely sexual vanity. Although there is not the malignant dominance-aggression of a tyrant, he appeals to retribution, and, most troubling, is an inability to express the transcendent passion for justice that is the most human of all sentiments.

Trump & EvolutionBut then again, his vanity has served its evolutionary function: he has brought the people who voted for him together. And, if there is truth in the verdicts of democracy, his election has revealed that authentic injustices have been inflicted upon those attracted to him. . . . particularly by free trade policies.

The Blog holds that our legacy as a species is to establish justice here on earth. It remains to be seen whether this new president has the capacity to stir us toward our destiny.

 

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2 Comments on “Trump & Evolution”

  1. Fascinating analysis. I wonder about this: “Although there is not the malignant dominance-aggression of a tyrant…” because I can imagine him, in other circumstances—”olden times,” as we said as kids, or a different societal culture—acting very much like Idi Amin, Saddam Hussein, or other dictators. Or am I missing something in his nature? I guess I am asking whether you belief this because it isn’t there or because he’s constrained?

  2. Who knows how Trump will act as President? I am glad he won and I think the country will do better than it has for the last 8 years. His election is a very strong rebuke to all of Obama’s policies and it is refreshing that the voters recognized that we were on the wrong path and needed a change. The government now should encourage the following; the importance of the family unit, less government interference in our lives, the elimination of abortion, and adoption of a “Fair Tax” plan to replace our present tax system. Now is the time to get this done.

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