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Mike 03

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Hometown: Modesto California
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I'm beginning to think that from his point of view this

is "revenge" against an ungrateful nation that doesn't fully appreciate that he's as great as Lincoln.

I really do believe he's that sick, and that he knows he botched it, and that he's constructing a justification for why we deserve it.

Everything is so personal to him, in fact he seems to see the world only

in stark terms of his own ego needs: what feeds it versus anything that denies him the gratification of praise. A normal person would say something like, "I know not everyone agrees with me on (this or that)" or "I've received some criticism in the press, but..."

In an environment like that, it's no wonder even highly principled people (I can only think of two: Dr. Fauci and Chris Wray) become paralyzed in fear and afraid to express themselves, because Trump is hyper attuned to the slightest critique.

David Wallace-Wells, the author of The Uninhabitable Earth, made

an interesting comment two or three weeks ago on either CNN or MSNBC. He said what was happening during the widespread lockdown was proof that we could change almost everything about the way we live "on a dime" if we had to. He was really talking about global warming, not the coronavirus. I thought it was an interesting, if simplistic, comment, because in this case people are thinking about "a time" in the future when we can go back to doing what we always did. But in another sense he's right. Many of us are learning that we don't need half of the stuff we thought we did, and don't need to "do" many of the things we thought we needed to "do."

On a more materialistic point, it's interesting to watch the price of oil drop, and the consequences of that. There are so many possibilities here. It's already affected car sales. With oil this low, and demand so anemic, it's hard not to wonder what is keeping Russia from completely failing.

Not to overstate it, but Russia's interference in the world order is a big reason nations are competing instead of cooperating with each other, IMO. (And then there's Trump, but he'll be gone soon, hopefully.) But Russia is not the only reason. We are creatures that seem to like to belong to groups that come into conflict with each other, and that's a problem for a positive future vision. But maybe it can be overcome through trauma and having a singular goal and not much left to lose. (That sounds more negative than I intend.)

I've been reading books about Putin's Russia, and how not being able to tell the difference between truth and lies, fantasy from reality has left much of the Russian population too exhausted and demoralized to care, let alone fight. I'm a little worried that could happen here.

Your post is deep and deserves better reflections than those I've offered.
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