‘Forget About What He Says, You Know What He Means’
This has become a valid argument and it should be treated as such as I will attempt to do under the circumstances.
Are we to infer a different (detached from reality) meaning altogether, one that is forcefully applied as a dispassionately honest and empirically useful one as opposed to what the president is actually publicly doing and saying about the state of the union under this administration?
This sort of reinterpretation or recasting of the president’s spoken and written words in his unmitigated thought-process — which consistently involves his own self-absorption — is quite confounding, not rational, absurdly distracting, and very time-consuming.
It is this sort of rationale however that contributes to the annoyance of competent incompetence that this man enjoys by the benefit of doubt — and paradoxically embodies out of respect and observance to his title and role as commander-in-chief. In undeserving fashion the courtesy of his honorific titles brings us all pause in one instance of a constant folly and debased statesmanship quality of self-conceit after another.
Mulling over the actual, and not so much the original, intent and purpose of President Trump’s briefings on the Covid-19 pandemic should be common practice for citizens who have been inundated with misinformation, incongruent messaging, false hope, contemptuousness for the press, and lest we forget — the demand for praise and accolades for what the Trump administration has done, all while the situation and conditions of our health care system deteriorate and the death toll mounts.
The top priority is to save ourselves and keep whatever remains collectively of our humanity intact. If the utmost priority at the moment is to nudge the economy to get up and running again then that strategy will surely fail. It doesn’t need to be said because with practice it inherently understood that any plausible economy requires relatively healthy participants to engage its multifaceted features with the kind of vigor that sets market highs. But because we mistake our humanity with the prosperity gospel of the market when we intertwine it with the significance of a religiosity that substantiate sacrifices to be made in order to save the capitalist spirit alleged to be a blessing, we will end up capitulating to false prophets with cannibalizing effect.
This would not be so dramatic if it weren’t so obvious.
The lives lost to the SARS-CoV-2 virus should not be seen as expendable nor sacrificial. This is a failing and a mistake on our collective psyche that should have been and could have been preventable in scope and degree. We are always failing to recognize our interdependence and thus the precarious nature of our existence.
We also fail to admit mistakes made especially when it has been established as having been made. It is that insouciance or reluctance to concede to those vulnerabilities that contribute to the willful blindness and motivated ignorance of our decision making and our misperceptions. It is why we waste time and effort to prove the unproven, justify the unjustifiable and praise the unpraiseworthy.
In that context we are hardly efficient or productive at all, instead we produce much angst, anxieties and waste from self-interests that sully our sensibilities and conjure up ill-conceived motivations. This includes our time and our energy trying to recast or reinterpret an inefficiency about our state of the union and our perception of its reality. It is why it seems we keep distancing ourselves so far from the actuality of our reality. The insistence on distorting it from the highest levels — our president — to favorably fit a disjointed conscience of our existential selves in a zero sum fashion that is paramount to self-destruction.
So to unthinkingly discard of what Trump says because you are supposed to know what he means really just amounts to nothing more than self-deception. I know what he says and I know what he means — it just doesn’t mean what you want it to mean.