You’re Missing Something About Trump

I have noticed a convenient subtraction behind the love and disdain of Donald J. Trump. The lovers are full of charisma, conviction, and some, full of anger and hate. Those that disdain the Trump “movement” are blaming Trump and charging him with complete responsibility for all of the “malaise” that seams to ripple around him and his rhetoric. Trump is not the problem. You and I are the problem. No need to judge his tactics.

Before excusing ourselves of responsibility, here are 3 considerations to ponder:

1. Tone/Manner: Trump is a master salesman, his tone, manner and word choice are deliberate, well-thought out, and as we all can see, massively effective.

2. Distribution: The almighty media is in LOVE with Trump. It’s not about the news, it’s about the ratings and Trump boosts RATINGS. Everything in media is influenced and cannot be taken at fact. Sensationalism runs rampant.

3. Translation: In order to understand the fundamentals of language, one needs practice or education. Accordingly, our understanding is personal and unique, hence there is one translation for every receiver.

Allow me to pontificate on these 3 considerations.

Tone and Manner

Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert) said it best during an interview on NPR, “Really, a combination of his skills in negotiating, persuading, his knowledge of psychology and business in general and the idea that nothing’s an accident, that all of Trump’s success is based on his linguistic mastery and his ability to persuade.”

Accordingly, this is not he first time we have seen a leader spew with such zealous velocity. Throughout history countries have elected far more conspicuous characters than Donald J Trump, all of whom chose very tactical speech in order to influence voters.

Scott Adams has some great posts on his blog about Trump and his rise: Clown Genius, Donald Trump is a Master Wizard, The Trump Rios Are Mostly My Fault, Donald Trump is a Con Man.

Distribution

Years ago, a song by Jack Johnson resonated with me and made me think about the power and influence of the media. It is called Cookie Jar. CLICK HERE to listen to it. Here are the lyrics:

“Cookie Jar”
I would turn on the TV but it’s so embarrassing
To see all the other people I don’t know what they mean
And it was magic at first when they spoke without sound
But now this world is gonna hurt you better turn that thing down
Turn it around
“It wasn’t me”, says the boy with the gun
“Sure I pulled the trigger but it needed to be done
Cause life’s been killing me ever since it begun
You cant blame me cause I’m too young”
“You can’t blame me sure the killer was my son
But I didn’t teach him to pull the trigger of the gun
It’s the killing on this TV screen
You cant blame me its those images he seen”
Well “You can’t blame me”, says the media man
Well “I wasn’t the one who came up with the plan
I just point my camera at what the people want to see
Man it’s a two way mirror and you cant blame me”
“You can’t blame me”, says the singer of the song
Or the maker of the movie which he based his life on
“It’s only entertainment and as anyone can see
The smoke machines and makeup and you cant fool me”
It was you it was me it was every man
We’ve all got the blood on our hands
We only receive what we demand
And if we want hell then hells what well have
And I would turn on the TV
But it’s so embarrassing
To see all the other people
I don’t even know what they mean
And it was magic at first
But let everyone down
And now this world is gonna hurt
You better turn it around
Turn it around

If we are going to consume what the media presents to us, it is imperative that we educate ourselves on how to interpret what we are hearing and seeing before we choose how to FEEL and REACT to it. Perhaps we need to be holding the media to a higher standard, and ourselves.

Here are a couple of interesting Ted Talks to speak to media influence.

How the News Distorts our Worldview | Does the Media Have a “Duty of Car?”

Consider taking a peek at the “related videos” as well to learn what others are thinking about around media influence and sensationalism.

Translation

Inside of us all resides a large databank of experiences that triggers our reaction to stimulus. Information we receive is translated through our own index and our conclusion is drawn after the informations tours our own personal history. Hence, we selfishly look and listen without consideration of what the distributor is trying to accomplish. This does not make us bad people. It is simply how our brain operates. It takes deliberate effort to be fully mind-full and acknowledge that we have a pre-disposition to judge information based on our own influence.

For myself, I am committed to understanding all of the dimensions of content that is being delivered and the intentional subtractions that exist to push a certain agenda.

Reality

Trump is trying to be President. Accordingly, he is exercising all of his skill and experience to achieve his goal. Trump and his team have done massive amounts of research to find the most effective path to achieve that goal, just like any smart business would. Currently, their approach is successful and Trump is the driving force behind the record number of voters this year. He has unearthed a populous that likes his “voice”. Trump might be our next President. However, that does not scare me.

The thing that scares me (and to be honest, I wish it scared more people) is that some of the American population has been behaving embarrassingly, seemingly without a personal human index at all, and, in the arena of the primaries, the place where people are supposed to congregate and learn about the views of a candidate.

I am quite disappointed. It appears our evolution as humans is not on the same rate as the modern time that we live in.

I am pondering a quote from Marcus Aurelius, “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” Want something challenging to read, check out “Meditations”.

I have a single request. Be a scientist when it comes to the information you receive. At the same time, strive to discover to discover the truth within, as opposed to relying on outside influence. The power does truly reside in each of us. Trump is proving that right now.

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