Day 54 of the Trump Presidency

From the Boundless Reservoir — March 16, 2017

This morning, my business partner sent me this passage:

“Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I have found. I have found it is small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.” J.R.R. Tolkien, spoken by Gandalf in The Lord of The Rings.

I thought that was a good place for me to start today. Now, please understand, I’m not asserting or suggesting that the current administration is evil. I am suggesting, however, there is a darkness descending that needs to be kept at bay. There is, in my view, greater fear, more hatred being expressed, more separation, distrust and distancing between us than there has been in my memory. For each of us, the acts of kindness and love, small or large, is what brings light to the darkness, and shrinks the distance between us.

I think it is critical for us to keep finding ways to express our love, and to be kind to those around us. Let someone in front of you in traffic, let yourself really connect with the person checking you out at the grocery store. Do something unexpected that lightens another person’s day. In this political/social environment we find ourselves, I think this is imperative.

I have three things I want to share with you all today. First, I read a startling article in the Washington Post from yesterday. It is about Glenn Beck. You remember Glenn Beck? He almost single-handedly ran Van Jones out of President Obama’s administrative staff. You may remember he held a rally in 2010 at the National Mall in DC with and for the Tea Party, and scheduled it on the anniversary of MLK’s I have a Dream Speech, and it drew the ire of progressives every where. That Glenn Beck. Here’s a quote from the article:

“I did and said terrible things,” Beck says. “I did my thinking out loud and it’s one of my worst aspects. But I haven’t changed my principles. I’ve changed the way I phrase things — for example, I’m trying to ban the word ‘evil’ from my lexicon. I didn’t notice how my language could be interpreted by half the country as racist. I lacked humility. I was the height of arrogance.”

Now, if we let ourselves be cynical, we would write everything off in the article as just a ploy to grab headlines, or we would say it’s just a veneer over the “real” Glenn Beck. Or, we could find Glenn Beck in ourselves, that we are him, and that there is no “real” Glenn Beck over there, any more than there’s a “real” you (or me) over here. We could find real generosity of spirit, and acknowledge this, and to take him at his word — and be moved by that. I was moved by the article. It is attached — I invite you to read the whole thing. And, as you read, I invite you to notice the inner commentary that runs alongside. That inner commentary? It is automatic, auto-pilot, like a distant radio station playing through your brain. See if you can set that aside, and just be with what is there.

The second thing I want to bring to your attention is the interview Donald Trump had on Fox News last night with Tucker Carlson. Read the article. Read the man’s words. What I’m left with more than anything is that he is lost and that he is desperate for approval. That is my take, my view, I understand, but, as far as I can surmise, anyone with a modicum of intelligence and discrimination would find the interview at least off-putting if not deeply disturbing. My sense is that Tucker Carlson found it discomfiting.

The problem of course, is that this person has at his disposal the most lethal force of weapons ever assembled on this planet. He has the future well-being of so many people in his hands. He is arguably the most powerful man on the planet, and what is clearly important to him is how well the ratings were when he was the host of The Apprentice, and how it has sunk after he left. I don’t believe, and I can’t find it in my heart anywhere, that this is who we really want at the helm of our ship of state. The transcript from the interview is attached. (Read transcripts when you can get your hands on them — it frees you of the journalistic shading and the FUWOB* that are so evident when we watch or listen real time.)

Last thing — give yourself a gift. Take 1 minute and 45 seconds and listen to this clip. It is the main theme from my favorite new show (Home Fires — BBC). Make sure you listen on good headphones or speakers. Sit comfortably so you can let the music wash over you. I promise, the vibrational energy that you are (and, I don’t mean that in a new age sort of way, I mean it in a strictly physics sort of way) will be delighted and brought into greater harmony. It’s an opportunity to let go and be in the presence of something mysteriously eternal.

There you go. That’s it for today. Thanks for reading. Stay connected. Do what nurtures you. I’m off to the last of my Jazz Improv I classes. Very excited — noodling on Satin Doll! See you tomorrow.



  • FUWOB = fucked up way of being.

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