Trumpism is a warning from our collective unconscious –

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I have what some would consider to be an off the wall theory to explain the improbable election of Donald Trump.

Consider this possibility: what if it was meant as a warning sent to the American people by our collective unconscious? What if it’s purpose was to alert us to perilous self-destructive impulses that lie below the level of our national awareness – impulses that would bring a tragic end to the American experiment?

Donald Trump embodies, and is a reflection of, the worst elements embedded within the fabric of American society. He has given free expression to the bassist and most vile elements within our culture. He has turned good into evil and evil into good. He has made heroes of murderous despots and turned virtuous men of honor into villains.

But now, because of the toxic presidency that WE brought about, we know these impulses exist within the nation’s (our) psyche. Now we can answer by engaging our collective goodwill to purge this toxic energy. We can overcome the doctrine of hate and division by infusing our national consciousness with the healing energy of compassion and kindness.

Indeed, Trump is not the cause of our present malady – he is a symptom.

His toxic presidency has made us aware of the dis-ease of fear infecting our cultural anatomy. Fear breeds hatred and hatred breeds violence, both physical and emotional.

As such, surgical removal is not the answer.

There is always the threat the cancer has metastasized and will recur. The cure must come from recognizing the organic source of the disease at its deepest levels. We can then work to first, heal the emotional wounds causing fear and hatred, and then radically reprogram our social and economic relationships. That means reprogramming to support the best impulses of the human soul – and being satisfied only when everyone is involved and benefits equally.

None of this is easy, but it’s the only effective antidote to toxic Trumpism.

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Donald Trump And The Forbidden Planet

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Watching the Donald Trump reality tour lead up to the election has brought to mind one of my all-time favorite sci-fi movies. It’s not difficult to see the drama being played out between Trump, the Republican Party, and the American public having a curious similarity to the movie plot.

Here’s a quick synopsis of Forbidden Planet, the classic from 1956: (Opening graphics look familiar?)

In the 23rd century an expedition from earth travels to a distant planet to learn what became of a previous expedition. They find a survivor, a scientist and who tells them about a highly evolved race (the Krell) which once inhabited the planet, but had mysteriously disappeared. They learn of an enormous atomic powered machine built by the Krell and capable of materializing anything imagined. Thus, it is possible to form and project matter with the power of thought.

But there’s a problem (no doubt). While projections could result from thoughts in the conscious mind, the same could be spawned by the unconscious mind. While the Krell built a culture which on the outside appeared orderly and beneficial, inwardly there was a massive amount of pent-up destructive desire which coalesced in the society’s collective unconscious to create an “Id Monster”, an indestructible energy force which inevitably turned on them and ultimately wiped them out.

Using the film as an analogy, the GOP then represents the Krell and Donald Trump is the Id Monster, the manifestation of the Party’s repressed dark side which cannot be contained or controlled. The harder the party has tried to hold it back, the bigger and more powerful it has become, until finally bursting forth with full defiant, unapologetic, narcissism. It first appeared diffusely as the Tea Party, and now in concentrated perfection as a supremely destructive force.

Just as the Id Monster was created from the Krell’s own repressed but powerful desires, Trump is a monster of the Republican Party’s own making, created from the energies of its entrenched destructive impulses, buried beneath the veneer of respectability. Publicly, the party uses words designed to convince Americans it really is about inclusiveness and concern for the wellbeing of all. But a leopard can’t change its spots, and the repressed side of the Republican psyche remains.

Behind closed doors, in the belly of the base, the same old GOP lurks, stubbornly unrepentant, hostile toward those who are different, afraid of change and anything that departs from the “way God intended”. It’s here, where the party’s collective unconscious has coalesced to bring forth its own version of the Id Monster. The Donald has become a force unto himself. He cannot be controlled and all attempts to eliminate him have failed. He has become a poison for which there is no known antidote.

This is reminiscent of another sci-fi classic – Alien. There’s a scene where it’s revealed that Ash, the ship’s science officer, is actually a machine which has been instrumental in bringing a murderous creature on board. Before being terminated by the crew, he informs them that the monster they’re dealing with is hostile in the extreme and also indestructible. His last bone-chilling words are, “You have my sympathy”.

Same goes for America.