Mental illness is bad for the health of the organism. That is why that in early childhood development “contrary” impulses are readily overridden by a genetically/socially determined demand that these anti-social impulses be sloughed off in favor of socially amenable behavior/thought patterns. And, technically, this process is present even in the genetic pool that we spring from as evolution (i.e. “The ‘Spirit of God” to some…and myself also, in a sense) itself has this tendency to slough off that which will interfere with its ultimate purpose of a “workable whole.”
Donald Trump has had chances to “slough off” his own “contrary impulses” which might also be described as “personal demons.” His handlers have been frantically trying to rein him in, to corral those reptilian-brain impulses, but they have not succeeded. Even the “top-dog” handler, a retired general, John Kelley, has had some occasional successes but then the “reality” of Donald Trump resurfaces and again we see demonstrated a performance of a “brain-stem with arms and legs.” The simple restraint of “reading from a script” would, even now, permit the possibility of Trump righting the ship of his first term but the restraint frustrates him so much that he must find an immediate release and the following day we see an almost-orgasmic release of the pent-up reptilian brain passion. Trump continues to borrow a line from the Jim Carrey movie, “SOMEBODY stop me!!! but no body, nor any country, can stop him to date.
Trump embodies our worst impulses. Yes, the Republicans certainly but the whole of American culture…and even human culture. He demonstrates what happens if neurophysiology, and the social milieu into which one is born, fails in doing its assigned task. The potential for this disease of the will, or “of the Spirit,” is present from conception onward but only if one is born into an emotionally/spiritual hospitable environment will it be thwarted.
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