Today Trump and CNN reporter Jim Acosta had a heated exchange which got so heated that Trump dismissed him, telling him, “You have an agenda. Fake news.” “Having an agenda” is a common refrain from Trumpsters in reference to their critics because they assume they have none. Having an agenda is not all that bad…’tis merely human…but what is disastrous is being so naive as to think one does not have an agenda. Thinking one has no agenda is failing to recognize the presence of a heart, a heart of infinite complexity including its “beastly little treasures” (Ranier Rilke). But when the “beastly” dimension of the heart has metastasized, an individual finds it very hard if not impossible to acknowledge its frailty and vulnerability, two qualities which are the essence of being human. Trump illustrates what happens when someone is terrified of these very human qualities and creates a rigid ego-bound cognitive prison to hide away in. He then has found validation with hordes of people who find comfort in what he has to offer, people who are themselves imprisoned to some degree themselves.
The “price-tag” of “having no agenda” is living in a bubble, living in a delusional system. Oh, we all live in “one of those”; it is called reality. For, T.S. Eliot has told us, “Human kind cannot bear very much reality.” The problem occurs only when this “bubble” (delusional system) becomes so rigid that it isolates one, or a group, from the “delusional system” known as reality, an agreed-upon, consensually validated that allows us to function as a tribe.