Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress is meeting wide spread approval from everyone. One reported described him as finally “Presidential” and another “normal.” His tone and delivery was moderate and civil.
Now I’m cynical, of course. BUT, give credit where credit is due! Someone has done some “heavy lifting” coaching on him and there has been serious rehearsing. But there should be! Life itself is performance art and even the President of the United States must “perform” in accordance with basic principles of decorum and sensibility, not as a grade school bully. Trump took a step in that direction.
Shakespeare once noted, “Assume a virtue if you have it not” and if you persist in the “assuming” you might gradually have some of it rub off on you. In less elegant language I’ve heard it put as, “Fake it ‘til you make it.” So much of day to day life involves “fakery” as re “make nice” to people we would like to flash the sign of the cross and flee from pell mell.. Remember, Shakespeare also said that life is stage play, that we are all “actors on the stage of life….(who)…strut and fret our hour” upon that stage. That is important for all of us to remember, especially those of us whose neurological “god-spot” is often over-heated.
Just a crazy thought here. I kinda wish that Trump would get seriously “saved” just to mess with the Republican Party who is counting on him not doing so. What if he did suddenly have a spiritual experience and begin to demonstrate compassion for his fellow man? That would be disruptive to the very fabric of the current Republican Party’s being. What if Trump did begin to respond to the gravitas of the office he occupies and begin to “buckle his distempered cause within the belt of rule” and that wild, incorrigible beast within should be tamed? I’m not counting on it!
As you have noticed, I am a person of faith but cynicism is conspicuous! But I do believe in redemption though it comes in different ways at different times; and, no I don’t have much hope for Trump. But if he was a younger man, and less “set in his ways”, it would be nice to see the weight of the monumental office he occupies, with a hefty dollop of what I call “the Grace of God,” work its magic on him. This life “thingy” we all got goin’ on is such an incredible endeavor. I marvel more and more each day. And when I see a glimmer of day light flicker in my life, or anyone else’s, my spirit is lifted.