Several times I have used this assertion to demonstrate our human lunacy. For, if you think “the moon is made out of cheese, then it is made out of cheese” in your mind, in the mind of the one who is thinking this! For, one having this belief reflects a private, self-referential view of the world, a dungeon which any other view point is not permitted.
Trump is now providing legitimization of a common criminal. But inviting Rodrigo Duterte of the Phillipines to visit the United States, he is offering our hospitality to a man who is reprehensible to all that we stand for. This is not unrelated to the fact that Trump himself is a man who represents for this country “all that we stand for.” (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/30/us/politics/trump-duterte.html?_r=0) But, perhaps that is not the case. Perhaps, beneath the surface our Superman-claim affirmation of belief in “Truth, Justice, and the American Way” there is a subterranean dimension in which that bromide means nothing more than, “A view of the world as we see it.” Anytime our view of the world is so sacrosanct…to ourselves…that we believe it is inviolate, we are demonstrating our avarice and rapacity. And we can claim our Christian values, our “Truth, Justice, and the American Way” as much as we want but those others in this human tribe that we all belong to can see readily through our hypocrisy. Of course, like anyone in a delusional system, we solve any threat by simply adopting the perspective on any such criticism, “Fake news!!!” As Auden reminded us, “And Truth met him, and held out her hands, and we clung in panic to our tall beliefs and shrank away like an ill-treated child.”