On the Charlottesville issue that is before my country, Trump has argued that if we must take down the statue of Robert E. Lee we need to take down the statues of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and their ilk. Hmm. Well, he has a point…if you want to follow the dictates of reason. But, if you follow the dictates of reason in the vein that he is suggesting it will take him and our country further than he has in mind for it will take us to the very foundation of our country which included a rigid distinction of “us” vs. “them.” Yes, there was the necessary violent Revolutionary War in which we told Great Britain, “We no longer want to play with you guys” but more subtle was the implicit statement by our physical presence in the New World to the Native Americans, “This land-mass is now ours and you submit or we will destroy you.” Shortly thereafter, we made a similar implicit announcement to African-Americans that we had imported to be slave-labor, “You will continue to be subservient and slaves and at best will only have 3/5 citizenship.”
Yes, Reason, if given full-sway will always lead an individual or a nation to an existential crisis but this is usually avoided by utilizing reason only for a limited purpose to accomplish some self-serving goal. Trump’s argumentation, the result of huddling with his “Stevens” (Miller and Bannon) is intended only to diminish the rationale of those who oppose their virulent white-nationalism; but, if they want to make their point, I challenge them to take their point to a more logical conclusion and let reason challenge the very basis of our collective existence as well as the very basis of their individual existence. Yes, Reason if used for something other than self-gratification…and Bannon knows something about this (wink, wink)…would let Trumpers see that their first concern is only emotional/spiritual auto-erotic satisfaction, the legitimization of a self-serving world view.
This puts the issues before us in the Spiritual realm but the “Spiritual realm” I have in mind is not the narcissistic playground of people like Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Church, Dallas and Jerry Falwell Jr and their ilk. For Spirituality is not a self-indulgent enterprise and requires the understanding that all spirituality begins with a dimension of the infantile narcissism which refuses self-awareness and is challenging to ever out grow.