Falling from Great Heights
There Ginger and I were circumnavigating Lake La Mancha, which backs up to the back of my house, Casa La Mancha. Both the lake and my home are named after Don Quixote’s region of Spain, La Mancha.
I’ll grant you that my La Mancha does not look identical to the area where Don Quixote lived in central Spain while joisting with windmills. Given that, it is a place precisely where he dreamed impossible dreams.
I have a long list of seemingly impossible dreams, which I need to address in the time remaining me. The first and critically important is my dream to interview Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Lady. She is the most important person in the world, from my perspective, when it comes to working for human rights.
My dream of interviewing the Lady is not as seemingly impossible as teaching Donald the Dumb about basic learning. That goal is a nearly impossible dream. That was what Ginger and I were discussing during our walk around the lake a couple of weeks ago. While Ginger doesn’t look like Sancho, the similarities between Don Quixote and me are quite close. We are both in the twilight years of our quests.
Ginger stopped and started talking about dreaming. “I know that we are dreamers. However, you think that you can teach Donald the Dumb about life. You really dream big even from my canine perspective.”
My response was that others are attempting the impossible also.
Ginger continued, “It seems to me that you need to address Donald the Dumb’s problem with narcissism. Horace, the famous Roman satirist and poet, during the time of Augustus, said, ‘The higher the tower, the greater the fall thereof.’ Donald the Dumb loves the notion of building towers like Nimrod and the Tower of Babel. I can’t name the location of all his existing towers or those in his mind. Nevertheless, what he needs to learn what Horace warned him about the fall. Donald the Dumb is a mix between Narcissus and Icarus. He is absorbed in himself, which makes him even more into building more towers even higher than the last one.”
I didn’t add much to Ginger’s insight; I merely agreed.
Nonetheless, Ginger continued, “I googled Trump DSM and found a half million sites discussing Donald the Dumb’s mental health situation based upon the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association. I started to scroll through a couple postings but stopped at one by Psychology Today. The article addressed a psychologist’s diagnosis that the Donald suffers from narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), antisocial personality disorder (ASPD), and paranoid personality disorder (PPD). As the professional debate related to the various diagnoses continue, we are left with Donald the Dumb as our fake president.”
So, my retort to Ginger was simple; what can we do?
“Continue to dream the impossible dream. Don’t give up on the most important dream that of interviewing the Lady and discussing your ideas about what you could do to assist Burma/Myanmar. However, why not deal with Donald the Dumb’s followers? Perhaps, you can help them to see the light first. You need to work on that 40% of the people that seem to follow him blindly. One of the reasons for their blindness is that they haven’t addressed these psych disorders. Tell them about the various psych disorders, and then let them process your findings.”
I thanked Ginger, and we continued our walk....
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