“Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw the torch; be yours to hold it high.
Joseph W. Ferrara, EdD

We, each of us, shall not live responsibly and ethically in these mentally confusing, emotionally disturbing and quarreling times by remaining subjugated and quiet. Life threatening global events of corona-19 in which questions regarding the lethal and exclusionary ethics of our 45th president, “The” Donald John Trump, and his administration need and require disclosure and discussion. We need the virility of plural intellectual confrontation which can be expressed in genuine respect and consideration of our fallen. Thus, we are required to be strong with opposing empathic ideals while respecting individual differences, no matter how lamentable, i.e.

“If ye break faith with us who die, we shall
not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders field.”
– John McCrae

When rational choices and ethical direction is left to the heat of the moment, as we cope with both pretentious Trump and coronavirus lives lost, we human beings are bound to fail, due to our many weaknesses. What is disparately needed is rational, ethical insight and direction to help us decide, “no, this or that is wrong”. Now, we must not betray one another in this manner.

Unquestionably, prevaricating Trump is declaring some “half-truths”, which perhaps explains his current but unwitting success. However, many of human history’s worst evils have been perpetrated upon mankind in the name of elite, restrictive, economical individualism. While each man is uniquely different from all other men, it is also equally true that no man is an exclusive island, entire unto himself. All men everywhere must live in community with one another. To talk of individual rights and freedom without talking of the liberating society which makes it equally possible for all of us is to talk irrationally and twist the fundamental meaning of both societal freedom and unique individual rights, i.e., how to be yourself and apart of society and how to be apart of society and still be yourself.

As always, however, megalomania Donald John Trump has his implied makeshift behavioral maxims at hand to buttress his self-serving beliefs of narcissistic selfmanship:

“This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou
canst not then be false to any man.”
– Hamlet, William Shakespeare

The erroneous assumption is that if each isolated individual is sufficiently self-seeking and true to the wishes and desires of their unconscious urges, a better society will somehow emerge. Unfortunately, as is true with virtually all of exaggerating Trump’s beliefs, he and his staff fail to notice that Shakespeare put these words into the manic mouth of the scheming personality, character disorder Polonius to reveal how brazen and insolent human selfishness can become. This popular self-serving philosophy is a travesty of humanity, an exaggeration of caricature, which can provide justification for any atrocity. After all, Hitler never, ever failed to be true to his grandiose, demonic self.