“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 socially and politically quarreling times by remaining subjugated and quiet. Life threatening global events of corona-19 in which questions regarding the lethal and exclusionary proprietary ethics of our self-absorbed 45th president, “The” Donald John Trump, and his administration of January 20, 2017 through January 20, 2021 need and require full disclosure and discussion. We need the virility of plural intellectual, social and political confrontation which can be expressed in genuine respect and consideration of our fallen who walk and talk with us no more. Thus, we are required to be kind, strong and brave 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 inherent 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 incidental “half-truths”, which perhaps explains his current but unwitting popularity. 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 ethically 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 distort 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 unique 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 unique unconscious urges, a better society will somehow emerge. Unfortunately, as is true with virtually all of exaggerating Trump’s beliefs, he and his followers fail to notice that Shakespeare put these words into the criminal mind and mouth of the scheming personality, sociopathic character disorder Polonius to reveal how manipulative, brazen and insolent human selfishness can become. Trump’s self-serving philosophy is a travesty of humanity, an exaggeration of caricature, which can provide justification for any atrocity. After all, Hitler, and now “The” Donald John Trump, have never, ever failed to be true to their grandiose, demonic selves by using relationships as a gluttonous tool for getting from others what they want.