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Letters to the Editor: November 8, 2017

'I'll give him one thing: Trump is a great teacher'

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Urban Growth

There's a huge amount of undeveloped and underdeveloped land in Santa Rosa ("Blazing Speed," Nov. 1). We should look there before even considering expanding urban growth boundaries.

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Our Pathological President

I'll give him one thing: Trump is a great teacher. In this crazy culture, where we are taught that material success is everything and that success equals money, we can see by his example a man whose life is corrupted with the idea that money equates to a happy, satisfying life. But look closer. Are these the actions of a man who experiences joy, contentment, peace? Is that the face of a happy man? I think not.

He clearly demonstrates that money can't buy wisdom, character, morals, understanding or maturity. His life is an example of a person so insulated by money from the normal experiences of living that he acts as if he doesn't need other people. He needn't answer to anyone and is without regard for his impact on other humans. Psychologically speaking, what is evident to most other people is his pathological need to be admired, tended to and provided for, and to have no hint of disagreement about his point of view. In effect, he can't tolerate the existence of other people.

He presents, and represents, the worst of masculinity: compensating with a blustery, fake strong persona while hiding a scared, little boy inside. He hides this boy from us, and from himself, preferring to believe his own myth of being a man, an adult. He actually seems to believe that bullying is a strength.

My hunch is that one reason he devalues women is because, somewhere inside, he knows they are stronger than he is; they are more resilient, they know the value of collaboration and demonstrate daily the survival value of working together. We are, after all, pack animals. Our evolutionary history has taught us that staying together and working together is the thing that ensures our survival as a species. But like a kid in kindergarten who never got to learn how to share with others, Trump not only doesn't play well with others, he doesn't know how to play well with others. So he retreats to the fantasy and insulation of the monied life, believing in the world where everyone agrees with him, smiles at him, tells him how great he is. This allows him to live in a dissociated, auto-erotic state. Nobody turns him on quite like he does. He literally lives in a non-relational world.

He may be the best living example of how not to live. He exemplifies how to flaunt the trappings of success as a way to appear happy while remaining an isolated, insecure, psychologically weak person.

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