The day after. A question.

I look for an answer. It should be easy. But it isn’t as easy as it looks.

Which is worse for any of us?
1/ The Orangeutan succeeds in its agenda, and makes at least a few things better, for some people, by its sheer disruptiveness
2/ It fails, the world is made even more chaotic and many people suffer

Put more philosophically, John Steinbeck’s brilliant words sum up the dilemma posed by any possible successes of Trump (however implausible that may sound): “It has always seemed strange to me…The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.”

Should the world, or any part of it, love any positive outcomes? Should we reject it, because we detest the means? Should we love it inspite of the means? Should we selectively accept the outcomes we like, and reject the ones we don’t?

1/ do not bring in the nuance of which part of his agenda succeeds, or cherry pick, because you cannot get one part of him without the other. His success will have elements of positive change, and negative ones, positive and negative being defined by your perspective. Hence success here simply means ‘he’ is successful.
2/ while the question is asked and meant to be answered in the context of Trump, it is very applicable to any of the strongmen we love to hate: Dutarte, Modi, Xi Jin Ping, Erdogan,…. (just yesterday I heard a compelling story of Dutarte’s popularity and actions in Philippines, that did not make allowance for his killing spree)

I look for your answers. Think for a few minutes.

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