Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Bernie Phenomena

The 2016 election has been highly entertaining so far. Less for the ideas expressed and the advances provided to humanity of how we, as a species, a nation or a group can better ourselves than for just a Kardashian exuberance for the cult of the almighty ME.
A very long time ago when I was in high school, one of my teachers asked us to write down and sign the following: "I, Peter Brown, am the least interesting person in the world." His point was manifold, but in effect he was telling us that in the great unveiling of the Universe our fifteen year old opinions and thoughts mattered little. He was right, of course, and in many ways he still is and most specifically when I overhear discussions punctuated by the immortal I and ME.
This election cycle has brought the ME syndrome to the forefront of the selection dance. The obvious champion of the genre is the immortal Trump. But he is in no way alone at the top. On the Democratic side we have the resurrected Bernie, or more specifically the Bernie followers. Who, because for the first time in their lives, actually got involved in a large political movement, still firmly believe that they are entitled to the nomination. In spite of overwhelming evidence that hey never had the votes or even the support of the country, they still demand justice and the nomination.
It came as no surprise that the two noisiest factions were the losers and the soon to be loser because only in religion does the ego of the one sway nations. To do that all the great messiahs have enlisted hypothetical support from a great unnamed source.
We are not there yet, but the race is in its early days  and who knows what will happen in the days ahead.

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