Teleconference with Elizabeth Warren
For the teleconference with Elizabeth Warren, my question was: “The opposition to the Trump’s agenda created an incredibly broad coalition. How would you characterize this coalition? What are we for and what against?”
The politicians are not philosophers, so I do not expect an answer. With the Mr. President help, the “against” part become clearer and clearer: my dream coalition is against the primitive survival behavior- against the power generated by fear and greed. In politics, it translates into rigid beliefs disregarding the facts, it is also xenophobia, racism, sexism, and entitlement.
The school bully is the poster child of this worldview; sulky, fearful and cruel.
This reminds me the story from the post-modernism: putting a urinal in the art exhibition helped with the question: what is beauty, what is art?
Now, what are we for I can describe in one word: humanism.
But in the US the image of a humanist is terrible: a weird, angry, ex- catholic or ex- Jew.
No, my concept of the humanist is close to a “renaissance man”, kind of mixture of Dalai Lama and Madonna, Homo historicus and homo ludi.
Deep in our human nature is curiosity, imagination, trying to understand, to figure out. This is fun!
Throughout our human evolution the religion, science, and philosophy were always one thing, they split only recently ( Chinese never completely split it.) Together with the art, they were the major forces of human advancement, they created metaphor, language, myths, and society.
The humanist is about the education, education, and education, forever.
This will give him or her a broad perspective and ability to participate joyfully in the culture we, together, created.
Mr. Trump, you like deals, let’s make a deal.
Each time you, by your actions, exemplify what is primitive, fearful and cruel in the human nature, we show once more our human dignity, compassion, and unity. And we’ll get this joyful feeling that the humanity once again will handle the crisis in the way that’ll make our grandchildren and the grand grandchildren proud of us.