Millions of Unsophisticated Americans Are Oblivious To The Fact That One’s Mind Has A Mind Of Its Own

When shopping today, after yesterday’s Donald Trump convention speech, my wife overheard one lovely elderly lady say, as she turned to her friend, “I think I’m leaning toward Trump.” Her friend obviously a bit more sophisticated replied, “you mean Hitler.”

The first lady probably had no idea that our hardwired egos are minds unto themselves. Folks are unaware that each of us is programed to think first in tribal patterns — myself, my family, my race, my religion, my local region, state and country, all in that general order. Demagogues like Trump are masters at repeatedly lightly up those unconscious egocentric mental biases to the point where innocent folks are found to react reflexively unaware of what is taking place within their own heads.

When one is ignorant of such hardwired bias within us all, one is helpless to be lead to any dark place that a Trump or Hitler type demagogue wishes to lead us. To execute a pun, without thinking, ego driven impulses will trump one’s rational thinking every time.

Some folks never manage to develop a semi-detached intellect, a perspective that gives them awareness beyond knee-jerk, egocentric tribal type reactions.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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