THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018
Part 3—The question of good intentions: Last Saturday morning, Donald J. Trump unloosed a new load of Trumpism on the world.
That said, Trumpism and its various offshoots existed long before Trump. It can be practiced by people who are fully sincere and thoroughly well-intentioned.
Unhelpful behavior can even exist when we talk about matters of race. That said, the emotion invested in such discussions makes this fact a bit hard for us to digest Over Here.
It seems to us that our nation is in serious trouble. It seems to us that we the liberals have invested ourselves in practices which make this threat more severe.
It seemed to us that we received a dose of that when we watched C-Span last Saturday morning. We watched a person who was fully sincere and who, it seemed and seems to us, was not entirely unlike Trump in the nature of her presentations.
At present, we liberals are strongly disinclined to consider such possibilities. It seems to us that this is one of the places where the coming whirlwind starts.
We hope to offer a few observations on this matter tomorrow. Our readings this morning were so depressing that we decided to take this time off.
A final note:
As you may recall, Cassandra was right, even though folk were quite sure she was wrong. The leading authority on her life can be consulted here.
Hyginus gets it right: According to the leading authority, Gaius Julius Hyginus, a pupil of Cornelius Alexander Polyhistor, offered this overview of the situation:
"Cassandra, daughter of the king and queen, in the temple of Apollo, exhausted from practicing, is said to have fallen asleep; whom, when Apollo wished to embrace her, she did not afford the opportunity of her body. On account of which thing, when she prophesied true things, she was not believed."
Some will refer to this as "legend." That said, as far as we know, Hyginus got it right.