Philosophical Thought for the Day – 21 December 2018.

Thinking of Love
Love and Knowledge = Philosophy

Welcome to PTFTD, a (semi-)regular feature on my blog. Each (ideally daily) post I will raise a topic for consideration that may hopefully give you pause for some serious, or not-so-serious contemplation throughout your day/night/week/life.

It’s as much for my personal benefit as anyone else’s who may find it of interest, as we all try to figure out just what life is all about and what on Earth we are all doing here or to each other?

Today’s Thought:

If all the people of honesty, personal integrity and intelligence who cannot get Trump to listen to them keep on leaving the US Government soon all that will be left in there is Trump and desperate sycophants who think just like him or who suck up to him to keep their well-paid jobs.

What will become of the USA and the rest of the world then do you think? China and Russia will be fighting between them for the greater share of world domination and economic control and the US will become increasingly isolated and alone and weak.

We all need to think on this for a while (longer) 🙂

General James Mattis – please reconsider your understandable resignation – your country needs intelligent people in charge, not self-opinionated idiots and lap-dogs.




  1. Sadly, that does not seem to be the direction this administration is going. I just read in this morning’s paper that another respected official has resigned. It is so dispiriting to me that a powerful minority has taken over the government of my country and is steering it on a very dangerous course. There are fewer and fewer people in the administration willing to “talk truth to power”.

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    • Definitely not a good thing! The effects will likely last longer than Trump will. I can only hope it is not his intended plan… or worse a plan of Putin’s devising. 😦

      A glimmer of Hope is that the Congress will have some moderating effect from January!

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  2. Unfortunately these are the individuals that we were counting on to counteract and keep President Trump’s decisions in check. My friends were counting on those who are an expert in their field to stand firm on their opinions and help guide the president’s decisions.These people must be feeling like they are steamrolled and feel unheard. General Mattis must have felt like his opinion didn’t matter since he wasn’t consulted for matters in Syria. Various members have left the state department for the similar reasons.

    “Because you have the right to have a secretary of defence whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position…” Reading this statement in his resignation letter made me feel contemplative… There were times when two people can respectfully disagree on certain issues, yet can meet in the middle, compromise.. Yet, another blogger’s post struck at me, is it necessarily better when your views are in alignment to move forward with goals, to accomplish objectives?

    I once read an article where former President Obama had a meeting with the head of the counter terrorism director. There was a disagreement of tactics and military strategy, and yet they never felt the need to back out. Various military personnel in my classes have spoken out on these issues and feel differently…It leaves me concerned as I listen to them.

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    • I got Omarosa’s Book ‘Unhinged’ for a Christmas present about her time working on the Trump 2016 campaign and then spending a year as AP to her ‘friend’ DT of 15 years.


      Disturbing that it took a supposedly intelligent, well-educated woman (albeit one almost completely consumed with ambitions of power and a desire to copy Trump as a role model) ????? that long to figure out just what sort of person Trump is to the core.

      The MOST disturbing thing about her view from inside the Whitehouse is that Trump is no longer the sharp minded winning strategist businessman he was 15 years ago but is virtually incompetent and incapable of understanding (let alone reading) any matter of policy and is in need of rest and serious medical and mental attention – and most of the cabinet knows this and yet are doing everything humanly possible to maintain the impression with the US people and the watching world, that all is fine, nothing to see here folks! 😦

      As for compromise – Trump sees any sign of compromise as a weakness – and he detests weakness in a person. He enjoys conflict and division. He relishes being able to set people off against each other seeing people get humiliated and delights in those who are victorious sucking up to him to get his favour.

      He basically is a modern day USA version of Roman Emperor Caligula.

      Having said that Omarosa was even more worried what would happen when Pence takes over as President!

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      • Fascinating and disturbing indeed! Medical attention would be wise. So that’s what the recent new Madam Secretary episode was referring to… I also took a class on Caligula years ago. So I understand the magnitude of that. I watched the Randy Rainbow version of Omarosa. It makes me wonder about how the pursuit of power can blind people. Are perceptions of what constitutes success corrupted?

        It certainly makes me wonder if people are fixated on the man he once was and his past accomplishments than who he is today. Even so, he did many questionable things in his prime and it makes me wonder if people turned a blind eye due his wealth. I read an account of a marketer who made DT look more successful than he really is. Lots to think about!

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        • All good points you raise Sa! ( I’m going to have to look up the RR spoof of Omarosa now! 😉 )

          Success can certainly mean very different things to different sections of society or perhaps different societies/cultures?

          It obviously means to exceed in a particular quality that is valued in a society but different people place more value on some things than others: Money and personal wealth, Happiness, Charitable works, Ethical behaviours, Business success, Personal fame, ‘Godliness’ etc, etc.
          Where it all gets sticky is when in achieving success in one area it comes at the expense of being very unsuccessful in the others! Mr Trump’s personal ethic being a case in point.

          I have a paper clipping somewhere ( i need to dig it out!) from a couple of decades ago with the headline: “Donald Trump $9 billion in debt.”:

          It was referring of course to his enterprises that had a nett balance of – $9 billion. The opposite of being rich (and successful) is not being poor, it is being in massive debt. of course the Donald never owed (or paid back) any of that money he just declared bankruptcy and got straight back into making squillions by borrowing from other people. is that a measure of success? Or rorting the system?

          Funny you should mention the marketer, I had some thoughts about marketing in my morning meditation yesterday… but i’ll save those for another time! 😉
          ( Good Tip! – if you want money learn all you can about, and be the best marketer you can! Marketing is the key to all success.) 😉


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