MINDSHIFT: Analysis of Comments on Trump’s SOTU
It isn’t Trump, his tweets and speeches, or his actions that are most relevant today (01/31/2018).
What all others report about Trump and his behavior is revealing, and vitally significant.
Everyone (from progressive pundits to Trump’s base) ALL report that they KNOW what Trump actually said and intended. They report their personal interpreted experiences of a perceived “objective reality” (video sems and tweets). They may also report their “feelings”, but these are distinct from their reported “direct perceptions”.
We have quality video of the SOTU speech, which is what most persons experienced. We could play them again, and have groups discuss what they experienced, perceived, and believed was “said” and “intended’.
This is not new, that humans confuse their personal, “conscious experiences” with “direct perception of objective reality”: naive realism. This had survival value in tribal times, but can have dangerous consequences today.
Some persons can learn to conceptually question their personal experiences & interpretations; even though they continue to meta-experience their experiences as objectively real. I frequently “awake” from the “hypnotic state” of believing I’m directly observing an external, objective reality. It is from a kind of super-imposed, conceptual “mindfulness” that we can be aware of this “illusion”.
What is STRIKING, in these Times-of-Trump is how these distinctions are being amplified in the media; yet, few seem to comprehend the deep significance – even as the term “fake” goes viral. Our media silos contribute. What surprises me is that the persons on CNN an MSNBC (FOX and Breitbart knowingly speak only to their choir) act as if many persons, of other persuasions, are watching. Most Trump supporters never perceive reports critical of Trump. And if they do, it is enfolded/warped in critiques by Trump defenders. PREACHING TO THE CHOIR. They may be addressing the “undecided.” To my knowledge, there are no studied attempts to infiltrate the pro-Trump media sites and experimentally try to engage them in meaningful dialog.
Another Observation: The future, beyond tomorrow, is virtually absent. Vague reference to the mid-term elections and the 2020 POTUS elections is all there is. MSNBC report as if there will be a “constitutional” decision (court/legislative/electoral) process to decide. However, there may be no longer any legal frameworks accepted by both sides. There are many, different “Constitutions”. Trump/GOP can simply ignore requests from Democrats or the “left” media. Trump and his handlers (Global Organized Crime, including some banks) will not accept defeat. Speculation: Future elections will be either rigged in their favor or prohibited. Another false-flag event may be used to shift emergency powers to Trump. POWER RULES.