It is natural to be self-referential, self-interested, and to desire a sense of pride in what one does. Like all good things, this has a dark side: it equally natural-feeling to see the world as a facet of self and deny its need to be independent.
Reading The New York Times, one encounters this sense of egotism or individualism expanded to the level of foreign policy as foreign nations complain about their decreasing convenience with the election of Donald J. Trump:
Last summer, the Pew Research Center found that people in all 15 countries it surveyed trusted Mrs. Clinton to do the right thing in foreign affairs more than Mr. Trump by ratios as high as 10 to one.
…Mr. Trumpâ€™s promise to pull back militarily and economically left many overseas contemplating a road ahead without an American ally.
…”He has been focusing on the negative side of the global markets and globalization,’ Ms. Kobayashi said. ‘But at the same time it is really difficult to go back to the old business world. So how will he explain to the people that benefit and also the fact that there is no option to go back to the old model of business?”
This translates to: what you are doing is not convenient for me, therefore you are wrong.
You can find this same approach throughout history. The Peasant Revolts and French Revolution amounted to over-populated peasants complaining that their kings did not stop them from over-breeding. Class warfare in England amounted to lower classes complaining that those above them did not provide an easy life for those who would do nothing with it.
The complaining voices, who not coincidentally are in the Leftist mouthpiece The New York Times, are essentially repeating the same message:
Globalism is here to stay, whether we like it or not — according to everyone who depends on the US maintaining the status quo. False threats about how we can never go back are actually real, because other nations and people can no longer depend on the US to be their source of easy money and a wimpy foreign power.
Whenever the world is polled about American presidents, they always like the weakest party. This is because, as a different troop of monkeys, their interest is that the American troop remain weak and therefore open to them making their demands from those who have more than they do.
The beggars are demanding that alms be made mandatory. The welfare recipients want their checks to be guaranteed forever. The competition wants us to be weak so they can be strong. This is nothing new — in fact, it is basic self-interest — but it has not served us well under liberals, who seek to appease every group they encounter because liberals think socially and therefore, emotion and appearance are more important than reality to them.
From the article:
“If Trump wins, God forbid,â€ Macharia Gaitho, one of Kenyaâ€™s most popular columnists, wrote on Tuesday before the votes came in, “then we will have to reassess our relations with the United States.”
In practical reality, the US cares very little about its relationship with Kenya, or at least about opinions about that relationship. We do what we must, and they do what they must. Until the two conflict or overlap, there is not much to talk about other than mutual respect and going our own ways
Those of us with a realistic bent are growing tired of the world’s over-inflated sense of self and the demands that we maintain the way things have always been or there will be Â¡consequences!.
This psychology reflects every unhealthy family dynamic ever, where the parents demand that children have no needs that inconvenience the parents, or on some pretext the children will be punished. Generation X knows this well, as our self-obsessed parents were only too quick to become enraged when our needs deviated from their plans and self-image.
If nothing else, the dual events of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump represent a symbolic victory, which itself is a form of maturation. We are not ruled by the opinions of the group, or anything but our own place in the hierarchy of nature and realistic adaptations to our situation. We owe them nothing.
And that is what, secretly, terrifies them.