October 17, 2016
Donald Trump as a human has caused many other humans a lot of pain and injustice with his financial policies, narcissism, terrible boundaries, and unwarranted sexual advances.
This post is not about his human-ness, not about trying to find sympathy for the man. This is about his Soul, about how his actions can be viewed as helping all of us wake up.
To start, I want to be clear that in no way, shape, or form am I condoning his actions. In no way am I saying, “Well, this has a positive Soul-level effect, so it’s worth it.” There are many paths to deepening and broadening Awareness, many of which do not leave a wake of human suffering and trauma.
That being said, here is a Soul-level perspective on how Donald Trump has helped us all wake up.
White, male privilege has been around for centuries. It is really only within the last 100-150 years that this has started to crack. The abolition of slavery and women’s suffrage were major steps forward. As was when women entered the workforce en masse during WWII when the country’s men were abroad. The march forward continued through the Civil Rights movements of the 60s and 70s, with Roe v. Wade, with the recognition of same-sex marriage, amongst many other events big and small, and has brought us to where we are today.
As was put in the New York Times Magazine on October 13th of this year:
|“Maybe this presidential election, of all things, will be another milestone. Grueling and sordid or not, it has placed matters of sex, power and gender at the center of the national conversation, not off in the peripheral space typically reserved for women’s issues in media. It is one thing to be a passive reader of the news about [Bill] Cosby, or the trials endured by young women on college campuses; it is another for the public to consider their electoral choices in light of those kinds of issues.”|
Donald Trump did not invent this “locker room talk.” He is not the first man unjustly and perversely violating women’s bodies for his own pleasure. Billy Bush is not the first man to go along with it, egg him on, and promote the atmosphere of male sexual aggression. This has been around for a long time. But Donald Trump’s presence as a candidate for President has brought this out in the public eye in a way that never has been before.
Likewise, the fear, anger, and resentment towards immigrants and minorities is not new with Trump. That has been around as long as we have been a species. As language developed amongst native tribes across the globe, each tribe had words used to describe members of the tribe as equals or “one of us” and words for those who were not part of the tribe less-than “others.” This was done out of a sense of fear and self-preservation. If I know you, I can consider you safe. If I don’t, and you’re not part of our tribe, you are something to be feared.
None of this excuses or condones Trump’s behavior. None of this makes it okay. And no matter what happens for the remainder of this campaign, it remains up to each of us to decide how we will move forward with the larger issues of white, male privilege and aggression and dominance towards anyone who does not fit that narrow subset of the 7 billion people on the planet.
In order for change to happen, we must first be aware there is a problem. Donald Trump is very clearly demonstrating the presence of misogyny, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, white privilege, and much more. None of these started with him, nor will any of them end with him. But his role, from a Soul-level perspective, a perspective which values a “waking up” for all beings, could not be clearer.
His overt comments and actions are bringing these ugly sides of our culture – of ourselves – to the surface. Now that they are here, we are better equipped to deal with them in a complete way.
On a personal note, I have had my own waking up through this process. As part of my waking up, I found myself having thoughts like:
Imagine if a woman had interrupted the person she was debating 71 times, including saying “Wrong!”
Imagine if a woman, who had been married three times, one relationship of which she started while still married to someone else, were to pass judgment on her opponent’s marriage?
Also, “What if Ryan Lochte were black?” Would there have been such a call to “boys will be boys” as there was?
Earlier this October a white man’s Samsung phone started to catch fire in his pocket while he was on a plane. As a natural reaction, he took it out of his pocket and threw it on the ground. If instead, he looked like he was from a country in the Middle East, would the rest of the passengers and flight crew reacted calmly?
These are thoughts I would not have had earlier this year, though they were as valid questions then as they are now. This has all been part of my waking up, though I acknowledge I am far from done with my process.
Racism, white privilege, and misogyny are not new. However, they are now getting exposed in a way that is hard to ignore. Things are not getting worse, they are just getting uncovered. We are just all becoming more aware of how bad they have always been. And Donald Trump is helping us all wake up to this.
This is undoubtedly a big part of his Soul’s path. He is helping us shine the light of Awareness on these issues. It is now up to us to decide how we want to move forward given this new information.