Many people are finding this election unbearable and its rituals unwatchable, but I find it compelling. Something is truly happening here, Mr. and Ms. Jones. The personalities of the presidential candidates have been analyzed to death, but the underlying forces that have thrust them into the limelight are ignored. While Trump is a very colorful character attracting endless attention, he is a projection of a much larger phenomenon—as is Hillary Clinton.
The phenomenon of Trump is the business model of success. The successful businessman model is a function of the money system, which is a function of materialism itself. It is a false model of a false system of false materialism. The heart of the falsehood is scarcity consciousness. The root problem is not greed; the creation of a money system, founded in scarcity, set the greed force loose.
Now we have a person in the public spotlight who exemplifies the dynamic of money in full cartoon Technicolor. Money is the measure of everything in his life. Currently he is riding on the biggest deal of his life: buying the presidency of the United States. He got there because he bought in, big time, when he saw an opening: no charismatic figure in the field of his opponents.
When he says he got more votes in the primaries than any other Republican in history, 13 million votes, he didn’t mention that 16 million Republican voters voted against him. Trump was perceptive enough to see that the field was scattered and weak and he could overrun it, pretty much his standard operating procedure. It’s good business.
The business model states that wealth equals power. In a man like Trump, we see that nothing else has modulated his personality. He has no spiritual values, no religious practices, no reverence for anything in the natural world, no appreciation for transcendent creative expressions of humanity, no humility, no emotional depth. He eats crappy food and doesn’t even have a pet. He lives and breathes making money. If he got elected, which he won’t, he would be the first Scrooge to live in the White House.
Fate and destiny have everything to do with this election. There are huge waves of energy moving through our planet reaching tipping points of transformation. These are inexorable forces that represent the culmination of cycles, the records of which are literally set in stone throughout the planet. All of nature bows to these cycles. As much as any human being turns his or her back on the manmade industrial world, he or she will tune into the deep truths of the natural world, truths that resonate in each individual.
Materialism has the word for “mother” within it. The physical world is deeply identified with the feminine principle in all its implications, but primarily as mother. Long ago, this was well understood in human culture, where the feminine was revered as a sacred mystery deeply connected to the cosmos. She was abundance personified, a force to be reckoned with. The female elders anchored the wisdom of the tribe by connecting the human world to the cosmic dimension. Her body measured the pulse of time; the moon was her symbol and 13 was her sacred number.
All this was destroyed. The planet ultimately became a prison planet ruled by a calendar that measured taxation. The word calendar comes from calends, the first day of the 12 Roman months, when debts fell due and accounts were reckoned. The false materialism of money, scarcity, greed and power through intimidation set in and history came into being. A great imbalance between the male and the female was institutionalized and played out in the destruction of nature.
This is the framework of the election drama going on before us today. Whether or not you admire the female who has shown up at this moment in time to challenge the false power of materialism is less important than seeing what she symbolizes. After her will come many more, because the cycles have spoken. Gradually we will learn that what governs us is not control and punishment, not the power of time-equals-money and not competition for scarcity. We will break free from the false order to discover our own perfection reflected in the perfection of the cosmic order. This is the fate and destiny of this planet.
You can vote for that.
Elizabeth Whitney is a lifelong journalist, columnist, editor and researcher living in West Marin.