People who whip crowds into an angry frenzy and then bask in the mob violence that ensues are arsonists. Like arsonists who start physical fires, they crave the rush that comes from sparking such a large destructive force. This insight isn’t original to me, I owe it to Jane Roberts from way back in the 60s. Its truth has really hit home watching Trump, that venal, nasty puppet of the Kremlin toy with his sad, angry following.
Trump doesn’t care if our democracy is a casualty of his addiction. How future generations will view his actions is of little concern to him. Does a junkie ever care about anything beyond his next fix? Trump’s craving for power, status, and praise makes him quite delusional and hard hearted. He is clearly unconcerned with the suffering he causes and the damage he inflicts on the country to which he owes his good fortune.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
Since this isn’t strictly a Buddhist post, I thought it needed a little KJV righteous Matthew. Buddhists have hell too you know. Several of them in fact. Hard heartedness and encouraging violence are good ways to spend some time there.