The disintegration we are experiencing now was not caused by Trump/ism, but revealed through it. At its core, as it is always the case, lies a clash of values, dramatically unveiled in this conflict.
This clash has pierced our willful blindness, unearthing the rifts in our society which we pretended, for too long, did not exist.
The breakthrough is not done yet, however—the revelation is rarely if ever complete. Neither the powerful and privileged, nor those who seek a sense of power and validation through identification with the strongman understand it.
We don’t like to talk seriously about our values—and certainly not how they relate to mental health of individuals and nations—because such conversations, if honest, would necessitate change. And nobody likes change.
We trot out values for important speeches and other special occasions, but they have had no emotional impact on the consciousness of the nation.

Until now.
Now, thanks to the short-fingered vulgarian whose lack of manners has made even the well-mannered panic, the darkness is making itself rapidly visible, and it cannot be ignored so easily.
This is not for the lack of trying; if there is one thing that America has perfected, it is the art of denial. This is why the country as we believed we have known it is now disintegrating, and with it, our complacent, erroneous beliefs about it and ourselves.
This process is inevitable; and although it is and will be painful, it is also potentially positive, for many individuals and maybe even the entire nation.
That’s because even though disintegration, personal and not, is something that is typically feared—understandably so, as it means destruction of what’s known and thus safe—there is also another way to look at it.

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