Letter: We have reached a moral nadir
The small bits of news that sneak through my carefully constructed barriers have been especially disturbing since the last presidential election, but in the past weeks, my level of alarm has risen to crimson. Using children of immigrants as pawns in his scheme to punish their parents is a new low for a man who has redefined the concept of a moral nadir. The statement that he can pardon himself (For which of his crimes? All of his crimes?) defines a new zenith of narcissistic hubris and has further dislocated reality for me.
In an attempt to assuage the helplessness I feel in light of the behavior that has apparently become acceptable to a majority of Americans, I continue to look for a higher purpose and meaning to the Trump presidency. I am increasingly at a loss to do so. I cling to the belief that some good will come from what is being modeled. Perhaps his moral ambiguity will spur an interest in ethics and the great philosophers. His scientific illiteracy might be seen as a catalyst for young minds to explore the epistemology of their own knowledge base. We, as a society, may come to some conclusions regarding what matters to us, though I fear the answer may be "nothing".
Instead of looking for meaning, I am increasingly inclined to let go of all that I thought I knew and live with the only thing I can be sure of: I don't know what anything is for.
Westminster, June 5
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