President Donald Trump

Summary of Chapters 1-15, published in RAIS, August 2020; and ResearchLEAP, February 2021.

Summary of Chapters 16 - 30, published in RAIS, October, 2020, and ResearchLEAP, April 2021.

 

Synthisophy - Integrating the wisdoms of history into present culture

Roots – Synthesis/History/Sophy

Synthesis - the integration of separate material or abstract entities into a single  
or unified whole

History - what has happened in the past; a detailed description of past events as
relating to a particular people, country, period, etc…

Sophy - Greek root: wisdom, knowledge; an intellectual system embracing
knowledge and truth; study of the real world based on fact and truth, science

As you know, the USA today is a very polarized society. Technology in the Digital Age can be challenging. It can also be an avenue for us to interact despite differences in viewpoints and geography. That is the role of Synthisophy, integrating the wisdoms of history based on fact and truth into present culture. To foster an understanding of the real world, it’s important to learn about points of view which don’t match your own.

Citizens are the crux of democracy, an educated and well informed citizenry is vital for the survival of a democratic republic. As Benjamin Franklin said after exiting the Constitutional Convention and was asked what sort of government the delegates had created, his answer was, “We’ve given you a Republic, can you keep it?” With synthisophy in mind the answer to his question is “Yes, we can.”

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"We've given you a Republic, can
you keep it?" Ben Franklin after
the 
Constitutional Convention

"If we falter and lose our freedoms,
it will be because we destroyed
ourselves." Abraham Linclon

"United we stand, divided
we fall." John F. Kennedy
Inaugural speech

"I believe, as I always have, 
that America's strength is in
'We the People.'" Ronald Reagan

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I was scanning the prime time news channels as I often do last Monday March 25th.  I always watch Fox News for a bit to get the far Right perspective and MSNBC to get the far Left.  I happened upon Rachel Maddow excoriating her superiors for having hired Ronna McDaniel, the former chairwoman of the Republican National Committee. She was also excoriating Ronna McDaniel herself.  Maddow went on with an air of superiority that I found totaling disgusting and I changed the channel, I don’t think I’ll ever watch her again.  The level of arrogance at which she tore apart her bosses and McDaniel revealed for all to see the problem with the far illiberal Left, they cannot tolerate anyone who does not think as they do. Maddow’s behavior reflects a level of arrogance common among far Left illiberals, revealing their insecurity and downright stupidity.  Their arrogance reveals their ignorance. I used to think poorly of devout MAGA supporters swallowing Trump’s bulloney hook line and sinker.  But that is not as bad as the leftist elite who praise themselves and consider themselves superior, but fail to see their actual insecurity and downright stupidity.

It was just last Friday, March 22, that McDaniel was hired to serve as a conservative political correspondent for NBC. She was fired March 27th.  NBC News Group Chairman Cesar Conde said to his employees, including Maddow, Chuck Todd and others, "After listening to the legitimate concerns of many of you, I have decided that Ronna McDaniel will not be an NBC News contributor." He and top level management at NBC News have no gumption. It would have been nice to see a differing viewpoint presented by NBC, but the current employees couldn’t take it, and management couldn’t keep them in line.

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Despite the country’s deep political polarization, most Americans share many core beliefs about what it means to be an American, according to a new poll.

The poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that about 9 in 10 U.S. adults say the right to vote, the right to equal protection under the law and the right to privacy are extremely important or very important to the United States’ identity as a nation. The survey also found that 84% feel the same way about the freedom of religion.

The results, which included perspectives on a number of different freedoms and rights, have only small variances between Republicans and Democrats. The overall findings are striking because they come at a time of extreme partisanship when political agreements seem rare and concerns are heightened over the potential for violence during a volatile presidential election year.

“If you get a bunch of normal people at random and put them in a room together and chat about issues, there’s a lot more convergence than you might imagine,” said Michael Albertus, a political science professor at the University of Chicago.

A more pessimistic assessment of the country was reflected in another finding — that only about 3 in 10 Americans believe the nation’s democracy is functioning well. About half say the U.S. is a poorly functioning democracy, while 14% say the U.S. is not a democracy.

The tension between the broad consensus on the country’s fundamental values and discontent with how well its form of government is working is not a surprise, experts say.

“Part of it is really our leaders are not reflecting the electorate, and they behave in a way that’s much more polarized than what the electorate is,” said Lilliana Mason, a political scientist at Johns Hopkins University. Most Americans, she said, “are pretty moderate, but they’ve been riled up to hate people of the other party for being different from them culturally, racially and religiously.”

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Source: AP

What do you think? Here’s a post prompted by a member who two days ago posted an explanation of a Chinese term. Here’s an introductory quote: The Chinese slur "Baizuo" (白左) sprung up in 2015, and literally means "White lefty", but there's some undertones in the characters that imply "privileged" or "stupid" with the first character, and "extreme" with the second.

In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang  (陰陽 yīnyáng, literally "dark-bright", "negative-positive")  describe how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world.

Let’s consider masculinity and femininity in terms of Yin and Yang.

Masculinity: Traits traditionally viewed as masculine in Western society include courage, independence, assertiveness and aggression, as well as restricted emotions and pursuit of achievement and status.

Femininity: Traits traditionally cited as feminine include gentleness, empathy, and sensitivity, as well as caring, compassion, tolerance, nurturance, deference, and succorance.

Here’s a pertinent quote from Junger in his book Tribe, On Homecoming and Belonging, page 126:

The most alarming rhetoric comes out of the dispute between liberals and conservatives, it’s a dangerous waste of time because they’re both right. The perennial conservative concern about high taxes supporting a nonworking “underclass” has entirely legitimate roots in our evolutionary past and shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand. Early hominids lived a precarious existence where freeloaders were a direct threat to survival, and so they developed an exceedingly acute sense of whether they were being taken advantage of by members of their own group. But by the same token, one of the hallmarks of early human society was the emergence of a culture of compassion that cared for the ill, the elderly, the wounded, and the unlucky. In today’s terms, that is a common liberal concern that also has to be taken into account. Those two driving forces have coexisted for hundreds of thousands of years in human society and have been duly codified in this country as a two-party political system. The eternal argument over so-called entitlement programs—and, more broadly, over liberal and conservative thought—will never be resolved because each side represents an ancient and absolutely essential component of our evolutionary past.

As Junger so succinctly implies, conservatives are the masculine Yin and the liberals are the feminine Yang. In the hundreds of thousands of years of Paleolithic human evolution, these two traits were working together in harmony and were invaluable to the survival of the species, otherwise our species could very well have gone extinct. Yin and Yang were evolutionarily selected and a product of human evolution. But now Yin and Yang seem to be isolated, hyping out of control and working against each other, and most likely causing our present hyperpolarization.

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Reuters
Suspected Israeli warplanes bombed Iran's embassy in Syria on Monday April 1st in a strike that Iran said killed seven of its military advisers, including three senior commanders, marking a major escalation in Israel's war with its regional adversaries.

CNN
Iran has vowed to retaliate after it accused Israel of bombing its embassy complex in Syria on Monday, in a deadly escalation of regional tensions over the war in Gaza that once again appeared to raise the risk of a wider Middle Eastern conflict.

Israel has conflict now on three fronts: Hamas inside Israel, now directly with Iran, and a continuing simmering conflict with Hezbollah on the northern Lebanese border.

AP
Booms and air raid sirens sounded across Israel early April 13th after Iran launched hundreds of drones, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles in an unprecedented revenge mission that pushed the Middle East closer to a regionwide war. An Israeli military spokesman said the launches numbered more than 300 but 99% of them were intercepted.

CNN

Iran has warned that it will respond with more force if Israel retaliates over this weekend's strikes. Should the Israeli regime commit any military aggression again, Iran's response will assuredly and decisively be stronger and more resolute,” Iranian Ambassador Iravani said.

Reuters

April 15 - Israel's military chief said on Monday his country would respond to Iran's weekend missile and drone attack amid calls for restraint by allies anxious to avoid an escalation of conflict in the Middle East. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned his war cabinet for the second time in less than 24 hours to weigh how to react to Iran's first-ever direct attack on Israel, a government source said. Israel's military Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi said the country would respond, but provided no details.

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