it is called denial and it is a survival mechanism. Just like religion and spiritual beliefs are where you cant stomach reality and the fact that your life doesn’t have some deeper, objective meaning and that one day you will be dust, recycled though the planet’s ecosystem and food-chain, so you make up gods and Prophets and messiahs and deities and ascribe some higher cosmic sense to your existence just so you can endure. You do it because you are in denial about the inevitable. It really is a survival mechanism. In fact, my observation is that most people live their lives like they were gonna live forever. In other words, in denial.
And this is exactly what is happening right now: people are in denial about Trump and the dark, foul direction this country, and with it the world, is going. Remember, A titan like the US wont just die quietly and without sending a massive, destructive shockwave through the world. We are connected, whether we like it or not. The Trump presidency, and just overall the direction the US has gone these past 50 years, is a worldwide tragedy that is going to affect every man, woman and child on this planrt, not just something USAians have to deal with.
But denial dictates that we simply cannot envision or fathom a world where the United States, not unlike bodies after death, crumbles to dust and we become just another shithole dictatorship. People just dont want to believe things can get bad like in the movies and no one likes hopelessness. Which is why people who have warned about Trump are repeatedly dismissed as negative alarmists. It is all part of denial.
Right now everyone is docile, being quietly converted into subservience while the oligarchs are quietly and slowly chipping away at our liberties and freedoms and livelihoods and, literally, lives. We are destroying the planet, the only oasis we know in a hostile, cold universe, just so we can maintain a billionaire class. And most people are ok with it because something something American Dream, bootstraps and meritocracy blah, blah blah… And those in power count on this lie they sold and the following complacency to thrive while pushing the false hope narrative in a final blow to silence us into subservience. After all, who wants to be around someone who is negative?
Hope sells, reality doesn’t.