To both sides: This is not a defense nor a criticism of President Trump. This is a criticism of you. As of this writing, President Trump has not yet been in office for two days. Not even 48 hours, yet the stances I see people taking are stone wall solid. He’s either going to be the greatest president since Washington or he’s going to be Hitler 2.0! Allow me to give my two cents: No one knows anything yet, not even Mr. Trump.
Don’t assume I’m being naive here. I am well aware of who Donald Trump is and the actions he has taken thus far in his 40 years in public life. If you’ve read my articles, you should know that I disagree with the general pattern of his behavior. However, being president is a whole new ballgame for him, as it would be for anyone. I would like to believe that he takes it as seriously as the office of the presidency deserves. For this reason alone, we should all wait and see.
“Certainty is the enemy of growth. Nothing is for certain until it has already happened…” Mark Manson. Think about that for a second. If we are so certain that something is going to be what we think it will be, there is no reason for us to grow as people. If we already have all the answers then we allow ourselves to kick back and wait for the expected outcome, rather than learn from the reality unfolding before us.
Worse yet, when we hold on to that certainty and it doesn’t occur, we feel slighted, and we quickly turn to each other to point the blame. Going back to Mark Manson again, “It’s in these moments of insecurity and deep despair that we become susceptible to insidious entitlement. Believing that we deserve to cheat a little to get our way. That we deserve to take what we want and sometimes violently.” And voila, fake news appears!
This is why we should suspend our certainties about what kind of President Donald Trump will be. If you start crying wolf too much, too soon, then people start to tune you out. If, instead, you allow yourself to be uncertain, you can maintain your credibility for the moments when they are most needed.
So the next time someone asks you what you think of a Trump presidency, just say you don’t know yet but that you will be watching him closely. If he violates the constitution, or someone’s rights, that you’ll be all over him. I know I will.