I will feel sorry for Donald Trump if he loses the upcoming election. This is not because I want his vainglorious ego to be fed and justified by the ultimate win. It’s that I am aware of the sad, boyishly lost – even disintegrative – place that is the psychic core of such a person. So many of us can sense there is something quite different about his character; different, even, from the more multi-faceted and gyroscopic (self-balancing) ego of well-known Narcissists. He seems to be a simple binary-code program with a single brain circuit: win not lose, and one emotional drive: contemptuous and predatory superiority. The program is solid-state, unchangeable. Were all zeros to come up – a loss as magnificent as the presidency – the program would crash, if only for a moment. In that collapse would appear the abysmally lost center-without-meaning, without identity, which is what I would feel sorry for.
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* This more public-oriented, generic article was written for, and submitted to, one of the web news outlets that solicits blog posts. I can’t say I expected it to be published, as I don’t know how to write public-oriented and generic.