This is a key insight.
When science evolved from a process for discovery of new truths to a ‘publication’ driven process, fabricated discoveries increased significantly. This is fact and is well documented.
When spirituality evolved from a process for discovery of the right way to live to ‘how many people agree with the doctrinal walls we have built’, spirituality, which was foundation for morality, transformed into denominational or sect based religion. At present, it is difficult to claim increase in number of religious denominations or sects induces improvements in morality environments. In fact, it may be the case that the converse is true.
Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose. I believe and practice these principles. But unless the structure of current society alters significantly, getting the majority of people to live by these maxims will be a tall order. The focus on winning above all else currently means the incentive structure does not do a good job of supporting adoption of Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose as reward maxims. Even when a person who adopts Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose plays good politics alongside — works well with peers, respects mentors etc. — playing by these different rules can make things more difficult, as opposed to easier.
But if we do not discuss the alternative, there would not be any alternative for adoption by society. If we do not adopt the better alternative, we cannot demonstrate how it is the alternative is better for society. In the groundswell of opinion that the current system is broken, and provision of evidence from individual lives for robustness of the alternative, there likely is hope that we can transition to a better, more robust incentive or reward system within all of society.
Many people will disagree with me, but in my opinion election of Donald Trump was a gleam in the dark in favor of adoption of Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose for decision making. Donald Trump had a unique message, stuck with his message for attempt at mastery, is attempting to achieve that message. No other presidential candidate had a unique message, or stuck with their message.
As far as I am concerned, the candidate who outperformed all others on all of the three dimensions — Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose — was Donald Trump.
I do not agree with all of his actions, do not believe in drama personally (but we knew this was who he was before he was elected, ‘dramatic’; I do not condone misstatements; personally, however, I see his misstatements merely as part of his drama because for the most part they do not have any substantive effect on either of justice or government policy), but Donald Trump deserved to win and has done a decent job as President.
With respect to racism and bigotry, we all will do well to note more blacks were killed by police under Barack Obama’s presidency than under that of George Bush or Bill Clinton. If we lose sight of the issues and focus on Donald Trump we merely allow the racists win. The best we can say is Donald Trump is a symptom not a cause. But when symptoms get exposed in a body, if we merely criticize the symptom as opposed to attempting to find a cure, we lose opportunity for making strides towards having a healthier body. Nobody ever cured a migraine by criticizing the symptom. Design of a good pill, however, has capacity for working of wonders.
We all will do well to pray that Donald Trump maintains a balanced act, succeeds as President of the United States of America.