No human is perfect. Everyone has a little ill pathology within them that they are constantly trying to improve (hopefully).
Lately, our Predator in Chief, as well as others I encounter in my own daily life have caused me to want to write about shapeshifters.
To me a shapeshifter is someone who doesn’t stay true to who they are. Shapeshifters can be anyone you want. If they receive praise from someone, they’ll be whatever that person wants, regardless of their own personal beliefs. They can be wooed incredibly easily by false praise and by vapid compliments.
They can turn any situation, no matter how toxic, into a fantasy that they create in their heads, while denying others their own truths and realities.
We have too many shapeshifters in this world. Some famous shapeshifters are: Donald Trump, USAG, and USOC.
Trump doesn’t care about how anything affects anyone else, as long as whatever it is affects him positively. He can turn a blind eye in a heartbeat. He has no empathy, no compassion. He’s a complete Narcissist. He will deny anyone’s truth that doesn’t benefit his agenda. DO I really need to list examples here? I don’t think so. You all read the news.
USAG. Same thing. They are no better. For how long did they turn a blind eye to the hundreds of gymnasts? They decided that their (USAG) temporary status of “looking” good and winning medals was more important to maintain their façade. They didn’t peel away the toxic layers , discard them, then eradicate its toxic core. Nope. Instead, they chose to try to negotiate with the FBI to maintain their superficial “status”. IE: Ron Gilmore, and countless others. I’m going to call him Ron. Ron didn’t deserve the great honor that he had. Part of his job was to protect the gymnasts and to do the right thing when adversity challenged him. He chose not to. He chose to ignore it, to shame and gaslight the gymnasts, and to shapeshift into whatever reality he wanted to create for himself; that he thought benefited him.
USOC has done the same thing.
I don’t know why it’s so difficult to see and to acknowledge reality. By ignoring, by shapeshifting, and by gaslighting, all one is doing is hurting others, doing damage to others, denying their truths, not listening, not hearing, not acknowledging. ONLY DOING DAMAGE.
Shapeshifting causes toxicity to fester like a boil that won’t go away. Eventually, the boil will explode, and the truth will slap you in the face. The problem with this delayed truth, is that it hurts so many along the way. It only damages others. Nazis? Shapeshifters. Colonial Americans raping and pillaging Indians? Shapeshifters. People who manipulate and take advantage of others? Shapeshifters.
“The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The strongest thing that any human being has going for itself is its own integrity and its own heart. As soon as you start veering away from that, the solidity that you need to stand up for what you believe in, just isn’t going to be there.” Herbie Hancock
“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” Albert Einstein
“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” Ida B. Wells
“I decided to scream…Silence is the real crime against humanity.” Nadezhda Mandelstam