Mar. 27th, 2017

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When fire comes if you throw water on it, it may or may not go out. If you throw chemicals on it, you've fucked the environment and possibly your health. If you don't cover every last ember in foam, the ashes may yet come roaring back to life.

So you think, hmmph, maybe I'll pray on it. Nope, that won't make it go out, either.

Learn from the experts: controlled burns are the best.

Firefighters know a thing or two about fires. Their entire job is to save people and put blazes out. In order to not have to save people, one thing they do to prevent fires is...set them. Now pretend Trump is the fire. How do you put it out?

This is actually kind of easy. He's a Norman Vincent Peale devotee; in my twenties, so was I. While I wouldn't knowingly revisit my NVP days (see this criticism, along with the Wikipedia page), Trump is currently still living them, so so should you.

What do I mean? A lot of Peale's philosophy was "believe you can". Believe you can make the sale. Believe you can close the deal. Believe you can overcome. Believe.

Russians, Comey, white people: there are so many reasons to think "this is why Trump's in office".

Clear your mind and let yourself think, just for a sec, that none of that even matters because more than anything, he believed himself into office. He believed himself there. You simply want him out more than he wanted in. You want him out that much. More than he wanted in, you want him out.

Will it work? Eh. Odds are a long shot.

Will it destroy his time in office and give him nearly nothing to look back on with pleasure besides the rather questionable act of getting elected? Exactly. So leave him to cherish his many false memories of that; fair enough trade once he's gone.

If this sounds like religion, fear not, for in a weird way, it is. Norman Vincent Peale was not just the most famous can-doer of all time: he was also a minister - Trump's minister, to be precise. Peale's advice, therefore, has religious themes (sometimes blatant) so read his book and get a feel for how Trump thinks.

If at times he's ridiculously positive it's because he was brought up to be. If he's Teflon™ it's because nothing can stick to that sort of belief. While this might normally be an admirable character trait, Trump's use of it overall has been rather blatantly selfish and repugnant.

Be the example of what non-stick-coated belief should look like, and give it the reasons it should exist. Want him out more than he wanted in. He's not wanted in as much as you think, and wants out more than you might know.

Make him want out more than he ever wanted in. Convince him it's the only thing he's ever wanted.

Or, in firefighter terms: the whole damn forest might burn if we don't light some weeds on the other side of this, so please pass the matches.