Letter: How to avoid myopia
(Patrick Semansky | AP file photo) President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, after stepping off Marine One. Trump is returning from Camp David.
When I close one eye, my field of vision decreases by one-half and I lose depth perception. Opening my other eye corrects those defects. This exercise reminds me of the dictionary definition of myopia: “Not able to clearly see things far away … only thinking or caring about things happening now or that relate to a particular group rather than things that are in the future or that relate to many people.”
My second eye literally provides another point of view. It is the principle behind 3D projection.
Provident American leadership relies on multiple points of view that provide a command of the bigger picture with all its dimensions. This enables executive decisions to serve the general welfare or common good now and in the future. We currently have a president who believes the opposite and humiliates those offering contrasting opinions. When confronted with resistance he becomes enraged, flees to Twitter, then excoriates or dismisses the offender.
Seventy-four million of our fellow citizens voted for this brand of leadership, 10 million more than in 2016. While struggling to come to terms with that fact, I am comforted knowing America elected a president who promises, “I will surround myself with people who will tell me what I need to hear, not what I want to hear.” There is balm coming to the White House.