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"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." - John 8:32
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Author:  Gerald V. Todd
Bio: Gerald V. Todd
Date:  January 27, 2017
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Trump and Childlikeness

The great American Philosopher, Charles Sanders Peirce discovered the way we prioritize the normative sciences of Philosophy in our thought processes or world view is a way we define ourselves and others. Beauty, Ethics and Logic - B, E and L.

The typical Liberal sees Logic first - even if it is based on only a single inference., like global warming, or sexual urge. He builds his Ethics based on that Logic, while Beauty is only defined by what comes of an L and E mindset. LEB

A typical Conservative sees Ethics first, appreciates true Beauty and builds his Logic based on them. Beauty has a better chance under this mindset, not subject to the depravity that defines so much of Liberal mindset. EBL

Donald Trump more often than not is obsessed with Beauty - not just in women, but in the quality and design of the things he produces. No one can achieve on a daily basis what Jesus and Psychologist Robert Ornstein define as "childlikeness." One who is childlike (not childish!!) is what we often call "unassuming." When Trump sees Beauty first, his Ethics (and well known generosity and fastidiousness are built on it.) From a Beauty and Ethics world view, he builds the Logic to defend them - and confounds his detractors in the process. BEL.

There are other prioritizations that make understanding a world view an interesting study. ELB, BLE, LBE,

BTW, (no pun intended) Peirce was blackballed from Harvard most of his life because as a student he blew up the Chemistry lab, whose professor later became the President of Harvard. He left behind 10,000 pages of notes and theories, among them much of today's work in Artificial Intelligence. Not bad for a man who died a Christian in 1914.

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Biography - Gerald V. Todd

Jerry is a retired engineer with strong experience in environmental innovation which he still applies today with 2 clean water and energy saving technologies. His life avocation in writing and study of philosophical and biblical themes as they apply to the body politic's spiritual warfare. He survived stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2006; now in excellent health. A graduate of the University of Illinois (1958, Industrial Engineering), Jerry had post graduate studies at both the University of San Francisco and the University of Santa Clara in California between 1961 and 1963 (Logic, Marketing). As co Founder and seminar presenter he was awarded a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Valley Christian University operating under California private-post secondary statutes for mid career student, VCU was the pioneer external degree school for mid career students. Its course structures were picked up by several well known Christian colleges. Hosted local broadcast radio and TV shows, "Religion on the Line" and "The News Firm" (jointly with wife, Joanne), respectively. Jerry has published several books that are available at Amazon. Jerry is available to speak as a visiting lecturer at the high school, college or community organization level. Jerry is married 55 years to Joanne Dean Todd – 3 children, 8 grandchildren.


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