The story of our lives

We see ourselves as cast in an epic quest. We feel as if we’re the hero of the steadily unfolding plot of our lives; one that’s complete with allies, villains, sudden reversals of fortune, and difficult quests for happiness and prizes. Our brains cast halos around our friends and plant horns on the heads of our enemies.

Adapted from journalist Will Storr, author of Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It Is Doing to Us (New York: The Overlook Press, 2018).

The President made a mistake. So?

U.S. President Donald Trump erroneously warned that Hurricane Dorian would hit Alabama. The warning was by tweet on Sunday, September 1, 2019. National Weather Service officials in Alabama quickly issued a tweet making it clear that residents of that state were in no danger.

It’s not remarkable for anyone in public service, least of all the President, to err. What is remarkable is that President Trump never backed down.

I’m not surprised. The President follows Roger Stone’s strategy of never admitting to any accusation or criticism.

Push back, push back, lie, lie.

This was Brett Kavanaugh’s strategy at his hearing in the Senate for confirmation as Supreme Court justice. (I believe that he lied.) Never mind that it showed him as lacking a judicial temperament.

And so, the President doesn’t mind showing that he lacks a presidential temperament.