A Survivor’s Guide
For Living in a Post-Trumpian World

All students in high school will read Shakespeare’s Macbeth. I hope that they all learn from Macbeth’s observation about life. It will affect their lives.

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time.
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle.
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Donald the Dumb is a few steps away from exiting his stage and will be heard no more. People will laugh over his draining the swamp or building the wall mantras since neither happened. Trump’s assurance that COVID-19 would disappear in the spring of 2020. We are well into the spring of 2021 with 31 million confirmed cases and 560,000 deaths. As for six dozen appeals to state and federal courts about the rigged election, no court, including the Supreme Court, ruled in his favor. Many appeals were thrown out due to a lack of evidence.

This isn’t the way I planned it.

Trump’s swan song on January 6, there are 357 cases unsealed of the 400 cases. Grand juries have indicted more than 161 people. The FBI over a quarter million tips sent to them. There have been 5 cops and 37 either former or current military personnel arrested. Also, 25 people have been charged with a conspiracy between various groups before the insurrection occurred.

Where is Mike Pence?

A much darker cloud looms over Trump as he exits his stage. While he “struts and frets his hour upon the stage,” individuals and various attorney generals are in their final stages prior to possible indictments.

The world is out to get me.

Trump’s goose has been cooked, even overcooked. Nevertheless, George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Here are several things that we need to survive the future even though Trump is exiting as an “idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” We need to remember not to be a Ditto Donald.

This is my survivor’s guide to living a noble life.

  • Remember that we are not the only person of value on our journey down our yellow brick roads of life.
  • Treat others while remembering that life is reciprocal.
  • Acknowledge your failures. You aren’t infallible.
  • You will find that you are better than some in life, and some are better than you.
  • No race is better than another race. There is only one race…the human race.
  • Women and men are equal.
  • And finally, remember that it is in giving that we get.
  • And finally, remember that it is in giving that we get.

If you follow my survivor’s guide, you will become a present-day Gilgamesh.