We suffer, says the Buddha, because of our desire or craving to be special, so be somebody, and we crave this because we have turned away from our True Nature that is already always special. The problem is that our True Nature is not form, is not a thing that can be seen and experienced as something. We can only experience something, so we want to experience ourselves as something special. We ask others: Am I special now? Do you love me? Do you like me?…..
We want to be liked because to be liked makes us feel special. We want to feel special. But our True Nature is not dependent upon others liking us. True Nature rests on no thing, no other. This aroused mind that rests on no thing or thought is Prajna or pure Knowing. This in Zen is the great turnaround, the awakening to our authenticity.
Trumpism is a great metaphor for this need to be Special, to be a winner. In fact, the person Trump probably felt that he would finally be free from the suffering of needing to be special by becoming President, when then everyone would see him as being the Unique One without a second. But still, he yearns to be special. He really doesn’t believe he is special, that he is president. So he still burns with the craving to be special, even though he is special as president. Trump is a metaphor on a national stage of our suffering Ego that even though having arrived at being the Unique One that is forever is history as the 45th president, he cannot rest. He still needs the adoration of others to feel special.