“Damien, how is Trump a threat to human rights, equality, and dignity, or the environment? He hasn’t done anything but builds an empire and created jobs. What do you mean? A threat?”
This person was responding to my quote: “People have EVERY right to be outraged over Trump. This is a threat to human rights, equality, and dignity, not to mention the environment. So, this is very important and it is very serious.” 
Trump’s real assault on free speech isn’t his rhetoric at rallies but his frequent attempts to use authority to silence critics. Ref Trump once said (about a contested GOP convention) I think you’d have riots, if you disenfranchise millions of people, and you say, ‘I’m sorry, you’re votes short’…I think you’d have problems like you’ve never seen before. I think bad things would happen. Ref

“Riots”? It’s hard to say whether this is intended as a threat or a prediction.

Donald Trump is our next president. What do we tell the children?

“A Dream Dissolved”

I once had a dream of America as a place charging hard to virtuous aspersions of human dignity, justice, equality, and freedom. But no, I was only dreaming, as the hope I so endeared, must seem odd to America, who exhibits more like a lack of hope for humanistic thinking. Yes, aggression has won. Rather than hope or positive change, what we see is clear and evident; careless behavior that voted in such a person of danger. People’s human rights are now suspect, now going to be attacked, eroding equality and fomenting inequality. I guess I must see hard truths, like America losing its shine. America, sadly, so sadly, is just not better than Trump. After all, they voted him in, choosing not from the best of our humanity, but empowering some of the worst.

We Must Fight Back. Humanity is on the line.

I have been ashamed of many things in my life, but after the election of Trump, this is the first time I have been deeply ashamed to be an American. America, you have broken my heart. To me, the ones who voted him in are mainly the Mericans; a right-winger who is a larger-than-life patriot, likely prone to strong nationalism, xenophobia, or some set of far-right ideologies, whose core belief(s) may be, one or all of the following; “American Identity”, “Working Class Identity”, “White Identity”, who feel are under attack by leftwing multicultural forces using “political correctness” and “social justice” to undermine what they see as right. My what great lengths people go to in order to deny a simple truth. And this they do, not because political correctness is wrong, but rather because truth is unwanted. For example, how their vote violates social justice, creating in them a belief that their “American Identity,” “Working Class Identity,” “White Identity,” are social justice issues, wrongly creating an aversion to real social justice. How sadistically confident is the mind so assured that the ones who should be at risk for bigotry, discrimination, oppression, or harm is never them, only their victims. We can be made into many things through fear and hate, under the sway of cruel intentions, things are done we would ever consider under hope and love. But when boastful lies are championed, as if they are worthy truths, then there has been an attack to the credibility of honesty itself. Often great power is quickly reached by appealing to people’s prejudices, but a higher humanity should appeal to people’s virtues.

Hope is rarely something you just happen to accidentally find, as if it’s laying everywhere. No, sadly as with most things in life hope, while our future champion, still needs to be supported first. So, I clear my mind once again, let it out. Breath, there’s still hope, for I can fight back and I will with a heart for victory even in the crushing presence of defeat I will rise. Therefore, be the best of who you are and let that be a beacon of hope for other travelers in this game we call life.

Bad dark hateful people seem to be the norm, and it seems good bright caring people are few. How I wish to be counted as one of those few. May I never lose a caring focus, a humanistic world outlook, so I don’t miss value worth fighting for, and people are always worth fighting for. I will step up and be a person of change.

All art presented was made by Damien Marie AtHope

Great Woman’s March of 2017

At 2.6 million strong, Women’s Marches crush expectations

Fighting a Troll?

I explain how to philosophically handle a troll with the “The Hammer if Truth” (scientific philosophy: Ontology, Epistemology, & Axiology)

*Ontology (Greek meaning ontos, “being; that which is”; and logos meaning “discourse, study, ratio, calculation, reason”) Ontology is the philosophical study of the nature of being, becoming, existence, or reality, as well as the basic categories of being and their relations.

*Epistemology (Greek episteme, meaning “knowledge, understanding”, and logos, meaning “discourse, study, ratio, calculation, reason”) it is the theory of knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope. Epistemology is the investigation of what distinguishes justified belief from opinion.

*Axiology (Greek meaning axia, “value, worth”; and logos meaning “discourse, study, ratio, calculation, reason”) it is the philosophical study of value as well as ethics and aesthetics. Formal Axiology is a specific branch of the science of Axiology. Axiology also studies of goodness, value or worth, in the widest sense of these terms. Its significance lies in the unification that it has provided for the study of a variety of questions—economic, moral, aesthetic, and even logical—that had often been considered in relative isolation.

“The Hammer of Truth” is the use of Ontology, Epistemology and Axiology questions to remove errors and add accuracy. It is also my folk name for Scientific Philosophy: Ontology, Epistemology, and Axiology”