Dazzled by shallowness

By Tom Quiner


Read Donald Trump’s quote above.

Take a minute to dwell on the utter shallowness of his philosophy.

His self-worth is predicated on the looks of the woman dangling from his arm.

The worth of a woman, too, is dependent on the way she looks according to Trumpian wisdom.

And yet to this Catholic conservative, character is defined by the inner person, not mere outward appearances.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta wasn’t exactly a looker, and yet so many who came in contact with her were dazzled by her beauty, because beauty is animated by love, not facial features or a big bosom.

Beauty is enhanced by virtues, such as chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, and humility. And yet, based on Mr. Trump’s words and deeds, the Donald seems to have little patience for chastity, kindness, humility … or for that matter, patience.

This blog acknowledges Mr. Trump’s accomplishments in the realm of business. But a man who displays such overt shallowness as displayed in the meme above is the next-to-last person for whom I would consider voting.


  1. abcinsc on January 5, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    I concede your point, i.e. Trump does not display the virtues of a Mother Theresa, but I look at him differently (no surprise there.) He is no saint, but he is a warrior (perhaps a kind of Joshua) – and right now that’s what I’m looking for in our next President.

    Permit me a story: I presented my son with a sword when he was commissioned as a 2nd Lt in the USMC and I quoted Exodus 17:13 – “And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword.”

    The context is found in Exodus 17:8-13 where Israel is confronted by Amalek’s army and Moses appoints Joshua to lead the Israelites into battle. Moses stands on a hill and prays while Joshua and the Israelites fight in the trenches (as it were.) As long as Moses prays, the battle goes in Israel’s favor, but when he gets tired and lowers his hands, the battle goes against Israel. So, Aaron and Hur hold up Moses’ hands in prayer and eventually Israel prevails.

    But how did Israel prevail? That’s where Exodus 17:13 comes in – “And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword.” Prayer is essential to victory, but someone – the warriors – have to get down and dirty to actually defeat the enemy. My son is now a Lt Col in the USMC stationed in the Middle East – he wields the sword on our behalf while I pray on his behalf. Both are essential for victory.

    The 2016 presidential election will be a war of epic proportion – fought in both the spiritual and sociopolitical realms. We need the saints – those who will pray unceasingly for the future of our country. But we also need a warrior leader – someone who will get in the sociopolitical trenches and do what it takes to win. I think that Donald Trump is that warrior.

    • quinersdiner on January 5, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      Fair enough, Art. You expressed your position well. Thanks for writing, always good to hear from you.

  2. abcinsc on January 5, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Correction: “epoch proportion”