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Donald Trump

To deal with Trump and fake news, turn to Buddhism

  • To read Trump’s mind, we need to understand the Buddhist teachings on differentiating between truth, falsehood and everything in between
PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 January, 2019, 5:00pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 January, 2019, 5:00pm

After reading Andrew Sheng’s article on quantum politics (“We’re all living in Trump’s world. Here’s how to deal with it”, January 5), I have reason to believe we need to discard our old mindset to deal with US President Donald Trump.

You can’t use an old-fashioned mindset to deal with a super-clever person. In our post-truth era, we often don’t know whether we have been cheated until 20 or 30 years after the event, until all the material has been released to the public. We may be misled and misguided when “reality is not what it seems”, to quote Italian physicist Carlo Rovelli.

We have to learn how to engage in “quantum” thinking in order to read the mind of Trump. This is a Western concept, but I believe Buddhism has a similar legacy for us. We need to understand the logic of Buddhist teachings on differentiating between truth, falsehood and everything in between.

How many lies did Trump tell in 2018?

In our world, fake news is everywhere. We need the stringent training of Buddhist principles to equip ourselves in a world bombarded by misleading information. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be able to survive in this new world and deal with the likes of Trump. Or, should we come to the hasty conclusion that Trump is an idiot, and leave matters there?

Lo Wai Kong, Yau Ma Tei