Trump, Putin, Justin and me: What we all have in common

Do you see the similarity? Not sure how old either of them is in the photos depicted, though Putin (on left) is clearly older than Trump.

I wrote about Trump’s baby picture here, shortly after he won the U.S. presidential election.

Baby Picture of Donald J. Trump

My introduction to Putin’s early life came when I came across a book in the Little Free Library in front of our Green Acres Permaculture Village, and despite holding my nose, managed to read it. Clearly anti-Putin in tone, Marsha Gessen’s Man Without A Face described him as a playground bully.

But, she also mentioned that when he begged his father to let him take martial arts, everything changed. He could learn how to focus his considerable energy — and did so.

Here’s an RT article about Putin that reminds me of what I’ve read about Trump as a young person, both of them utterly full of energy, and mischievous as hell..

“Energy in him was in full swing” says Putin’s teacher regarding her famous pupil

But the point of this post is other than comparing the early lives of these two men who then went on to become world leaders. Instead, what I long to see is for each of us go back and find our own “baby picture,” the one photo of us that shows who we really are, our original nature, before all the conditioning set in. What would happen if we did? Here’s mine:

This morning, for our regular Monday morning work party, I was weeding out by the DeKist 2 property line, with Andreas and a brand new podmate, Justin, who is only 20 years old.

Way too young, we would usually think, to live here. But this young man is unusual. As we were weeding, he mentioned to me: “I know I’ve been programmed, and have been trying to let go of it. At first, when I realized this, I was overwhelmed. How could I ever find it all and let it go?”

Justin, on left.

I asked him, “What was the moment when you woke up, when you realized you had been programmed?”

“Well, I had been listening to some podcasts. And one of them mentioned a book, The Four Agreements,  by Don Miguel Ruiz.

I finally bought the book, during a time when I had just transferred to IU, was lonely and had no nearby friends. The book changed my life. I have, so far, read it three times. Because I keep forgetting, and must go back and remember.”

“Yes,” I replied. “I started de-programming myself when I was 26 years old, and now, at 75, I am still doing so.”

As we kept pulling grasses and “smart weed,” leaving the clover (good for the soil) and purslane (good in salads), then mulching the mostly bare soil with woodchips, I asked him to remind me. What are the four agreements?

Here they are, in an image, in case you don’t know them yourself, or, like me, need to be reminded.

Yes. What if we were to make it our primary goal, each of us, to return to our original nature, that unique, pure and irreplaceable core essence that came into this life innocent and unadulterated, utterly open to experience. What would happen if we learned to see others in terms of their own original nature too, no matter how they have been programmed since then? I keep visioning all humans wearing their baby pictures on their chests, so we could each see each other for who we really are, underneath all the layers of “identity” we have (usually unconsciously) piled on top of that precious, beautiful soul.






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4 Responses to Trump, Putin, Justin and me: What we all have in common

  1. Susan G says:

    Ann, This is on a slightly different subject. I’ve been reading books in the Joseph Communications series recently and I keep thinking about you. Have you ever heard of them or read them. They are channeled books from a spirit called Joseph through a man called Michael G. Reccia. The information is amazing me and my own intuition is sensing that it’s true.

  2. Bill Chisholm says:

    From my many years of activism, I have learned not to buy into “the story”. And in this case, I don’t buy into the story that it is Trump vs the Deep State… I believe that though there are differences, they are by and large the same beast.

    Trump is a con make, the master of deception and distraction. He daily keeps the people distracted with his latest rants, while his crones and lackeys go about the systematic pilfering of the commons… through out right land grabs, tax cuts, deregulation and the villian-izing of any who dare speak against them.

    What we have here are the poster children for Frederick Bastiat’s “legal plunder”.

    > “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of
    > men in a society, over the course of time they create
    > for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and
    > a moral code that glorifies it.”
    > – Frederic Bastiat, French Economist, 1850

    “Now, legal plunder can be committed in an infinite number of

    ways. Thus we have an infinite number of plans for organizing

    it: tariffs, protection, benefits, subsidies, encouragements,

    progressive taxation, public schools, guaranteed jobs, guaranteed

    profits, minimum wages, a right to relief, a right to the tools

    of labor, free credit, and so on, and so on.”

    – Frederic Bastiat, French Economist, 1850

    • Ann Kreilkamp says:

      Interesting comment. Not really in response to the post. Oh well! In any case, I agree with you re: Trump and the environment, which is why I’m always saying that he needs to walk barefoot in the forest on mushrooms. Re: his identity with the Deep State? We’ll just have to see. The future, I sense, in large part, will depend on whether or not We the People can transform the huge power in our understandable cynicism into a deep visioning of a regenerative, nourishing future that will include Mother Earth and all her Earthlings.

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