Saturday 16 December 2017

Trump has a plan. Doesn't he?

Donald Trump Pic: Reuters
Donald Trump Pic: Reuters
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

They say that if you put a frog into cold water and then gradually start heating up the water, the frog will just sit there and be boiled to death, whereas if you throw the frog straight into boiling water he will jump out. Not true, but a handy metaphor for where we find ourselves.

If someone had told you a few years ago that Donald Trump would be president of America, and that he would be threatening to start a nuclear war with the most insane leader in the world, and that he would be dong it via Twitter, you would have pictured international chaos.

You would have imagined a scenario of people fleeing cities, looting supermarkets for canned goods, worldwide panic. But because we got to this boiling point gradually, and because our barometer for craziness has been slowly, day by day, tampered with, we are all strangely calm. It's possibly the end of the world as we know it, and we feel fine. It's just another lazy Sunday in August.

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