There’s a decent Japanese anime called Mob Psycho 100. It’s a satirical story of a teenage boy with powerful psychic abilities. He is able to exorcise spirits and he’s stronger than any other person with psychic abilities. (The series is sort similar in tone to One Punch Man for those interested in anime.) Yet this isn’t about anime, but about human nature and how well Mod Psycho 100 presents it.
Warning spoilers! If you’re intending on watching the anime and do not wish to learn what happens, I suggest you don’t read this yet.
The main character, Mob, has a mentor or master, Arataka Reigen, whom Mob looks up to. The master is con man, but he has fooled Mob into thinking he is a psychic as well. Reigen has an agency for helping people who are being pestered by evil spirits. Sometimes his clients aren’t actually being affected by spirits, and Reigen pretends they are, and he performs some sort of fake ritual to exorcise the spirits, performs a massage on them, or does other nice things to them. When there is an actual spirit affecting them, he asks Mob to exorcise them for him. Naturally Reigen charges money for his services. Despite being a con man, Reigen usually does make his clients feel better, whether or not there is a spirit involved. He cons people, yet he also helps them.
In the final episode of Mob Psycho 100, Mob and his friends have infiltrated the compound of the Japanese branch of a nefarious secret society, Claw, ruled by powerful psychics who want to take over the world. The logo of Claw even resembles the Illuminati all-seeing-eye. In the final episode there is naturally a confrontation between Mob and his friends between the leaders of Claw. Mob’s friends advice him to use his powers to vanquish their enemies, but when his master Reigen arrives on the scene, he tells Mob he shouldn’t hurt people and advices him to run away instead. However, they are unable to escape and Reigen ends up saving the day.
Reigen ends up beating the boss of Claw and his minions of the Japanese branch. He is able to do that because Mob inadvertently lends his powers to Reigen. So in the end the con man saves the day. Whenever Mob goes all out in using his powers, he goes into some sort of berserk mode that can end up being harmful for himself and others, so by Reigen using Mob’s powers he is in fact saving Mob from doing something harmful, i.e. while Mob may have been able to defeat their enemies with his powers, but it might have cost him dearly.
This reminds me of Donald Trump in some way. While I do think Trump is a con man in some sense, he did do a great favour to all us by defeating Hillary Clinton in the election. Like Timothy Alberino put it before the election, that Trump is a knight in slimy armour, and the only one who can defeat the dragon that is Hillary. Perhaps, Mob somehow represents the people of earth who saw what a disaster Hillary would be as a president, and we loaned our powers to Trump to defeat her. Had we done it ourselves, it might have cost us as well. Like Nietzsche said: “He who fights too long against dragons becomes a dragon himself“.
Now that Trump has done what we wanted him to do, we should not expect too much from him, since he is a con man. He did defeat the dragon, but if we delude ourselves to think he is truly a magnificent hero, it won’t end well. Perhaps we needed a con man, someone who tells us half-truths to get the job done, since I don’t think that humanity is prepared to face the truth. We always need a good lie to get us going. This includes us “truthers” as much as the average “sheeple”.
I think all goes back to the garden of Eden when Adam and Eve were too willing to buy the lie sold by the serpent that they’d be as gods. There is something in our make-up that we prefer a lie, and a liar, to someone who tells the absolute truth. Had Trump been a paragon of virtue, we wouldn’t have given him the time of day. If and when Trump’s lies start to cause damage, then maybe we’ll just conjure up another con man to save us from him.
In Mob Psycho 100 the boss of Claw even says that they think they are special because they have psychic powers, but Reigen says they are not, and people won’t like them just because of that. Reigen says they are basically children who never grew up. This is reminiscent of the Social Justice Warrios who think of themselves as unique snowflakes and more special than everyone else, but everyone despises them. This parallels with Trump defeating political correctness with his victory in the election.
It all comes down to humanity being unwilling to come to terms with reality, and we invent another lie to protect ourselves from an older lie that has become unbearable.
Mob Psycho 100: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mob_Psycho_100