Sleepless in Trump’s America? Professor Lives In A Fragmented Cruel World

by Gail Boer on April 20, 2017

Like it or not, Trump is President. And life goes on for most of us. We go to work, pay our bills, work in the yard and all the other fun things adults do. For a man named Ronald Pelias, life is a terrible thing. The adjunct professor in the theater department at the University of Louisiana Lafayette is sleepless in Lafayette. Why is this? Pelias says he lives in a “Fragmented Cruel World” and blames Trump supporters for his sleepless nights. My first thought was this has to be a joke or a parody. But no, the story is found here and the idiot published this screed or rant or organized whinefest here.

Now I get being upset your candidate lost. Really, I do, but this goes straight past sad and pathetic into delusional. First his actual published work:

I find myself struggling, wanting to find a narrative that will let me sleep, but I am unable to find any comfort in the current political landscape. I call upon a fragmentary structure in this autoethnographic essay to display the troubling thoughts and incidents that have assailed me since the election, to point toward a frightening right wing agenda, and to demonstrate why I cannot sleep. Each numbered section offers evidence that the moral core of the United States has been deeply damaged by the election of Donald Trump.

And this has what exactly to do with teaching theater? Other than “this is what Narcissism looks like, kids”?

“I can’t stop wondering if each person I encounter is [a] Trump supporter. If I identify someone who I believe fits that category, I assume he or she is deeply uninformed and/or unethical,” writes Pelias in Qualitative Inquiry, which provides an interdisciplinary forum on human sciences.

Really? You really let elections upset you that much? I think the problem started long before 2016.  It appears he writes from the heart, man: here is one of his fine published works. The abstract is enough to explain his thinking and many emotion driven thinking errors. So what else does this cupcake say about his scary new world?

“I am not proud of … the contempt I hold for Trump supporters,” Pelias continued in the article, titled “On Not Being Able to Sleep.”

So what is he doing about his issues? These are his issues after all. And the sleepless thing? Benadryl helps.

“I’ve been told I need to reach out to these voters and try to understand where they are coming from. I believe I do understand them and I do not want to be around them,” he writes. “I do not want to live in the presence of their hate, of their unethical practices, of their ignorance. I know this is a problematic way of being, but I am unwilling to bend to what I see as their fascist ideology.”

Problematic is being kind, cupcake. And the term “fascism” may more accurately be applied to Pelias.

“I do not know what is best to say or do. I do not have a narrative that will let me sleep. I live in a fragmented, cruel world, one that imploded on the day Trump was elected,” he concludes.

Twitter said what?

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

parker April 20, 2017 at 9:25 am

He needs medication and a few years, or perhaps decades, in a psychiatric hospital.

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Gail Boer April 20, 2017 at 3:31 pm

Indeed he does parker. But I like my friends who work in mental health. Huge respect to the psychiatric team members out there!

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GWB April 20, 2017 at 10:03 am

adjunct professor in the theater department

IOW, he’s a minor somebody. Very, very minor.
And someone is giving his narcissism a platform. *sigh*

“I can’t stop wondering if each person I encounter is [a] Trump supporter.

Really? You can’t tell? Then isn’t all your angst about this really uncalled for?

an interdisciplinary forum on human sciences.

BWahahahahaha. That generally means “gobbledeegook”. Not always, but usually.

“I am not proud of … the contempt I hold for Trump supporters,”

Oh, yes you are. This is what we call “humble bragging”.

I do not want to live in the presence of their hate, of their unethical practices, of their ignorance.

See? I told you he was lying about the “not proud” part.

What I’m really curious about, is what evidence he has that all of these Trump supporters (that he can’t see, but wonders who they are) are full of hate or ignorance, or that they are unethical?

what I see as their fascist ideology

Wow. And you were the one talking about other’s ignorance. I’m guessing you couldn’t define “fascist” correctly to save your life. You probably think “well, first of all it’s right-wing…”.

He needs medication and a few years, or perhaps decades, in a psychiatric hospital.

No, what he needs is to grow the f* up. He’s living in a false universe right now, where wealth and freedom (and the isolation of academia) allow him to live without too much interaction with reality.

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Gail Boer April 20, 2017 at 3:32 pm

GWB nice breakdown of this joker. Grow up is what he will never do.

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Brian brandt April 20, 2017 at 3:12 pm

This is the problem with people today. Too much money, too much time, too much food. Too much everything. This guy has a rich person’s problem. He doesn’t have to worry about real problems in modern America, so he makes one up.

Back in the ’40s when Bette Davis was making movies about society women and their travails it was called ‘Suffering in Mink.’

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Gail Boer April 20, 2017 at 3:33 pm

Brian, LOL! First World Problems indeed!

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parker April 20, 2017 at 7:19 pm

This fellow is captive to a meme he really does not understand. He is as far from reality as we are from a star billions of light years away from the ground we stand on when we step out the door to do whatever. He is attending, in his mind, a rally in Nuremberg 1937 and is a true believer.

In the end,, millions must dies to temporarily defeat the madness. As Yogi said, deja vu all over again. Teach your grandchildren well.

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Gail Boer April 20, 2017 at 8:42 pm

Well said. He is just crazy enough to act on his delusions.

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Chris in N.Va April 21, 2017 at 12:36 pm

Well, well, well……

A theatrical theater department professor is experiencing theatrical tectonic plate shifts in his poor psyche.

And anyone is surprised he’s bloviating in Academy-Award-Wining (and whining) levels of loud angst?

Po’ widdo snowflake is having a major meltdown.

Quick, bring out the fainting couch, he’s going down for the count!!

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Gail Boer April 21, 2017 at 5:19 pm

He needs a coloring book and a hot cocoa so he can sit in his jammies and whine. Like a toddler but worse.

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Lynn April 21, 2017 at 7:32 pm

I’ve been an insomniac for over 25 years. Obviously it’s because I’ve been lacking a “narrative” all this time.

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Gail Boer April 21, 2017 at 9:03 pm

Gee mine isn’t stress or allergies or any physically caused state: it is a fragmented cruel world LOL!

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