Shinto is a pantheistic belief, its underlying principle being 'All life is animated'. And as a consequence of this idea, “Nature can never be evil.”
Phenomenology is the concept that of an infinite number of channels, we choose which ones we focus on, to the exclusion of all others.
Roger Ailes and Lee Atwater were Ronald Reagan’s hatchet men back in the day. I don’t know the ins and outs of their cabal which included North, McFarlane, Haig, Bush et. al., but of the first two...one went on to found the ‘news division’ of Fox, creating a media megaphone for an unprecedented manifestation of Orwellian doublespeak, exemplified by the motto, 'Fair and Balanced'. The other is long deceased, but his protege was Karl Rove, aka Bush’s Brain.
An undeniable offspring of this Cthulhun couple is none other than Donald Trump. To make the point unmistakably clear, Ailes -who today it was announced paid off a former anchor he sexually harassed to the tune of 20 million dollars- is free to gambol without recrimination or indictment, and is now one of the head advisers to the Trump Campaign.
Nature can never be evil, but floods and fire and drought and earthquakes and tropical diseases sure are nasty. And people can and do makes things worse. Are people to be considered part of Nature anymore?
Any day we can choose to dial into the bliss of a sunny morning, attune to the harmonics of a waterfall, or watch loons move across South Pond. Or we can drink pop (soda, culture) all day everyday. We might have to shelter in place though, or evacuate, as conditions dictate.
The leaders of Trump’s campaign are undisguised racists and hate-mongers. Somehow that campaign is closing the gap. Or so they claim. By some measures it’s dead even.
To summarize, and sythesize; Nature can never be evil, escapism without end may be possible, but life is neither fair nor balanced.