Dear Donald. Happy New Year. My prayer is that God will love you and protect you and keep you and teach you. The most cogent lesson I learn from the bible is Jesus’ response to a lawyer trying to trap him. The lawyer, a Pharisee, asks Jesus what commandment in the law is greatest. Jesus responds, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. And a second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” As a Christian, I know you probably know this passage. But with all your worries and responsibilities I bet you are susceptible to bad advice. So many of your advisors love to quote the old testament, especially out of context, and especially the violent, misogynist, and retributive passages. I’m not surprised their bloodlust and anger blind them to the love that Jesus says, is above all. My fear is that you are too preoccupied with your responsibilities, your wealth, your worries, that you have forgotten how to genuinely love even yourself. Grossly feeding your ego, your greed, your appetites and your need for power and adulation is not love…. I should know… I’ve tried those myself, though without the evident success you have had. In this New Year may God forgive us both… and teach us both a whole lot more about the best that is love. 010319.