Weird political events are traumatic and “trauma” means the protective membrane around the self has been punctured. What is the membrane? The membrane is a membrane of expectations that the next event will fall between let’s say -3 and +3. An event of -25 disorients and traumatizes. How do we know the next event will not be -1 billion?
The salve is a classical education. We read Suetonius we read Homer and we imagine what it would be like if we were at the siege of Troy, or having our eyes gouged out by a crab in the hands of Tiberius’s henchman in his pleasure villa in Capri. This gives us a sense of the sort of ups and downs human history, particularly political history is capable of. We get to engage with thinkers who were frank proponents of views that we or those in our social class do not take seriously: slavery, ephebophilia, the worship of the emperor or the mystagogues of Eleusis.
Chinese classics too.