Termites gnaw away on wood. Mike Rinder gnaws away on people.
He slowly and covertly gnaws on people—specifically individuals with any capability or demonstration of competence in any field, as mundane as a hobby or routine and normal actions of day-to-day life. How else can he pull other individuals “down to his size” and control them? Simply put, and based on decades of experience, he is not capable of being honest or having any decent relationships. His family is a target for gnawing as we know Mike better than anyone else. And that, provenly, is not something Mike Rinder likes and he goes so far as to attempt to disparage his own family to the press with covert criticisms of us as self-determined individuals.
Mike’s brother, Andrew, became a target for intense gnawing as soon as he decided to do more, contribute more to helping others and take on more responsibility. Mike attempted to sabotage that, to covertly criticize and spread rumors. Mike’s objective: get his brother to fail by getting him into trouble without anyone being able to identify the cause and thus stop him. The truth did prevail. Mike’s brother accomplished his goals and is flourishing and prospering.
No one likes a termite, they are truly ugly pests.