Jewish World Review Oct. 10, 2000 / 11 Tishrei, 5761
man or unbalanced?
TO ME the only thing more frightening than Al Gore's book
"Earth in the Balance" is that he reportedly believes the
stuff in it. There's another thing about it, though, that
bothers me even more.
I confess that when I bought the book I expected
sensationalism and doomsday alarmism, but I did not
anticipate the sweeping scope of the book and what it
apparently reveals about Gore.
The most noteworthy thing about it is Gore's breathtaking
presumptuousness and audacity. He essentially holds
himself out as a Renaissance man. He is a sociologist, a
psychologist, a child psychologist, an historian, a
philosopher, a theologian, a meteorologist, a climatologist, a
molecular biologist, a marine biologist, a chemist, an
agronomist, a physicist, an economist, a conservationist, an
anthropologist, a zoologist, a nutritionist, an ecologist, an
engineer, a scuba diver and a politician -- I'll give him that
one. The only thing he takes more seriously than the
"environmental crisis" is himself.
(As an aside, I now understand why he had trouble
identifying the bust of Thomas Jefferson. He has a
Jefferson impairment. In the book, historian Gore
incorrectly describes Thomas Jefferson as a framer of the
Constitution in Philadelphia. Jefferson was in Paris
throughout the convention.)
Being a man of many disciplines, Gore feels free to
intermix the various ones in his analysis of mankind's
hopeless condition. For example, wearing his child
psychologist hat, he observes that the children of
dysfunctional families blame themselves as the cause of
the family's dysfunction. Donning his ecological headgear,
he concludes that our environmental crisis is so severe that
our civilization itself is dysfunctional. Completing the
analogy, he applies the model of the dysfunctional family to
mankind's relationship to the environment.
Largely because of the scientific revolution, says Gore,
man has become separated from nature. That separation
has caused much pain because "Just as the children in a
dysfunctional family experience pain when their parent
leads them to believe that something important is missing
from their psyches, we surely experience a painful loss
when we are led to believe that the connection to the
natural world that is part of our birthright as a species is
something unnatural. ..."
To avoid feeling this pain, we developed an addiction "to
the consumption of the earth itself. This addictive
relationship distracts us from the pain of what we have
lost: a direct experience of our connection to the vividness,
vibrancy and aliveness of the rest of the natural world." Is
this scary, or do you suppose that I have the jitters just
because Halloween is approaching?
Gore's book is simply too rich for a little 700-word column
-- the psychobabble too extensive to treat thoroughly. So,
let me leave you with just a few closing thoughts.
We all know that Gore stands by every word of his book.
We also know that he has proposed far-reaching new
governmental largesse that would threaten to bankrupt
even this robust economy and its astronomical projected
surpluses. As horrifying as his campaign spending
proposals are to conservatives, they pale in comparison to
his blueprint for government expansion (his Global
Marshall Plan) set out in the book.
Don't you think it is reasonable to believe that if this
hapless nation elects him he will do a bait and switch like
none we've ever witnessed in the history of this planet? If
he truly believes that our civilization is facing a crisis that
can be remedied only by the draconian solutions prescribed
in his book, then it's safe to assume he will do everything
within his power to implement those strategies.
In the process, he would inflate the size of the federal
government immeasurably while reducing its sovereignty in
relation to foreign nations. He would declare war on
corporations and technology. He would enact a program
that would use schoolteachers and their students to
monitor the entire earth daily.
The book reveals that Gore is a man in search of a crisis, a
catastrophe, the apocalypse. He is a man obsessed with a
cult-like zealotry, centered on a near pantheistic worship of
When you couple Gore's desperate efforts to find
inner-meaning during the campaign (the incessant lies
where he makes himself the hero of every story) with his
incredible self-elevation in this bizarre book, you must
genuinely wonder whether Al Gore himself is in
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