Dissecting Al Gore's Book Earth in the Balance
Earth in the Balance by Al Gore is a very revealing look at what is truly behind the modern spiritual ecology. Mr. Gore makes that very obvious in his own words. Mr. Gore's book was published in 1992 while he was still a senator from Tennessee. He is a follower of Roger Revelle (1909-1991) one of the creators of the man-made global warming hypothesis. (pp. 4)
Since 1992 his predictions and that of many others of ecological Armageddon failed to materialize. He peddled the same type of hysteria many Evangelical Christians felt as the "end-times" are due any day. We must "repent" from our sins say Christian fundamentalists.
Mr. Gore also preaches repentance through a spiritual union with Gaia in the same way Christians taught a spiritual union with Christ.
To quote Mr. Gore's own bio, "While his parents wanted him to go to law school, Gore attended Vanderbilt University Divinity School instead, studying there from 1971 to 1972.
He later said he went there in order to explore "the spiritual issues that were most important to me at the time." Tipper would also later refer to it as an act of "purification."
Gore is very spiritual, but doesn't believe in God in the traditional sense. He is entrapped in New Age spiritualism and mysticism. He makes it very clear in the book how out of touch he really is.
He likes to quote science, but has no expertise in any scientific field. Nor does he ever refer to the scientific method. His book covers many of the travels his dad paid for and reveals he real agenda. His beliefs are a fusion of New Age spiritualism, pseudo-science, and leftwing politics. This is common for most environmentalists products of an affluent class of privilege children desiring political power to change to world.
Mr. Gore has been an eco-activist for decades. He links his understanding of environmentalism to a type of arms race. (pp. 7) This led him to "think" of environmentalism "in a new, more productive way."
He notes his frustration in the Senate. How his ecological spiritualism wasn't being adopted over secular law, if not an outright state-mandated faith. He learned from the nuclear disarmament crowd how to peddle doom and gloom. Mr. Gore resorted to scare-mongering to get people to listen. Armageddon sells more religion than reason ever will.
That is his cause. It's not about science, in fact he seems to hold science and technology in a negative light. This crusade includes his close friends he listed in the book. (pp. 10) They include prominent politicians such as John Chafee, Max Baucus, John Heinz, John Kerry, etc. In his introduction he starts out his book by asserting his pantheistic beliefs:
..."we feel increasingly distant from our roots in the earth...civilization itself has been on a journey from its foundations in the world of nature to an evermore contrived, controlled and manufactured world of our initiative and sometimes arrogant design...
At some point during this journey we lost our feeling of connectedness to the rest of nature...We dare now to wonder: Are we so unique and powerful as to be essentially separate from the earth?..."
Like many of the hyper-religious the core belief it encompasses all facets of life. To quote,
"As it happens, the idea of social justice is inextricably linked in the Scriptures with ecology." (page 246-247)
Mr. Gore advocates violation of religion-state separation:
"The fifth major goal of the Global Marshall Plan should be...to organize a worldwide education program to promote a more complete understanding of the crisis. In the process, we should actively search for ways to promote a new way of thinking about the current relationship between human civilization and the earth." (pp. 354-255)
His thoughts abound with New Age and spiritual ecological themes:
The need for personal equilibrium can be described in a simpler way. The more deeply I search for the roots of the global environmental crisis, the more I am convinced that it is an outer manifestation of an inner crisis...spiritual...the search for truths about this ungodly crisis is the search for truths about myself... (pp. 10-11)"
His drive for "truth" is the cries of millions of unreligious often affluent progressives searching for meaning in their empty, affluent lives. His blind spiritual outlook suggests a total lack of reason. Empiricism or basing decisions on real world observations falls by the wayside.
Like many New Age gurus he attempts to merge all faiths and beliefs into a mindless bowl of mush with a focus razor-focus on the Gaia Nature deity:
"The richness and diversity of our religious tradition throughout history is a spiritual resource long ignored by people of faith, who are often afraid to open their minds to teachings first offered outside their own system of belief.
But the emergence of a civilization in which knowledge moves freely and almost instantaneously throughout the world has...spurred a renewed investigation of the wisdom distilled by all faiths.
This pan-religious perspective may prove especially important where our global civilization's responsibility for the earth is concerned." (pages 258-259)
Indian spiritual models mainly manufactured by Mr. Gore's fellow mystics.
"Native American religions, for instance, offer a rich tapestry of ideas about our relationship to the earth. One of the most moving and frequently quoted explanations was attributed to Chief Seattle in 1855...'Will you teach your children what we have taught our children? That the earth is our mother?...This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all.'" (page 259)
Chief Seattle's words were actually written by Ted Perry for a 1971 environmental movie and proven to be a fraud.
Mr' Gore once again promotes Goddess worship:
"The spiritual sense of our place in nature...can be traced to the origins of human civilization...in prehistoric Europe and much of the world was based on the worship of a single earth goddess, who was assumed to be the fount of all life and who radiated harmony among all living things...
the notion that a goddess religion was ubiquitous throughout much of the world until the antecedents of today's religions (meaning Christianity, Judaism which he attempts to link to Hinduism), most of which still have a distinctly masculine orientation--swept out of India and the Near East, almost obliterating belief in the goddess.
The last vestige of organized goddess worship was eliminated by Christianity...it seems obvious that a better understanding of a religious heritage preceding our own by so many thousands of years could offer us new insights..." (pp 260)
Like Chief Seattle historical rubbish. He's also influenced by Eastern occultism:
"One modern Hindu environmentalist, Dr. Karan Singh, regularly cites the ancient Hindu dictum: "The Earth is our mother, and we are all her children...Guru Nanak [founder of Sikhism] said, 'Air is the Vital Force, Water the Progenitor, the Vast Earth the Mother of All.'" (pp 261)
And to note his unhappiness as a spoiled rich kid,
"A common thread in many religions is the sacred quality of water. Christians are baptized in water, as a sign of purification. The Quran declares that 'we have created everything from water.'
In the Lotus 'Sutra,' Buddha is presented metaphorically as a 'rain cloud,' covering, permeating, fertilizing and enriching 'all parched living beings, to free them from their misery to attain the joy of peace, joy of the present world and joy of Nirvana...." (pp 261)
Enough of this nonsense. But if Mr. Gore's beliefs are built on manufactured religious myths, he is not alone. What about Chief Seattle he so loves? At the same time his book came out, we get this April 21, 1992 New York Times (extract)
...This week, a book called "Brother Eagle, Sister Sky: A Message From Chief Seattle" is No. 5 on the New York Times best seller list for nonfiction. Also this week, as part of the official celebration of Earth Day on Wednesday, organizers have asked religious leaders from around the world to read a famous letter from Chief Seattle to President Franklin Pierce.
There is one problem...Chief Seattle never said most of what he is supposed to have said... "Chief Seattle is probably our greatest manufactured prophet," said David Buerge, a Northwest historian who is writing a book on the chief. He is one of the scholars frustrated that their work has failed to stop the myth from spreading around the world...
The latest version of the Pierce letter was sent out this week by the Earth Day U.S.A. committee, based in New Hampshire. In it the chief does not talk about railroad trains, but says, "What will happen when the buffalo are all slaughtered? The wild horses tamed? What will happen when the secret corners of the forest are heavy with the scent of many men and the view of the ripe hills is blotted by talking wires?"
The same words appear in "Brother Eagle, Sister Sky," a children's book containing what is described as a speech by the chief. It has sold more than 250,000 copies since its publication last year by Dial Books for Young Readers.
Why are we indoctrinating children into this religious nonsense? What happened to separation of religion and state if used in schools? To further quote,
But nowhere do those words appear in the only known translation of the chief's speech...In "Brother Eagle, Sister Sky," an afterward says that "the origins of Chief Seattle's words are partly obscured by the mists of time."
The creator and illustrator of the book, Susan Jeffers, said in an interview, "Basically, I don't know what he said -- but I do know that the Native American people lived this philosophy, and that's what is important."
That is also another myth. American Indians did not live in harmony with nature - they killed everything and each other to survive. These people are just making this stuff up as they go along.
In the after word she wrote,
"What matters is that Chief Seattle's words inspired -- and continue to inspire -- a most compelling truth: In our zeal to build and possess, we may lose all that we have."
It's not about truth is it? It's still a historical lie and the fact this has outright religious undertones and intent make it a violation of the law bringing into it government policy and the public schools.
Read the darn book and prove me wrong!
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