Comments on: Al Gore and the age of hyper-change Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:34:09 +0000 hourly 1 By: OneOfTheSheep Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:32:13 +0000 @SamRandom,

Yes, “Most of the world still lives hand to mouth, just as it has for thousands of years”. Mr. Gore does not speak to those because they are pawns, and pawns seldom influence the “game of life” we are all part of.

Pawns are the “river of life”. It takes a dam, whether natural or man made, to alter a river’s flow. Those who would bring about change must convince those who will benefit from the dam and secure the necessary funding and construction priority. Pawns just supply the sweat.

In this context, “…all the little people…” are irrelevant except as one of us may at some point originate or push forward an “idea whose time has come” into public attention at a moment only 20-20 hindsight will reveal as pivotal.

By: brotherkenny4 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 20:28:53 +0000 I remember Al and Tipper’s campaign against lyrics in rock songs. That was many many years ago when he was still courting the Tennessee vote. While I may agree with him from time to time, that particular series of dithering dullness makes me doubt he has a logical nature. Thus we could just be looking at a talking head. No different than say Harry Reid or Mitch McConnell, really. Some people are smart and some people are smart enough to repeat what they think people want to hear.

By: SamRandom Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:14:28 +0000 Al Gore is a very wealthy man who, like many very wealthy men, is interested in what will make him even more wealthy. To that end, his latest book is largely successful in raising his brand visibility, and also in moving units of his latest product. He presents the image of social responsibility without any real social responsibility, however, and for that reason I find his arguments are not compelling in the least.

His idea that we are living in an era of unprecedented change is just another sales pitch, and nothing more. Most of the world still lives hand to mouth, just as it has for thousands of years; and all of those people do not really care what Mr. Gore has to say- because it has very little to do with them. If he wanted to be relevant though, he would have to come down off Mount Boardroom and start living in the real world with all the little people- and if he did that, then what’s the point of being brought up an aristocrat?

By: keebo Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:12:49 +0000 Al Gore, President of the United States. Thank God we dodged that bullet.

By: possibilianP Thu, 28 Feb 2013 16:50:46 +0000 I saw Al Gore at Trinity Methodist Church in Savannah a couple of weekends ago. Your summary pretty sums up what he had to say with the exception of some pretty funny jokes he told. Gore is still brimming with vitality and brilliance, and he seems ready to share his vast knowledge with the rest of the world. Too bad most of the world is not listening. If Bush were president, maybe he could create another Pearl Harbor, 9/11 event to shock Americans into doing something. That seems to be the only way things get done in this country.

By: OneOfTheSheep Thu, 28 Feb 2013 09:35:17 +0000 Mr. Gore, for once, is quite correct and his reference to Moore’s Law to the ever-increasing rate of change entirely appropriate. He is also right that “…the U.S. political system is not “…up to the challenge…” of a world in which every individual of every nation is simultaneously squabbling with hands out and palms open to increase their “share” of a fixed or shrinking “economic pie”.

American citizen-voters are not being asked to define what kind of government they want because to do so they need to come to consensus as to America’s “needs” versus “wants” and then prioritize available funds. America remains a “work in progress” that, as a nation, has forgotten it simply can’t afford to do EVERYTHING it wants to today.

The promise and the challenge of such change is that such a bunch of tigers loosed simultaneously everywhere in the world in virtually every field of human endeavor can be “ridden” by no one for long. I am reminded of the Chinese use of two characters to express the concept of “crisis”. One means “Danger” The other,”opportunity.

No one has traveled so far so fast where no road or even beaten beaten path exists, so there are few, if any, rules. It’s a matter of jumping on for the ride when and where you can, and hanging on for as long as you can, knowing when the dust settles you may be better off, worse off, or just older, more tired and dirty.

The emerging future is one in which the smart and lucky will become big winners, and the smart and the unlucky big losers. The great majority of “not so smart” right down to the “bottom of the pile” will get ground up and spit out of the process wondering what the heck happened.

Suddenly there is abundant energy everywhere, but it’s relatively expensive to extract. If it is used too fast (such as materially increasing the standard of living for the “bottom four billion” humans already living) our big blue marble will rapidly become a big brown marble.

In some areas water will become increasingly precious. Having it means life (and food). L and lacking it means death (and starvation). The first human to live to be one thousand years of age may have already been born, but over much of the earth life will be as was common before WW II; short, nasty and brutal.

The world’s poor will try to demand or take what they need and they will fail. Many will die. The world’s rich will fight a defensive battle motivating those on whom the future depends to somehow preserve a way of life that allows the accumulation of knowledge to improve overall “quality of life” for perhaps a billion or two humans forward and out into the universe.

Or everything may come tumbling down in a progression of societal convulsions. The action will be in the arena, but I think I’ll watch and bet from the cheap seats.

We live in interesting times.

By: AdamSmith Thu, 28 Feb 2013 04:07:27 +0000 Well, I’ve been looking for a new book, so I guess I’ll go ahead and order this one. Thanks.

By: tmc Wed, 27 Feb 2013 21:29:09 +0000 As a young man I never liked Al Gore. But I have certainly come to respect him.