Knight Of The Mind

I'll do my best to present a philosophical and generally conservative look at current events and life, the universe and everything. Readers are invited to take all that's posted herein with a grain of salt. or if they prefer, a grain of salt, a slice of lime and a shot of tequila.

Location: Alexandria, Virginia, United States

Greetings and welcome. My name is Steve, I'm 35 years old and I work for the US Army as an Operations Research Analyst. Hence my blog title Knight Of The Mind.

Saturday, June 26, 2004

Did Al Gore say it? Or was it the Unabomber?

This speaks for itself....The man is a whacked-out Lefty Fruit Bat!

Did Al Gore say it? Or was it the Unabomber?

Here are the quotes along with the source information:

1. "The twentieth century has not been kind to the constant human striving
for a sense of purpose in life. Two world wars, the Holocaust, the
invention of nuclear weapons, and now the global environmental crises
have led many of us to wonder if survival - much less enlightened, joyous,
and hopeful living - is possible. We retreat into the seductive tools and
technologies of industrial civilization, but that only creates new problems
as we become increasingly isolated from one another and disconnected from
our roots."

SOURCE: Al Gore "Earth in the Balance" P. 366


2. "Again, we must not forget the lessons of World War II. The Resistance
slowed the advance of fascism and scored important victories, but fascism
continued its relentless march to domination until the rest of the world
finally awoke and made the difference and made the defeat of fascism its
central organizing principle from 1941 through 1945."

SOURCE: Al Gore "Earth in the Balance" P. 294


3. "It is not necessary for the sake of nature to set up some chimerical utopia
or any new kind of social order. Nature takes care of itself: It was a
spontaneous creation that existed long before any human society, and for
countless centuries, many different kinds of human societies coexisted with
nature without doing it an excessive amount of damage. Only with the
Industrial Revolution did the effect of human society on nature become
really devastating."

SOURCE: "Unabomber Manefesto" Paragraph 184


4. "Modern industrial civilization, as presently organized, is colliding
violently with our planet's ecological system. The ferocity of its assault
on the earth is breathtaking, and the horrific consequences are occurring
so quickly as to defy our capacity to recognize them, comprehend their
global implications, and organize an appropriate and timely response.
Isolated pockets of resistance fighters who have experienced this
juggernaut at first hand have begun to fight back in inspiring but, in the
final analysis, woefully inadequate ways."

SOURCE: Al Gore "Earth in the Balance" P. 269


5. "Among the abnormal conditions present in modern industrial society are
excessive density of population, isolation of man from nature, excessive
rapidity of social change and the breakdown of natural small-scale
communities such as the extended family, the village or the tribe.

SOURCE: "Unabomber Manefesto" Paragraph 47


6. " All pre-industrial societies were predominantly rural. The Industrial
Revolution vastly increased the size of cities and the proportion of the
population that lives in them, and modern agricultural technology has made
it possible for the Earth to support a far denser population than it ever
did before."

SOURCE: "Unabomber Manefesto" Paragraph 48


7. "The positive ideal that is proposed is Nature. That is, wild nature: those
aspects of the functioning of the Earth and its living things that are
independent of human management and free of human interference and

SOURCE: "Unabomber Manefesto" Paragraph 183


8. "Any child born into the hugely consumptionist way of life so common in
the industrial world will have an impact that is, on average, many times
more destructive than that of a child born in the developing world."

SOURCE: Al Gore "Earth in the Balance" P. 308


9. "And tragically, since the onset of the scientific and technological
revolution, it has become all too easy for ultrarational minds to create
an elaborate edifice of clockwork efficiency capable of nightmarish cruelty
on an industrial scale. The atrocities of Hitler and Stalin, and the
mechanical sins of all who helped them, might have been inconceivable
except for the separation of facts from values and knowledge from morality."

SOURCE: Al Gore "Earth in the Balance" P. 256


10. "The modern individual on the other hand is threatened by many things
against which he is helpless: nuclear accidents, carcinogens in food,
environmental pollution, war, increasing taxes, invasion of his privacy
by large organizations, and nationwide social or economic phenomena that
may disrupt his way of life."

SOURCE: "Unabomber Manefesto" Paragraph 68


11. "Industrial society seems likely to be entering a period of severe stress,
due in part to problems of human behavior and in part to economic and
environmental problems."

SOURCE: "Unabomber Manefesto" Paragraph 150


12. "What does it say about our culture that personality is now considered a
technology, a tool of the trade, not only in politics but in business and
the professions? Has everyone been forced to become an actor? In sixteenth
century England, actors were not allowed to be buried in the same cemeteries
as 'God-fearing folk,' because anyone willing to manipulate his personality
for the sake of artifice, even to entertain, was considered spiritually

SOURCE: Al Gore "Earth in the Balance" P. 168


As you may or may not already be aware, members of the Watcher's Council hold a vote every week on what they consider to be the most link-worthy pieces of writing around... per the Watcher's instructions, I am submitting one of my own posts for consideration in the upcoming nominations process.
Here is the most recent winning council post, here is the most recent winning non-council post, here is the list of results for the latest vote, and here is the initial posting of all the nominees that were voted on.

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