Monday, March 05, 2007

Gore's Hypocrisy 

After reading and thinking more about Gore's profligate consumption of gas and electricity in his Nashville home, especially about the hypocrisy angle, I've concluded (duh!) that what irritates people is not how much energy the guy uses, it's the fact that he's going around the world (literally) preaching to us peons about how we should cut back to a 19th century level of energy usage.

People don't like to be preached at, generally, and when the preacher is caught doing the very thing he's railing against, the preachees tend to get pretty fried; the level of anger is directly proportional to the degree of holier-than-thou behavior by the preacher and the amount of sacrifice he's demanding from the flock.

I wouldn't be surprised if half the people who got Oscars use as much energy as Mr. Gore, but to the extent they don't go around telling people "Do as I say, not as I do," the public mostly gives them a pass on it.

Mr. Gore and other politicians should keep this phenomenon in mind, always.

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