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Thursday, May 27, 2004 Sympathy for a lost soul
This essay from 1999 on Al Gore's character is one of the most insightful pieces of psycho-biography I've read. He really nails aspects of Gore. Taken in retrospect, the article is prophetic. A fine bit of writing and analysis.
The basic conclusion is that Gore is a depressed man. His acting out is all an attempt to "feel" real and alive.
The analysis comes from Gore's own words and actions, how they reveal him more than the subject he treats.
This is true for most everyone. Show me a man's writing, and I'll show you the man who thinks words hide more than reveal. (e.g. who but a tone deaf thug like Nixon could declare, "Americans want to know if their President is a crook or not. I am not a crook." He actually thought he was dispelling others' fears, rather than fueling them by such a statement.)
I am not trying to make a long-range diagnosis, only trying to read a man's own words, which he defines as important, as we would a poem or a novel. What the words tell me is that Al Gore is depressed. He is depressed because he feels dead. That is what depression is: death to hope, to energy, to vitality. An awful event (Ed's note: his son's near fatal accident which he saw and wrote about later) made Gore's state of mind vivid, but Gore brought his own depression to the event.
posted by Mark Butterworth | 10:36 PM |