I flicked the remote not expecting any quality shows up on an afternoon like this but when I turned to HBO I was greeted with their commercial presenting the next show. I saw An Inconvenient Truth in early 2007 before Al Gore won his Nobel Price. I thought, like Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11 and Sicko), he had something to say and we all had to listen.
I learned that before Al Gore ran for President (and failed to Bush) he has been advocating for the planet’s health. He jabbed away with his presentation with charisma, sense of humour and fervour. Perhaps I allowed myself to sit watching him discuss his dissertation only because this was the way I’d prefer a professor present me his thoughts. He stripped it off its “ra,ra,ra I’m preaching listen to me” ego and delivered the message with haunting accuracy and bravado.
An Inconvenient Truth, in a nutshell examines and brings to mind our Earth’s current health report. Apparently we are on our way to extinction resulting from our well failed decisions and choices. So far our misdeeds consequences is at hand and the decision to pull us away from casualty is hindered by political mishaps and economics. It presents factual information as to how scientists and stored data illustrate the world’s end if we decide not to turn things around. Armed with wit and charisma, Al Gore concluded the argument with high hopes that we can turn the problem around.
Summing it all up, no amount of epic movies can surpass the horrors of what will happen to us in ten years time if we decide not to do anything. In a movie, we can sit comfortably and note that there will be happy ever after because the hero is doing his darndest best to make things right. But in real life, you, me, the lady in the grocery, the street sweeper, the jerk off sitting in the Palace, the heiress of a multimillion dollar company, the young adult watching porn and the rest of the almost ten billion souls on Earth can view first hand and live the apocalyptic tail spin written in the Book of Revelations.
We owe it to ourselves to be armed with the truth although inconvenient, because one day when it’s time for you to explain to your kids why you decided to turn away, then that would be an inescapable inconvenience and shame.
It pays to watch t.v. from time to time.