Yeah, I think our electoral system was designed to select and elect people with cluster B personality disorders. http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/personality-disorder
I think relaxing ought to be an olympic sport. We could judge it by attaching biometric sensors to the competitors.
I am 47. If my 14 year old self saw my 47 year old self, he would be really amazed that I am doing all the crazy shit I always wanted to do. I live like a rockstar with my 27 year old wife and 24 year old girlfriend. I think I have easily had more fun in the last 5 years than the entire rest of my life combined. I think I might be the luckiest mofo alive. Like the other day, we had our company holiday party where there everyone played a trivia game with prizes. I got picked and won an iPad mini by answering the question with "well how the hell would I know that?" I really think suburbia stifled me a lot. I bloomed as soon as I moved to the city.
It's been my experience that most of his detractors (at least the ones I've met) are absolutely resistant to understanding the nuances involved in what he said, let alone what he meant, and seem to be bent on clinging to the narrative that supports their notion that Al Gore is nothing more than a buffoon.
All one needs to do is look at the correlation to nearly any societal metric in religious societies vs. irreligious ones. Compare the plight of women for instance in Sweden and Saudi Arabia. The effect of religion on these metrics uniformly pushes them in the direction away from human well-being. People will argue that in Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany, and North Korea were atheistic societies, this is far from true as the leaders, as you say, become the defacto religion. This is not an irreligious society. Kim Jung Il's requirements are even nuttier than the popes (e.g., he requires a duvet made of the softest down, which is supposedly the feathers from a sparrow's chin, so thousands of them had to die to satiate this weird requirement). I think the US is a great example of a country completely stymied by a hyper-religious minority. It is a terrible shame that this anti-scientific, know-nothing demographic has wielded its highly disproportionate power in a most destructive way.
What we need is less religion, not more censorship...