Is He Serious?




There comes a time when everyone has something to say. The next step would be
to find someone to listen. If that doesn’t work, I suppose you just have to make them
listen.

The Unabomber’s Manifesto was probably one of the most interesting and
thought provoking points of view that I have read in a while. It’s just too bad that every
time he made a point that I could relate with, he would contradict himself before I was
finished with the paragraph. In my opinion, the entire manifesto and every viewpoint
expressed therein, was a strange mix of confusion, fact and storytelling. Although
written with an abundance of detail and many strong convictions, I finished reading the
selection without being able to see the purpose behind it all and what he stood to gain.
I’m sure that wasn’t exactly his intentions when he wrote it.

I feel there is one thing the author deserves credit for right from the start; his
uncanny ability to set a pessimistic mood. From the minute you glance at the
introduction, he, assuming the author is male, begins to paint a picture of destruction and
demise of the world in which we live. What could cause such a catastrophe? According
to the author, it would have to be industry and technology of all things. He was convinced
that due to the industrial-technological system in which we live, ultimately humans are
going to be subjected to world wide suffering and inevitably a total shut down of
humanity. Now at this moment I felt a little disbelief. I had heard he was actually an
intelligent person, but I was starting to wonder.

His whole theory was based on the fact, that at one point or another, the human
race will be taken to the point of complete break down. He feels that if it’s bound to
happen, we should make it happen now. The longer we wait, the more people will suffer.
Now, I know our sun will eventually burn out, so does that mean that it should be the
concern of everyone on the planet to devise a method to destroy it immediately and save
us the trouble of having to do it later? I guess I wasn’t too surprised when I read how he
intended to induce an early break down with a revolution, but the next thing I read left
me a little confused. I was interested in how and when he planned to do this. It didn’t
take me long to run across it. I would expect a violent display from the Unabomber,
especially in a revolution, but his answer to that was that he may or may not use
violence. Well, maybe he’ll keep some details quiet, but I was sure he would release an
approximate idea of how long he planned this new world revolution to last.. He wrote
that it may be sudden or it may span decades. There were many things that made sense
to me after reading that, for instance, if he was this vague when he walked his pen across,
it’s no wonder he’s been able to stay free for this long.
Now, from this point on, I think his writing became much more understandable to
me. I started to agree with much of what he had to say and what he used to describe the
majority of our society. I shared a lot of his beliefs in the fact that our society needs help,
we all do sometimes. I just don’t believe that things are so bad that it’s time to clear the
pallet and start over.

He seems to have a perfect ideal of how each group of people should act and
respond to the world around them. If they don’t posses these features, then there has to
be something wrong with society, because that’s not the way he remembers them. He
seems to group everyone in the world into two groups: the weak, and the weaker. There
are the leftists, or the ones who should the social rebels, and the oversocialized, or the
ones who have to grow up obeying society’s rules.

Now, I feel it wouldn’t matter which category he placed me in. According to
him, people jump from one group to another constantly. Either group, in his opinion, has
deteriorated into a flock of sheep. No one has a mind of their own, nor do we stand up
for ourselves, nor believe in anything. He believes that due