The Unabomber: Is He Serious? Essay, Research Paper
The Unabomber: 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
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
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 to this evil industrial-technological society in which we
live, everyone operates with low self esteem, guilt, and self-hatred. Because
we think we’re so ?advanced?, we are afraid to say anything which may offend
others. We will constantly change our minds to suit the situation or just to
make ourselves look better. Now don’t get me wrong, but since we are such an ?
advanced? society, couldn’t that be viewed as progress towards understanding
others and caring for their needs? His pessimistic outlook was getting annoying.
His discussion then moved into power. In his perfect view, we all must
work as hard as possible to really appreciate what we have. I believe that,
very much so, but he also states that people today have all their needs filled
or taken care of so easily that we don’t appreciate anything. People as a
collective group are getting bored, therefore more and more generations are
causing trouble just to have something to do. He actually has a good point
there. I have to agree with him, because we are driving and driving for
something better in our lives, the unfortunate who don’t have direction are
getting left out. Is that our demise? I don’t think so. Life in general has
always been survival of the fittest, it’s a natural process.
The next topic pertains to all the sources of our problems. If he truly
believes he knows all of them, then why can’t he tell us so we won’t have the
problems? He says we blame all our problems on the fact that our lives are so
different from our ancestors. I agree, that’s called progress. We dominate
nature according to him, we are to detached from the outdoors. I suppose that’s
why we have national parks, since we’re moving towards a society that won’t need
these things. We don’t have family values because we can’t favor our family over
others due to the fear of nepotism or discrimination. Is that just being fair
to others? Besides, how many people can work with their family members anyway?
If that’s the extent of our problems, I would rather deal with those than bother
about a revolution.
I believe this about the point where he begins to go off the deep end.
All this talk about technology and industry and how it affects us, and no one to
believe him. I guess that would get to me as well. That shows our freedom to
decide not to listen to him. The freedom that he claims we have lost due to
technology ruling the law. Electronic surveillance, police forces, propaganda
we see on television, what’s this world coming to? He tries to make his point
by saying that laws like freedom of speech should not be considered a freedom
because the average person doesn’t have access to television or radio to get his
point across. Can’t argue there, but it doesn’t mean it’s not a freedom because
I can’t use it at the moment. It’s a freedom because I can use it when I need
to. He says it is impossible to have freedom with modern technology. I just
say it gives me more time to enjoy my freedom.
It’s only a matter of time when society will not accept society and use
technology to improve it. He has a point with that statement. How does he
think technology has come so far? Because man has and always will have a need
to improve himself. He takes that one step over the edge when he states that man
will eventually build better men, a stronger race. We strive for individualism.
Society will never accept a world full of cloned shells. If man can rid each
other of all disease and suffering, then by all means. If he wants to stop
progress and live in the dark, then that’s his freedom, or lack there of through
his eyes. When someone believes they are sick, they can actually make them
selves sick. If we had more people like this guy around, I suppose society
would probably start to fall apart. It’s those who believe there’s something
better out there who actually make a difference.
Technology was a turning point in man’s struggle in life. When we
were first learning to use it, we used it for the wrong reasons. I believe we’re
moving past that now. We don’t fear technology like he does any more. More and
more people, including older generations are learning to use it. Not because
they have to, but it’s only natural for the majority of us to try something new.
When everyone begins to use it, working together, that’s what advances us into
tomorrow. If everyone was as pessimistic as he, where would we be? Sometimes
it takes someone like him to remind us what we used to be and how we used to
think. It helps us all stay on track. In the long run, he just becomes someone
who wouldn’t change and society will forget him. It’s ironic to think that we
already have. People don’t want war, revolution, or violence. We don’t need to
be the aggressor and more. Our survival isn’t assured, but at least we have the
means to provide it, to really harvest it when that need arises. People like
the Unibomber only give us the motivation to keep on going. And what do we have
to thank for our advancement? Technology.