Empty Days

Friday, July 09, 2004



Individual vs Society.

Of course Ted Kaczynski cannot be declared a perfectly sane man. He is an obsessive man - not a crazy in the patent clinical sense, but certainly deviant enough to be considered outside the narrow marks of the "norm". People have been wondering why, while having cooked up such a vast critique of the industrial society as presented in the manifesto, he spent so many years sending bombs to wanton, essentially insignificant targets. But the answer to this is very simple, my dears: how else to exercise vengence against a society too enormous to handle, when you're alone and having no means of organizing a "movement"? Of course you start striking at random - your pain and your hatred demand that you fight back, but who against? Who will you punish? There's no "who" - any human belonging to the vast sytem of the world you hate is a perfectly viable target for a burst of helpless revenge. You can't destroy an institution - but you can destroy one of the countless drones who support it.

Is this inhuman? Of course it is - you live in a world where most human beings are nothing but clogs in the machine. It doesn't take much to destroy one of the clogs. Yes, the world is inhuman, those who participate in it are only barely human, you yourself are a nothing - what does it matter who gets killed, you or that other ant?

The logic of the Unabomber is perfectly comprehensible - when you view human society as a hostile system against the enormity of which you are endlessly powerless, it becomes all too easy to kill "individuals". The world has no face - people who serve it have no face either. Destroying infrastructure causes no pain - destroying human beings does cause palpable pain. At least proportional to your own.

This is the logic of the Unabomber. Morality is only viable when you believe yourself to be part of a community. When you don't, morality simply disappears. Cf. Friedrich Nietzsche - who could very well have been sending bombs instead of writing subversive cruel books that detonated like bombs through the centuries.

Is Kaczynski a genius? No, not quite - he's only a thinking individual.





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