John “Ted” Kaczynski – aka the “Unabomber”.
John “Ted” Kaczynski – aka the “Unabomber
Under normal circumstances, a child prodigy, a Harvard alumni, a brilliant mathematician, a UC Berkeley faculty – all rolled into one, is someone of a role model for all to emulate, someone parents would want their sons and daughters to look up to and follow. However, what happens when this same person turns into a cold, calculating, ruthless murderer?
Such is the dilemma society faces today when considering the actions, life and times of Theodore John “Ted” Kaczynski – aka the “Unabomber”.
An avid nature enthusiast, he unfortunately turned his passion into an obsession, murdering 3 people and injuring countless other in mail bombings between 1978 and 1995 – trying to high light society’s disregard and ignorance on appreciating the beauty of nature and preserving the environment.
In tracing the genesis of why a person of John Kaczynski’s intellect and brilliance could turn into an extremist, a terrorist, and carry out a vigilante campaign to highlight his concerns, a very important aspect to note is his inability to associate and fit into society, form meaningful, long-term, and successful relations with people on a personal level. As a lifelong loner, he just probably never could understand the importance and value of each individual, a human life.
Every neutral person would be sympathetic to Ted’s enthusiasm and passion for preserving nature in all it’s pristine glory. But unfortunately a normal, social, responsible person is also aware of his or her limitations as a single individual. Hence the need for associations like Greenpeace etc, where like-minded people gather together and pursue a common objective, bringing their resources together and pursue their passions within the confines of the laws and limitations imposed by society.
A very cursory glance through Ted’s 35,000 word “manifesto” indicates a truly brilliant mind at work, who in his own perverted way, very much justifies his actions with the conviction and utter surety of someone who knows that he is among God’s chosen few – which to a certain extent he may even be. But, for the continuation and existence of society, systems and civilization, no culture can ever allow a lone individual the right to take anyone’s life arbitrarily. Every individual, no matter how depraved, immoral and wicked, has the right to be at least once heard in a court-of-law before a comity of sane, sagacious and astute gentlemen and if indeed found guilty thereafter, should then be dealt with within the confines of law. In mailing his bombs to all the people he did, he showed total disregard to this basic and fundamental tenet of society.
It’s good that Ted lived in the United States, since there are a great many places on earth where the law enforcement agencies tasked with tracking and arresting him would have gladly gunned him down within his remote Montana cabin, instead of taking all the trouble and hassle of arresting him, bringing him to a court-of-law and proving his crimes before incarcerating him for life – something which John Kaczynski never allowed for any of his victims before destroying their lives.