Alston Chase, author of Harvard and The Unabomber, quotes Colin Wilson‘s The Outsider:
The Outsider’s case against society is very clear. All men and women have these dangerous, unnameable impulses, yet they keep up a pretense, to themselves, to others; their respectability, their philosophy, their religion, are all attempts to gloss over, to make look civilized and rational something that is savage, unorganized, irrational. He is an Outsider because he stands for Truth.
The Outsider is a man who cannot live in the comfortable, insulated world of the bourgeois, accepting what he sees and touches as reality. He sees “too deep and too much” and what he sees is essentially chaos. […] When he asserts his sense of anarchy in the face of the bourgeois’ complacent acceptance, it is not simply the need to cock a snook at respectability that provokes him; it is a distressing sense that truth must be told at all costs, otherwise there can be no hope for an ultimate restoration of order. Even if there seems no room for hope, truth must be told. […] The Outsider is a man who has awakened to chaos.
Colin Wilson, The Outsider (1956)
Kaczynski probably considered himself “sick in a civilization that doesn’t know it is sick”, as Wilson further writes. He obviously lived in extreme isolation and poverty to escape a sick society. “Only revolution by outsiders can save civilization”, he wrote in the manifesto.
Kaczynski worked and thought like a scientist, claiming that only scientifically testable statements are meaningful. Thus moral, spiritual judgements, religion and ethics are to him just emotional attitudes produced by social context, what he called brainwashing. Hence he referred to each of his terror attacks as “experiments”…
To be continued in Part Three.
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