The concept of mental health in our society is defined largely by the extent to which an individual behaves in accord with the needs of the system and does so without showing signs of stress. Technological society has become something larger than what it is composed of. It no longer exists for the benefit of the people. Instead it provides the needs of the people to ensure that the people can provide the needs of the system. It follows from these principles that permanent changes in favor of freedom could be brought about only by persons prepared to accept radical, dangerous, and unpredictable alteration of the entire system. In other words by revolutionaries, not reformers.
And the general character of a movement is not necessarily determined by the numerical proportions of the various kinds of people involved in the movement. Suppose for example that the revolutionaries took “social justice” as a goal. Human nature being what it is, social justice would not come about spontaneously; it would have to be enforced.
And a considerable proportion of the system’s economic and environmental problems result from the way human beings behave. All these threaten the very survival of the system. The system will therefore be FORCED to use every practical means of controlling human behavior.
The FBI hoped that a reader somewhere would recognize the Unabomber’s writing style, words, or ideas. Conservatives efforts to decrease the amount of govt. Regulation are of little benefit to the average man. For one thing, only a fraction of the regulations can be eliminated because most regulations are necessary. For another thing, most of the deregulation affects business rather then the average individual, so that its main effect is to take power from the govt. What this means for the average man is that govt.
He committed acts of violence to bring attention to the issue, not to himself. The problem of purposelessness seems to have become less serious during the last 15 years or so, because people now feel less secure physically and economically than they did earlier, and the need for security provides them with a goal. But purposelessness has been replaced by frustration over the difficulty of attaining security. We emphasize the problem of purposelessness because the liberals and leftists would wish to solve our social problems by having society guarantee everyone’s security; but if that could be done it would only bring back the problem of purposelessness. The real issue is not whether society provides well or poorly for people’s security; the trouble is that people are dependent on the system for their security rather than having it in their own hands.
But revolutionaries work to gain a powerful reward — fulfillment of their revolutionary vision and therefore work harder and more persistently than reformers do. He criticizes both big government and big business as the ineluctable result of industrialization, and holds scientists and “technophiles” responsible for recklessly pursuing power through technological advancements. The Industrial Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race.Industry and technology have caused physical suffering in the third world, and psychological suffering everywhere.