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Today’s entry is dedicated to Jon, The Bearded Ginger.

I have to give it to Jon, he can find and analyze the shit out of something. And weird stuff too. But a lot of times, he guides me in a direction with books and movies that I never would have gone before.

Case in point: The Unabomber’s Manifesto.

Never in a million years would I have ever thought I would have read that piece of dark history, but I ended up not only reading the document but then researching Teddy’s life just to get a glimpse into why he wrote and did what he did. Now if you haven’t already watched Manhunt: Unibomber, I suggest you do.  Great acting and the plot and storyline really pull you in.  And even though a quick Google search can give away the ending for you, the show somehow makes you ask some pretty dark questions. And this is where Ginger Jon shines; those dark questions.

You see, there is a scene in that show that I still cannot get out of my mind. Sam Worthington’s character, Jim Fitzgerald, is driving home very late one night and is the only car on the road. He comes to a red stop light and waits. The angle pans out and shows him sitting there, clearly able to see that no other cars are coming from the green light direction. Yet, he still waits. He obeys a law, a rule, that is manmade. Yes, a rule that was made to save lives and deter chaos but when there is clearly no chance for chaos or harm why do we still obey those rules? And that was the jist of Theodore’s manifesto.

These manmade rules are made by imperfect men. In a universe that has so many unanswered questions as to how we came to be, when we came to be, and where we go when we “be” no more, isn’t it ironic that those simple red light/green light rules are followed so religiously? And speaking of religion, you have people every day that lie, steal, cheat and murder; practically breaking every Commandment there seems to be yet they will sit at that red light for the entire time, even when no one else is around.

So, to me, the scariest thing about the Unibomber is that he had a point. And he made me ask myself, and maybe more importantly, remind myself that there really isn’t a manmade rule that can’t be broken. And that is a powerful thing to know and remember.

The next time you board a plane and are squeezed into your coach seat but have a view of an empty business class seat try asking the flight attendant if you can be reseated. Ask politely and let them know that you are the first to be bold enough to ask. You will still be told about the rules, won’t you? And what would happen if they let you change seats? Would the airline’s stock tumble? Would the rest of the passenger’s revolt? Nope, they would kick themselves in the ass for not thinking of it before you.

And even more interesting is what happens the next time you are sitting at that red light and no one else is around.  I mean no one.  You can clearly see that there is no one else coming from the green light direction.  And more importantly, no cops are coming from that direction! Are you still going to sit there through the entire light? How many times will you just about take your foot off the brakes? And believe me, just the feeling of possibly disobeying the red light/green light rule makes your head swim. No wonder Mr. Kaczynzki was certifiable.

What I am aiming for is just a little bit of anarchy because a little bit of anarchy in life is healthy. Just a little bit.

And we can all thank Ginger Jon for this. 🙂

2 thoughts on “The Scariest Thing About the Unibomber

  1. Jeff Cann says:

    It’s been so long since the Unibomber, that I can’t remember my motivations, but I was quite taken with him when he was still at large and spewing his misguided theories. A couple of years ago, my wife, pissed about a red light by our house where the opposing light would frequently turn from green to yellow to green leaving us to wait out another four minute cycle, researched what a driver should do when they find themselves trapped at a light that won’t go green. She found (at least in Pennsylvania) that if a light is clearly faulty, the driver can blow it off if no other cars are present. Last fall, my son and I driving home after his mountain bike race, apple mapped the closest ice cream shop. It put us into an empty community college parking lot on a Sunday afternoon. Trying to regroup, we got stuck at a light for five or seven minutes. We could see a half mile away in all directions. No cars… the whole time. We finally both claimed ‘faulty light’ and took a left on red. It was a rush. The fear of getting caught abutting the knowledge that we were in the right. I’m certain this is what the Unibomber felt, and while he clearly wasn’t in the right by societal standards, I’m sure he saw himself as an avenging angel, setting right the wrongs in society. I should probably watch the Unibomber movie… or on second thought, maybe, I really shouldn’t.


    1. Thanks so much for the comment. I am going to go look now to see if that law is the same in Illinois! Take care.


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