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Old 01-20-2019, 06:00 PM
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Kaczynski and our innate needs

Gambier posted a manifesto from Kaczynski in American ruling class. I'm going to do some excerpts from it.

"1. The Industrial Revolution and its consequences have
been a disaster for the human race. They have greatly
increased the life-expectancy of those of us who live in
“advanced” countries, but they have destabilized society,
have made life unfulfilling,
The
continued development of technology will worsen the si-
tuation. It will certainly subject human being to greater in-
dignities and inflict greater damage on the natural world,
it will probably lead to greater social disruption and psy-
chological suffering, and it may lead to increased physical
suffering even in “advanced” countries.

only at the cost of permanently redu-
cing human beings and many other living organisms to
engineered products and mere cogs in the social machine.
Furthermore, if the system survives, the consequences will
be inevitable: There is no way of reforming or modifying
the system so as to prevent it from depriving people of
dignity and autonomy.

4. We therefore advocate a revolution against the in-
dustrial system.
5. In this article we give attention to only some of
the negative developments that have grown out of the
industrial-technological system.

34. Consider the hypothetical case of a man who can
have anything he wants just by wishing for it. Such a man
has power, but he will develop serious psychological pro-
blems. At first he will have a lot of fun, but by and by he
will become acutely bored and demoralized. Eventually he
may become clinically depressed.

History shows that leisu-
red aristocracies tend to become decadent. This is not true
of fighting aristocracies that have to struggle to maintain
their power. But leisured, secure aristocracies that have no
need to exert themselves usually become bored, hedonis-
tic and demoralized, even though they have power. This
shows that power is not enough. One must have goals to-
ward which to exercise one’s power.
35. Everyone has goals; if nothing else, to obtain the
physical necessities of life: food, water and whatever clo-
thing and shelter are made necessary by the climate. But
the leisured aristocrat obtains these things without effort.
Hence his boredom and demoralization.

Consistent failure to attain goals throughout life results in
defeatism, low self-esteem or depression.
37. Thus, in order to avoid serious psychological pro-
blems, a human being needs goals whose attainment re-
quires effort, and he must have a reasonable rate of suc-
cess in attaining his goals.

When people do not have to exert themselves to satisfy
their physical needs they often set up artificial goals for
themselves. In many cases they then pursue these goals
with the same energy and emotional involvement that
they otherwise would have put into the search for physi-
cal necessities. Thus the aristocrats of the Roman Empire
had their literary pretensions; many European aristocrats
a few centuries ago invested tremendous time and energy
in hunting, though they certainly didn’t need the meat;

39. We use the term “surrogate activity” to designate
an activity that is directed toward an artificial goal that
people set up for themselves merely in order to have some
goal to work toward, or let us say, merely for the qake
of the “fulfillment” that they get from pursuing the goal.
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