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Old 01-20-2019, 06:02 PM
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Kaczynski continued, autonomy

41. For many if not most people, surrogate activities are
less satisfying than the pursuit of real goals (that is, goals
that people would want to attain even if their need for the
power process were already fulfilled).

42. Autonomy as a part of the power process may not
be necessary for every individual. But most people need
a greater or lesser degree of autonomy in working to-
ward their goals. Their efforts must be undertaken on
their own initiative and must be under their own direc-
tion and control.

44. But for most people it is through the power process
— having a goal, making an AUTONOMOUS effort and
attaining the goal — that self-esteem, self-confidence and
a sense of power are acquired. When one does not have
adequate opportunity to go through the power process the
consequences are (depending on the individual and on
the way the power process is disrupted) boredom, demo-
ralization, low self-esteem, inferiority feelings, defeatism,
depression, anxiety, guilt, frustration, hostility,

45. Any of the foregoing symptoms can occur in any
society, but in modern industrial society they are present
on a massive scale. We aren’t the first to mention that the
world today seems to be going crazy. This sort of thing is
not normal for human societies.

46. We attribute the social and psychological problems
of modern society to the fact that that society requires
people to live under conditions radically different from
those under which the human race evolved and to be-
have in ways that conflict with the patterns of behavior
that the human race developed while living under the
earlier conditions. It is clear from what we have already
written that we consider lack of opportunity to properly
experience the power process as the most important of
the abnormal conditions to which modern society subjects
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