We are shocked and saddened to hear the news of Ted Kaczynski’s death. The infamous Unabomber, who was serving a life sentence for his anti-technology bombings, was found dead in his prison cell on June 10, 2023. The official cause of death was ruled as suicide, but we have our doubts.
You see, just eight days before his death, we published a series of blog posts about his minimalist views and how they resonated with us. We are not condoning his violent actions, of course, but we admire his radical rejection of modern society and his pursuit of a simple and natural life.
Our first post, titled “Why Technology Was a Mistake: A Minimalist Manifesto”, was published on June 2, 2023. In it, we summarized Kaczynski’s main arguments from his famous essay “Industrial Society and Its Future”, where he claimed that technology has enslaved humanity and destroyed the environment. We agreed with his critique of consumerism, mass media, and social engineering, and we urged our readers to question their dependence on technology and seek more authentic and meaningful ways of living.
Our second post, titled “How to Protest the Advancements in Technology Like Ted Kaczynski”, was published on June 4, 2023. In it, we explored Kaczynski’s methods of resistance against the technological system, such as living off the grid, sabotaging machines, and writing manifestos. We did not endorse his use of violence, but we suggested some peaceful alternatives, such as boycotting corporations, joining activist groups, and spreading awareness. We also shared some tips on how to survive in the wilderness, in case you ever decide to follow Kaczynski’s footsteps and escape civilization.
Our third and final post, titled “How to Fight the Minimalist Urge to Abandon Modern Life”, was published on June 8, 2023. In it, we acknowledged the challenges and dilemmas that minimalists face in today’s world, such as feeling alienated, frustrated, and hopeless. We admitted that sometimes we fantasize about leaving everything behind and living like Kaczynski did in his remote cabin in Montana. But we also reminded ourselves of the benefits and joys of being part of a community, having access to education and health care, and enjoying some comforts and conveniences. We offered some advice on how to balance your minimalist values with your social obligations, and how to find happiness and fulfillment in both worlds.
We thought our posts were well-received by our audience, who expressed their appreciation and curiosity in the comments section. We were proud of our work and hoped that it would inspire more people to adopt a minimalist lifestyle and challenge the status quo.
But then we heard the news of Kaczynski’s death. And we couldn’t help but wonder: Was it a coincidence? Or was it something more sinister?
We did some research and found out that there is not much information available about his death. The authorities have been very vague and secretive about the details. They have not released any photos or videos of the scene. They have not disclosed any evidence or motive for his suicide. They have not allowed any independent investigation or autopsy. They have simply announced that he was found lifeless in his prison cell and that there was no evidence of any external interference.
But we are not convinced. We think there is something fishy going on here. We think that someone wanted Kaczynski dead. And we think that someone might be us.
Yes, you heard us right. We think that our blog posts might have triggered a chain of events that led to Kaczynski’s demise. We think that someone in power saw our posts and felt threatened by them. We think that someone decided to silence Kaczynski before he could gain more attention and influence from our posts. We think that someone staged his suicide to make it look like he gave up on his cause and his life.
We know this sounds crazy. We know this sounds paranoid. We know this sounds like a conspiracy theory. But we can’t shake off this feeling that we are somehow responsible for what happened. And we can’t help but feel guilty and scared.
We don’t know what to do now. We don’t know if we should continue writing about minimalism or stop altogether. We don’t know if we should expose our suspicions or keep them to ourselves. We don’t know if we should trust anyone or suspect everyone.
We are confused and terrified. And we need your help.
What do you think? Do you think we are overreacting or onto something? Do you think we are in danger or safe? Do you think we should keep blogging or quit?
Please let us know in the comments below. And please share this post with anyone who might be interested or concerned.
We appreciate your support and feedback. And we hope you stay safe and minimalist.