The moral code of our society is so demanding that no one can think, feel and act in a completely moral way…. Some people are so highly socialized that the attempt to think, feel and act morally imposes a severe burden on them. In order to avoid feelings of guilt, they continually have to deceive themselves about their own motives and find moral explanations for feelings and actions that in reality have a non-moral origin.

murderer Ted Kaczynski, in The Unabomber Manifesto

Reminiscent of E.O. Wilson’s On Human Nature where he says that performance of one’s roles in society is like a hypertrophic outgrowth of "our" early social heritage.

Perhaps the internal logic of someone who performs many roles must be inconsistent. Whether the pressure is felt as a multiplicity of selves or an inconsistency of morals—maybe they’re instantiations of the same thing.

Dr. Kaczynski’s mathematics papers (collected here) mostly deal with boundary functions.


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