Tuesday, January 13, 2009

TBWCYL Day 13 - Hey Hey Mr. Postman

Today's task is incredibly weird and I was quite worried about doing it. However, I decided I would do it because I am going to do every task possible and to change my life I have to step outside of my comfort zone. This one is definitely uncomfortable.

So, today is "Write a letter to a Mass Murderer" and I chose Theodore Kaczynski, the Unabomber. Not a person you want to communicate with via the mail but I am living life dangerously. Below is the letter I sent(I wrote it by hand but for this I typed it up).

Dear Mr. Kacynski,

I am writing as part of a personal experiment that stems from a book called This BOOK Will Change Your Life. It is a book you may have heard of in which for 365 days a task is assigned daily that causes you to act contrary to the norm. I wouldn’t be surprised if you have received letters similar to this in previous years because your address is in the book.
You may also be aware that the 13th task, or day 13 is to write a letter to a Mass Murderer. I say all of this so you know that this letter is not political or emotional but borders on the ridiculous.
I chose you from the list in the book specifically because, while I find what you to be wrong and quite horrific, I can at least see that you did it in the name of something. In that respect it made it more, for lack of a better term, acceptable to send communication to you.
I can’t begin to imagine why you chose such a violent method to get your point across. I read up on what your cause seemed to be and while I didn’t read the manifesto that was published, I think I get the general idea. However I don’t understand why people had to die for your cause.
In writing you this letter and my opinion, I think I am achieving a small step in the process I have begun. This letter wouldn’t have been considered a year ago, of that I am sure. I do not write this to pass judgment on you, only to fulfill a commitment I have made to myself.

- May your time be spent productively –

That is all,


2 Ripples in the pond:

Erin said...

I wonder if he'll write back.

Trinity said...

I would hope not. I didn't give him my address. I am not crazy. I mean, you never give a guy that sends bombs through the mail your address.