Moving Past the Unabomber
A Test of Personal Values and Ethics
- 1 hr1 hour
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The Unabomber was arrested on April third 1996 and on that day I was finally able to put a face and name to the man in the hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses. This was welcome news to me because nine years had passed since I had been attacked and I had doubts as to whether or not I would ever learn his true identity. Dealing with trauma of any type is difficult, knowing what to do with the ghost of a person who has tried to kill you is exponentially harder. There is no one to blame, prosecute, or express anger towards and traditional thoughts on healing or grief methods are at best skewed and in some cases not applicable. Thirty years ago, I couldn’t find a doctor, psychologist, or counselor who understood my needs. Therefore, I did my own research on healing, acceptance and setting boundaries, and learned how to fall down and get back up again. This was not a predictable, linear, up and to the right method but rather a one step forward, two steps back, run as hard as you can, and then climb a mountain process. Forgiving Ted Kaczynski was a complicated personal choice. How I came to that decision challenged me to think outside the box and redefine the word forgiveness in terms that honored my core values and ethics. In my talk I discuss the dynamics of this choice and the positive impact it has had on my life.
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