Animus wrote:Ultimately, your statements originate not from a bottom-up understanding and respect for humanity, but the fact that his name irks you and you associate it with violent crime. You get "hot" hearing his name and don't have any respect for him. Whereas I see him as a piece of the puzzle of humanity. He's as much a product of the puzzle as is the puzzle a product of him.
No, I've been to that prison a couple three times (as a part of my earlier work in an unrelated field) since moving to California. I lived in North Dakota at the time of those killing sprees, 1968-69. I never had any dislike of the fellow or his cohorts. What's an interesting part of where he lived was it was an old Hollywood movie set AND a CIA mind-control center.
The same CIA stepped on
LSD batches that he was feeding to his family was also the same batches that went to Altamont during the Rolling Stones concert - the Hell's Angels beating to death of the concertgoer. Those same tainted LSD batches made their way to VietNam, some troops went nuts and did a couple massacres.
I understood your analogy but I've not now (or never) a bit of hate for Uncle Charlie & his Company. Television propaganda of the time didn't influence me.
At that time (in space) the girlfriend and I had a couple children to feed and we had to make rent and work our tails off. We didn't have time for television "programming".
I didn't have my appointment with VietNam until 1971.
I partied with David Berkowitz a couple times while he was (supposedly) killing those people in New York City. Was back in North Dakota for a visit and visiting some friends-of-friends who were tripping with Dave and John Carr. I remember he didn't blink but once. Now, he's a haunted man (born again jesus freak). Go figure.
PS - Much those same for the dude, Michael David Chapman, that blasted John Lennon. Shit happens. No hatred allowed on my part.
Tomas (the tank)
VietNam veteran - 1971