“Let me gather something up in here. It makes no difference now that 20 years have gone by. If I’m guilty or not guilty it’s really immaterial. It doesn’t really hold a balance to any particular reality that has anything to do with anything. Pushing blame in circles, and play acting, punishing someone else because you’re not sure of something, is really rather primitive in this day and age. The technology that we have, I want to say this to all of you this is important to your life.
When a holy war is called upon the planet earth by a holy man, there is a word that we use, God, that holds all the other words together. This holy war invokes all uniformed personnel into procedure. All uniformed personnel pick up authority as if we are in a war, a struggle, and the fight, is to the death. There is no slack in the act there is no in between, there’s no way you can cut it any different. You will fight or you will die, you will fight the enemy or you will be executed. You’ll be stood up against the wall and shot.
Because it’s simple, when your enemy comes to you he’s coming to you to kill you he’s not coming to play video games. You’re stuck off in video games and your new technology. You think you’re protected by your big government but you’re not. Your government can sell you out just as quick as Nixon did.
So it comes down to this and this is the only thing that made you people mad at me, your enemy, you got to know your enemy. Do you know who your enemy is? You’re the enemy out there. You sit there fat, sloppy kickback watching TV and judge everyone else as being wrong but you know it’s not that way at all it doesn’t roll that way. You can blame me all day long but it’s not going to change the fact that your atmosphere is dying, your polar caps are melting, your ozones are falling.
We are at war’s door right now. When that door opens, it’s all out war against you. You said we the people versus the United States of America it’s the same when you said we the people versus Manson.”
— Charles Manson
I personally discovered Charles Manson through his music. I was never interested in serial killers, but very interested in spiritual gurus. What I found so fascinating about Manson was his personality, given his history. The question was: how did he overcome the tragedy of his youth, how did he survive that and turn out to be so upbeat? I needed to know because I found myself in a similar situation, traumatized and hopeless. Looking to his mentors, it became apparent that he had a lot of guidance.
Like Manson, I started getting into various methods of self improvement. I needed to pick up the pieces and rebuild myself from the ground up. I quickly learned that hypnosis is great, but de-hypnosis is where it’s at. This work I found can be extremely dangerous, as the psyche can be particularly vulnerable when you’re working on wiping the slate clean but constantly uncovering repressed painful experiences. These states of semi-enlightenment are the times when an unexperienced individual might lose their grip on reality and do something crazy. In such a state of consciousness, there’s a tendency for some to become obsessed with those who have bullied them. When such a small person becomes aware of their connection to the spiritual, the first thought might be payback. This is why it’s not too tough for me to understand Manson and those who identify with the symbolism of his plight. My intention would never be to glorify a serial killer, but I’m aware that there are those who can’t see this artistic exploration any other way.