"Born in 1942 to an unexceptional working-class family of Polish origin, Kaczynski demonstrated sufficient mathematical ability to get him to Harvard. Alston Chase, almost his Harvard contemporary and a former professor of philosophy, emphasises the intellectual 'culture of despair' that characterised Ivy League academe at that time and that seems to have influenced the isolated and gnomic Kaczynski." This passage came straight from the article. We learn in the article that people close to Kaczynski (such as his philosophy professor at Harvard) were all in agreement that Kaczynski became very depressed because of how much he studied. This is interesting because the universal belief nowadays is that the harder we work, the better we are in the future. This was not the case for Kaczynski.