You are right I can't know all those things with certainty, however I can start by looking at that persons actions. Motive aside, the behavior, the physical actions he took were inherently dangerous and DID cause harm, and COULD have caused much more harm. I can make judgements upon that alone. The inherent nature of the act was malicious. Period. It is like a bully punching you in the face and then when you start to cry and he gets in trouble he says, "Oh it was all a big joke. What, can't you take a joke?"
Next, I can use his words and see how he acts when he speaks, as can be found on the video that has been released. Despite his attempts to confuse and avoid responsibility for his actions, he has revealed plenty about himself and his actions to allow people to make certain judgements, including a judge.
Some people talk about him having the balls to do this, etc. I don't think it was balls, it was delusional self-interest. The vast majority of people WOULD NOT have done it and there are likely very good reasons why they wouldn't. For one, it isn't his right or property or art to make that decision. Two, there are legal consequences when you do such a serious thing. Three, no matter what you say or believe, people could have gotten hurt or killed because it was done without regard to planning or safety or any other consideration other than a self-serving one. I am sure there are more reasons why most people would not have done this. But he did.
So the question really is, What kind of person would do this? Judging from what I have read and seen and heard and thought out I believe he is likely strung out on drugs (watch the video) or is highly unstable, or both. I have seen enough tweekers in my life to know when someone is LIKELY one of them. He OBVIOUSLY did not use any good judgement when he performed the famous act. He does not even have the good judgement now to censor himself when he is currently under such scrutiny, legal or otherwise. These are the actions of a self-absorbed person that is having a hard time properly distinguishing between reality and fantasy. He is using the opportunity to tell the world something. Don't you see that now he has a "platform" upon which he can be important? He can tell us about the Iraq War and then ramble on about some other topic, etc. He finally has a voice. This is not really about the Man or any other thing, but about Paul Addis. Let's all say his name over and over, Paul Addis. That is what he wants. Forget whether Burning Man is green or not, that has nothing to do with it.
You are right these are my judgements, but I feel I have some pretty sensible reasons for making them. Believe me I try to see every side to a question, I really do, but I am not too much into the idea of coming up with a lot of contrived excuses when someone behaves like an ass. At least I think he should be forgiven for being dealt the cards in life that have lead him to act as recklessly and unconsidered as he did, but it doesn't really excuse his action.
Jordan 10-E wrote:The incident in question was without a doubt an act of maliciousness and without regard for person or property, all based on extremely questionable motives, from a person that obviously is either highly spun on drugs or has serious mental/emotional issues that need to be dealt with.
I don't understand how you can believe you understand another person's intentions, motives, and emotions. You can certainly share *your* feelings, and your reactions, but regardless of what someone has been quoted as saying in the press it's not possible to have such a deep level of insight into things like malice, regard, drug use, mental/emotional issues.