Flimsy Sanity: Kurt Vonnegut

Flimsy Sanity

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Kurt Vonnegut

Man oh man, could this man cut through the crap! Dead at 84, another hero gone.
I have wanted to give Iraq a lesson in democracy—because we’re experienced with it, you know. And, in democracy, after a hundred years, you have to let your slaves go. And, after a hundred and fifty years, you have to let your women vote. And, at the beginning of democracy, is that quite a bit of genocide and ethnic cleansing is quite okay. And that’s what’s going on now.
-Appearance on The Daily Show (September 2005)

How do you say goodbye to a fellow humanist except to thank him for all the excellent thought provoking essays and yes, the novels too. As he said,
Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead
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4 Comments:

  • At 6:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Actually slavery lasted 250 years but the point it made.

     
  • At 9:08 AM, Blogger Peacechick Mary said…

    Kurt! We miss you already.

     
  • At 5:05 PM, Anonymous RJ Adams said…

    He was one of few truly great writers. A sad loss to the world.

     
  • At 4:37 PM, Blogger Bart said…

    Well, he meant once your democracy was established, you have to let slavery go on for so long. :)

    Such a damn good author who isn't read even remotely enough. He probably will be now.

     

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