Thursday, April 12, 2007

Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut has passed away at the age of 84. He was an important figure for those of my generation, blending fiction and science fiction with a profound decency. He taught us new ways of thinking, not shackled to conventional religion or politics.

I was reminded of this reading the NY Times obit -

To Mr. Vonnegut, the only possible redemption for the madness and apparent meaninglessness of existence was human kindness. The title character in his 1965 novel, “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater,” summed up his philosophy:

“Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — ‘God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.’

You've got to be kind. So it goes.

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