Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Kurt Vonnegut - humanist

I wrote in a post a couple down from this one about a piece written by Vonnegut when he was 81, three years before his death, and said how sad I found it that this warm man had had all his hope expunged. Here is a quote from 1972 which shows him at his finest:

There is a time when humanity takes care of humanity. I would like to hear people call each other "citizen." I would like people to light candles and sit around a table in a special way. It would be a moving thing and make leaders and others wonder. It's easy for armed guards to break up a riot. And riots don't change minds. It just makes officials more determined.

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