Friday, April 13, 2007

Vonnegut speaks

"I know now that there is not a chance in hell of America’s becoming humane and reasonable. Because power corrupts us, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Human beings are chimpanzees who get crazy drunk on power. By saying that our leaders are power-drunk chimpanzees, am I in danger of wrecking the morale of our soldiers fighting and dying in the Middle East? Their morale, like so many bodies, is already shot to pieces. They are being treated, as I never was, like toys a rich kid got for Christmas."
(Kurt Vonnegut, 2004)

I started re-reading "Man Without A Country" the day I heard that Vonnegut had passed away. Last year an interviewer referred to it as his "last book", which Vonnegut quickly corrected: "My most recent book".

Man, will
he be missed.