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More wise words from my favorite wise man*

“America is the wealthiest nation on Earth, but its people are mainly poor, and poor Americans are urged to hate themselves…they mock themselves and glorify their betters…Americans, like human beings everywhere, believe many things that are obviously untrue…Their most destructive untruth is that it is very easy for any American to make money.  They will not acknowledge how in fact hard money is to come by, and, therefore, those who have no money blame and blame and blame themselves.  This inward blame has been a treasure for the rich and powerful, who have had to do less for their poor, publicly and privately, than any other ruling class since, say, Napoleonic times.  Many novelties have come from America.  The most startling of these, a thing without precedent, is a mass of undignified poor.  They do not love one another because they do not love themselves.”

— Kurt Vonnegut

*Thanks to another wise man who brought this eloquent passage to my attention.

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A (really) brief history of my adulthood thus far

Almost exclusively as a result of this blog, it has become clear to me that I operate in periodic themes.  What if and why not isn’t a theme as such – it’s more of an overarching philosophy I share with Chris.  But the themes – they’re always there, sometimes obvious and glaring, other times ambiguous and cryptic. Sometimes they block my path, others they light my way.  Some examples of the themed periods of my life thus far:

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What I Seemingly Must Become

Many of you will know that Kurt Vonnegut is my all-time favorite writer.  I love absolutely every aspect of his now-departed being:  I love his silliness (ting-a-ling), his seriousness (why, why, why?), even his physical presence.  He was a gangling man, tall and thin, with big bug eyes, a long nose and a head full of big fat curls that were grey from the first day I read him, and long before that, of course.  Of all the writers I have ever read, he has come closest to my understanding of Gandhi’s satyagraha – absolute truth – and he has also inspired me more than any other to put words onto paper.  It is because of Vonnegut that I understand the two notions around fiction – that it is more honest than fact, and that fact is much stranger than fiction quite a lot of the time.

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