Fourteen novels, three short story collections, five plays and five works of non-fiction stand as a towering testament of Kurt Vonnegut’s ability to show us the fantastic in literature, and the extent to which books and writing can make us feel sublime. The man who brought us the terrific Slaughterhouse 5, which experiments in form, structure, as well as time and inter-dimensional travel, is rightly regarded as one of the greatest literary titans of the last 200 years.
And the man who has given us some of the finest, timeless advice on writing and reading has also provided some prescient advice on the way we should live our lives. Indeed, in 1988, he collaborated with TIMEMagazine to write a letter to the future population of Humanity, in the year AD 2088.
The purpose of the project was simple: to provide “some words of advice” to those living in…
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Unfortunately, when it comes to “progress”, the environment always seems to come last.
Yes, Karen, exactly! We are at a very critical stage in the earth’s progression right now. It used to be that people, out of ignorance and cruelty, butchered each other in war; now people, out of ignorance and indifference, do not care enough about the environment and even vote for those who do not care for the environment. The former was terrible (as it terminated human beings); the later is much more terrible and abominable (as it terminates not only human beings but almost all animal and plant species). The dominoes can fall such that there will be a point that good science cannot stop them.
Everyone know how critic it is, but no one is willing to make even a small sacrifice for the future.